How You Can Help

Since Wednesday’s tragic building collapse, so many of you have reached out to offer your help and support. Today, I am pleased to announce that, at the request and urging of my office, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC has established a special East Harlem Building Collapse Relief fundraising effort. I thank Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray for working with my office to establish this relief fund and for all that they have done in the days since this tragedy.

The East Harlem Relief Effort will aim to address the short and long term needs of the individuals, families and businesses stemming from Wednesday morning’s building collapse. Contributing to this effort – in any amount you can – is the best way to get help directly to those in need. Click here to donate and be sure to select East Harlem Building Collapse Relief Effort.

Funding will be utilized to create a victims assistance fund for expenses related to housing, funerals and replacing lost possessions, long-term case management and counseling services, and specialized outreach to El Barrio’s immigrant communities. Local community based organizations like Union Settlement and Little Sisters of the Assumption will be among those providing these important services.

The fund has already received pledges from a range of entities, including the families and Board members of the East Harlem Tutorial Program, the Real Estate Board of New York, Con Edison and the Association for a Better New York. I thank them for their generosity.

I invite you to join these organizations and businesses by making a contribution now to help our neighbors recover from this tragedy.

Together, we will provide the immediate relief and ongoing support that our neighbors need in this difficult time.

Gracias,
Melissa

Discretionary Funding Process for Fiscal Year 2015

The discretionary funding process for Fiscal Year 2015 is underway and deadlines are fast approaching. Please find application instructions below.

EXPENSE FUNDING

To apply for expense funding, please visit http://council.nyc.gov/html/budget/application.shtml. Please be sure to follow all instructions carefully.

The deadline for submitting your expense funding application and all required documents is Friday, March 21, 2014. There will be NO exceptions made to this deadline. Please complete the application on time.

CAPITAL FUNDING

• City Capital Projects: Schools and other city facilities interested in applying for capital funding should send an e-mail request to aking@council.nyc.gov and mvelez@council.nyc.gov.

• Non-City Capital Projects: All groups interested in applying for non-city capital funding (except cultural organizations) should visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/capgrants/capgrants.html.

• Non-City Cultural Projects: If you are a cultural group interested in applying for non-city capital funding, please visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcla/html/funding/capital.shtml.

The deadline for submitting your capital funding application to the City Council is Wednesday, April 9, 2014. There will be NO exceptions made to this deadline. Please complete the application on time.

Join Us at Our Annual Peace March This Friday

 

This Friday, we will hold our annual El Barrio/East Harlem Peace March, which will be led by local youth and is sponsored by Melissa and Senator Jose M. Serrano. We will gather on 116th Street and Madison Avenue at 5:00 pm and will depart promptly at 5:30 pm. From there, we will head east on 116th Street, south on Lexington Avenue and east on 106th Street, where we will end at the East Harlem Tree Lighting at 3rd Avenue.

Please join us and stand up for peace in our community!

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Melissa Mourns the Loss of Tato Laviera

“I am truly saddened to hear about Tato Laviera’s untimely passing. Tato was one of our most prominent Nuyorcian poets and novelists — a tremendously gifted, inspired artist.

“His beautiful words, which flowed swiftly between Spanish, English and Spanglish, chronicled the experience of millions of Puerto Ricans who have migrated to and grew up in the states. His love for my community of El Barrio could be felt in every verse he wrote.

“In the final years of his life, Tato suffered from health problems and endured homelessness. However, nothing could break his spirit.

“We as a community will find the appropriate way to pay tribute to his life and work. Que en paz descanse.”

POSTPONED: Black Latino and Asian Caucus Employment and Small Business Opportunities Expo

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Please join Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito and her colleagues in the City Council’s Black Latino and Asian Caucus at our second annual Employment and Small Business Opportunities Expo. This event will be held on Saturday, October 26th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and is FREE, but you need to register by clicking here.

The expo will include resume review and job matching strategies for high growth industries, small business fundamentals, employment opportunities and more. Remember, the registration deadline is Monday October 20th so sign up today!

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Join Us for a Screening of ‘The House I Live In’

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You are invited to attend a FREE community screening of the award-winning documentary The House I Live In hosted by NYC Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito. FLYER Attached

Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In tells the stories of individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy. View the trailer of The House I Live Inhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0atL1HSwi8

THE HOUSE I LIVE IN 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM

@ Manhattan Neighborhood Network

El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center

175 East 104th Street

New York, NY 10029

Following the screening will be a panel discussion with:

  • Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, District 8
  • Jazz Hayden, All Things Harlem
  • Kassandra Frederique, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Christopher St. John, Producer, The House I Live In

SPACE IS LIMITED, so please RSVP to: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8173931449

We hope that you can join us!

Environmental Children’s Fair This Saturday at Brook Park

Join us this Saturday at Brook Park for an Environmental Children’s Fair, sponsored by the Friends of Brook Park and BuildOn. The FREE event kicks off at 11:30 am and will include face painting, arts and crafts, planting and much more. Brook Park is located at 141st Street and Brook Avenue. Hope to see you there!

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SAVE THE DATE: Community Discussion on Our Transgender Community

By now, you’ve surely heard about the tragic murder of Islan Nettles, a transgender woman in Harlem. We simply cannot tolerate this kind of hate violence in our communities. On Tuesday, Melissa attended a vigil in Islan’s memory.

Even before this tragedy, Melissa’s office had been working with community groups to organize a discussion on our transgender community. We hope that you will join us for “No More Invisibility: Our Transgender Community, Who Are They and What Do They Have to Say?,” to be held on Thursday, September 19th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College (2180 3rd Ave @ East 119th Street, 2nd Floor Auditorium).

This discussion is also co-sponsored by State Senator Jose M. Serrano, Harlem United, CK Life, BOOM!Health, Iris House, The Center, NYC DOHMH, Destination Tomorrow and Harlem Pride. Dinner and refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited and RSVP is required. Please arrive promptly. For more information, please contact Joe Pressley at jpressley@council.nyc.gov or 212-828-9800.

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New Murals Coming to El Barrio and the South Bronx!

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Not long ago, Melissa learned about an annual art festival held in Puerto Rico where murals are simultaneously painted throughout the neighborhood of Santurce. Beginning this Monday, August 19th, this festival will come to El Barrio and the South Bronx for the first time. Next week, Melissa will join El Museo del Barrio in welcoming a host of artists from right here in New York City, Puerto Rico and throughout Latin America, to our district to help bring some of our empty walls to life.

We hope all of you will join us at this weeklong international art festival. Click here for the latest information on the planned activities, including a free concert and block party on Saturday, August 24th, and a community tour of all the completed murals the following day.

Our neighborhoods are home to so many vibrant and historic murals, and these artists look forward to adding to our communities’ public art, focusing in particular on one common theme that resonates with so many of us: diaspora. We’re particularly thrilled to be able to continue to build and strengthen linkages between our communities and Puerto Rico.

For all the latest information on Los Muros Hablan, stay connected with www.losmuroshablannyc.com.