The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District and Union Square Partnership will co-host a special breakfast with Carlina Rivera, one of the newest members of the New York City Council, on Thursday, March 29.
The breakfast event will be held at Almond Restaurant, at 12 East 22nd Street, starting with networking at 8:00 AM before the program begins at 8:30 AM with opening remarks from Jennifer Brown, Executive Director of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, and Jennifer Falk, Executive Director of the Union Square Partnership. Michael Scotto of Spectrum News NY1 will serve as the event’s moderator and will include crowdsourced questions.
Who: Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District and Union Square Partnership will host breakfast with New York City Councilmember Carlina Rivera (District 2)
When: Thursday, March 29
8:00 – 8:30 AM – Networking
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Program, including opening remarks, and interview with Councilmember Rivera, followed by Q & A with attendees
Where: Almond Restaurant, 12 East 22nd Street, Manhattan
Carlina Rivera represents the 2nd Council District, which includes the diverse neighborhoods of the East Village, Flatiron, Gramercy Park, Rose Hill, Kips Bay, Murray Hill and the Lower East Side. She was elected to office in 2017 with 83% of the vote, and has established herself as a leader on many issues, including affordability, preservation, open space, resiliency, education equality, and small business survival.
Carlina was born and raised in the 2nd District of Lower Manhattan by a single mother who emigrated from Puerto Rico to New York and has worked for decades as a civil-servant. She began her career in after school programming, working with children at some of New York City’s highest-needs schools. She went on to serve her local community, creating and organizing initiatives for seniors and homeless New Yorkers as Director of Programs and Services at Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), a local non-profit focused on supporting local community issues. Most recently, Carlina served as Legislative Director to former Councilmember Rosie Mendez, where she worked on legislation related to household pest and mold remediation (Asthma-Free Homes Act), after-hours construction, bicycle safety, utility safety, and legal representation to seniors in Housing Court.
Carlina has a history of bringing people together to improve the lives, resources, and well-being of the residents of Manhattan’s East Side, whether as a Community Board member, as part of an affordable housing task force that delivered 500 units, or on a working group that secured funding for East River waterfront resiliency. In Hurricane Sandy’s immediate aftermath, Carlina helped coordinate a 4,000-person volunteer effort to assist over 10,000 homebound residents. She went on to help establish the Lower East Side disaster recovery network that was instrumental in relief and recovery post-Superstorm Sandy and critical in responding to the Second Avenue Explosion. Ithas become a model for community-based urban planning.
Carlina lives with her husband, pug, and turtle. She graduated from Marist College with a B.A. in Journalism after attending local district schools her entire life.
About the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership
The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District, formed in 2006, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the area’s reputation as one of New York’s most vital and exciting neighborhoods. This is accomplished by maintaining a clean and safe environment for the district’s businesses, residents and visitors; by spearheading area improvement projects; and by marketing the diverse business and retail options in this vibrant and historic neighborhood.
Learn more: www.FlatironDistrict.nyc
Twitter & Instagram: @FlatironNY
About the Union Square Partnership
The Union Square Partnership is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization that works to ensure the Union Square district’s continued growth and success by providing a wide-range of services and programs including sanitation, public safety, economic development, marketing, and events like Citi Summer in the Square, Sweat Fest, Holiday Kick-Off, It’s My Park! Day, and by investing in the beautification of Union Square Park. Learn more about our over 40 years of community partnerships at unionsquarenyc.org.
Learn more: www.unionsquarenyc.org
Twitter & Instagram: @UnionSquareNY