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This month we celebrated Puerto Rican culture and heritage at City Hall. Congratulations to our honorees!

Remember, all our Chamber cultural events are free and open to the public.

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Council Member Andy King celebrated the $600,000 in Council funding to expand a video visitation program with the City’s three library systems to provide free live video services for families who wish to visit their NYC Department of Corrections (DOC) incarcerated loved ones. The program is offered at 22 public library branches across the five boroughs.

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During these uncertain times we must remind ourselves of who we are as a city and hold steadfast to the values that we cherish and hold dear. The values of hard work, respect and coming together during times of adversity define us as New Yorkers. That will not change, no matter who is President.

Organizations can now apply for the Communities of Color Non-Profit Stabilization Fund. This Council initiative seeks to strengthen organizations that serve African American, Latino and Asian communities. Created by the Council in partnership with five founding organizations, it has funded critical capacity building for more than 80 community groups.

To determine eligibility and submit application materials, visit the New York Urban League’s CCNSF page.

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The Unaccompanied Minors Intiative was created by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca in 2014 with the Robin Hood Foundation and the New York Community Trust to prevent the detention and deportation of children who arrived in the United States to flee violence from Central America.

In its first year of operation, the program has won 60 asylum cases and helped 47 children obtain lawful permanent residency.

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PBNYC Cycle 6 has begun!

During the 2016-2017 Participatory Budgeting cycle, 31 Council Members across the city are asking residents to decide how to spend over $35 million in capital funding. We’re excited that Council Members Vanessa Gibson (District 16), Rafael Salamanca (District 17), and Debi Rose (District 49) have joined. Participatory Budgeting is now happening in all five boroughs!

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Read the full report.

Today, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has published “Raising the Bar for New Yorkers,” an report to highlight the major work done in 2014 and 2015. Accomplishments range from government transparency and standards to strengthening communities to economy and quality of life.