MANH Lawmakers on the Move, Feb. 10, 2021

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Maloney Applauds NYS, Walgreens for Bringing COVID-19 Vaccine Site to Roosevelt Island

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (Photo credit:
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens) released a statement on Monday following an announcement that starting on Feb. 12, the Duane Reade on Roosevelt Island will be offering COVID-19 vaccines to patients aged 65 and older.

Maloney had called on Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) last month to establish a COVID-19 vaccination site on the Island.

“I am thrilled that the City and State listened to the people of Roosevelt Island and the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association and are opening up a vaccination site for these residents. Vaccine distribution should be easy, accessible, and free for all. Neglecting to place one on Roosevelt Island was a roadblock to this goal. I’m hopeful that this new vaccine distribution site will help drive up vaccination rates on Roosevelt Island and help keep these New Yorkers safe.”

O’Donnell, Walker to Host “Restore the Vote” Townhall

Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell (Photo credit: O'Donnell's facebook page)
Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell

Today, Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell (D-Manhattan Valley, Morningside Heights) and Assemblymember Latrice Walker (D-Brooklyn) will be hosting a virtual townhall, entitled “Restore the Vote: Challenging Jim Crow in New York).

O’Donnell and Walker will join the grassroots advocacy group VOCAL-NY to discuss their efforts to secure voting rights to formerly incarcerated persons. S830A/A448, a bill they’re sponsoring in the New York State Legislature, aims to do exactly that.

The event will take place today at 6 p.m. over Zoom. To RSVP, click here.

Cuomo Announces Over $90 Million for Supportive Housing for the Homeless

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Governor Andrew Cuomo

Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced the provision of $90.4 million in state funding for supportive housing for New Yorkers who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The money will go towards 20 housing projects, which will create a total of 629 units of permanent supportive housing, 30 units of transitional housing and 11 units of emergency housing.

“Homelessness and housing insecurity are not just isolated issues that can be addressed with a one-shot solution; we need a holistic approach which connects vulnerable New Yorkers to housing options, but also to the services which help ensure they can once again be contributing members of their communities, especially in the age of COVID,” Governor Cuomo said. “Thanks to these significant investments, we are continuing to grow these types of supportive housing options statewide and we will not rest until every New Yorker has a safe, stable place to call home.”