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District 9

Kristin Richardson Jordan

Central Harlem, Morningside Heights, Upper West Side, East Harlem

On March 28, a driver jumped the curb on 145th Street in Harlem, striking Jennifer Tolliver and her six-year-old son. Both were rushed to the hospital with critical injuries. This week, Tolliver died, and she is at least the 60th person to be killed in a traffic crash this year  — a 40 percent increase compared to this point in 2021.

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The mayor’s austerity budget cuts funding for or underfunds education, health and hospitals, and other vitally necessary services that New Yorkers need, all while maintaining or increasing funds for institutions that criminalize and destabilize communities of color, like the NYPD and the jails system.

I am proud to have signed onto The People’s Plan response and together we agree that Mayor Adams’

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House the Homeless

Again I am calling attention to the housing crisis in the city. Mayor Adams has begun the dismantling of homeless encampments around the city. When asked about this injustice, he responded “It is inhumane to have people live in cardboard boxes on highways and subway tunnels on tracks on streets. That’s inhumane.” I also believe it is inhumane, and that is why the only acceptable option is to immediately house the homeless.

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As most of you know, there was a devastating fire on Sunday March 13th at 117 West 142nd Street. This week my team has tried to connect at least 16 residents of that building with disaster relief and we were met with abhorrent results. I am in the process of exploring options so that Mayor Eric Adams and The Housing and Preservation Department (HPD) can provide Harlem with an acceptable, efficient and timely disaster preparedness response.

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As Black History Month has just ended, and with March bringing Women’s History Month, it is important to recognize intersectionality and how legislation affects the workers of our city. Today, I attended the Just Par Rally at City Hall to ensure higher pay and better contracts for the workers of our city. Human Service workers, like everyone else, deserve fair wages.

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Mayor Adams,

We are calling upon you to take corrective action on the environmental racism plaguing Harlem. In 2018 the city removed over 200 trash bins from the streets of Harlem. Despite a call for more resources, during the Covid19 pandemic even more trash bins were removed. This is an unjustified plight against the community, especially in light of New York City’s worsening rat infestation. 

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