MANH Lawmakers on the Move, Sep. 16, 2020

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Espaillat Lauds Passage of Bill to Rename Post Office After Normandia Maldonado

U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (Photo credit: U.S. House Office of Photography)
U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat

U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan, Bronx) released a statement yesterday hailing the passage of his bill to designate the post office at 511 West 165h St. as the”Normandia Maldonado Post Office Building”.

Maldonado, born 1929, was a Dominican artist and activist who dedicated her life to preserving Dominican heritage. In 1966, she co-founded Club Civico y Cultural Juan Pablo Duarte, Inc., one of the oldest Dominican institutions in the United States.

“Normandia Maldonado’s impact and selflessness within the Dominican community is unmatched, especially in New York City,” said Espaillat. “Decades ago, her visionary leadership was a driving force behind the Dominican peoples’ interlacement within the communities of Washington Heights, Inwood, the Bronx, and beyond Her altruism and contributions were of many colors, and her artistic vibrance was revered and cherished. She helped the Dominican people build their own legacy – she forged the efforts to establish the Dominican Day Parade, the Juan Pablo Duarte statue, and to establish the Casandra Damirón Hall of Fame – ensuring that fellow Dominican artists’ accomplishments and talent receive the recognition they deserve.”

Jackson to Host Townhall on Quality of Remote Learning

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State Senator Robert Jackson

Today, State Senator Robert Jackson (D-Washington Heights, Inwood) will host a virtual townhall on the quality of remote learning for CUNY students.

The meeting will feature a panel of three CUNY representatives: Sarah Truelsch, Director of Policy Research; Jonathan Gagliardi, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Effectiveness and Innovation; and Ian James, Deputy to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Along with providing information about CUNY’s remote learning program, the panelists will also take questions from parents and students about their experiences.

The event will take place today from 12-1 p.m. over Zoom. To register and/or submit your questions, click here.

Velázquez to Host Roundtable on 2020 Census

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (Photo Credit:
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Tonight, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-LES, Brooklyn, Queens) will be hosting a community roundtable discussion on the 2020 Census.

As of this writing, we have less than two weeks before we reach the 2020 Census deadline. At tonight’s event, Velázquez will discuss how we can use what little time we have left to bring our response rate up to par. The discussion will also feature special guests Jeff T. Behler, Regional Director of the U.S. Census Bureau; Julie Menin, Director of NYC Census 2020; and Meeta Anand of the New York Immigrant Coalition.

The event will take place tonight from 6 – 7:30 p.m. over Zoom. To register, click here.