With the promise of warm weather this month I continue to focus on improving quality of life, fighting corruption, and a budget that is responsive to you.
Nearly 2,000 residents turned out to vote in person or online on how to spend $1 million as part of Participatory Budgeting, investing your tax dollars in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education with green roofs for two schools, laptops for ten schools. Read the results and more information below.
We’ve focused on quality of life by cleaning up our streets, improving city management, launching free public wifi, helping our homeless, and passing new enforcement laws. Quality of life legislation I authored was signed into law to recover $1.6 billion and prevent businesses from repeatedly leaving trash on the streets, engaging in dangerous construction, or excessive noise. As chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations, I am working to address the Board of Elections’ presidential primary failures, as covered by the New York Times, and the improper sale of a nursing home at 45 Rivington Street.
Good news came to 86th Street, as I announced twice-a-day trash pickup with Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia and our work with community and business leaders to form an 86th Street Business Improvement District for a full and sustainable solution made substantial progress. Come to support a Business Improvement District (BID) to clean up East 86th Street once and for all at a public meeting on Wednesday, May 18.
This month I hope you will join us to learn about your rights as a tenant and how to reduce rent stabilized rents with a rent roll back at our housing forum on May 19. As always join me monthly for First Friday, Policy Night, Mobile Hours, Legal Clinics; or I can come to you for "Ben In Your Building" or at your cooperative or condominium annual meeting.
How did you celebrate your Easter, Passover or Spring Break?
May 18, 6PM
86th Street Business Improvement District Public Meeting
May 19, 6PM
Tenants Rights, SCRIE/DRIE and Rent Guidelines Board Rent Rollback
May 6, 1PM
Life Planning Session
May 14, 11AM
Free Bike Helmets
May 16, 10AM - 3PM
Free Legal Assistance
May 6, 8AM - 10AM
May 10, 6PM
May 26, 6PM
CitiBike Street Skills