The Lower East Side Still Needs Rosie Mendez



Councilmember Rosie Mendez has serviced the constituents of the 2nd City Council District since 2006. The district covers the Lower East Side, East Village, Gramercy Hill, Rosehill, Kips Bay and the Southern park of Murray.

Rosie has been a fierce advocate for the public housing in her community and across the city. She secured a total of 5.85 million dollars for the NYCHA development in her district. She has serviced as the Chair of the Committee on Public Housing. She also sits on health, Housings and Buildings, Land Use, Landmarks, Public Sitting & Maritime (sub-committee)

Before being a New York City Councilmember, Rosie Mendez was a tenant organizer in her community. She was a housing specialist at the Parodneck Foundation which “works with people to build better housing for better communities” this shows that even before her being elected to city council, Rosie was committed to helping those in public housing, and those who need affordable housing across the city.

Rosie has done a lot of work making sure some of NYC’s important pieces of history and culture are preserved for future generations to enjoy. Some of those buildings landmarked included CHARAS/El Bohio, the Wheatworth Factory, Webster Hall, Elizabeth Home for Girls, Beth Hamedrash Synagogue and St. Stephen’s Church.

Rosie worked to pass three re-zoning of three areas in her district in the East Village, Lower East Side, the East River Con-Edison Site and Phipps East Side.  Rosie has worked hard introducing legislation some of which were

  • Establishing the right to counsel for seniors
  • Establishing the right to language access
  • Sanctions against restaurants that violate labor laws
  • Mold abatement

Rose was there for her community after Hurricane Sandy, making sure that the people in her community had food and water if they could not leave their apartments to receive those needs. She made sure that services being given to her community and information on FEMA and SBA assistance was given.

Rosie fights for her district in a number of different ways. She made sure $5 million dollars went to the 22 schools in her district. The social services and youth services in her district received 6.2 million. Cultural organizations in the district received 8.25 million dollars. An additional 7 million went toward libraries, parks, high education and housing for seniors and the disabled. Rosie has stood against Mike Bloomberg’s extension of term limits, the expansion of Columbia University, and the new Yankee Stadium.

Rosie is has received a hundred percent rating from the League of Humane Voters. In her first term she passed Intro 389 this was legislation that “prohibits the use of wild animals- such as elephants, non-human primates, lions, tigers and many other performances”

 She is one of the four members of the LGBT caucus in the City Council. She has stood by her community in the fight for Marriage Equality and the string Hate Violence against the LGBT community over the years. She is endorsed by the Victory Fund and many other organizations and groups. 

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