November News: VOTE Tomorrow 11/3, PPE Stockpile, Worker-led Recovery, Laptops Guarantee, Remote Learning Sites Needed, and Reusable Bag Distribution
Election Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, November 3rd. If you didn’t vote early or by mail, tomorrow is your LAST CHANCE to make your vote count. As many encountered hours-long lines to vote, I have continued fighting patronage and corruption at the Board of Elections.
As we face another wave of the pandemic, we held a hearing where I forced the city to release the numbers for the city’s 90-day PPE stockpile and reached a milestone of distributing 15,000 masks. We also passed legislation I co-sponsored to make outdoor dining permanent. With different visions for our "new normal" I am proposing a worker-led recovery that would force the city to pay our non-profit workers on the front-lines better wages as they help our city's neediest.
With 77,000 public school students outside the district who don't have laptops or Internet for remote learning I've proposed legislation to guarantee every student a laptop with Internet. I also continue to be disappointed in the Mayor's implementation of my proposal for remote learning centers with only one "Learning Bridges" location in the district, please join our efforts to secure more.
This month we will be giving away free reusable bags with the State's plastic bag diversion program now in full effect. After nine long months, we will have a shred-a-thon. We will also be giving away turkeys to residents of public housing.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, I am thankful to my wife and daughter as well as all of you for this opportunity to work together to make our city better. What are you thankful for?