Ortiz Supports Women On Women’s Equity Day
Assembly Member and Assistant Speaker Felix Ortiz (D-Sunset Park, Red Hook) yesterday celebrated the 1973 a joint resolution of Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day in the United States, and noted there is still more to be done for women in regards to pay equity.
The day commemorates the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920, granting women the right to vote. It also calls for continuing efforts towards full equality.
“It’s been almost 50 years since the resolution was passed and almost 100 years since women were granted the right to vote. Despite the efforts of many, not much has changed for women when it comes to salary inequality. Black and brown women are at an even greater disadvantage. In New York State, where we are close to closing the pay gap, the numbers are shocking and sobering,” said Ortiz.
Ortiz noted that in New York white women make $13,147 less than their white male counterparts, black women make $24,370 less and Hispanic women make $30,023 less.
“This salary disparity is unacceptable. Women’s Equality Day is a reminder that there is still much work to be done. I will continue to create, support and promote legislation that values everyone, by every marker, equally. There is nothing more important than complete equality for all people,” Ortiz said.
Persaud to Hold 2019 Annual Senior Resource Day
State Sen. Senator Roxanne J. Persaud (D-Canarsie, East New York, Brownsville, Mill Basin, Sheepshead Bay, Bergen Beach, Marine Park, Flatlands, Mill Island, Georgetown, Ocean Hill, Starrett City) next week will hold her 2019 Annual Senior Resource Day, an event for seniors to get to know other seniors in the community and receive important information and resources.
The event is held in partnership with Sunrise Adult Health Care Center. It is free and open to everyone. Last year, the event drew a large crowd and featured fun activities like raffles and dancing, representatives from dozens of city and state agencies and an array of refreshments for guests to enjoy.
“It is not always easy to meet the needs of constituents,” Persaud said at last year’s event. “However, I visit and interact with my seniors at their senior centers and place of worship; or, my office informs me of their unique needs and concerns. It feels gratifying to hear them say that they are looking forward to next year. I feel a sense of duty to ensure that I allocate more resources so that our active adults continue to enjoy the benefits they deserve.”
The Senior Resource Day is slated for between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Senator’s District Office, 1222 E. 96th Street in Canarsie.
Myrie Continues Strong Constituent Services
State Sen. Zellnor Myrie (D-Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, South Slope, Sunset Park) continues his out of session constituent services to end this month and into next month.
Among the events he is holding and/or announcing include:
Z On Your Block: Northern Crown Heights from 5-7 p.m., today Aug. 27 at the Franklin Avenue 2/3/4/5 subway Station at Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights. Chat with Senator Myrie about issues and concerns you have about your community, or just say hi.
Friends of Wingate Park’s Family Fun Day from 12 noon-6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31 on the corner of Rutland Road & Troy Avenue in East Flatbush.
March With Sen. Myrie At The West Indian Labor Day Parade. Meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept 2 on the Southeast Corner of Eastern Parkway and Schenectady Avenue, right outside the library in Crown Heights. RSVP here.
Rose Tours JFK Airport Holds Briefing On Fentanyl Screening
U.S. Rep. Max Rose (D-South Brooklyn, Staten Island), chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, today will hold a press conference following a tour of the International Mail Facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) where he will receive a briefing from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on mail screening processes to prevent the importation of illicit fentanyl into the United States.
Last month, Rose chaired a hearing in which he received confirmation that CBP has failed to implement or make significant progress on recommendations made in an Inspector General report from last September regarding deficiencies in CBP’s inspection processes at JFK, where more than half of all international mail is processed.
The press conference is slated for 10:30 a.m., today, Aug. 27 outside the United States Post Office, John F. Kennedy Mail Center (Building 250), 250 N Boundary Road in Jamaica.