My Thoughts on the Charter Review Commission

This November, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to vote on a series of revisions to the New York City Charter. These revisions will be put forward by a commission that was empaneled by the New York City Council. Ahead of public hearings, the commission staff has issued a report with recommendations for areas of focus. These are my thoughts on some of those recommendations.

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10 Million Square Feet of Cool Roofs!

One of the great honors of my life was to be a Founding Board Member of the White Roof Project, an organization whose goal was to identify dark roofs in New York City and work to turn them white. White roofs absorb far less heat and reduce energy consumption. Though it's been several years since I've been directly involved with this important effors, I was thrilled to learn today that the city's own Cool Roofs program has successfully coated more than 10 million square feet of roofs!

You can read all about this momentous achievement HERE.

 

 

 


Galentine's Day Fundraiser

It's time, once again, for my annual Galentine's Day fundraiser! For those of you who've never heard of Galentine's Day (what?! how is that possible?!?), you can learn all about it HERE.

Join me on Wednesday, February 13th, at Vanguard Wine Bar for a fun night of drinks and democracy. As you know, District Leader is a volunteer position, so your generous donations fund all of the great work we're able to do, like last year's forum on empty storefronts, as well as an exciting new neighborhood project I can't wait to tell you all about. It'll also help as I prepare to run for re-election this year for my 3rd term as your Democratic District Leader!

I hope you'll attend. Tickets start at just $20, and while we'll have a cash bar, there will be complimentary appetizers for everyone.


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: independentscreen@yahoo.com. 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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