MANH Lawmakers on the Move, Sep. 21, 2020

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Hoylman to Host Census Phone Banking

State Senator Brad Hoylman (photo provided by Avi Small)
State Senator Brad Hoylman

Tonight, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Chelsea, Midtown) will be hosting a phone bank campaign to boost the Census response rate in his district.

With less than two weeks before the Census deadline, Hoylman wants to do all he can to get as many New Yorkers counted as possible. Using a predictive dialer tool, he and his team will call hundreds of New Yorkers and connect them directly to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The event will take place tonight from 5:30 – 8 p.m. To sign up, click here.

Nadler Mourns Loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (Photo Credit: U.S. House Office of Photography)
U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn) released a statement last Friday following news of the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ginsburg, 87, passed on Sep. 18 after a long, arduous battle with cancer. In her 27 years on the Supreme Court, she used her position to promote gender equality and expand bodily autonomy and reproductive rights for women,

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg has left an indelible mark on this country, and her loss will be deeply felt. She will be remembered for her brilliant mind, her razor sharp wit, and her tenacious and lifelong fight to protect the rights of women in this country. In a year of incalculable loss, may we pause for a moment to honor this remarkable woman who never backed down from a fight and was never afraid to stand up for what she believed. I send my most heartfelt condolences to her family, colleagues, and loved ones. May her memory be a blessing.” 

Espaillat Recognizes Rosh Hashanah

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 the following statement last Friday, in recognition of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year:

“Starting today through Sunday, September 20th, our Jewish community celebrates the start of the High Holy Days, beginning with the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. It is a time for family and friends, to gather together and reflect on the hardships, achievements, special occasions and moments of happiness that this past year has brought us. We recall the challenges and adversities that our country and the Jewish community have been through, working together to overcome them and being grateful for the blessings we have received. It is a time for inner renewal and forgiveness, for us and those we have wronged, and we pray for love and reconciliation with those with whom we have differences.

“Rosh Hashanah is a time to look forward, to define our new year resolutions with a positive attitude and start contributing to a better future. It is time to build a stronger and more unite community to face the challenges that are yet to come together with passion and love, while we celebrate the lives we are fortunate enough to live.

“As we mark the start of Rosh Hashanah, I extend a warm and sincere shanah tovah u’metukah to the Jewish community throughout New York’s 13th congressional district. May your New Year be full of health and happiness and may we all enjoy a sweet year to come.”

De Blasio Announces Partial Reopening of Indoor Pools

Mayor Bill de Blasio (Credit: William Alatriste)
Mayor Bill de Blasio

Last Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced that the City will soon be reopening indoor pools at limited capacity.

Starting on Sep. 30, indoor pools will be allowed to reopen with occupancy maximums of 33 percent capacity. New Yorkers who witness crowding or other dangerous conditions at pools should contact 311. In a statement, de Blasio hailed the change as a small step back towards “business as usual”.

“As New York City continues its gradual reopening and economic recovery, we’re proud to announce we are ready to reopen indoor pools,” said de Blasio. “Swimming pools are a community anchor, an exercise center, and an oasis in their neighborhoods—both literally and figuratively. New Yorkers have worked hard to fight back COVID-19. As transmission rates remain low, we’re proud to offer more ways to slowly return to business as usual.”