December 2016 Updates

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Team Rosie’s New District Office
We are pleased to announce that we have signed a sub-lease with the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union for office space located at 209 East 3rd Street off Avenue B. If you have a complaint or need assistance please call Rosie’s staff before visiting the office. You can reach staff by calling 212-677-1077.

Mayor Bill de Blasio Signs the Gas Safety Legislation into Law
czbitp8xcaa6igaOn December 6th, 2016 Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the Gas Safety Package comprised of 9 bills into law. Earlier this year, Rosie introduced legislation that was part of a legislative package that would increase accountability when performing work on gas lines in the City of new York. The Local Laws will increase inspections of piping systems, publish annual reporting on these inspections, provide better and more informed notifications to tenants, mandate natural gas alarms in units, and bring increased transparency pertaining to gas line inspections to residents. These bills were introduced in March of 2016 on the one year anniversary of the Second Avenue Explosion to highlight the need for reform, as well as preventing future tragedies. Rosie was the prime sponsor of Intro. 1093A which requires gas providers and landlords to notify the Department of Buildings within 24 hours of the issuance of a gas service shut off.

Intro 1093 can be found here:
http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2576395&GUID=CC4EA262-C855-4376-9C4B-F3938263853E&Options=ID|Text|&Search=1093

NYC Council Women’s Caucus Launches Equality Legislative Package
cycyujoweaawuowThe Women’s Caucus, a 14-member body, announced a legislative package of bills and resolutions, during an Equality Rally, that will advance issues that affect all people, with a unique focus on women. The legislative package will provide greater transparency of City programs and annual reports, creation of new services and resources; recognize the contributions of women; increase access to higher education and hygiene products; protect survivors of domestic violence; curb sexual violence against all; and end gender-based pay discrimination. Rosie issued the following statement: “I am proud to be standing with the Women’s Caucus to push forward a legislative package with a special focus on women or women’s equity. The legislative package seeks to make improvements to our education, health, safety and formally and accurately documenting our history. My proposed bill to be introduced with Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer looks to co-name a portion of East 35th street in my district as Ms. Magazine Way. This would memorialize and pay tribute to the first magazine written by and for women, as well as the street where the magazine was first produced. Ms. Magazine is a feminist periodical that took unprecedented stands on issues like abortion and domestic violence. I look forward to making Ms. Magazine Way a reality in NYC.”

Rosie Does Outreach with the NYC Commission on Human Rights at Union Square
C0H6PniXUAAK25P.jpgOn Tuesday, December 20, 2016 Rosie and her team joined the NYC Commission on Human Rights to conduct outreach educating New Yorkers on their protections if they are discriminated against. The outreach is part of a campaign launched by the NYC Commission on Human Rights to increase the knowledge of New Yorkers on what their rights are if they experience or observe discrimination based on race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, etc. Rosie spoke with constituents about what their rights are and encouraged them to contact the Commission if they need support. Rosie said: “New York City is known as a melting pot and what that really means is that we are a city of multi-ethnic and multi-racial communities. We are a city comprised of individuals with a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, religious beliefs, sexual orientations and gender identities. New York City has, does and will continue to embrace our melting pot status and the variety of characteristics that make individuals different. Since the November Presidential 2016 Election, there has been a 115% increase in hate crimes in City of New York. Hate crimes and discrimination is not and will not be tolerated in our great City. The NYC Human Rights Commission (“HRC”) continues to educate individuals who are subjected to discriminatory behavior or bias related violence. I will join HRC and we will conduct outreach at the Union Square Subway Station in my district to inform New Yorkers of what to do when, and if, confronted with bias related incident either at the workplace and/or in their personal life. I am proud to be a part of this great City that will stand up against discrimination and harassment.”

Land Use Application filed for Construction of Proposed Hotel next to Merchant House Museum
Kalodop Park Corporation has filed an application with the Department of City Planning pursuant to Sections 197-c and 201 for a proposed zoning text amendment of Section 74-712, as well as two special permits pursuant to NYC Zoning Resolution Sections 74-712(a) & (b) to facilitate the development of a new eight (8) story hotel (UG 5) with an eating and drinking. Establishment (UG retail) on the ground floor on the property located at 27 East 4th Street in the M1-5B district within the NoHo Historic District Extension.

Please note that this application is a discretionary matter and as such this matter may be only be reviewed by the NYC Council if appealed to the Council by the Manhattan Borough President or if called up by a majority vote of the Council. The application numbers are CPC Nos. 20170115 ZRM, 20170116ZSM & 20170117 ZSM. Rosie will be setting up a meeting with the staff at the NYC Council’s Land Use Division.

Union Square East Bike Lanes
Constituents have called Rosie’s office with concerns of NYPD District 4 Transit vehicles parking on bike lanes that are located at Union Square East along East 15th – 17th Streets. Rosie’s office has contacted NYPD and made them aware of the issue. The Department of Transportation has confirmed that no vehicle, even NYPD vehicles, should be parked on the bike lane. The challenge has become that NYPD needs to be stationed near the Union Square Station entrance for emergency reasons. Our office is currently working with NYPD and the Department of Transportation to find parking spaces that do not overlap with a bike lane. If you observe issues pertaining to this area please call 212-788-7366.

The Return of the Alamo Cube

CxY8S67W8AAgjjz.jpgOn Wednesday, November 16th, Rosie joined Community Boards 2 and 3, Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, the Department of Transportation, Department of Design & Construction, and Parks & Recreation for the launch of the newly renovated Astor Place Plaza. DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg led the event introducing Community Board 2 Chair Tobi Bergman and Community Board 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer, as well as Elected Officials to share some remarks. Rosie’s Office has been monitoring the work at Astor Place Plaza and fielding complaints received due to the construction. The attendees at the launch got together to do the first spin of the cube since its return to its home.

Rosie was excited that the work was completed and the Alamo Cube was returned to its rightful place. However, Rosie was disappointed to see that the historic fence at Cooper Park was replaced with a lower, characterless, and ordinary fence.

East 23rd Street & 2nd Avenue Traffic Update
Rosie’s Office has received multiple complaints about traffic at the intersection of East 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue. Specifically, there are concerns regarding westbound traffic on East 23rd street and motorists making a left turn onto 2nd avenue. There have been requests made by constituents to install a left turn signal for the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. Rosie has written a letter to the Department of Transportation Borough Commissioner to request that a study be done to see if the agency can install a left turn signal. We will keep all informed on the progress of this request and traffic safety improvements to the area.

Requesting a Shift of M101/M102/M103 stop on 3rd Avenue
Due to construction and an accompanying sidewalk shed placed at 133 Third Avenue between E 14th and E 15th Streets, New Yorkers have had difficulties boarding and getting off of the M101, M102, and M103 bus line at the location. The construction and shed has created a narrow space on the sidewalk creating a difficult passage for pedestrians and passengers. Currently, the bus stop is located directly in the middle of 3rd Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets which is in front of the shed. Based on inquiries from commuters, neighbors, Community Board 6, the MTA and the Department of Transportation, a proposal has been made to shift the bus stop to the southeast corner of 3rd Avenue and 15th Street. This would temporarily shift the bus stop so that it is not directly in front of the shed but remains on the same block. Once the shed is removed, the bus stop will go back to its original location with enough room for residents to enter and exit the bus.

New York City Anti-Violence Project 24 Hour Hotline
The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

24 Hour English/Spanish Hotline: 212-714-1141
AVP encourages you to report violence that you experience or witness to our 24-hour bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline at 212-714-1141 where you can speak with a trained counselor and seek support. Hotline calls are free and confidential.

About the Hotline
AVP operates a free bilingual (English/Spanish), 24-hour, 365-day-a-year crisis intervention hotline that is staffed by trained volunteers and our professional counselor/advocates to offer support to LGBTQ & HIV-affected victims and survivors of any type of violence. AVP receives nearly 3,000 calls a year—an average of one call every three hours. Callers receive immediate crisis counseling and on-going short or long-term counseling and other supportive services, including police, court and social services advocacy and accompaniment.

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