Niou Highlights Immigrant Heritage Week In ‘Prep Talk’ Podcast
Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou (D-Chinatown, the Financial District, Battery Park City, LES) this week is being featured on the city’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) podcast, ‘Prep Talk’ to discuss the importance of working with OEM, elected officials, and community organizations to prepare immigrants for emergencies.
Niou was born in Taiwan and raised mainly on this country’s west coast before coming to the city as a graduate student at CUNY’s Baruch College.
“Being an immigrant really does shape my view, and I think that lots of times those are the things that drive us to go and make sure that everybody has a voice,” said Niou. “The reason why I’m here is obviously because I want to make sure that my community, all of my community, has a voice.”
Hoylman Upset With DOE Entrance Snafu
State Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, UWS, Midtown/East Midtown, Columbus Circle, Times Square, Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, LES) was distressed to learn that last week the New York City Department of Education (DOE) notified 144 students that they had been mistakenly denied spots at the Lab School for Collaborative Studies.
“The high school matching process is a stressful experience for middle school parents and students alike and the DOE should have taken greater care to avoid causing anxiety,” wrote Hoylman in his newsletter.
“I’m thankful that the District 2 Community Education Council will conduct a special meeting this Wednesday night at 6:30 pm with representatives of DOE’s Office of Enrollment and the Manhattan High School Superintendent Office available to answer your questions about the high school enrollment process,” he added.
The special meeting is slated for 6:30 p.m., today, April 17 at PS 340, 64 West 17th Street in Chelsea.
Chin To Help New Yorkers Fight I.D. Theft, “Operation: Stop Scams”
City Council member Margaret Chin (D-Battery Park City, Chinatown) today alongside AARP New York will co-host a free paper-shredding event,“Operation: Stop Scams.”
Operation: Stop Scams is statewide series of events providing free and secure destruction of personal financial records and other sensitive documents to help New Yorkers protect themselves against identity theft.
In 2018, New Yorkers filed more than 24,000 reports of identity theft with the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC estimates New Yorkers lost $65.7 million to fraud. To avoid having your sensitive information compromised, security experts recommend shredding old documents containing sensitive information.
Participants may bring up to three grocery bags of personal documents to be shredded.
The event is slated for 10 a.m., today, April 17, at Rutgers Houses and LaGuardia Houses, 38-48 Rutgers Street in Chinatown.