MANH Lawmakers on the Move, Oct. 2, 2019

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De La Rosa, Jackson to Host Forum on New Rent Laws

Assembly Member Carmen De La Rosa
Assembly Member Carmen De La Rosa

Assembly Member Carmen De La Rosa (D-Upper Manhattan) and State Senator Robert Jackson (D-Washington Heights, Fort George, Inwood) will be hosting a forum on new rent laws in NYC.

The forum, hosted in collaboration with Manhattan Legal Services, will focus on the new protections that the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (HSTPA) offers to tenants.

The event will take place on Monday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Heights Academy, 202 Sherman Ave.

Espaillat, Schumer to Hold Press Conference on Tourism in DR

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

Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-Washington Heights, Sugar Hill) and Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) will be co-hosting a press conference on the effects of tourism in the Dominican Republic.

Schumer and Espaillat will discuss the tourism challenges for the Dominican Republic and their efforts to strengthen U.S. – D.R. relations. Earlier this year, Espaillat released a list of recommendations to improve security models for the protection of tourists to the Dominican Republic.

The event will take place on Friday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Alianza Dominicana Community Center, 530 West 166th St.

Johnson Wishes New York a Happy Rosh Hashanah

Council Member Corey Johnson
Council Member Corey Johnson (Credit: Jeff Reed)

Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen) released a statement on Monday in celebration of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah.

Rosh Hashanah, meaning “head of the year”, is the celebration of the Hebrew new year. It is followed by the holiday Yom Kippur, during which the Jews atone for their sins of the year prior.

“On behalf of the entire New York City Council, I want to wish all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah best wishes for a happy, healthy and sweet New Year!” said Johnson. “L’shana tovah u’metukah! May you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life.”

Chin Writes Opinion Piece on Canal Street Congestion

Council Member Margaret Chin
Council Member Margaret Chin

Council Member Margaret Chin (D-Battery Park City, Chinatown) wrote a brief opinion piece for the Tribeca Trib on how to address gridlock on Canal Street.

Chin called the situation a “crisis”, noting that congestion in the area is at an all-time high. She suggested a number of cost-free measures that could address the problem, including sidewalk expansions and left-turn bans.

“The congestion can defy logic at times, with a trip between Manhattan Bridge and Interstate 78, a distance totaling 15 city blocks, taking up to an hour,” said Chin. “For years, we have looked to traffic enforcement agents for help, but the tremendous burden of Canal Street’s public safety should not fall on any individual municipal worker’s shoulders. With crosswalks often blocked pedestrians are forced to utilize narrow sidewalks that cannot handle the amount of foot traffic. We cannot wait for congestion pricing to take effect. The City can act today.”

The article is available here.