En 2021 el Concejo de la Ciudad aprobó una ley que debía ampliar el número de permisos a vendedores, pero un retraso de más de seis meses del Departamento de Salud e Higiene Mental no ha permitido que se asignen estos permisos prometidos. Poco después del retraso administrativo, un grupo de vendedores ambulantes formó la primera Asociación de Vendedores Ambulantes en la plaza Corona, en Queens, Nueva York.
The mayor issued a directive to the NYPD, emergency medical services and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene empowering them to “involuntarily transport” people experiencing acute mental health crises to hospitals, even if they do not present an immediate threat to themselves or others. But it remains unclear where they will go for continued assistance and housing after they are discharged.
“We aren’t helping delivery workers by forcing them to charge unsafe, unregulated equipment in their apartments. We need more regulation to protect these hard-working riders and their neighbors, not less.”
Superstorm Sandy spared the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, New York City’s most important food source. But a decade later, little has changed when it comes to storm resiliency at the low-lying markets, and a disaster could have a major impact for the city’s restaurants, shops and food pantries.
“In its current form, the state’s congestion pricing plan falls short of meaningfully addressing impacts on New York’s disabled community—a community the MTA has neglected for decades.”
In the decade since Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New York, the city has lagged in spending federal and capital funds dedicated to recovery and resiliency, a new report found. Some city agencies that received hefty federal grants related to Sandy have spent less than half of those dollars.
“We join many other New Yorkers, including Los Deliveristas, a social justice group that represents the estimated 65,000 delivery workers, and call on the city to find alternatives to a ban that protects NYCHA residents from fire hazards without impacting transportation access or imperiling the growth of this affordable and sustainable mobility option.”
The choice of Randall’s Island for the asylum-seeker tents recalls the historic role of the island—along with adjoining Wards Island—as a drop-off point for New York City’s most marginalized groups.
“Instead of continuing to overburden already disadvantaged communities, we can bring freight rail through Gateway to a new distribution hub at Moynihan/Penn Station, which is already equipped with loading bays from its previous use as a postal facility.”
“The Climate Action Council Scoping Plan for New York must not allow for new or repowered gas power plants that pollute our air and endanger community health. Additionally, the final plan must set a 2024 deadline for all electric new building construction and a similar 2027 deadline for bigger buildings.”