Uptown Chair Ydanis Rodriguez “MTA Should Focus On Maintenance And Repairs,” From Harlem To Hollis

Today Thursday, March 8, 2018, the MTA testifies before the Council Committee on Transportation at its annual preliminary budget hearing for FY19. Below are opening remarks a prepared for delivery by Chair Ydanis Rodriguez. Continue Reading →

Mayor de Blasio Appoints Ariel Palitz As The First Ever Queen Of NYC Nightlife From Harlem To Hollis

Today, Mayor de Blasio announced that Ariel Palitz, a lifelong New Yorker and nightlife professional, will be New York City’s first ever Senior Executive Director of the Office of Nightlife. Continue Reading →

Uptown’s Rodriguez, Transportation Chair And Speaker Johnson Announce Car Free Day 2018

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Chair of the Council Committee on Transportation officially announced that New York City will organize its 3rd Car Free Day. Continue Reading →

Mayor de Blasio Announces Comprehensive Enforcement Action Against Apartment Buildings From Harlem To Hollis

Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that 250 apartment buildings have been placed in the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s Alternative Enforcement Program, an initiative that shines a spotlight on multi-family buildings whose owners have allowed them to fall into dangerous disrepair. Continue Reading →

City Announces Free Legal Services To Help Small Businesses With Leasing Issues

Today, the de Blasio administration announced the launch of a new program to help small business owners with issues related to a business lease. Continue Reading →

Department Of Consumer Affairs Begins Accepting Electronic Cigarette Retail Dealer Licenses

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas (pictured above) today announced that the application period for Electronic Cigarette Retail Dealer licenses is now open. Continue Reading →

Harlem, City Sues Landlord For Converting Rent Stabilized Units Into Illegal Hotel Rooms

The Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement is bringing a lawsuit against a Manhattan landlord who turned his four-story walkup into an illegal hotel through www.Airbnb.com. Continue Reading →

Uptown Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez Issues A Statement On Bollards Bill

Uptowns Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez issued a statement on the eve of Introduction 1658 becoming law. Continue Reading →

The Right Cumbo For The New Majority Leader Of The NYC Council From Harlem To Hollis

Today, Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo was appointed as the first woman of color to serve as Majority Leader of the New York City Council during the Stated Meeting. Continue Reading →

Rev. Al Sharpton Honors Corey Johnson In Harlem

NY Daily News reports that he wasn’t his first choice, but is looking forward to working with newly selected City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. Continue Reading →

Corey Johnson Elected As New City Council Speaker, Replaces Harlem’s Mark-Viverito

NY News Day reports that Corey Johnson was elected speaker of the City Council Wednesday. Continue Reading →

Major Announcement On Safety Bollards By Harlem Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez

By Ydanis Rodriguez

Today, January 2, 2018, the Administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council announced a plan to bring permanent perimeter barriers, or “safety bollards”, to high-profile sites and to create a process to simplify their design and construction. Continue Reading →

Health Department Deploys A Team To Puerto Rico As Part Of City’ Ongoing Relief Efforts

As part of the City’s ongoing Hurricane Maria relief efforts, the Health Department today deployed First Deputy Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot and three public health experts to Puerto Rico. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Rodriguez And Others Advocates Call For The Immediate Installation Of Safety Bollards

Council Transportation Chair Ydanis Rodriguez, Council Members Corey Johnson, Jumaane Williams, Margaret Chin, elected officials, and transportation advocates call on the City of New York to install pedestrian safety bollards. Continue Reading →

NYC Temporary Closes Stores Illegally Selling Tobacco Products Uptown And In Brooklyn

Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced the temporary closing of four Manhattan businesses (three uptown): Continue Reading →

Harlem Council Member Rodriguez And Others Vote To Protect Residents From Hookah Danger

The New York City Council voted on a package of legislation regulating the use of hookah, including bills 1075-A and 1076-A introduced by Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, and 139-C introduced by Council Member Vincent Gentile. Continue Reading →

Brewer Announces Return Of Fresh Food For Seniors For 2017 From Harlem To Houston

Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced the relaunch of her Fresh Food for Seniors program for 2017, which will operate through November, 2017. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Mark-Viverito Supports Health Department Release Changes In Birth Certificate Gender Markers Data

The Health Department today released new vital statistics data on the number of people who have changed their gender marker on their birth certificate since 2014, when the Health Department and the City Council eased requirements for gender marker change applications. Continue Reading →

The Ida B. Wells Society Connects News Orgs To Journalists Of Color

The Nieman Lab reports that Nikole Hannah-Jones has heard all the excuses for why newsrooms can’t hire more reporters of color. Continue Reading →

Mayor De Blasio On Harlem Speaker Mark-Viverito And The Mandatory Inclusion Law

mayor-de-blasio1In a statement from Mayor Bill De Blasio on the Mandatory Inclusion Law regarding affordable housing and Harlem’s Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito stated that:

“Since adopting the nation’s most progressive affordable housing law last spring, the City has already approved developments with 4,500 affordable homes.

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