I hope you and your families are doing well as we move into Spring. March marks the one-year anniversary since the global COVID-19 pandemic started affecting our communities, health, safety, emotional well-being, small businesses, schools and our daily lives. While this pandemic has exposed longstanding gaps in health, education, human services and others, it has also changed the ways we connect, support and stand up for each other.
My staff and I have been working tirelessly for our neighborhoods since the start of the crisis to ensure that our residents are kept safe, up to date and receive the best assistance possible with any issue or concern. We are proud that since March 2020 we have delivered over 110,000 food boxes, 85,000 face masks, conducted 159 weekly cleanups and graffiti removals, provided over 1,900 COVID-19 testing, over 550 constituents helped to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, sponsored over 36 Tele-Townhalls to address issues and resources available, and much more.
Below are some of the highlights we have been working on since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic:
BUDGET: As part of the NYC Council budget allocations for Fiscal Year 2021, I am proud to provide discretionary and capital funding of a total of over $8.2 million to schools, senior centers, hospitals, police stations, parks, animal care, community organizations and others for the necessary initiatives and programs such as quality of life, food pantries, senior programs, technology, safety, neighborhood cleanups, health and safety, education and much more.