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"Access Manhattan: Services for Better Communities" Fall Schedule Announced

October 11, 2016

Access Manhattan workshops are designed to help New Yorkers learn more about available city benefits, resources and services. All sessions in my Northern Manhattan Office at 431 W. 125th St. are open to the public, but please register online or call (212) 531-1609 to attend.

– Workforce & Job Opportunities: October 13, 6 –8 pm
– NYCHA Training with Housing Court Answers: October 18, 6 –8 pm
– Immigration & Citizenship: October 19, 2016, 6 –8 pm
– Grandparents & Senior Resource Fair: October 20, 2016, 6 –8 pm
– African Immigrant Task Force: October 26, 9:30–11 am
– Gun Violence Prevention Among Youth: October 27, 6 –8 pm
– Disaster & Snow Preparedness: November 2, 2016, 6 –8 pm
– Financial Literacy: Credit, Budgeting & Investment: November 30, 6 –8 pm
– Child/Family Justice: What You Need to Know: December 7, 6 –8 pm

Hurricane Matthew Emergency Relief

October 11, 2016

Last week, Hurricane Matthew whipped through the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, killing over 1,000 people and displacing countless families. If you would like to make a contribution to the relief efforts, there are several ways you can help.

Haiti Communitere is a local relief and renewal organization established after the 2010 earthquake with a proven record of disaster recovery. Madre provides aid to women and children in Haiti, who are even more vulnerable to violence in times of crisis. You can also donate to Doctors Without Borders, who are working to treat patients in Haiti suffering from storm-related injuries and the ongoing cholera epidemic, even as access to safe drinking water and electricity remains scarce.

The Mayor's Fund has organized a list of reputable humanitarian organizations working on the ground to provide relief to individuals and families across storm-affected areas. And for city employees, an optional donation can be made directly from your paycheck to Hurricane Matthew relief efforts.

"She saw something and she said something": Brewer & Chelsea Officials Honor New Yorker Who Called Police About Second Chelsea Bomb

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 30, 2016
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Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and city and state elected officials recognized photographer Jane Schreibman for her role in reporting the second, undetonated improvised explosive device in Chelsea on the night of Saturday, September 17.

Schreibman is the Chelsea resident who "saw something and said something" that night, finding a suspiciously modified pressure cooker on the sidewalk and notifying the authorities of what turned out to be a second, undetonated bomb. The device was later safely removed from the street by police.

In a ceremony at Fashion Institute of Technology's Reeves Great Hall, Brewer, Council Member Corey Johnson, State Senator Brad Hoylman, and Assemblymember Richard Gottfried presented Schreibman with an official proclamation recognizing her potentially life-saving action. City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James, and Fashion Institute of Technology President Dr. Joyce F. Brown also attended the ceremony and spoke in praise of Schreibman's actions.

"By looking out for her neighbors and calling in a suspicious device left out in the street, Jane Schreibman exemplified our New York values," said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. "'If you see something, say something' isn't just a slogan -- it's an affirmation that we all live on top of each other, we're all in this together, and we all need to look out for each other. That's New York." Read more...

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