Want to know the latest developments in New York City politics? Check out this guide that will walk you through the latest announcements: Congressman Charles Rangel's latest endorsement from the principals' union, an update on the East 91st Street waste facility, seniors and home care workers protesting outside City Hall, the city's new technology investments in city schools and the results of Shop Healthy NYC's first year in operation.
Congressman Charlie Rangel receives endorsement from principals' union
Congressman Charlie Rangel received an endorsement from the Council of School Supervisors and Administrations, the influential 16,000-member principals’ union, after the powerful teachers' union decided to back his opponent, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, the New York Observer reported on Friday. He was recently endorsed by 1199 SEIU, one of the city’s most powerful unions, and is beating Mr. Espaillat by nine points, according to the first public poll for the race.
Plans for East 91st Street waste facility will move forward despite protests
Plans for a waste transfer station on East 91st Street, which were given the green light under former mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's administration, will continue under Mayor Bill de Blasio in spite of opposition from local groups who are against the project, Capital New York reported on Thursday. The de Blasio administration made the announcement about the new marine transfer station as part of its new approach to the city's Solid Waste Management Plan, a five-borough plan that will deal with the city's waste and provide flexibility and resiliency if a natural disaster or other emergency were to occur.
Council Member Margaret Chin, seniors and home care workers protest in front of City Hall
On Thursday, a group of seniors, advocates and home care workers demanded more funds and better services for seniors in front of City Hall. New York’s Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly Program, a program that provides low-income seniors and undocumented seniors who do receive a sufficient amount of funding with home care. New York City Council Member Margaret Chin, who is also chair of the Aging Committee, said that they are asking the city and the state to create more programs that would cover thousands of seniors who who are not covered by Medicaid over the next few years.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announces new tech investments in city schools
On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio outlined key investments in this year’s budget that would support technology in city schools, an effort to eliminate the achievement gap and encourage students in every neighborhood in a speech at the Bronx Academy for Software Engineering. The city plans to invest $20 million in new devices and software to bolster connectivity in the classroom and make a five-year, $650 million capital investment to wire city schools and get new hardware to prepare for the city's rising “tech ecosystem.” The city also plans to invest $20 million for CUNY STEM programs.
Health Department’s Shop Healthy NYC expanding to Brooklyn and the Bronx
On Wednesday, the Health Department and the Center for Economic Opportunity announced that they are expanding their Shop Healthy NYC program to the East Tremont section of the Bronx — where 40.6 percent of residents are at or below poverty level — and that they are also planning to pilot the program in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn after a successful first year of operation. In its first year, Shop Healthy NYC, a voluntary program that works with communities to increase access to healthy foods, improved the promotion of and access to healthier foods in 170 neighborhood stores and reached more than 80 percent of bodegas and supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods.