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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

By Chris Welch, December 14, 2023

“One of the last hospitals still serving Lower Manhattan, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, is on track for closure next July.

On Thursday, politicians and community advocates gathered to save it.

“It is unacceptable and we are here to demand more,” said the neighborhood’s city council member Carlina Rivera, who organized the rally.


By Zhané Caldwell, December 14, 2023

The future of healthcare for thousands of residents who live near Mount Sinai Beth Israel is uncertain after the hospital announced its plans to shutter the campus in the next seven months. 

At a rally Thursday, outside the hospital, residents voiced their opposition to the closure. They say that if the hospital closes there will be just one hospital south of 23rd Street in an area that has a population of more than 400,000 people.


By The Village Sun, December 13, 2023

“Councilmember Carlina Rivera will join hospital union members and local residents at a rally to save Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital on Thurs., Dec. 14, at 11 a.m., at 17th Street and First Ave., one block north of the hospital’s entrance.

Only in the past few weeks have local politicians and the wider community learned of Mount Sinai’s plan to close the historic hospital abruptly within the next seven months, by July 12.


By Tim Balk, December 10, 2023

“In a defining image of New York’s migrant crisis, scores of asylum seekers slept on the pavement outside the migrant processing center at the Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown last summer. When the temperatures plunge this winter, any similar breakdowns could prove much more dire. 

As the city’s asylum seeker challenge deepens, the mercury dips and new shelter deadlines approach for the arrivals, advocates are worried the migrants could face a 


By Graham Rayman, December 9, 2023

“A former top Correction Department investigator’s allegations that ex-Correction Commissioner Louis Molina sought to undermine outside oversight of the city’s jails “raise significant and serious concerns,” says the federal monitor tracking violence and use of force at Rikers Island and other city lockups.

The allegations by former Associate Deputy Commissioner of Investigations Ruben Benitez 


By Jessy Edwards, December 7, 2023 

“City officials are calling for outgoing New York City jails boss Louis Molina to be investigated after one of his former deputies filed a legal claim saying he and his appointees worked to cover up violence and retaliated against staff who tried to call them out.

On Monday, Ruben Benitez, a 19-year veteran of the city jails department, filed a notice of intent to sue the city and alleged Molina demoted him from head of an elite investigations team to an entry-level position after he reported department misconduct.


By Sam Rabiyah, December 6, 2023

“The City Council passed a bill Wednesday that enables tenants to report vacant apartments in their buildings to the city housing agency — with sponsors hoping to spur action on tens of thousands of empty units.

Intro 195 allows tenants to report maintenance code issues to the Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) department via 311, and have city officials inspect vacant units when they may pose a hazard to those in units nearby.


By Dan Krauth, December 5, 2023

“A court-appointed federal monitor which oversees Rikers Island filed a scathing special report, accusing leadership at the jail facility of putting the safety of both inmates and officers at risk.

The nearly 60-page report filed in federal court claims the New York City Department of Corrections opened an Arson Reduction Housing Unit at Rikers last month as a place to put inmates who have a history of setting fires.


By Graham Rayman, December 5, 2023

“City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams called for an investigation Tuesday into allegations that Correction Commissioner Louis Molina and aides obstructed inquiries into violence at New York City jails by a court-appointed federal monitor and the city Department of Investigation.

“The commissioner’s alleged involvement in a campaign to cover up violence in the jails would be a betrayal of his duties and raise more serious questions about his recent appointment to be an assistant deputy mayor,” said Adams in a joint statement with Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, chair of the Committee on Criminal Justice.