MANH Lawmakers on the Move, Aug. 19, 2019

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Espaillat to Sponsor Back-to-School Giveaway

U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat
U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat

Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-Washington Heights, Sugar Hill) will be sponsoring a back-to-school giveaway this Saturday.

Those in attendance can show up to receive free school supplies, but adults who attend must have their child with them in order to qualify. The event will also be sponsored by Council Members Diana Ayala (D-East Harlem, Mott Haven), Ben Kallos (D-Yorkville, Lenox Hill) and Mark Levine (D-Manhattan Valley, Manhattanville).

The event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 1-3 p.m. at 1199 Houses, 2100 1st Ave.

Maloney Attends India Day Parade

Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens) was present at the annual India Day Parade yesterday.

The parade, which spanned from 38th to 25th Street down Madison Avenue, commemorated the 73rd anniversary of India’s independence from the British Empire.

“Today I celebrated 73 years of Indian independence at the annual NYC India Day Parade!” Maloney said in a tweet. “In Congress, I’ve worked to recognize this beautiful culture by issuing a commemorative Diwali stamp & introducing leg to award Gandhi a Congressional gold medal. Happy Independence Day!”

Kallos Celebrates Closure of 2nd Ave. Bike Lane Gap

Council Member Ben Kallos
Council Member Ben Kallos

City Council Member Ben Kallos (D-Yorkville, Lenox Hill) was delighted to hear of the opening of a bike lane extension at the mouth of the Queensboro Bridge on Second Avenue.

The extension, which opened last Friday, closed one of the last existing gaps on Second Avenue’s bike lane network. Kallos remarked that the change turned what was previously a “deathtrap” into a safe haven for cyclists.

“Pedestrian and cyclist safety is first and foremost in my office,” said Kallos. “The Second Avenue bike gap was dangerous; a tragedy waiting to happen.”