Statement from Local Elected Officials on Intro 157

In response to the passage of  Int. 0157-2018, a bill that aims to reduce permitted capacity at solid waste transfer stations in overburdened districts, a few people have reached out to me with their concerns that this bill will increase the amount of waste processed at the 91st Street MTS. I reached out to Council Member Ben Kallos's office, and received the following statement, which Council Member Kallos released jointly with Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright. You can download a PDF version of the statement HERE.

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Supporting a Strawless NYC

Today the City Council's Consumer and Licensing committee will be debating a bill that would ban single-use plastic straws at NYC restaurants. Below is the testimony I submitted on this important bill.

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6th Judicial District Panel

The Majority of the District Leaders from the 6th Judicial District have announced the formation of an independent screening panel to report on candidates for nomination by the Democratic Party for one (1) Civil Court Vacancy, which will be filled in the November election. Numerous Bar Associations, Law Schools, and Community Organizations will send representatives to the panel, which will be directed to report a total of no more than the three (3) most highly qualified candidates for the 6th District Civil Court vacancy.

Candidates may obtain an application via e-mail from the Administrator of the Panel, Daniel Wiig, at Municipal Credit Union, 22 Cortlandt Street New York, NY 10007. Phone number: (212) 238-2394. Email: Questions concerning this year’s panel should be directed to the Panel Administrator. The Deadline for submitting a completed application is March 13, 2018 at 5 PM.

Winter Weather - Stay Safe!

As temperatures drop well below freezing this weekend, it's important that we take care of ourselves and our neighbors. Here are some helpful tips from the New York City Office of Emergency Management:

  • Check on friends, relatives, and neighbors who may need assistance to ensure they are adequately protected from the cold.

  • If you see someone on the street who needs assistance, call 311 and ask for the Mobile Outreach Response Team. The Department of Homeless Services will send an outreach team to the location to assess the individual's condition and take appropriate action.

  • If you suspect a person is suffering from frostbite or hypothermia, bring him or her someplace warm and seek medical help immediately or call 911.

You can find more helpful tips and important information on OEM's Winter Weather page.

Also remember, in New York City, the law requires that your landlord provide heat at the following levels:

From 6 am to 10 pm: If the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees, the inside temperature must be at least 68 degrees everywhere in your apartment.

From 10 pm to 6 am: The inside temperature must be at least 62 degrees everywhere in your apartment (No outside temperature requirement.)

If your landlord is not providing with you with heat, call 311 for assistance.

Happy Holidays!

Back in January I sent an email titled "New Year, New Challenges" and I'm proud to say that over the past eleven months we've met those challenges head on.  In March we organized an event that educated and trained activists on election reform. Last week, I was proud to stand with State Senator Liz Krueger, Council Member Ben Kallos, and my fellow District Leader Ben Wetzler as the mayor signed a bill  allowing New Yorkers to register to vote online!

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County Party Update

I want to give everyone an update on what happened at last week's Executive Committee Meeting. 

The main focus of the meeting was the formation of the Rules Committee. Chung Seto was appointed Chair of the committee by the County Chair, with Sylvia Di Pietro as Vice Chair. Gale Brewer was also appointed as Honorary Chair.

At that meeting, we decided the following:
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County Committee, 2017


Well, Democrats had quite a meeting last night! I was reading a report I wrote on 2015's County Committee meeting, and it's kind of crazy that 2 years ago the meeting started late, not because we had so many people, but because we couldn't even make quorum. That was most certainly not the case this year.

We had over 50 people in attendance from the 76th Assembly District alone, which is pretty incredible. I am so proud of all of our members who gave up their evening to engage in this process.

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3 Weeks Left to Make Sure We Win!

Primary Day is fast approaching, and I need your help. One of the most important things we can do to make sure we win is to have lots of volunteers out on September 12th, handing out campaign literature and reminding people to vote. If you're available any time on Tuesday, Sept. 12th between 6am and 9pm, please sign up to help out.

Sign up to volunteer HERE.

If you live in the district and you'd like to distribute campaign literature or Dear Neighbor letters in your building, let us know! You can email to sign up.

And as always, if you'd like to donate to the campaign, to help us get our message out to voters, you can do so HERE. Every little bit helps!

See you around the neighborhood!

Summer Bash!

Join me for my Summer Bash! Enjoy a drink, hear about the campaign, and learn how you can help me win re-election to District Leader!

With just 8 weeks left until voters go to the polls, we'll need all hands on deck to make sure I can continue to do my work, advocating for reform, engaging voters, and helping Democrats win.

Thank you for your support! TICKETS HERE.

July 11, 2017 at 7pm - 9pm
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Big Endorsement News!

I am so excited to announce the endorsement of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney! Carolyn has been a champion for the Upper East Side for over two decades and I am deeply honored to have her support for my re-election campaign. To join the campaign, or to make a donation, visit

photo: Jon Reznick

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