MAYOR ADAMS, NYPD COMMISSIONER CABAN TO PILOT NEW TECHNOLOGY, ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL CLINICIANS TO BE DEPLOYED IN SUBWAYS

 New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Edward A. Caban today announced efforts being taken to make the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) subway system safer by investing in new technology to detect firearms, as well as invest in more clinicians that will help those suffering from severe mental illness in the nation’s largest subway system. The city is exploring, and will soon begin piloting, emerging technologies designed to detect weapons carried by travelers into the transit system. In accordance with the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act, the NYPD also published online its Impact and Use Policy for electromagnetic weapons detection systems, starting a mandatory 90-day waiting period before new technology can be tested and used in New York City. Additionally, Mayor Adams announced that the city will begin hiring clinicians to support the expansion of the Subway Co-Response Outreach Teams (SCOUT),... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Yes to Housing in God’s Backyard

When we came into office, we had a clear mission: protect public safety, rebuild our economy as quickly as possible, and make our city more livable for everyday New Yorkers. The key to livability is affordable housing. It is the bedrock on which New Yorkers can build a family, build a life, or simply continue to live in the city they love. But there is currently not enough affordable housing to meet our city’s needs. The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s 2023 Housing and Vacancy Survey showed that our city has a vacancy rate of 1.4 percent, the lowest this measurement has been since 1968. The only way to create more rental availability and lower prices is to build more housing.  To build more affordable housing, we must think creatively and bring every partner to the table. No partner has been more willing to answer the call than... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS DEMANDS WATER BILL DODGERS TO PAY DEBT OR RISK LOSING WATER ACCESS

 New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala today announced that the city has initiated the next phase of its expanded collection enforcement actions against approximately 2,400 chronically-delinquent water service accounts that owe the city a total of $102 million. As part of the effort, DEP will send out ‘Water Shutoff Notices’ to these customers, informing them that water service to their property could be shut off unless the entire owed amount is paid or they enter into a payment agreement within the next 15 days. This enforcement action is targeted towards commercial properties, including hotels, office buildings, and retail spaces, as well as one-to-three family homes that have not responded to any of DEP’s extensive outreach efforts over the past year. Earlier this year, DEP sent out ‘Water Shutoff Warning’ letters, which resulted in the agency recouping more than... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Building a legal, equitable cannabis industry that works for us all

When we came to office two years ago, we had a clear vision: protect public safety, revitalize the economy, and make this city more livable for hardworking New Yorkers. And building a legal, equitable cannabis industry is part of every part of that vision. Legal cannabis remains the right choice for New York City. This budding, emerging industry offers a once-in-a-generation chance for those disproportionately impacted by the so-called ‘War on Drugs’ to build wealth, especially in our Black and Brown communities. For too long, these communities faced high rates of drug-related incarceration and were denied economic opportunities. But thanks to the equitable, legal cannabis industry, they have a chance to get in on the industry from the ground up. We know, however, that it’s not enough to just support the opening of new legal cannabis shops — we must have Albany grant local authorities the power to close down the illegal operators... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Social Media and Youth Mental Health

New York City has always been a hub for technology and innovation. And while technology has helped create jobs, opportunities, and prosperity, it has also the potential to cause new dangers, especially when it comes to social media and the mental health of our children.  Our administration came into office two years ago with a mission to protect public safety, and protecting our young people’s mental health is very much a part of that agenda. That is why, last week — along with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York City Health + Hospitals, and the New York City Department of Education — we filed a lawsuit against the companies that own and operate five social media companies in an effort to hold these companies accountable for role they have played in fueling a mental health crisis among our young people. Our most recent data found... Read more

Community Op-Ed: What We Need From Albany

New York City is all about what is possible. It’s a place where you can start a business, raise a family, and make a difference. Our administration came into office with the aim of keeping that American Dream alive by protecting public safety, rebuilding our economy, and making our city more livable for everyday New Yorkers. I went to our state capital last week with the goal of furthering that vision. We laid out an agenda to advance working-class families by extending mayoral accountability of our public schools for four years, granting the city the authority to shut down illegal smoke shops, and creating more affordable housing. Finally, we outlined the city’s fiscal challenges, including state funding for asylum seekers and increasing New York City’s debt limit. New York City public schools are leading the way in New York state and across the nation because of mayoral accountability. Thanks to mayoral... Read more

Community Op-Ed: The State of Our City: You Can Make It Here

Last week, in the Bronx, the borough where hip hop was born, I reported to New Yorkers on the state of our city. When our administration came into office 24 months ago, we had a clear mission: protect public safety, rebuild our economy, and make this city more livable for New Yorkers. Two years in, we are seeing real results. Crime is down, jobs are up, and every day we are delivering for the hard-working people of New York. We took 14,000 illegal guns off our streets and drove down shootings and homicides by double digits, while getting millions of people back on our subways. We created 270,000 private-sector jobs and set a first-of-its-kind minimum wage for deliveristas, as we worked with our brothers and sisters in labor to get them the pay and the benefits they deserve. We unlocked billions of dollars for public housing through the NYCHA Preservation... Read more

“They Devour” an African movie that tells Africans ‘stories from Gambia

The   premiere of a new movie “They Devour,” took place on January 21, 2024, at Regal Cinema Theater in Manhattan. They were several moviegoers who converged to Regal Cinema Theater that Sunday evening to delight “They Devour,” a movie that tells a story, an African migrant ‘story. A mother at age 15 decided to leave her lovely African country ( Gambia ) to experience a new life in another country where nobody know here. The story takes place in New York where the mother starts her new life. She meets people in various places by day and by night:  restaurants, stores, streets, etc.  And every place tells its own story that becomes her story. We can see her falling in love for example with a man in a restaurant. Sometimes her relationship with some other people turns to a fight as she squeezed a collar of a young man. [caption... Read more

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: NEW YORK LEADERS CONTINUE TO VOICE OPPOSITION TO CITY COUNCIL BILL THAT COULD MAKE NYC STREETS LESS SAFE

Following today’s veto on City Council bill Intro. 586-A — which could make New York City less safe by forcing New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers to spend more time filling out reports after Level 1 interactions with the public instead of patrolling the street and keeping the public safe — faith leaders, community advocates, business organizations, district attorneys, law enforcement professionals, and everyday New Yorkers voiced their opposition to the bill. Here is what New York leaders are saying: “The city’s employers want to see faster police response and greater availability to deal with criminal and quality of life issues,” said Kathy Wylde, president and CEO, Partnership for New York City. “As written, this legislation does the opposite. It should be amended to eliminate onerous reporting requirements for police encounters on non-criminal matters.” “The City Council’s objective to increase transparency in policing and ensure we never return to the days of mass... Read more

Community Op-Ed—Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy by Fighting for Fair Housing

This week, we celebrate the life of one of our greatest American leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is a moment to honor his accomplishments, but it’s also an opportunity to reflect on what he fought for and to carry his legacy forward. We must find new strength to continue his work by breaking down barriers and building true equality — here in New York City, and all across this nation. That means fighting for fair housing and building a city where working people can afford to stay and thrive. This is one of the major issues that Dr. King fought for during his lifetime and it remains urgent in 2024.  Many forget that Dr. King called out discriminatory practices by landlords and realtors who were keeping Black Americans out of certain neighborhoods. He also advocated for the Fair Housing Act to make those discriminatory practices illegal. This landmark legislation was finally passed... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS RESTORES FUNDING TO KEEP CITY STREETS AND PARKS CLEAN, FIGHT RATS 

 New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced that thanks to measures the city has implemented to responsibly manage the city’s budget and strategically navigate significant fiscal challenges, funding will be restored to maintain 23,000 New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) litter baskets and allow DSNY to continue installing its Litter Basket of the Future — one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2023. Additionally, Mayor Adams announced that funding will be permanently restored for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) and New York City Department of Social Services’ (DSS) Parks Opportunity Program (POP), which gives thousands of low-income New Yorkers six-month paid opportunities and training programs each year. POP workers help maintain and operate New York City parks and facilities, and the training they receive through the program prepares them for full-time NYC Parks job opportunities. The funding restorations build on successful efforts by the Adams... Read more

This Is How Algeria Sponsors Terrorism In Mali

The Algerian “Salafi Group for Preaching and Combat” in the northern region of Mali dates back to 2003 before it transformed in 2007 into the “Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” This presence has been linked to Mukhtar bin Muhammad al-Mukhtar (an Algerian-born in 1972. He disappeared since 2013), known by his nom de guerre Khaled Abu al-Abbas, and dubbed by the Algerian press as “Al Aawar prince of the desert” or “Malboro,” a nickname he acquired as a major smuggler of cigarettes. 2003 was also marked by the kidnapping of 32 foreign tourists in the desert of Algeria by the Algerian Amari Saifi, nicknamed “Abdul-Razzaq Al-Bara,” who crossed the border towards northern Mali before their ordeal ended with their governments paying huge financial ransoms in exchange for his release. In addition to implanting Al-Qaeda, led by Mukhtar bin Muhammad al-Mukhtar in northern Mali, this operation constituted the start of the ransom method as... Read more

Ethnic and community media roundtable with New York city mayor Eric Adams who is proud of what he has done so far.

The Mayor of the City of New York Eric Adams has held on December 22, 2023, a year – end ethnic and community media roundtable to discuss topics that related to the community. As 2023 is about to eclipse and 2024’ sun is about to rise soon on the horizon, Mayor Eric Adams has found necessary to have a face-to-face meeting with reporters and journalists from community - based outlets. Immigration crisis, education, budget cut, public safety …, are some topics that were discussed. Since April 2023 New York City has started getting more and more immigrants from all over the world. “We had 150,000, 1.5 the size of Albany. A new city moved into our city,” said Mayor Adams who has been complaining that Biden’s administration and the congress are not doing enough to support New York City. However, according to the mayor “57 percent we were able to... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Investing in clean, green public space for all New Yorkers

 So much of New York City’s history was about changing the natural environment – cutting it down, clearing it out, paving it over. But going forward, we know that the future is about working with nature, building a greener, cleaner, safer city for all. From parks and playgrounds to streets, sidewalks, bike lanes and even beaches, our Administration is committed to investing in the quality and cleanliness of our public spaces all across the five boroughs. This past week, we announced two major initiatives that will transform what it feels like be outside in New York City: A historic expansion of our greenway network, and an ambitious citywide trash containerization effort that will revolutionize the way we keep our streets clean. For far too long, New Yorkers in the outer boroughs have not had the same level of access to bike lanes and greenways that people in Manhattan have, and... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Keeping Our Communities Safe From Fentanyl

Public safety is our administration’s top priority, and keeping New Yorkers safe from the growing threat of fentanyl is a core part of that mission. All of us have heard about the danger fentanyl poses to our children and our communities. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is approximately 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. It is inexpensive, widely available, highly addictive, and extremely dangerous. Drug traffickers are increasingly mixing fentanyl with other illicit drugs to drive addiction and create repeat business. Over 3,000 people fatally overdosed in New York City in 2022, with fentanyl detected in 81 percent of drug overdose deaths. The tragic death of Nicholas Dominici, the toddler who died after being exposed to fentanyl at a daycare center, was a shocking and heartbreaking reminder that we must take immediate action to get this crisis under control. Last week, we... Read more

NYC Health + Hospital’s Roundtable on lifestyle: “We help people learning how to put healthy food in their plate”

NYC Health + Hospitals and  Office of Ethnic and Community Media held on September 29, 2023, a roundtable to discuss a new  health program called lifestyle medicine program. Dr. Michelle McMacken and Dr. Itha Harewood have explained what the program is about and answered several questions related to the program. “Our program is designed to support and make lifestyle choices including exercises, healthy eating, healthy sleep, coping with stress,” Dr. Michelle McMacken executive director of nutrition and lifestyle medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals said. “ We help people learning how to put healthy food in their plate like fruits and vegetables, bean, etc.” The program was launched a month ago and will help prevent medical conditions like pre – diabetic, type 2 diabetic, obesity, high blood pressure, and heart diseases that impact the communities.  According to Dr. Itha, the program that was started in the Bronx will be launched... Read more

NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx Earns Top Teaching Hospital Award From the Leapfrog Group

NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx today received the Top Teaching Hospital designation from The Leapfrog Group, one of only 58 hospitals nationwide to earn the award this year. This follows the award last month of an A grade from the Leapfrog Group for North Central Bronx, the only hospital in the Bronx to receive the designation. The Top Teaching Hospital award was based on the hospital’s high marks across various metrics, including strong safety and outcomes results for high risk surgeries and procedures, as well as measures to prevent medical and prescribing errors. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health system. Awardees will be honored tonight at the 2022 Leapfrog Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. “We are grateful that NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx is being recognized for the outstanding care our staff provides,” said NYC... Read more

Mayor Adams Expands Efforts to Connect Patients Experiencing Homelessness to Stable, Affordable Housing, Delivers on Promise in Housing Blueprint Released Earlier This Year

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Dr. Mitchell Katz today announced ‘Housing for Health’ — a comprehensive initiative to serve the health system’s large patient population experiencing homelessness by connecting them to affordable homes and housing supports. Recognizing that the chronic health issues of unhoused individuals cannot be treated without stable housing, this initiative seeks to improve their health and wellbeing of New Yorkers by focusing on four strategic areas: Navigation services, medical respite beds, affordable housing on hospital property, and social service support for patients in permanent housing. Over the course of the next five years, the health system plans to leverage land to create nearly 650 new affordable homes, which will be situated near NYC Health + Hospitals facilities to deliver continuity of care for vulnerable New Yorkers with complex medical needs. This initiative delivers on multiple aspects of Mayor... Read more

Opening Over 100 New COVID-19 Testing Sites in Response to Omicron Surge

In response to the unprecedented surge of omicron cases and citywide testing demand, the NYC Test & Trace Corps announced today that, since the surge began in early December, it has doubled the number of City-run test sites available, opening over 100 new fixed and mobile COVID-19 testing sites and currently operating over 200 testing sites throughout New York City. “The NYC Test & Trace Corps’ ability to so quickly expand the number of COVID-19 testing sites by triple digits underscores its ability to respond to the changing waves of this pandemic and threats its variants pose to New Yorkers,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD. “Our City’s public health system and our partners remain committed to ensuring every New Yorker has timely and convenient resources to better protect themselves and those around them from infection. This has been our basic mission for over 20 months... Read more

Biden, Putin square off as tension grows on Ukraine border

 Face to face for over two hours, President Joe Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin squared off in a secure video call Tuesday as the U.S. president put Moscow on notice that an invasion of Ukraine would bring sanctions and enormous harm to the Russian economy. With tens of thousands of Russian troops massed on the Ukraine border, the highly anticipated call between the two leaders came amid growing worries by the U.S. and Western allies about Russia’s threat to its neighbor. Putin, for his part, came into the meeting seeking guarantees from Biden that the NATO military alliance will never expand to include Ukraine, which has long sought membership. The Americans and their NATO allies said that request was a non-starter. There appeared to be no immediate breakthroughs to ease tensions on the Ukraine question, as the U.S. emphasized a need for diplomacy and de-escalation, and issued stern threats to Russia on the... Read more

Street Health Outreach & Wellness Mobile Units Offer Services to Over 50,000 New Yorkers

The NYC Test & Trace Corps announced today that its Street Health Outreach & Wellness (SHOW) mobile units have offered services to over 50,000 New Yorkers, with a focus on people experiencing homelessness, including COVID testing and vaccinations, medical care including wound care, mental health and substance use care, and referrals to harm reduction services. “Our Street Health Outreach and Wellness mobile units have been able to deliver care to the City’s hardest to reach and most vulnerable communities, ensuring that thousands of homeless New Yorkers can get the help that they deserve,” said Dr. Ted Long, Executive Director of the NYC Test & Trace Corps and Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Care and Population Health at NYC Health + Hospitals. “The extension of health and social resources to people experiencing homelessness, including our street canvass teams who bring vital services to people where they are, will have a lasting impact... Read more