On ADA’s 30th anniversary, my report finds few curb cuts are in compliance with ADA standards

Pedestrian ramp that does not meet ADA standards leading to an accessible subway station This week is the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  My office released a study that finds serious shortcomings regarding pedestrian ramps that are located near accessible subway stations, leaving those stations effectively inaccessible to residents with impaired vision, and those who rely on wheelchairs, walkers and other aids. (We were assisted in the study by The Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York known as CIDNY.)… Read more

I joined NYCHA and tenant leaders to accept a donation of 100,000 masks for residents

I joined NYCHA Executive Vice President Gerard Nelson and NYCHA tenant leaders Bernadette McNear and Rhonda Bennett to accept a donation of 100,000 three-ply surgical masks from SC Health, a US-owned medical supply vendor at NYCHAs Rangel Houses development, to be distributed to NYCHA residents throughout Manhattan. I applaud SC Health for its civic mindedness in making this donation. These masks will help New York stay a national… Read more

Weekly COVID Newsletter (7/23)

Friends, It’s Thursday, July 23, 2020. Welcome to the weekly edition of my COVID newsletter. At press time, nonprofit news site TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 29,943 confirmed cases and 3,138 deaths; New York City as a whole has 222,444 cases and 23,428 deaths. According to the NYC Dept. of Health, reporting delays are contributing to an unnatural drop in cases; for example, yesterday (7/22) only 11 cases were… Read more

Tuesday 7/14, 6:30 pm: Virtual Town Hall on “The Future of Child Care”

Child care centers are allowed to reopen starting July 13, 2020, but like all things having to do with reopening, the rules aren’t as clear as they should be. On Tuesday (7/14) at 6:30 pm, I’ll be hosting “The Future of Childcare in NYC,” a virtual town hall with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Panelists will include:
  • Dr. Virginia Rauh, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
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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

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