MANH Lawmakers on the Move, May 15, 2020

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Brewer to Host Town Hall Calling for One Social Worker in Every School

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer (D) will be hosting a virtual town hall calling for a budget allocation to fund one social worker in every public school.

This is a measure that Brewer has been pushing for since she took office – and now that we’re in the midst of a pandemic, the need for mental health care is greater than ever. The town hall will be cosponsored by Councilmember Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn) and NYU’s McSilver Institute.

The event will take place today at 3:30 p.m. on Zoom. To register, click here.

Stringer Writes Op-Ed on How to Protect Vulnerable Communities During COVID-19

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer

Yesterday, City Comptroller Scott Stringer (D) published an op-ed on Medium about how COVID-19 has magnified existing social inequalities.

Stringer argues that our most marginalized groups – people of color, immigrants, seniors – are bearing the brunt of the impact. Many of them live in crowded, unhygienic housing developments, where transmission is easier.

The City must address this persistent cycle of inequality that is leaving vulnerable populations underserved and overexposed — compromising their basic right to health and safety,” wrote Stringer. “There is no excuse to delay meaningful action.”

Read the full article here.

Powers, Reynoso Introduce CORE Act

Council Member Keith Powers
Council Member Keith Powers

Last Wednesday, Council Members Keith Powers (D-Upper East Side, Carnegie Hill) and Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn) introduced a bill to heighten standards for recycling and composting across the City.

The Community Organics and Recycling Empowerment (CORE) Act consists of two main provisions. Intro 1942 would mandate three drop-off composting sites in each community district; Intro 1943 would allow for the collection of recyclables that cannot be disposed of in our general waste stream, such as electronics.

New Yorkers want to do their part to make our city—and world—a better place. Even before this unprecedented crisis, we faced the compounding crisis of climate change,” said Powers. “The Community Organics and Recycling Empowerment (CORE) Act allows for us to do our part and keep taking action. Continuing composting and recycling across neighborhoods will ensure waste is disposed of in a way that is best for our environment, and for each other.”

Maloney Endorsed by League of Conservation Voters

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney

Yesterday, the League of Conservation Voters endorsed U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens) for re-election.

The League endorsed her on the grounds of her strong record on environmental protection. She was an original co-sponsor on the Green New Deal, and a co-sponsor on the Green New Deal for Public Housing; she is also a vocal opponent of the Trump Administration’s efforts to weaken environmental regulations.

“The League of Conservation Voters has done an incredible job advocating for policies that protect our environment and encourage conservation efforts,” said Maloney. “I’m honored to have their endorsement as I fight for a Green New Deal, push back on the Trump administration’s environmental abuses and work to ensure clean air and water for every American.”

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