MANH Lawmakers on the Move – Aug. 29, 2019

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Velázquez Blasts Trump for Diverting FEMA Funds to Detention Centers

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-LES, Brooklyn, Queens) released a statement yesterday condemning President Donald Trump (R) for his plan to use FEMA funds to finance migrant incarceration.

“Just as we approach the height of hurricane season and as Dorian barrels towards Puerto Rico, we learn the Trump Administration plans to steal money for disaster relief to finance its coldhearted persecution of immigrants,” said Velázquez. “Not only does this fly in the face of Congress’ constitutionally mandated power of the purse, but it is morally reprehensible. If this policy is implemented it will mean that millions of American citizens may not receive desperately needed assistance in the wake of a natural disaster.”

Kallos to Host City Bike Skills Class

Council Member Ben Kallos
Council Member Ben Kallos

Council Member Ben Kallos (D-Yorkville, Lenox Hill) will be hosting a presentation on New York’s Citi Bike program tomorrow.

The class will provide insider tips on how to navigate the Citi Bike system and ride safely around the City. It will also include more general information about street safety, such as how to avoid common road hazards. Each participant will receive either a City Bike day pass or a $25 discount for a year-long Citi Bike membership.

The event will take place tonight from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Office of Ben Kallos, 244 East 93rd St.

Gottfried Applauds Passage of Marijuana Decriminalization

Richard N. Gottfried
Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried

Assembly Member Richard Gottfried (D-Chelsea, Midtown) released a statement yesterday celebrating the passage of his marijuana decriminalization bill.

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) passed a law yesterday that decriminalizes the possession of up to 1 oz. of marijuana (up from the previous limit of 25 grams). It also expunges the records of those arrested for possessing the amount that is now decriminalized under the law.

Gottfried, who co-sponsored the bill, was pleased for its success, but maintained that his ultimate goal is complete legalization.

“This is a great step forward for social justice,” said Gottfried. “But we still need to pass the bill to legalize, regulate and tax adult use of marijuana, sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes of Buffalo, which I co-sponsor.”

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