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Council Vanessa L. Gibson – August 2019 E-Newsletter

Dear Neighbor,

Happy Summer! It is my pleasure to share our August E-Newsletter with you. I hope you and your family are enjoying the Summer season and taking advantage of our community’s parks, playgrounds, libraries, pools and summer activities taking place. Free summer meals are available for children 18 and younger at local pools and libraries; Music and jazz is being offered in Franz Siegal Park on Thursday’s; and Summer Jam Park concerts sponsored by Tools of War are taking place on Thursday’s at 4pm in Crotona Park at the Amphitheater. There is a lot of recreation for you to enjoy and take advantage of and it’s all FREE.

Recently, our Bronx community has seen three violent incidents where three young men lost their lives in Morris Heights, Concourse and Morrisania to gun violence. Our office sends our thoughts and prayers to these families and will offer whatever support needed to help during this time. This Country has seen two back to back mass shootings in both El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH, where innocent people were injured and killed. It is unbelievable that domestic terrorists and white Supremacists have such easy access to AK-47’s and high capacity weapons. Without aggressive action from the President and federal government, this epidemic will continue. We are beyond thoughts and prayers and it’s time for Congress to step up.

On a local level, we are saddened by the horrific mass shooting in Brownsville, Brooklyn during the Old Timer’s Celebration that led to 12 people being shot and 1 fatality. We are glad to see the Mayor stepping up to offer $9M to further support anti-gun violence programs on the ground.

We have been busy in the district with Summer at the Subway Office Hours, attending Family Days, block parties and our Movie Nights on Friday’s. Please see our upcoming events and share within your networks. We look forward to seeing you around the community this Summer.

Please Save the Date for our Annual Family Day on Saturday, September 7th, 11am to 2pm and contact our office at 718-588-7500.

Last week, our community saw a devastating 7-alarm residential fire on McClellan Street in the Concourse community that affected 40 families. I am so thankful and overwhelmed at the incredible outpouring of support by neighbors and residents donating items to help families. In a few days, we received clothing, baby items, footwear, toiletries and a lot of beverages and snacks for families. I thank the elected officials and their staff for the immediate response and all of our city agencies for their hard work and efforts. Thankfully, there were no fatalities and we are grateful for that. The Office of Emergency Management, the FDNY, the NYPD 44th Precinct, American Red Cross, HPD, the MTA, the Health Department, Department of Social Services, the Department of Education, School Safety, and the Buildings Department. Families have a long road ahead but we will continue to offer support and provide temporary housing until they return home.

City Hall

During this past NYC Council Stated meeting, the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus held a demonstration in recognition of the 5th anniversary of the death of Eric Garner and standing in solidarity with the Garner family in their continued We are thankful that an administrative judge recommended the immediate termination of Officer Pantaleo and we urge the Police Commissioner to follow through with this ruling.

Council Member Gibson also joined Speaker Corey Johnson in unveiling his plan for combating food inequality in New York City. These plans include creating an Office of Food Policy, promoting summer meals programs, making SNAP more accessible, addressing college student hunger, and much more. Council Member Gibson is proud to be part of this plan by introducing legislation to develop a 10-year food policy plan that will include input from agencies, community based organizations, community leaders, and other stakeholders that focus on food policy, food equity, food justice, and food security.

For a calendar of this months’ hearings, please click HERE.

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