December News: House Homeless Families, Insufficient N95 Stockpile, Reopening Schools, New Playground, Blood Center Expansion
Note: This is a re-post of our City Council government newsletter. The original can be found here.
I hope you had a good Thanksgiving, even with the new normal. As we celebrate the holidays, my thoughts go to the homeless and hungry, which is why we held a hearing on funding cuts to nonprofits serving our city's neediest and why I wrote an op-ed proposing that we use the ten of thousands of vacant apartments to house our homeless now.
It is undeniable that we are amidst a second wave. With schools set to reopen, we've been focused on being prepared for what may come and pushing the de Blasio administration, who are dangerously far from having a 90-day stockpile of N95 masks. We can never let our frontline workers work without adequate protection again. Amidst the whiplash of reopenings and closures, we successfully secured 200 Learning Bridges seats on Roosevelt Island, thanks to our work alongside parents on the Island pushing City Hall to make it happen.
We celebrated to reopening of Carl Schurz Playground with a ribbon-cutting on more than $3 million in renovations that I helped fund. We also learned the the Blood Center is proposing a new building that will cast a shadow on St. Catherine's Park; there is a vital deadline for you to make your voice heard in support, opposition or with improvements to their plan.
This month, we're bringing our annual Holiday Party online. Please join us for an evening of performances on Tuesday, December 15. As always, we will have our monthly virtual First Friday meeting this Friday, December 4. We will also be distributing free face masks and sanitizer around the district on tomorrow, December 3rd through our partnership with the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center.
Stay safe and Happy Holidays!
Emergency Preparedness Go-Bag Giveaway
Environmental Review for Blood Center Proposal
Virtual Holiday Party
Face Mask and Hand Sanitizer Distribution