POLITICAL ACTION

Voters to Answer Five Referendum Questions on November Ballot

October 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

On Nov. 2, New York City will hold a general election. In addition to New York City races, the following referendums will appear on the ballot. Below you will find a summary of each of the Constitutional Amendments. DC 37’s Executive Board voted on each on Sept. 14 after PEP Talk went to press. You can find the union’s positions on our blog. No Excuse Absentee Ballot Passed both houses in 2019 (S.1049) and 2021 (S.360) Purpose: Authorizes ballot by mail by removing cause for absentee ballot voting. Right To Clean Air And Water & A Healthful Environment Passed both houses in 2019 (S.2072) and 2021 (S.528) Purpose: Recent water contamination and ongoing concerns about air quality have highlighted the importance of clean drinking water and air, as well as the need for additional protections. Several other states, including Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Montana, have [More...]

DC 37 NEWS, UPCOMING EVENTS and SERVICES YOU CAN USE

October 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, an ideal time to take action on your health. Here’s how Ariel took charge of hers: Ariel was a healthy, 38-year-old mother of two when she was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. “We were all so surprised because I have no family history of breast cancer or cancer. It really rocked our world.” At Ariel’s yearly OB/GYN appointment, her doctor did a breast exam. He felt a little lump underneath her armpit and under her breast. The doctor sent her for a mammogram, which showed that her lymph nodes were enlarged. As a precaution, the doctor recommended a follow-up sonogram. “I went back, and thank goodness I did, because they found tiny signs of breast cancer. I jumped into treatment [at Memorial Sloan Kettering] relatively quickly.” Cancer screenings and preventive care visits are essential to good [More...]

What is Ranked-Choice Voting

June 18, 2021 // 0 Comments

When New York City voters go to the polls for the June 22 primary election, they won’t be casting their vote for one candidate per position, but instead multiple candidates. Ranked Choice Voting, which was approved by voters in 2019, took effect this year and will be used to elect the Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough Presidents, and City Council members. In the District Attorney primaries in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Ranked Choice Voting will not be used. Instead of just choosing their favorite candidate, voters will have the option of ranking up to five in order of preference. The candidates for each office will appear in rows on the left side of the ballot, and each column will be labeled first through fifth choice. Voters will indicate a preference next to their top five candidates and have the option of leaving some blank. This process will not be used in November’s [More...]

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...]

NEWS, SECTION 8, UPCOMING EVENTS and SERVICES

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...]

Rally for Parks Funding, Jobs

May 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS At a virtual rally today, the Play Fair Now Coalition consisting of DC 37, New Yorkers for Parks, and the League of Conservation Voters, as well as parks advocates urged the Mayor to restore $84 million in funding for city parks. New Yorkers relied on public parks more than ever in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visits to city parks, green spaces, beaches, trails and wetlands were up 64 percent.  Still last year the City drastically reduced the Parks and Recreation Department budget. Parks eliminated hundreds of unionized jobs, including Urban Park Rangers, Seasonal City Aides and PEP Officers, Gardeners, Pruners, City Parks Workers, Debris Removers and Park Attendants, who protect park goers and clean and maintain grounds. All told about 1,700 seasonal and permanent Parks jobs went unfilled in 2020.  Volunteers cleaned local parks in their communities but [More...]

NEWS, UPCOMING EVENTS and SERVICES

May 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

PSU: HELP FOR ANXIETY The Personal Service Unit (PSU) of DC 37’s Health and Security Plan would like to offer information and coping techniques for Anxiety. This past year has been filled with challenges, disruptions, fears and losses. As we transition to increasing in-person activities, we may feel additional Anxiety.  Anxiety is a mental health condition characterized by feelings of worry and fear that may interfere with one’s daily activities. Common physical symptoms are panic attacks, racing heart rate, chest palpitations, rapid breathing and irritability. Common psychological symptoms are racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating, catastrophizing, or obsessive thinking. The following are some useful strategies for coping with Anxiety: *Pay attention to your thoughts as they influence your feelings and behavior. Challenge negative thoughts and replace them with ones that [More...]

COVID-19 Cases Expose Workers’ Comp Failures

May 7, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Calling for immediate policy changes to fix the broken New York State Workers’ Compensation system, a coalition of unions joined The New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) and attorney Robert E. Grey on April 27, to say the Workers Compensation system has failed some 250,000 workers who got sick from COVID-19 on the job. The group introduced policy changes and new state legislation (S. 1241 and S. 1721) that would make Workers’ Comp more accessible to workers sickened by coronavirus, regardless of language or immigration status. At the virtual press conference Sen. Jessica Ramos, Chair of the state Labor Committee, said the legislation is an “effort to get more workers just relief.” The report authored by Grey revealed that of the 250,000 workers with symptomatic COVID-19, less than 10 percent, or just 21,000 workers, applied for [More...]