Dear Constituents, Sincerely, Melissa Mark-Viverito COMMITTEES SERVED Chair of Civil Service Parks & Aging Contracts & Labor Recreation Community Public Housing & Youth Development Housing Buildings Services
LOOKING BACK ON 2012 Spoke up against school closures and funding cuts for important after-school programs and childcare. Marched for peace on our streets along side with District 8 youth and their parents; as well as “Occupied Corners” to bring awareness to the unnecessary violence. Stood with fast food workers and car washers who were demanding better treatment in the work place, regardless of legal status. Volunteered in neighborhoods affected by Superstorm Sandy. •We delivered food to homebound in Chinatown. •Cleaned up around devastated homes on Staten Island. •Bused supplies over to NYCHA developments and went door-to-door in Coney Island.
East Harlem’s Senior Pool Party was thelaunch of “senior hours” in 14 pools city-wide.This was after “senior hours” was first launchedin Thomas Jefferson Park Pool as part of theAge Improvement District initiative by ouroffice.A comical name, but a serious campaign –There’s No Poop Fairy in EastHarlem, promotes being responsible petowners and respecting our neighborhood bycleaning up after our dogs.The Upper West Side Enhanced CommercialDistrict was created within the Zoning TextAmendment, protecting small business ownerswho are falling victim to large banks and chainsthat are occupying an increasingly extensiveamount of ground floor space along the avenues.I was featured in the Educational VideoCenter’s powerful new documentary on Stopand Frisk. “Stop and Frisk: Life UnderSuspicion” documents the criminalization ofan entire generation of young men of color inNYC. Watch it here.Seniors in East Harlem finally got toenjoy benches that I had the DOTinstall throughout theneighborhood.I had the opportunity to be on apanel about Latinas in electedoffice at the 2012 BlogHerConvention. Watch a videoabout it here.
Stood in our hoodies to call forjustice for Trayvon Martin andhis family.Laid 100 pairs of girls’ shoes onthe steps of the Village Voiceoffice, in protest of thebackpage.com adult section.Supported the 8,500 utilityworkers of America Local 1-2that were locked out by ConEdison.Marched silently on Fathers Dayto end Stop and Frisk.Held our Sixth Annual Teen Fair,a positive youth movement.Celebrated my first ChineseNew Year in East Harlem.
PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING (PB) YEAR ONE YEAR ONE VOTING RESULTS FUNDINGPROJECT VOTES ALLOCATEDTransportation for Seniors& Meals-On-Wheels $103,000 579 votes THAT’SDelivery VanSecurity Cameras in $525,000 499 NEARLY $2 MILLIONSeveral NYCHA votesDevelopments (Jefferson,Johnson, Betances, IN CAPITALMillbrook, Washington,Taft, Clinton & Wagner)Playground Improvements $500,000 300A Home for Harlem RBI $513,000 votes 292 FUNDS,and Dream CharterSchool votes ALLOCATEDUltrasound System forMetropolitan Hospital $105,000 252 votes BY YOU, DISTRICT 8,New Technology for New $60,000 248York Public Library’s votesAguilar Branch IN THE FIRST YEAR. Videos on PB in District 8 - Overview, PBS (April 2012) - A personal story (April 2012)
PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING (PB) YEAR TWOWe’ve held six neighborhood assemblies, including special ones dedicated to our seniors and youth. THIS “REVOLUTIONARY” PROCESS HAS DOUBLED IN ITS’ SECOND YEAR. FOUR COUNCILMEMBERS PARTICIPATED IN YEAR ONE. EIGHT COUNCILMEMBERS ARE NOW PARTAKING IN YEAR TWO.
DISTRICT 8 JOINED TOGETHER TO KEEP EAST HARLEM WHOLE NYC DISTRICTING HEARING
ANNOUNCED NEW LEGISLATION I AM SPONSORING TO PROTECT UNJUSTDEPORTATION OF IMMIGRANT NEW YORKERS RIGHTING THE WRONGS OF “SECURE COMMUNITIES”
SPONSORED FOUR BILLS THAT COLLECTIVELY MAKE UP THE COMMUNITY SAFETYACT, ALONGSIDE THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS COMMUNITY SAFETY ACT
THE CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO OVERRIDE MAYOR BLOOMBERG’SVETO OF THE LIVING WAGE BILL THAT AIMED TO PROVIDE A LIVINGWAGE FOR 75% OF ALL HOURLY JOBS ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, INCLUDING RETAIL TENANT JOBS. LIVING WAGE NYC
THE CITY COUNCIL PASSED MY RESOLUTION, DETERMININGTHAT A PUBLIC EMERGENCY REQUIRING RENT CONTROL INTHE CITY OF NY CONTINUES TO EXIST AND WILL CONTINUE TO EXIST ON AND AFTER APRIL 1, 2012. RENT CONTROL IN A PUBLIC EMERGENCY
I WAS HONORED TO DELIVER THE KEYNOTE AT THE MAYORAL INAUGURATION CEREMONIES IN SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO INAUGURATION OF MAYOR CARMEN YULIN CRUZ SOTO OF SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO(CLICK ON THE PICTURE FOR VIDEO: 38:30 MINUTE MARK)
I WAS NAMED “ELECTED OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR” FOR MY WORK IN IMPLEMENTINGPROTECTED BIKE LANES IN EAST HARLEMSTREETSBLOG NYC’S 2012 STREETSIE AWARDS
I RECEIVED ONE OF THE TOP HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT CARD SCORES FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR URBAN JUSTICE CENTER’S HUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT
LOOKING FORWARD TO 2013 Legislation •Just examplesParticipatory Budgeting Seniors Youth $xx FISCAL YEAR Etc Housing 2013 BUDGET