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District 8

Diana Ayala

El Barrio/East Harlem, Mott Haven, Highbridge, Concourse, Longwood, Port Morris

Councilmember Ayala is proud to have worked alongside East Side House, the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing and the Department for the Aging to secure a new space and additional funding resources for Mitchel Senior Center.  This partnership will provide local seniors with expanded activities, more open spaces, and additional access to social services. 

Bill 1684-2019   A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the commission on human rights to create an anti-discrimination poster that includes age discrimination, and requiring city agencies to display the poster

Bill 1685-2019   A Local Law to amend the New York City charter, in relation to providing age discrimination training to city agencies.

 Councilmember Ayala secured several million dollars in funding for Senior Centers in her district creating affordable, supportive and sustainable housing for Seniors in East Harlem and the South Bronx:

  • Secured 600,000 for a new Senior Center at Millbrook Terrace.
  • Secured 500,000 for the Betances Residence
  • Secured funding for a new Senior center at Millbrook Gardens.
  • Secured funding to move and expand the services of the Mitchel Senior Center.
  • Secured funding for Mental Health Services for Seniors.
  • Secured funding for the Tres Puentes Senior apartments.
  • Secured funding for the construction of the new Senior Housing at Virginia House in East Harlem.
  • Secured funding to keep Wagner Houses, Lehman Houses and Taft Houses Senior Center open.

Councilmember Ayala preserved and created a NORC program in District 8.

Councilmember Ayala was instrumental in creating an Age Friendly district in East Harlem that brought more benches and special hours for Seniors to swim.