The Greater Ridgewood Youth Council

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland and Council Member Elizabeth Crowley stopped by The Greater Ridgewood Youth Council to visit with students enjoying their summer programming and jobs!
This year, the Council gave a record $125 million in funding for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). SYEP provides thousands of local young people with paid summer job opportunities for up to six weeks in July and August. READ MORE

Creating Opportunities with Tech51

As part of the Speaker’s commitment to fostering diversity, inclusion and equity in tech workforce development, the Council is funding a pilot program geared toward NYCHA residents. Through this funding, Coalition 4 Queens and Per Scholas will provide training in IT infrastructure, cybersecurity, and software development. This training will then be considered as qualifications for hiring in lieu of a Bachelor’s Degree by 11 companies who have signed onto the initiative’s pledge. READ MORE

Providing a Clean Slate for New Yorkers

The years of over policing and issuing criminal summons to primarily black and brown communities resulting in almost 1.6 million summons warrants in NYC. In her 2016 and 2017 State of the City speeches, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called on the District Attorneys in each of the five boroughs to clear old, low-level, nonviolent summons warrants.

District Attorneys in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx agreed to vacate over 640,000 decade old arrest warrants in a single day, giving many a clean slate. READ MORE

#MTAHearing & #RidersRespond

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito & Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez held an oversight hearing on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 to discuss updates and issues impacting the New York City MTA system.

Bronx Youth Fair

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito stopped by the Bronx Youth Fair last week to say hello & to encourage everyone to enjoy their summer and check out the different services offered in the neighborhood.

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Patterson Playground

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Patterson Playground in the South Bronx! We’re proud to support this project so that everyone, especially our littlest New Yorkers, can enjoy their park!