MANH Lawmakers on the Move, Sep. 20, 2019

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Rodriguez to Take Part in Climate Strike

Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez
Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez

Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Washington Heights, Marble Hill, Inwood) will be participating in today’s national climate strike.

Rodriguez will begin at Hostos College and march to Foley Square, where New York’s youth climate strike is taking place. Rodriguez’s intention is to highlight the disproportionate levels of pollution in the City’s poorer neighborhoods.

The march will begin at 9 a.m. today at Hostos Community College, 500 Grand Concourse.

Espaillat Announces $2.4 Million in Funding For DV Survivors

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

Yesterday, Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-Washington Heights, Sugar Hill) joined Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to announce $2,400,000 in federal funding for New York organizations that provide resources and support to the survivors and families of domestic violence.

The Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, Sanctuary for Families, Inc., New York Legal Assistance Group, Inc., and New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, Inc. will receive $600,000 reach to offer free legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

“VAWA continues to provide essential support to victims, survivors and communities to ensure they have the legal tools and resources necessary to seek justice and receive care,” said Espaillat. “This grant funding with help organizations like the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporate (NMIC) in their efforts to continue to provide vital resources and support for victims, survivors and their families.”

Chin Responds to Sale of Rivington House

Council Member Margaret Chin
Council Member Margaret Chin

Council Member Margaret Chin (D-Battery Park City, Chinatown) released a statement yesterday in response to the sale of the Lowe East Side’s Rivington House.

Recently, the Slate Property Group announced that it had sold the property to a mystery buyer for $160 Million. Chin called the news “deeply upsetting”, lamenting the real estate industry’s continued exploitation of the property.

“It is deeply upsetting that over and over again the real estate industry has used Rivington House as a profit-making venture, continuously playing hot potato with this property, and lining their own pockets at the expense of the community—while constantly keeping everyone in the dark,” said Chin. “My office has been leading an effort to hold Allure accountable to what was agreed to in the settlement, and working with Community Board 3 and the Neighbors to Save Rivington House to return much-needed nursing home beds to the community. We need transparency now, and I demand the new owner to publicly come forward immediately and make a case to residents for how it will be a community partner.”

Jackson to Host Forum on Opioid Crisis

State Senator Robert Jackson
State Senator Robert Jackson

State Senator Robert Jackson (D-Washington Heights, Fort George, Inwood) will be hosting a forum on the opioid crisis in October.

Jackson and his team, in collaboration with the Washington Heights Corner project, will be discussing solutions to the public health crisis.

The event is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 6-8 p.m. at the Fort Washington Collegiate Church, 729 West 181st St.

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