One of my responsibilities as Borough President is to fill gaps in the City budget and support worthwhile capital projects across Manhattan. Each year my staff and I read countless applications, visit sites, and crunch the numbers to ensure projects that enrich people’s lives are funded. Capital funding is available to city agencies, nonprofit organizations, cultural institutions and public schools. This year, I granted a total of $29,250,000 to 149… Read more
For years, a city purchasing policy known as “Directive 10” stood in the way of using capital funds to buy tablet computers (like iPads) for city schools, because it required a five-year lifespan for such products.
After much work by myself and my staff over many years (see my 2017 op-ed in Crain’s), I’m delighted to share that Comptroller Scott Stringer has changed Directive 10 to allow capital… Read more
Today Deputy Borough President Aldrin R. Bonilla and I led the first meeting of the Manhattan Complete Count Committee, an effort designed to ensure everyone in Manhattan is counted in the 2020 Census. The Committee includes leaders from labor groups, non-profits, business groups, and others.
I also launched a first-of-its-kind funding initiative, dubbed ‘Manhattan Counts,’ for creative solutions to reach undercounted groups.
Cities like ours, with diverse populations and large… Read more
I led a borough-wide Day of Action today to provide parents and children with detailed information about New York City’s Free Summer Meals Program, including specific sites and times. Along with dozens of volunteers, I greeted commuters, students, and parents across the borough with detailed flyers, starting bright and early at 7:30 am.
The Free Summer Meals program is an incredible resource in the fight against childhood hunger, but… Read more
My office and the New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) are announcing an open call for mural designs to be applied to structures that are part of the Interim Flood Protection Measures (IFPM) program, which will be installed along South Street in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport neighborhood.
The Open Call isn’t just limited to professional artists—anyone is invited to submit a design, which will be printed on vinyl banners and… Read more
Youth represent the future of New York City. To ensure that this city continues to flourish, there must be adequate funding to support programs and services that invest in our youth through improving public schools, after-school and summer programs and summer meal programs. We need funding to be directed towards our educators and social workers that provide supplementary assistance to young people in the foster care system.
To promote civic… Read more
The New York City Department of Education serves over 700,000 free meals to children every day during the school year. These meals, which include breakfast and lunch, are vital to families struggling to keep their children fed and healthy. But what happens when school lets out for the summer?
I’m holding a public hearing on the Manhattan component of the Mayor’s borough-based jails plan as part of my effort to ensure the broader community has robust input and to inform the formal ULURP opinion I’ll issue early next month.
We’re excited to add new sites on the Upper East Side and Washington Heights to our Fresh Food for Seniors program this year, in addition to the neighborhoods from Northern Manhattan to the West Village to Roosevelt Island. Here’s how it works: seniors can place an order for $8 a week in advance, and pick up a bag of fresh fruit and vegetables (worth at least $15) the following week.… Read more
Increasing police presence & adding another reason for arrests only increases the criminalization of our communities. Announcing it 7 hrs before is not enough time for those who work at night or have family obligations, & gives young people another opportunity to test boundaries.