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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 Ryan Schwach, October 21, 2023

In August, Mayor Eric Adams called for a new proposal to close Rikers Island while reiterating his opposition to the current plan. It seems less than two months later he has got his wish. 

City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams announced on Friday that she would be bringing back the Independent Rikers Commission – which laid out the initial plan to close Rikers – to craft a new plan to close the infamous city jail as the administration lags behind its scheduled August 2027 deadline to shutter Rikers’ gates.  


By Vic Verbalaitis, October 20, 2023 

“For David Yoo, what started as a joke turned out to become the cornerstone of his career. After graduating from the Parsons School of Art and Design, the 40-year-old Long Island native initially worked in streetwear at 10 Deep before going into fashion advertising. However, it wasn’t too long before Yoo wanted to make a change toward something new.


By Jesse Edwards, October 18, 2023

A plan to move more than 360 detainees with serious mental and physical health conditions off Rikers Island and into state-of-the-art therapeutic beds in borough-based hospitals has been delayed by years with no clear date of completion in sight, city jails officials told the New York City Council on Wednesday.

In a joint oversight hearing held by the Council’s criminal justice and hospitals committees on Wednesday, members grilled officials from the Department of Correction and Correctional Health Services about what is holding up three new therapeutic facilities at Bellevue, Woodhull and North Central Bronx hospitals.


By Jacob Kaye, October 11, 2023 

“The City Council last week passed legislation they say will not only ensure detainees get to their court appearances on time, but will also help the city reach its legally-mandated deadline to close Rikers Island by the summer of 2027.

On Thursday, the city’s legislative body passed a bill that would require the city’s Department of Correction to make a number of changes to how it tracks, documents and reports how it gets detainees to their scheduled court appearances.


By Gabriele Holtermann, October 10, 2023 

“New York City celebrated a trailblazing housing and social justice advocate last week by co-naming the northeast corner of East 4th Street and Cooper Square “Frances Goldin Way.”

Goldin was remembered at the Oct. 5 ceremony as funny, outspoken, high energy and a great cook. Friends and family called her a “hoot” with an affinity for wearing purple — from her hair down to her underwear.


October 5, 2023

City Councilmember Carlina Rivera (District 2: East Village, Gramercy Park, Kips Bay, Lower East Side, Murray Hill and Rose Hill) talks about work the Council is doing regarding access to Department of Correction records, transparency around deaths in custody and educational programming in city jails including Rikers Island.

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By Jacob Kaye, October 5, 2023 

“After having been accused by judges, advocates, lawmakers, oversight agencies, attorneys and others of failing to be transparent about what happens on Rikers Island, the Department of Correction may be legally required to open its records, video recordings and more to an oversight board should two bills set to be introduced in the City Council on Thursday pass into law.


By Catalina Gonella, September 28, 2023 

“Woof. The organizer of the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade has called off the event after a ruff time trying to cover all the administrative costs.

“PARADE HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE,” the website for the dog run reads atop the homepage. For what would have been its 33rd annual puppy parade, organizers told Gothamist that planning logistics for the event had gotten out of hand.