Dear Neighbor,

As the holiday season is upon us, I remain thankful for the opportunity to serve the residents of Claremont, Claremont Village, Concourse, Concourse Village, Highbridge, Mount Eden, Morris Heights and Morrisania. I am proud of our partnerships together and our ongoing work to improve the lives of all residents and families who live, work and raise their children in District 16. Although great progress has been made, we have much work left to do to continue investing in our community. 

During this month, we partnered with community groups to host toy giveaways with Bronx Care, the 42nd Precinct, Bridge Builders, the Carpenters Union, Help USA, Transit District 11, the New York Yankees, Future Star Productions, Sheridan Academy, DFOY, Health First and Claremont Neighborhood Center, to name a few. It is during this time that we are reminded of our responsibility to help those in need and we are thankful that hundreds of toys were provided to our children during the holiday season.

We recently lost a pillar in our community with the passing of Carmen Vega-Rivera last week. Carmen was a resident of 888 Grand Concourse for nearly 40 years, was a champion for housing, a longtime leader of CASA Bronx, the Right to Counsel Coalition, and did work with the East Harlem Tutorial Program, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and was the founder of Atabey Collaborative, which provides development assistance for not for profits and arts institutions. She spent her life advocating for safe, stable and affordable housing, universal rent control, rent regulation, reforming Bronx Housing Court and most recently, played an instrumental role in the passage of Right to Counsel, the State’s Housing and Stability Act of 2019. We are a better and stronger community thanks to the commitment, compassion and tireless efforts of Carmen Vega-Rivera. We express our condolences and prayers of comfort, healing, peace and strength to her family, friends, neighbors, CASA family, East Harlem family, Loisada family and all who knew and loved her. May she Rest in Peace for a job well done.

All the best to you and your family during the Holiday Season! Have a blessed Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Three Kings Day!

In Partnership,

Hon. Vanessa L. Gibson
Council Member, 16th District, Bronx County
Deputy Leader
Chair, Subcommittee on Capital Budget 
Passing of Beloved Advocate & Friend Carmen Vega -Rivera
"I am incredibly thankful for a long working relationship with Carmen that spanned over ten years. I have fond memories of countless meetings, press conferences, rallies, and town halls that we attended on important housing issues.

Carmen was an important part of every housing issue, served as an active member of the Jerome Task Force and was never afraid to speak up and speak truth to power. 

I am blessed to have known and worked with Carmen through the years. May her work speak for itself and we always remember her love of the Bronx. On behalf of District 16, we express our thoughts and prayers of condolence to her family, friends, neighbors, CASA family, RTC family and everyone who knew and loved her. In Carmen’s honor, we will keep her legacy alive through our continued work in the Bronx and NYC."

City Hall
The POST (Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology) Act
Council Member Gibson held a second hearing for Intro. 0487, which would create a process to understand surveillance technology used by the NYPD & its impact on New Yorkers.
Passage of Intro. 1211 led by Council Member Salamanca
Council Member Gibson joined with her colleagues to pass Intro. 1211, which requires that a percentage of dwelling units in housing development projects receiving city financial assistance be set aside for homeless individuals and families.
Expansion of Tenant`s Rights
Council Member Gibson is proud to announce five new zip codes included in the Right to Counsel Law! This expansion of legal representation for tenants facing eviction proceedings will cover more tenants in more neighborhoods across the five boroughs.
The New York City Council Women's Caucus launched their official website! Visit to learn about what the mighty 12 women of the New York City Council are doing to advocate for women and for transgender and gender non-conforming people across the city.
Jerome Rezoning Update

The  Jerome Avenue Neighborhood plan  was adopted in March 2018.  To track the progress of this rezoning, please view the  Neighborhood Rezoning Commitments Tracker .

To read the progress that has been made 1 year later, click  HERE .
Budget Update
Please be advised that all not-for-profit community-based organizations that wish to apply for discretionary funding for FY2021 must submit a Council Application. The FY2021 application will be posted on the Council’s website at this location on Thursday, January 2nd , 2020 and the submission deadline will be on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Also, please note that if an application is not submitted within the filing period, the community-based organization will not be eligible for funding.

If you would like to receive updates and important notices regarding the New York City Council Budget Process, including Discretionary Capital and Expense funding, please email Justin Cortes at
Council Member Gibson would like to thank all of the community partners and organizations that attended her third Annual Holiday Party and would like to give a special shout-out to Wendy Gallegos and to Felix Garcia. As we bid farewell to both of them on staff, we wish them the best in all future endeavors. Thank you for your service to this community! #TeamGibson.
Council Member Gibson hosted a Toy Giveaway event in partnership with Transit District 11, Help USA, and the Carpenter Contractor Alliance of Metropolitan New York .
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea joined with Council Member Gibson as she recognized Police Officers from the 42nd , 44th, & 46th Precincts, Transit District 11, Police Service Area 7, Bronx Community College Public Safety, and 911 Police Communications Technicians at her Third Annual NYPD Appreciation Luncheon.
Update on 1515 Selwyn Avenue:
  • Council Member Gibson recently joined with NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams as he released the NYC Worst Landlords list. Council Member Gibson, along with CASA Bronx, visited 1515 Selwyn Avenue after the gas was restored after 14 months, to access the building.

  • The landlord, Abdul Kahn, is number four on the Worst Landlords list, and although the gas was restored, tenants continue to experience leaks and other problems in this building.

  • Council Member Gibson looks forward to working with the Public Advocate, CASA and tenants to demand the Administration steps up its enforcement in this building as residents and families deserve much better!
Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson Attends:
#Not62 Rally
MDCNY`s 2019 Annual End of Year Celebration
Grand Opening of new Bronx Office for Bronxnet
4 + 44 20th Anniversary Awards Ceremony
Eleanor`s Legacy Holiday Party
85th Birthday Celebration of Honorable Paul Vallone, Sr.
NY Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie`s Holiday Party
Ribbon Cutting of Plimpton Playground
Winter Wonderland at Yankee Stadium
 Jerome A. Greene Democratic Club Holiday Party
News 12 The Bronx Studio
United Federation of Teachers Holiday Party
Healthfirst Toy Giveaway
Bronx Museum of the Arts Holiday Party
Swearing in for Judge Matt Raso
Holiday Feast Hosted by Congressman Adriano Espaillat
Future Star Productions` Annual Community Enhancement Day
Bronx Parent Housing Network Holiday Celebration
Holiday Event at Phoenix Restaurant
Yadira Arroyo Toy Giveaway Event
42nd Precinct Host Annual Christmas Party
BronxCare`s Annual Happy Healthy Holiday Event
1199 SEIU Holiday Party
Anti- Gun Violence Rally
Local 372, DC 37 Holiday Party
Holiday Celebration with the Bronx Arts Ensemble at William Hodson Senior Center
DFOY Toy Giveaway
Forest Houses Toy Giveaway
District 16 Fall Educational Tour
Council Member Gibson was proud to continue a tour of all of the schools she represents. She was proud to visit the following schools over this past month:
Bronx High School for Medical Science with Principal I thier
Sheridan Academy with Principal Febus
MS 301 with Principal Farid
Bronx Latin with Principal Annette Fiorentino
Zeta Bronx 1
Bronx Collegiate Academy with Principal White
Dream Yard Prep. High School with Principal Alicia Wargo
Bronx Writing Academy with Principal Hassan
PS 311 with Principal Cuba
PS 114 with Principal Webber- Francis and Deputy Chancellor Karin Goldmark
Youth Spotlight
Our amazing Participatory Budgeting Fellow, Francesca Perdera attending the historic swearing in for Judge Matthew Raso, the first openly gay judge for New York City Civil Court in Bronx County.
Upcoming Events
Services & Resources

Find your local  Community Board (CB)  and attend a monthly CB meeting. Apply to your local Community Board  HERE .

  • CB3: second Tuesday of the month at 6PM. 718-378-8054
  • CB4: fourth Tuesday of every month at 6PM. 718-299-0800
  • CB5: fourth Wednesday of every month at 6PM. 718-364-2030

Find your local  Police Precinct  and attend a monthly Precinct Community Council meeting:

  • 42nd Precinct Community Council: Every fourth Thursday of the month in the 42nd Precinct Sitting Room at 7:00 P.M.
  • 44th Precinct Community Council: Every second Wednesday of the month at different locations at 6:30P.M.
  • 46th Precinct Community Council: Every third Tuesday of the month at 2120 Ryer Avenue, at 7:00 P.M.
  • PSA 7 Community Council: Every second Thursday of the month at 737 Melrose Avenue at 6:30 P.M