DC 37 Supports Eric Adams for Mayor

June 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

Eric Adams, raised in South Jamaica, Queens, is a lifelong New Yorker and the son of a DC 37 member. At age 15, he was beaten by police in the basement of a precinct house. Instead of giving into anger, Adams steeled himself to reform the NYPD from the inside. In 1984, after graduating second in his class from the Police Academy Adams served in the New York Transit Police and the NYPD from 1984 until 2006, rising to Captain. He remains an outspoken activist against police brutality and for criminal justice reform. He also was president of the Grand Council of Guardians and co-founded 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care. In 2006, Adams was elected to the New York State Senate representing the 20th District in Brooklyn, and then elected Brooklyn Borough President in 2013, where he has served the people of Brooklyn ever since. With his decades of experience as a progressive activist and [More...]

DC 37 Supports Jumaane Williams for Public Advocate

June 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams is an effective leader, a frontline fighter against injustice and inequality, and a guiding force for change. From Brooklyn of Grenadian heritage, Williams began his career as a community organizer and advocate for tenants’ rights after graduating with a master’s degree from Brooklyn College. In 2009, he was elected to the New York City Council representing Brooklyn’s 45th District. While a member of the City Council, Williams became a leader in the fight against then-Mayor Bloomberg’s abuse of the odious “stop, question and frisk” policy that targeted young men of color, and other important reforms of the NYPD. He sponsored the Community Safety Act, legislation that established major changes to city policing, including creating the Office of the Inspector General that oversees unlawful and unethical behavior by officers within [More...]

DC 37 Supports Corey Johnson for NYC Comptroller

June 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

Corey Johnson has always been a fighter and a leader, entering public service as an activist advocating for equal rights and tenant protections. First elected to the City Council in 2013, Johnson became Speaker in 2018. As Speaker, he led efforts to protect tenants from eviction, and fought for criminal justice reform. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johnson was key in passing legislation to provide legal protections for tenants and small businesses, and later helped stage-manage the reopening from the citywide lockdown, including the Open Streets program. Under his leadership as Speaker, the City Council delivered on-time balanced budgets three years in a row. While under intense pressure during the COVID-19 crisis, Johnson shepherded through a budget that preserved funding for critical City services and for communities suffering from the pandemic. From his time serving as the leader of [More...]

One of Us

June 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

We must make an important decision later this month. The Democratic primary is on June 22, and I urge all of you to vote. More than ever before, the upcoming primary election offers an opportunity for us to shed the failed policies of the past and decide the future of New York City—your city. I hope you will read our endorsements in this issue of PEP talk (pages 9-22) and consider why these candidates represent the change our city so desperately needs. At the top of our list of endorsements sits our choice for New York City’s next Mayor: Eric Adams. It has been said often in the past that the office of the Mayor of New York City is the third most important job in this country. The person holding this position oversees a budget larger than most states, employs hundreds of thousands of people, including our members, and makes executive decisions for good or ill on behalf of a city [More...]

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Men’s Health Awareness Month: Prostate Cancer Screening and Early Detection

June 10, 2021 // 0 Comments

Dear DC 37 Member, June is Men’s Health Awareness Month. For many men, the fear of prostate cancer is overwhelming. MSK Direct has developed prostate screening educational materials to encourage early prostate screening for males over age 45. Learning about the risk factors associated with developing prostate cancer, such as age, family history, and race/ethnicity can help lower fear and uncertainty commonly associated with this disease. Prostate cancer is more common among African Americans. TV anchor Al Roker discussed his own prostate cancer experience, disparities in cancer care and the importance of cancer screening for Black men with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s (MSK) Chief Health Equity Officer Dr. Carol Brown in this video.  Fortunately, a PSA test can also help find prostate cancer early, and men over age 45 should talk with their primary care provider [More...]

Celebrating Caribbean-American Heritage

June 10, 2021 // 0 Comments

Dear Brothers and Sisters: Summer is upon us and we are hopefully just a few more weeks away from the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a struggle, but we are finally seeing the fruits of all the hard work and sacrifice that healthcare professionals have put into fighting this pandemic.  On behalf of the entire DC 37 leadership and executive board, I want to wish all members and their families a happy and safe National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. Each June, since 2005, our country acknowledges the many significant ways that Caribbean-Americans have shaped America. It is a time to celebrate the vibrant culture and patriotism of Caribbean-Americans.  Caribbean-Americans, like many other recent immigrant groups, have faced persecution on many different fronts often based upon the color of their skin, language, and immigration status. Despite the obstacles, [More...]

OCB Sides with Local 1505 in IPP Win

June 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS An impartial Board of Collective Bargaining determined that the City and the Parks Department Advocate’s Office violated the New York State collective bargaining law when it tried to dictate to Local 1505 and the union who could represent members. The Office of Collective Bargaining also shot down management’s attempt to modify the procedure for scheduling investigatory interviews. It dismissed two other charges. “I have had issues with the Advocate’s Office ever since I became president in 2008,” said Local 1505 President Dilcy Benn, who filed the improper practice petition in 2018. “President Benn came to the DC 37 Legal Department with clear evidence of mistreatment by the Parks Advocate’s Office. Put simply, Local 1505 members, facing disciplinary charges or pre-disciplinary investigations, were being subject to treatment different than other Parks [More...]

Parks Worker Saves Kid from Coney Island Jetty

June 1, 2021 // 1 Comment

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS A quick-acting City Seasonal Aide saved a stranded boy and the bystander attempting to save him, pulling them from the jetty at Coney Island Beach on May 22. It was one of the first seaside rescues of 2021. The scorching 89-degree temperature that day drew hundreds of people to the famous Brooklyn boardwalk and into the surf to cool off.   “Part of my job is to patrol the shoreline and keep people out of the water since City Lifeguards are not on duty yet,” said CSA Andre Cruz, a five-year seasonal Parks employee. City Lifeguards start work Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer. About 6 p.m., Cruz saw a man and a boy on the jetty. The boy’s mother yelled for help. Her child was stuck and so was the bystander. Cruz radioed for help and started the long walk out on the dangerous jetty.  “I made my way out about 50 or more feet. I had to [More...]

Parks Workers Help Homeless Sisters Get Safe Shelter

June 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Two Burmese sisters, who were homeless in New York City for over 12 years, are now in temporary housing thanks to the care and persistence of two Parks Department workers.  Parks Enforcement Officer Odelia Lee of Local 983 and Captain Cynthia Thompson of SSEU Local 371 worked together to successfully relocate the two sisters to a Lower East Side hotel at the end of March. But getting the two women to accept help and city services was a journey that spanned far beyond the eight miles separating the Upper West Side’s Verdi Square Park from the Lower East Side.   Lee and Thompson were assigned to assist and develop a rapport with these homeless sisters in February. They usually work in Queens parks but traveled to Manhattan for this special assignment. “It took a lot of patience and persistence over the two months. We visited them two or three times a week [More...]


May 25, 2021 // 0 Comments

APPLY FOR SECTION 8 RENT SUBSIDY NOW Waitlist Now Open Thru May 28, 2021 The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, commonly known as Section 8, is a federal program designed to provide rental assistance to low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. The New York State Division of Homes and Community Renewal (DHCR) opened the Section 8 waiting list on May 17 thru May 28, 11:59 PM. Applications will not be accepted outside of this period.  For information visit: https://hcr.ny.gov/section8. There is no cost to submit an application. DHCR will select 15,000 households for the waitlist through a lottery. Applying does not guarantee a voucher. Applicants must be 18 or older. The income limits are set annually by HUD:  https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il/il20/Section8-IncomeLimits-FY20.pdf Only on-line [More...]