I am very pleased that my initiative to divest New York pension funds from companies using fossil fuels is now state policy. This is one of the most progressive environmental victories in recent years.
In a historic move, New York State announced it will divest its $225 billion Common Retirement Fund from fossil fuels—among the largest pension fund divestments ever undertaken in the nation.
NYers can’t wait for next year for economic relief from this pandemic.
The legislature should move next week on at least $7-10 Billion in revenue measures to stop the bleeding, #FundExcludedWorkers, and provide funding for vital services. #MakeBillionairesPay
We had a great climate victory today with the announcement that the NYS Comptroller has adopted a goal to transition the NYS Pension Fund portfolio to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2040. The Comptroller’s plan is modeled on the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act (A.1536-A/S.2126-B), a bill I introduced in the Assembly.
As a lifelong champion of the environment, I am ecstatic that my initiative has become a part of New York’s progressive environmental agenda. Today’s announcement is a win for all New Yorkers. Investing in companies that produce, support or promote fossil fuels is hazardous to the future of the climate and pensioner’s finances. All of us have the ability and the responsibility to enact powerful positive change for future generations through advocacy and determination. New York can’t afford to wait.
The 2040 decarbonization target is 10 years sooner than any other U.S. pension fund.
With @RepJenniffer Gonzalez, @discover_PR Resident Commissioner in the #USCongress @fortalezapr
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Please stay home and observe social distancing. If you must go out, always wear a mask!
We lost a great friend and leader last night. David Dinkins, New York City's first Black Mayor, set a standard and served as a model for elected officials. We were fortunate to have him serve our city and nation. He will be missed greatly. Rest In Peace.
Mr. Dinkins, who served in the early 1990s, was seen as a compromise selection for voters weary of racial unrest, crime and fiscal turmoil. The racial harmony he sought remained elusive during his years in office.
Honoring Veterans Day and those who served. God bless.
Note: The City is dealing with consequences from COVID-19, which may affect our post-holiday collection guidance. Please refer to our press release, website or social media accounts for specific direction.
No Trash or Recycling Collection, nor Street Cleaning on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2020
The New York City Department of Sanitation announced that in observance of Veterans Day, there will be no trash or recycling collection, nor street cleaning, on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
• Residents who normally receive Wednesday trash collection may place their material at the curb between 4 p.m. and midnight Wednesday evening, however anticipate some collection delays, as is common after holidays. We appreciate patience as we work to collect the backlog of material.
• Residents who normally receive Wednesday recycling collection should place their material out at curbside between 4 p.m. and midnight on Tuesday, November 17 for pickup on Wednesday, November 18.
Additionally, all Sanitation Department administrative offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of the holiday.
For questions about Sanitation services and holiday schedules contact 311 or visit nyc.gov/sanitation.
About the New York City Department of Sanitation
The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) keeps New York City healthy, safe and clean by collecting, recycling and disposing of waste, cleaning streets and vacant lots, and clearing snow and ice. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of more than 2,000 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 705 salt spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,500 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.
Starting October 19, 2020 enforcement of the New York State Plastic Bag Ban and Paper Bag Fee will begin. Stores will be penalized for distributing single use plastic bags and must collect a 5-cent fee on paper bags. Please help cut back on these bags and use a reusable bag when you shop.
Rest In Peace Ms. Soraya.
She was the first in Puerto Rico to change a gender designation on a birth certificate and the first there to reveal that she’d had sex-reassignment surgery.
Did you receive an absentee ballot marked "Military?" You can still use it but call 1-866-VOTENYC
and let the NYC Board Of Elections know they made a mistake. We need an efficient Board Of Elections
that can run elections like an efficient business person runs his store. How much longer will New York voters
be subject to sloppy work? It's unacceptable!
Voters in New York City have received mail-in ballots for the 2020 presidential election marked for military use despite never having served in the armed forces — causing confusion and concerns ove…
As of Saturday, September 26, an updated NYC Ferry Fall Schedule will go into effect. See to preview & download the new schedule to plan your trip accordingly. As a reminder, masks are required while onboard. Visit ferry.nyc or download the NYC Ferry app for the most up-to-date timetables and service alerts.
Use the New York NYC Ferry App to view ticketing info, ferry schedules, explore routes & plan your trip ahead of time. Download now!
Best wishes to my friends observing Yom Kippur.
COVID 19 Testing
Below is the location for mobile testing in Assembly District 51 opening on 09/28/2020 from 10 AM to 4 PM:
Leif Ericson Park
6600 Fort Hamilton Pkwy,
Brooklyn, NY 11219
Please note that this is subject to change.
Thank you, stay safe
Another win for democracy and the United States. President Trump's plan to end the Census 2020 count on September 30 has failed. A federal court has ordered the count to continue through October 31. Donald Trump can't cut short the census so he can exclude Latinx, Black, Chinese American resident and people in cities who haven't been counted.
You now still have more time to MAKE BROOKLYN COUNT 100%. We are far behind counting everyone and this extra month can help make a major difference to guarantee that we get out fair share of highway, health, educational, infrastructure, SNAP and funds for scores of federally funded programs. If you don't get counted, we don't get funded!
Go to https://my2020census.gov/
After the Trump administration made last-minute changes that shortened the 2020 census schedule, a federal judge in California has ordered it to extend counting for another month.
Feeling in need of support?
With just two weeks remaining in the 2020 Census process, we need all hands on deck to help make sure New York City achieves a complete count.
We cannot forget what is at stake: our communities’ money, power, and respect over the next 10 years. The 2020 Census will shape our city for years to come, and we need to do our part to make sure we get it right.
Make sure you get counted today!
Let’s not forget what happened to Puerto Rico 3 years ago. We are all one community!
Watch me on Univision 41 talk about the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. She was a remarkable Brooklyn native who set standards for so many people. We will miss her tremendously.
Decenas de líderes locales, legisladores y residentes del condado, de donde era originaria Ginsburg, se reunieron en la tarde de este domingo para rendirle tributo tras su fallecimiento el pasado viernes a sus 87 años a causa de varias complicaciones derivadas de un cáncer de páncreas.
Shana Tovah to all my friends celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. May you be inscribed in the Book of Life for a sweet, healthy and prosperous New Year!
Dear Parent Leaders and Family Support Professionals,
I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I want to provide you with an important update on the start of the school year:
We have all been working tirelessly all summer to make sure our schools are safe and some principals have expressed a desire for additional time to make sure we are best prepared. Toward that end, schools will open a new staggered start for in-person learning at the beginning of this school year. Children who are enrolled in fully remote programs will still begin full-day instruction on Monday, September 21. However, children in blended learning will be learning remotely until their in-person classes start on a staggered basis.
Please see this website for more information:
Learn how the DOE is preparing for the Return to School, our Guiding Principles and Our Planning Process for opening schools
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage today through October 2020.
Make a Difference.
New York City Schools Update:
We remember and honor those who lost their lives 19 years ago today on September 11 and think about the many whose lives have been changed forever.
Happy Labor Day. Enjoy the weekend. Stay safe!
Here's news from our friends at People's Action:
Tenants have won a nationwide eviction moratorium that will go into effect on Sept. 4th and last through December 31st, 2020, per the CDC.
The moratorium will cover tenants who fall into one of these categories:
expect to earn less than $98k individually or $198k as a household this year; received a stimulus check; OR,
were not required to report income in 2019.
Tenants must declare their inability to pay via a CDC form to their landlord. The form can be found HERE.
The moratorium DOES NOT protect tenants from:
being evicted for reasons “other than nonpayment of rent”
being charged “fees, penalties, or interest as a result of the failure to pay rent or other housing payment on a timely basis”
This is a huge victory for tenants who have fought to stay in their homes in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Here is useful information from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) on our school reopening status:
Under the terms of the agreement, all New York City public school buildings will remain closed to students until September 21, while final safety arrangements are completed, including the assignment of a school nurse to every building, ventilation checks and the presence of sufficient protective and cleaning supplies.
The decision on whether to re-open a building to students will be based on the UFT 50-item safety checklist, including social distancing of student desks, the availability of masks and face shields, and a room-by-room review of ventilation effectiveness.
Buildings or rooms that do not meet safety standards will remain closed.
Teachers will report to schools on September 8. They will work with their colleagues to plan and develop strategies for the blended remote/in-person instruction that will be the learning method for the overwhelming majority of the city’s public school students.
Once in-person learning has begun, the DOE will establish a mandatory, robust system of repeated random COVID testing of adults and students.
A blind representative sample, comprised of 10% to 20% of all students and adults from every NYC DOE school, will be selected each month for COVID-19 testing, with results available within 48 hours. All random COVID monitoring test will be free of charge to participants.
Parents will be informed that, as testing is performed throughout the year, if parental/guardian consent has not been obtained for a student who has been selected randomly for testing, the student will be moved to the remote learning cohort.
Any staff who elect not to participate will placed on unpaid leave.
Students or staff found to have the virus, even in the absence of symptoms, will be quarantined for 14 days. City tracing teams will be dispatched to school immediately to determine potential contacts.
The presence of a COVID-19 case or cases confined to one class will result in the entire class moving to remote instruction; more than one case in a school will mean that the entire school will move to remote instruction until the contact tracing is completed.
Schools will need to switch to 100 percent remote instruction if the percentage of positive tests in New York City are equal to or more than 3% using a 7-day rolling average; however, even if the overall case rates across New York City were to remain low, all school buildings could be closed if there were recurrent, uncontrolled outbreaks in schools of COVID-19.
Any New York City zip code that reports a percentage of positive tests of 3% or higher using a 7-day rolling average will be saturated with additional testing and tracing including, but not limited to, increased testing of individuals in schools, opening new testing sites, door-to-door canvassing and targeted robocalls for at least a 14-day period or until such time as the 7-day rolling average for positive tests is below 3%, whichever period is longer.
The health and safety of our students, teachers and staff must come first. I am pleased that the Mayor has come to an agreement with our teachers union to phase in the reopening of classrooms. We must leave nothing to chance.
The reopening of New York City school buildings is being pushed to Sept. 21 amid ongoing talks with the city's teachers union, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.
Let your Voice Be Heard.
Today the New York Police Department opened their public comment period for 30 days regarding Police Reform.
Exercise your rights, and share your views on Police Reform.
The link is below:
The proposed rules should appear officially on the site soon: https://rules.cityofnewyork.us/proposed-rules
Anyone can comment on proposed rules. Agencies understand how important public participation can be to the rulemaking process and are interested in hearing what the public has to say. Click here for tips on how to make effective comments.
Great Meeting today with new school, MS 936 Principal, Ms. Nastasi, Captain Castro, 72 Precinct, Assistant Principal, and staff.
We are working together with Department of Shelter Services, and D.O.T. to address a few issues before school begins.
I join in solidarity with my brothers and sisters in Washington, DC today who are demanding police reform, criminal justice reform, and racial equality. Black Lives Matter isn't simply a phrase, it's
something we have to recognize, believe in, and fight for.
The crowd will gather to call for criminal justice reform, racial equality and to honor the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” address from the same location.
Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Felix W. Ortiz posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Send a message to Felix W. Ortiz: