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District 36

Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.

Bedford Stuyvesant, Northern Crown Heights

Today I feel very lucky to be a part of the New York City Council. We are considering several bills that treat the causes of violence, with less emphasis on punishing people for problems that could have been prevented.

Violence in our community is not inevitable. To say that violence spreads like a disease is not a metaphor—it is what the science now shows.

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I have been working to change the narrative. As a country, we must reformulate how we speak and act as we witness the dreadful and never ending news of African-Americans being killed for no reason. In June of 2020, we did our part when our office and community painted a massed Black Lives Matter mural in Bed-Stuy, showing the world that compassion for all is possible.

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February 26, 2021

I am thrilled at the announcement of Meisha Ross Porter as the new schools Chancellor. It is an important milestone to have a Black woman in this role. More than that, her background is a model for what students in our City can become. As a child she was tracked into being a plumber until an educator saw that she had exceptional language skills, and she graduated as an honors English student.

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February 22, 2021

1-800-273-8255. Please remember that phone number because it is our National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which can save a life for someone in crisis. If you have a fire in your apartment, call 911 and if your garbage wasn’t picked up you can call 311. None of these numbers are appropriate for someone experiencing a mental health or suicide crisis.

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February 18, 2021

I am saddened to hear about the death and injuries at two locations in The Bronx today. An elevator mechanic who was trapped under an elevator at a Bronx building has died. According to preliminary reports, the 25-year-old lost his life while elevator mechanics were performing permitted modernization work on the elevator, which was out of service at the time of the incident.

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December 17, 2020

Serving as a Council Member in New York City is a special honor and brings unique challenges and opportunities. I am not surprised when my colleagues move to other exciting positions. But it is a special moment when three council members move up at the same time.

The end of 2020 brings a triple transformation, and I want to congratulate all three of my impressive colleagues.

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Gas inspections save lives, but property owners shouldn’t be blindsided by at possible $10,000 civil penalty. That’s why I sponsored a common sense extension for homeowners to have extra time for making inspections due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

February 2020 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

As we mark the start of Black History Month, I would like to share this conversation I had with Cheryl Wills and Sulma Arzu-Brown.

Black History Month intersects with important work we must advance to accord everyone in our shared communities with dignity and respect. Grateful to Cheryl Wills and her team for our discussion on natural hair discrimination and the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act on Spectrum News NY1 “In Focus with Cheryl Wills.”

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