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District 2

Carlina Rivera

Greenwich Village, Lower East Side, East Village, Midtown South-Flatiron-Union Square, Gramercy, Murray Hill-Kips Bay

Published June 28, 2024

Mayor Eric Adams and City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams announced Friday afternoon that a budget agreement has been reached for the 2025 fiscal year. 

According to a news release, the $112.4 billion budget is expected to close a $7.1 billion budget gap. 

It was struck two days before the legally mandated deadline of June 30.


By Brian Berger, published June 25, 2024

Scores of pro-library advocates including nine New York City Council Members braved the scorching heat and humidity late Sunday morning June 23 in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, to implore Mayor Eric Adams to restore full funding for all city library systems.

The Manhattan delegation was represented by UWS council member Gale Brewer and LES council member Carlina Rivera.


By Brigid Bergen and Christian Santana, published June 23, 2024

As budget negotiations between the New York City Council and the mayor’s office continue, councilmembers and library officials planned to rally on Sunday and call for the full reversal of $58.3 million in cuts to the city’s public libraries.

Twin rallies were set to be held at the Queens Public Library’s Flushing branch and the Brooklyn Public Library’s Walt Whitman branch near the Navy Yard on Sunday morning.


By Jacob Kaye, published June 21, 2024

The City Council on Thursday introduced a bill that they say would stop the city’s Department of Correction from recording calls made by detainees inside Rikers Island without first getting a warrant.

Led by City Councilmember Gale Brewer, the legislative body this week introduced the bill that would ban the recording of phone calls and other digital communications made by detainees without permission from a judge.


By Jacob Kaye, published June 21, 2024

Advocates, lawmakers and public defenders on Monday urged the city’s jail watchdog to ensure that the City Council’s ban on solitary confinement be fully implemented before the end of next month, despite ongoing efforts from the city and Department of Correction to delay the law’s enactment.

On Monday afternoon, the Board of Correction, which provides oversight for the Department of Correction and the the city’s jails on Rikers Island, heard testimony on its proposed rules for the implementation of Local Law 42, which was passed by the City Council at the very end of last year’s legislative session and aims to effectively ban solitary confinement in the city’s jails.


By Tandy Lau, published June 20, 2024

Nijere Stewart lights up when describing the literal and figurative heights he reached as a young Mocko Jumbie—a traditional stilt-walker. He recounts joining the UniverSoul Circus at an early age with unfettered enthusiasm. 

For Clyde Wiggins, music was his passion growing up in Brownsville. The studio was his haven. 


By Lincoln Anderson, published June 14, 2024

The rent’s too damn high! … And, under Mayor Adams, it just keeps right on getting higher.

As the Rent Guidelines Board held its final public meeting this past Tuesday evening, Councilmember Carlina Rivera called for the board to consider the hardship facing tenants and approve a rent rollback or, at the very least, a rent freeze.


El Concejo de la ciudad aprobó el jueves dos proyectos de ley para poner en marcha una encuesta económica y de atención médica a inmigrantes y solicitantes de asilo que están bajo el cuidado de la ciudad, y que según la proponente del proyecto, ayudará a los funcionarios a comprender y satisfacer mejor las necesidades de los recién llegados.

En febrero, la concejal Carlina Rivera presentó dos legislaciones para encuestar de forma anónima a los inmigrantes: Intro 84-A recopilará información sobre “habilidades, oportunidades económicas y obstáculos para el desarrollo de la fuerza laboral” que enfrentan los inmigrantes, mientras que Intro 85-A se centrará en las necesidades de salud a largo plazo, incluidas las afecciones crónicas y el acceso a la atención médica.


By Daniel Parra, published June 7, 2024

The City Council passed two bills Thursday launching an economic and health care survey of migrants and asylum seekers under the city’s care, which its sponsor says will help officials better understand and meet the needs of new arrivals.

In February, Councilwoman Carlina Rivera introduced the legislation to anonymously survey immigrants: