Free books for young people at these NYCHA locations starting July 8.

I’m delighted to join the New York Public Library’s 2020 Summer Reading program in offering age-appropriate books for young people, from toddlers through high school in English or Spanish at a total of ten different NYCHA locations over five days, this week and next. Books will come in a free tote bag and include a summer reading guide, stickers, and a reading tracker.   Here are the times and places: Wednesday, Read more

Leadership development training series for Community Board members (public welcome!).

Our annual leadership development classes for Community Board members– and the public–will be held online this year, naturally. The trainings are designed to hone the expertise of Community Board members and the public at large on important local government functions. (Last updated: 6/17/20).

NYC Land use and zoning 101:

Tuesday, June 23 | 6 – 8 pm This training will provide an overview of the history of land use and… Read more

How to vote in the June 23 primaries.

Primary Day is just three short weeks away, on June 23, encompassing primaries for President, Congress, and state and local races. The ballot will be two-sided. On page one, Presidential candidates and then all the delegates will be listed (with the candidate that they are pledged to, at the right of their name). Voters can choose up to any seven of the delegates, regardless of which Presidential candidate they are… Read more

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Curfew Update

There is a mandatory citywide curfew tonight from 8PM until 5AM and every evening until Monday, June 8, 5AM. While I understand impetus for a curfew, increasing police presence and adding another reason for police to make arrests only increases the criminalization of our population. There will be no vehicular traffic allowed south of 96th Street in Manhattan — with the exception of residents, essential workers, buses, and truck deliveries.… Read more

New $100 million New York Forward Loan Fund.

The State’s New York Forward Loan Fund will make under-$100,000 working capital loans to NYS small businesses, nonprofits, and small landlords of under 20 employees and gross revenues of under $3 million. Applicants are ineligible if they received SBA funding through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).  Loan amounts will be the lesser of (a) $100,000 or (b) up to 100% of average monthly Read more

We need at least one social worker in every public school!

Therapists will tell you that children who experience trauma often have difficulty identifying, expressing, and managing emotions; they will internalize or externalize stress reactions, resulting in depression, anxiety, or anger. Social Workers are mental health professionals who are trained to address those issues— and they can help relieve the pressures on already overworked educators and staff.  I have been calling for every school to have at least one social workerRead more

Who’s Helping New York Reopen?

Who’s Helping New York Reopen? The Mayor and Governor are announcing many advisory boards of stakeholders and experts working to determine best practices as we adapt to a “new normal.” Here are the boards that I know of… Blue-Ribbon Commission Appointed by Governor Cuomo on May 25, the Blue-Ribbon Commission will advise on improving telehealth and broadband access using new, innovative technologies. Source: governor.ny.gov.
  • Chair: Eric Schmidt, former CEO
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Help Available for Freelancers

Here’s a list of active grant programs available to freelancers:

Freelancers Relief Fund:

Launched by Freelancers Union, this program offers financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs. This includes: food/food supplies, utility payments, cash assistance to cover income loss. Eligibility:
  • Primarily reside in the US
  • Must have performed freelance work as their primary source of
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