As 2017 comes to a close, I’m so thankful for so many blessings. I was able to provide $7.2 million in capital and discretionary funds for youth and education; affordable housing; public safety; seniors’ transportation; parks and recreation and the arts. I honored Bronx native and Iraq War hero Marine Corporal Ramona Valdez and Bronx hip-hop legend D.J. Scott LaRock with street co-requires certain city agencies to disseminate information on the senior citizen rent increase exemption program (SCRIE) to everyone identified as age 62 or older namings; requiring licensing for e-cigarette retailers; requiring on-going training for ACS preventive services workers; and addressing the importance of properly meeting the healthcare needs of detained youth, and keeping them connected to community, family and other positive adult role models. I provided a new, state of the art music studio for B.R.A.G. our anti-gun violence program at Good Shepherd Services. I added a monthly SCRIE/DRIE clinic for seniors and people with disabilities who need rent increase exemptions to the complement of free services in my office.
In November, I was re-elected to a third term in the New York City Council with 84% of the vote. I am honored to continue to serving this community. Best wishes for the holiday season!
On December 6 I convened a Juvenile Justice Committee Oversight Hearing on DYFJ’s efforts in implementing raising the age of criminal responsibility. We must track this progress to ensure the safety of youth and staff at facilities. We must ensure adequate staffing, training, on-time completion of renovations to the Crossroads facility and that Crossroads/Horizons can appropriately and safely house different youth populations.
My bill, Intro 1590-A was passed by the General Welfare Committee on November 29th and passed by the City Council on November 30th. This bill requires ACS to provide training to all individuals providing preventive services on an ongoing basis and no less frequently than once per year. Ongoing training will help these workers to better protect children and prevent them from going to foster care, keeping families together
Giving thanks for all that we have been able to accomplish together for our community and for your continued support! My very best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to all.
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