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MANH Lawmakers on the Move – Nov. 19, 2019

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Rodriguez to Host Scope Meeting on Inwood Hill Park

Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez
Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez

Today, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Washington Heights, Inwood) will be hosting a scope meeting on the renovation of Dyckman Soccer Hill in Inwood Hill Park.

Rodriguez and Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) have funded a $6.2 million capital improvement project to renovate Dyckman Soccer Hill. At the meeting, they’ll allow the community to pitch their ideas about how to best improve the soccer field. The electeds will use the input to develop a schematic design, which they will present to Community Board 12 for review.

The event will take place today from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Payson Parkhouse, 285 Dyckman St.


Hoylman to Host “Walking While Trans” Press Conference

State Senator Brad Hoylman
State Senator Brad Hoylman

Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Chelsea, Midtown) will be hosting a press conference in honor of the Trans Day of Remembrance.

At the conference, Hoylman will pay respects to the transgender people we’ve lost as a result of transphobic violence. He will also be discussing his State Senate bill, S.2253, which would repeal the section of penal law relating to loitering for the purpose of prostitution. Hoylman argues that this law has been used as a cudgel against trans women, criminalizing “walking while trans”.

The event will take place today at 11 a.m. at the corner of 29th Street and 7th Avenue.


Kallos to Rally for Unpaid Construction Workers

Council Member Ben Kallos
Council Member Ben Kallos

Council Member Ben Kallos (D-Yorkville, Lenox Hill) will be attending a rally in support of unpaid construction workers today.

Kallos will be fighting alongside the New York State Laborers Organizing Fund and the Laborers’ International Union of North America. At the rally, construction workers will deliver an invoice to New Line Structures at their headquarters, demanding $70,000 worth of unpaid wages.

The event will take place today at 4 p.m at 512 7th Ave.


Johnson, De Blasio Announce Pathway to Pay Parity for Early Childhood Educators

Council Member Corey Johnson
Council Member Corey Johnson (Credit: Jeff Reed)

Yesterday, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen) and Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced that the City has achieved a pathway to pay parity between early childhood education teachers and entry-rate Department of Education salaries by October 2021.

By announcing this pathway, the Mayor and City Council have completed the promise they made to the provider community in June. Certified teachers will see gradual wage increases beginning in October 2019 with parity achieved in October 2021.

 “I am thrilled to announce the final of several deals, promised as part of this year’s budget agreement, to put these community-based educators on the path to pay parity,” said Johnson. “This took a lot of hard work, and I thank DC37 and the de Blasio administration for being partners in this process. I’d also like to thank the advocacy groups for holding us accountable to make this happen including the Campaign for Children led by the Citizens Committee for Children, United Neighborhood Houses, FPWA and UJA. The Council will continue to fight for the rights of working people throughout the five boroughs.”

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