Rally Today at City Hall

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Today members of the Communities United for Police Reform calling the City to drop the appeal on stop and frisk and to let the much needed reforms proceed. On October 31st 2013 a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals granted the City’s motion to stay the District Court’s remedial decision pending appeal, and ordered a new District Court judge to oversee the case.

Mayor- elect Bill de Blasio says he will drop the appeal in regards to the Floyd case, when he officially goes into office on the first of January. The community until that time needs to keep the pressure both on Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner of the NYPD Ray Kelly that Stop and Frisk in this current administration is unconstitutional.

Bill De Blasio- LGBT Community Plan and Commitment to Equality

Bill’s vision for NYC has resonated with New Yorkers throughout the city, including myself, which is why I am excited to see De Blasio administration at the helm of our next city government. As Bill tells it, there are nearly 400,000 millionaires (based on assets) who call our city home, but nearly half of our neighbors still live at or near the poverty line. At the same time, our middle class keeps leaving the city. Bill has the passion, experience, and dedication to address the income inequalities facing our city.

 

But this is an LGBT event for Bill so I want to take a moment to discuss Bill’s commitment to the LGBT community. From preventing hate crimes and bullying, to expanding supportive services for people with HIV/ AIDS, to winning full legal protection for transgender New Yorkers, Bill is committed to full equality for every LGBT New Yorker. Bill also has a plan for the LGBT community, which will,

 

 

·    Increase support for homeless LGBT youth services for the beds and other materials needed. Bill’s budget will base line funding for LGBT homeless youth and work to expand street outreach teams and supportive housing. LGBT youth face a much higher risk of homelessness than their heterosexual peers, and those numbers are borne out in our City’s shelter system—which is unwelcoming and dangerous to LGBT youth.

 

·    Broaden access to housing for LGBT seniors by working with the Department for the Aging and community-based organizations to increase LGBT-specific housing and care options that treat LGBT seniors.

 

·    End discrimination against LGBT bi-national families by fighting for federal reform and ensuring city agencies extend full recognition and benefits to same-sex couples regardless of immigration status.

 

·    Expand health insurance coverage in the LGBT community by leading an aggressive campaign to enroll LGBT New Yorkers in public and affordable private insurance plans that meet their needs.


 

 

 

Post Primary Results and Thoughts

A couple weeks ago I listed my support for the 2013 primary here in NYC the Endorsement Link . In the 33 races, that I personally endorsed 17 of those candidates won, 5 lost and one of them made it too the run-off for Public Advocate. That’s not a bad record. I had the honor and pleasure to help my friends Rosie Mendez and Carlos Menchaca toward their victories.

The race for mayor did not have the outcome that some of the LGBT community wanted, and that’s what happens when we don’t all join together and support each other. As democrats we do now need to stand united and support Bill de Blasio in his race against GOP nominee John Lohta former Chairperson of the MTA. There is still the possibly of a run off as Mr. De Blasio is only at 40.2% as of (9/11/13).

Scott Stringer the former Manhattan Borough President will be New York City’s next Comptroller beating Eliot Spitzer by 52.1% of the vote. The race for Public Advocate is down to a run-off against Leticia James and Daniel Squadron on October 1st. Neither of them received the 40% needed to win.  Melinda Katz is the new Borough President of Queens, Eric Adams for Brooklyn and Gale Brew has won the nomination to go against Republican David Casavis in November.

The City Council kept the following members as they have won their re-election some with heated races and some unopposed. Councilmembers Margaret Chin, Rosie Mendez, Melissa Mark Viverito, Ydanis Rodriguez, Mark Weprin, Daniel Dromm, Jimmy Van Bramer and Stephen Levin. The council gained members Corey Johnson, Antonio Reynoso, Ritchie Torres and Carlos Menchaca.

We sadly didn’t elected Mel Wymore or Micah Kellner too the city council but these two but up a great fight for their races, we do need to continue to bring visibility to the bisexual and transgender needs of our community and I have confidence that the new members of the City Council we not exclude us but also realize we have different issues as well.

My plan moving forward is that I will support Bill de Blasio to be the next mayor of New York City because we need to take back the mayor’s seat with a Democrat. I of course will be supporting Daniel Squadron for Public Advocate, but stand by what has been said earlier either one of them would make a fine Public Advocate for New York City. Gale Brewer also has my support for Manhattan Borough President. As a born and raised person from Staten Island I do support my buddy John Mancuso. 

My plan going forward is making sure that Bill de Blasio pays attention to the issues of the LGBT community. We have issues with the Commission on Human Rights that need to be fixed, GMHC needs founding and LGBT homeless youth as well as many other issues. We have a better chance at these subjects becoming real issues brought to the floor with a Democrat than with any Republican in power.

The Democratic Party must stand together in order to make that all happen, so I do give my support to Bill de Blaiso after the primary to be the next mayor of New York City. 

 

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