MANH Lawmakers on the Move, Sep. 4, 2019

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Velázquez Announces Over $500k for Health Centers

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-LES, Brooklyn, Queens) announced yesterday that health centers in New York’s 7th Congressional District have received over $500,000 in federal grants.

Among the beneficiaries is the Betances Health Center in the Lower East Side, renowned for providing services to New York’s immigrant and homeless population. The center has received $59,925 in funds to continue their Health Center Cluster (HCC) project.

“Federal health center funding is critical to supporting our medically underserved populations,” said Velázquez. “All individuals deserve access to a culturally sensitive healthcare environment, regardless of income, background or documentation status.”

Brewer to Hold “Day of Action” on Thursday

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer (D) will be hosting a back-to-school “day of action” this Thursday to spread awareness about the new public charge rule.

The Trump Administration’s public charge rule makes it harder for immigrants to obtain permanent legal status if they receive government benefits such as Medicaid, SNAP or NYCHA housing. Brewer’s office will be distributing informational flyers around City schools and subway stations. She will also be hosting an information session later that same day, in partnership with the New York Immigration Coalition.

The information session will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Synod House, 1047 Amsterdam Ave.

Johnson to Hold Oversight Hearing on ConEd Outages

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

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen) will hold an oversight hearing today on the Con Edison power outages that hit New York City over the summer.

The Council will hear testimony from representatives from Con Ed, the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM), advocates and members of the public to examine Con Ed’s and the city’s responses to the outages, and the long-term sustainability of the city of New York’s power system.

The event will take place today at 10 a.m. at City Hall.

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