Politics In Brief, July 7

Congressman Serrano Joins Call to Abolish ICE
“ICE is a fatally flawed organization that operates without the necessary oversight or responsibility to do its job in in a fair and humane manner. It lacks the internal checks and balances to rein in these excesses, and it presenting a vision of America to the rest of the world that isn’t in keeping with our values. It is time to abolish ICE,” said Congressman José E. Serrano (D-NY15), a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

CM Gjonaj honored Ernest Winzer Cleaners and the Hostos CC Women’s Basketball team
Councilman Mark Gjonaj was proud to issue NYC Council Proclamations and celebrate the 110 years in business in the Bronx to the Tony Award winner Ernest Winzer Cleaners, as well as the Hostos Community College Women’s Basketball team for winning the 2018 NJCAA Division III Championship.

Public Advocate James Report Finds Child Dental Care Lacking

Public Advocate Letitia James’ latest report reveals inadequacies in New York City’s school-based oral healthcare programs, including that students at only one quarter of Department of Education (DOE) schools have access to oral healthcare services in their schools.

Disparities in dental care exist along racial and income lines: more black and Hispanic children experience poor oral healthcare compared to white and Asian children.

“There is no question that oral health is linked to overall healthcare and well-being. If we want our students to be healthy and succeed in school, we must provide adequate dental care for our children,” said Public Advocate Letitia James.

Cuomo: “ICE’s treatment of Pablo Villavicencio is unAmerican and a blatant abuse of power”
Today, Governor Cuomo issued an open letter to Deputy Director and Acting Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Ronald D. Vitiello demanding the release of Pablo Villavicencio, who was detained on June 1 while delivering pizza at Fort Hamilton. The letter also calls for a public update on the Governor’s demand for the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General to investigate the conduct of ICE agents.

Cynthia Nixon’s latest campaign video highlights Trump donations to Cuomo

Cynthia Nixon’s gubernatorial campaign released a video (here) day morning, detailing Gov. Cuomo’s long history of taking money from Donald Trump and numerous other real estate developers. In return for the millions in donations, Governor Cuomo has granted real estate developers and landlords massive tax breaks, permitted vacancy decontrol, gutted Department of Housing and Community Renewal budgets, and caused a crisis of evictions and skyrocketing rents across the state.

State’s Largest Union Backs Senator Klein
1199SEIU, New York State’s largestunion, today endorsed Senator Jeff Klein for re-election to the New York State Senate. 1199SEIU is supporting Senator Klein as its choice to represent the 34th District, and promises to commit its resources to ensure his success. Senator Klein’s district includes parts of the Bronx and lower Westchester County, areas in which tens of thousands of 1199ers live and work.

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