The Political Round Up: Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and Others to Rally Against Trump

Elected Officials, Women’s Advocates Rally Against Trump
On Monday, October 17, elected officials, women’s rights organizations, and community leaders will gather in front of Trump Tower, 725 5th Avenue in Manhattan, to protest GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s treatment of women.  The rally was organized in light of Trump’s refusal to back down from his record of sexual misconduct and abhorrent behavior. Public Advocate Letitia James, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Jerry Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Liz Krueger, Terry O’Neill, President of NOW are expected to participate. The rally kicks off at 8:00 AM.
Brooklyn D.A. Ken Thompson Laid To Rest
Kings County District Attorney Ken Thompson was remembered by friends and colleagues including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio at his funeral. Hundreds of mourners gathered at the Christian Cultural Center in East New York on Saturday to remember Thompson’s legacy. D.A. Thompson died of cancer last week just days after announcing that he had the deadly illness.
Assemblyman Michael Blake recalled Thompson as “an example to me of how to serve the people and never forget where you come from, simultaneously.” Bronx parent activist Mona Davids remembered friend, Ken Thompson, saying, “New York City has a lost a great public servant and the Thompson family has lost much more. It was an honor knowing Ken Thompson. Ken was a great role model and also a mentor to me.”
Assemblyman Sepulveda and Mayor de Blasio Call for Election Official To Resign
State Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda blasted city Board of Elections Commissioner Alan Schulkinfor his comments linking minorities and Mayor de Blasio’s signature IDNYC municipal card program to voter fraud. Sepulveda noted that there is minimal evidence of voter fraud coming from Black, Latino Asian and Muslim communities. Schulkin’s comments were disgraceful and demonstrate that he is incompetent to serve as a Commissioner. Both Sepulveda and Mayor de Blasio called on Schulkin to resign immediately
Rev. Jerome A. Greene Democratic Club Celebrates 37th Anniversary Banquet
Last Thursday, the Jerome A. Greene Democratic Club (formerly the Bronx Unity Democratic Club) held its 37th anniversary banquet at the Villa Barone in Throggs Neck. Club President Venancio “Benny” Catala announced that the club awarded six honorees: Public Advocate Letitia James, Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr., Realtor Sandra Erickson, Healthfirst excutive George Hulse, Local 372 president Shaun Francois, and Bishop Earl W. McKay, Church of God of Prophesy.

Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and the CLACNY Unite to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage 

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council colleagues and the Coalition for Latin American Consulates in New York came together last week at the steps of Tweed Courthouse to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrate the contributions of Latinos in New York City. In commemorating the conclusion of Hispanic Heritage Month, the group recognized the challenging journey of many Latinos in the U.S. and honored the resilience, hard work, and myriad contributions of this diverse community in our City.

Arthur Avenue Named One of “America’s Greatest Streets”
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined the American Planning Association (APA), elected officials, and business and community leaders from across the city, earlier this month, as named Arthur Avenue as one of the Great Streets of America.
Bronx BP Diaz Scores Speaking Role at Charter Schools Rally
Last month, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Bronx Borough President Borough Ruben Diaz Jr. and civil rights activist Common joined thousands of parents, teachers, and students at the #PathtoPossible march in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park to support this vision and call on city leaders to stand with high-performing public charter schools. Diaz’s participation was notable because he has stepped up his profile among charter school supporters and, like Congressman Jeffries, is discussed as a possible challenger to Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017.
CM Gibson Hosts Women Lead NYC Forum

In collaboration with the New York City Council Women’s Caucus, Highbridge/Morrisania Councilwoman Vanessa L. Gibson hosted the Women Lead NYC forum at the Bronx County Building rotunda on on October 5. Women Lead NYC is a series of events held throughout all five boroughs. The purpose of these events are to enlist new voters, encourage voter participation, celebrate women in government, and provide insight into joining the political process. The event provided women a place to learn and network so they learn the tools needed when beginning civic engagement, running for political office, seeking appointed positions within government agencies, and/or working to encourage voter participation.

Borough President Diaz Allocates Over $3 million in Housing Funds
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has allocated more than $3 million in capital funds for seven housing developments across The Bronx, creating more than 800 new affordable units in neighborhoods borough. Diaz will also provide $165,000 in funding to the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development to create a mobile services unit capable of travelling between neighborhoods to assess housing and tenant matters
Additional reporting by Koi Germany.
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