MANH Lawmakers on the Move, Sep. 23, 2020

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Kavanagh to Host Town Hall on Young People’s Civic Engagement

State Senator Brian P. Kavanagh (source:
State Senator Brian P. Kavanagh

State Senator Brian Kavanagh (D-Lower East Side) will be hosting a virtual townhall tonight on how young people can make positive changes via advocacy.

Kavanaugh will be joining representatives from Generation Citizen, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the NYC Census and Community Board 2 to discuss activism and grassroots organizing. Translation services for Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin speakers will be available.

The event will take place tonight from 7-8 over Zoom. To RSVP, click here.

Stringer to Celebrate African Heritage Month

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer (Photo credit: Thomas Good, CC BY-SA 4.0)
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer

Today, City Comptroller Scott Stringer (D) will partner with Islamic Relief USA to host an African Heritage Month celebration.

For the past several years, the City has recognized September as African Heritage Month to celebrate African culture and recognize the contributions of the African diaspora. The open event will provide free meals, school supplies, PPE and Census forms to attendees. However, supplies are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks will be mandatory and social distancing guidelines will be in effect.

The event will take place today from 2-4 p.m. at the Accra Restaurant, 2065 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd. 

Johnson to Sponsor Virtual Rat Academy

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

Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen) will be sponsoring a virtual “Rat Academy” this evening to provide information on rat control.

Johnson will be partnering with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for a free, two-hour information session on how to safely and effectively prevent rat infestations. The session will include specific tips for maintenance personnel, building supers and managing companies.

The event will take place tonight from 5-7 p.m. To register, click here.

Espaillat Calls for Committee Hearings on Trump Admin’s Plan to Cut Off Funds to NYC

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 after President Donald Trump (R) announced he will no longer provide emergency COVID-19 funding to New York City:

“Make no mistake, New York City is still at risk and the Trump Administration is playing politics with the health and safety of New York’s students, teachers, essential workers, and families. It could cost us an additional billion dollars, not to mention the loss of lives. Now, with President Trump and Attorney General Barr’s asinine decision yesterday to categorize our city as an “anarchist jurisdiction,” billions more in federal funding hang in the balance when we are already facing a fiscal crisis from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Trump Administration’s failed response to contain it.

“As New York City’s sole representative on the House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which has oversight of FEMA, I have asked Chairman Peter DeFazio to employ all of the instruments at the Committee’s disposal to investigate the genesis, potential political motivations, and internal deliberations leading up to the Trump Administration’s assault on New York City, including a public hearing with FEMA officials. In light of the threat posed to the safety of New York City’s residents, I am confident that the Committee will use its oversight powers to ensure that FEMA is not being used as a political tool of the president or his administration.”