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District 2

Carlina Rivera

East Village, Gramercy Park, Kips Bay, Lower East Side, Murray Hill, Rose Hill

May 3, 2023, published by Mack DeGeurin

Brooklyn resident Fabian Rogers knew he had to act in 2018 when his penny-pinching landlord suddenly attempted to install a facial recognition camera in the entrance of a rent-stabilized building he’d called home for years. Under the new security system, all tenants and their loved ones would be forced to submit to a face scan to enter the building.


May 3, 2023, published by Sunny Sequeira

With over half of New York City tenants spending nearly a third of their income on rent, affordable housing is crucial to ensuring a safe future for New Yorkers. That’s why advocates in have rallied and thrown their support behind the Community Land Act, a package of bills before the New York City Council that would provide nonprofits and community land trusts with the resources to develop permanently affordable housing.


May 3, 2023, published by Kala Rama

There are thousands of cameras scattered around the city, monitoring New Yorkers. Some even have facial recognition and collect your biometrics.

Retailers like Amazon use it to see what you’re buying, and law enforcement agencies use the technology to catch criminals or find missing people.

On Wednesday, a discussion of the pros and cons of this technology took place at the City Hall.


By Graham Rayman, published April 21

The move disappointed City Council Member Carlina Rivera (D-Manhattan), who chairs the Committee on Criminal Justice. She said Mayor Adams’ administration instead should be increasing standards for the job.

“The City should be hiring the most qualified people for this challenging and important job, and certainly should not be cutting corners on training,” she said.


by Michael McAuliff, Dave Goldiner and Josephine Stratman, published April 13

A federal appeals court ban on dispensing the abortion pill mifepristone by mail could prove to have a significant impact on women’s reproductive rights in New York in wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last year.

Many of the restrictions that have been rolled out so far on a state-by-state basis have had little effect in New York, where abortion is legal and additional safeguards have been put into place.


by Kristian Burt, April 13, 2023

Rivera has continued to support the tech hub project during its construction and is eager for Civic Hall’s launch, she said in a statement to Gotham Gazette.

“I am delighted to work with community stakeholders and service providers on realizing this innovative approach to workforce development and bringing with it direct investments to the community that include an eye for the future in the preservation of seven landmarks in a neighborhood with distinct character and architecture,” Rivera said this week.


By Patrick Reilly and Bernadette Hogan, April 12, 2023

New York City Council members have introduced two bills that would ban businesses and residential buildings from using facial recognition technology to identify customers or tenants without their consent.

Both bills are scheduled to be introduced at the City Council meeting on April 27 following a Committee on Technology meeting two days earlier.


by Michael Jacobson & Carlina Rivera, April 5, 2023

Every day on the Lower East Side and throughout the city, teams of dedicated, trained outreach workers walk the streets, searching out folks who seem like they may need a helping hand.

Perhaps the people they meet are unhoused and would benefit from a hot meal, fresh clothes, or a medical check-up.


By Anna Sterling, February 15, 2023

Walking into the local bodega, passing through the subway turnstiles and going to a show at Madison Square Garden are all regular New York City occurrences.

They’re also situations in which New Yorkers’ faces could end up on a computer screen or get scanned for biometrics — all without their consent.