MANH Lawmakers on the Move, Mar. 11, 2019

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Ayala Gives Out Free Mammograms

The district office of City Councilwoman Diana Ayala (D-East Harlem, Mott Haven) will be giving out free mammograms this Friday.

The doctors conducting the mammograms will be provided by Mount Sinai Hospital, as part of their “Mobile Mammography” program – designed to provide women in New York with easy access to breast cancer screening tests.

The event is slated for Friday, Mar. 15, outside Diana Ayala’s district office at 105 East 116th St.

Brewer, James to Host Third Annual Women’s Conference

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer (D) and Attorney General Letitia James (D) will be hosting the Latino Leadership Institute’s Third Annual Women’s Conference at the end of the month.

The theme of this year’s conference will be “electoral and social empowerment”. James and Brewer, along with a bevy of other female electeds from New York, will be leading a discussion on the issue.

The event is slated for Mar. 30 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at 125 Barclay St.

Daily News Calls Speaker Johnson’s Plan “Worthwhile”

Council Member Corey Johnson
Council Member Corey Johnson

The plan to establish municipal control of the subways, proposed by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen), just got a ringing endorsement from the Daily News.

An editorial by Connor Harris, entitled “The Case for NYC Taking Back its Subway Station”, claimed that the MTA is a lost cause, citing the “disappointing” MTA reform plan put forth by Mayor Andrew Cuomo (D) and Mayor Bill De Blasio (D).

Harris then pointed out that the transit system was under the control of the City until 1968, when the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) merged with the Robert Moses’ Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, forming the MTA. At the time, this was done to enable the MTA to use bridge and tunnel tolls to pay for subway improvements.

But the MTA, said Harris, has since worn out its welcome, and Johnson’s plan to replace it is worth considering.

“Johnson’s plan, whatever its political difficulties, is worthwhile,” wrote Harris. “City control is the only way to fix NYC transportation. The subway’s problems have festered because the state politicians overseeing it, unlike city officials, will not suffer if it fails. It’s long past time for Gotham to take the subway back.”

The article can be read here.