Dear Neighbor,

Happy Fall! I hope this email finds you and your family are doing well.
As we begin the month of October, we recognize and observe as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in which we education, empower and promote information, programs and resources on early detection and early screening of breast cancer. We also recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which allows us to emphasize services related to domestic violence, intimate partner violence and gender-based violence. October is also LGBTQ History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month and we invite you to our upcoming event on National Coming Out Day on Friday, October 11 th , at 2pm and our Annual Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on Thursday, October 17 th , at 6pm.
We want to express our condolences and prayers to the NYPD, Patrol Borough Bronx and the Anti-Crime Unit on the tragic loss of Police Officer Brian Mulkeen, who was a 7-year veteran in the Anti-Crime Unit killed in the line of duty during an investigation into gang activity at the Edenwald Houses in the Northeast Bronx. Sadly, this is a painful reminder of the dangers law enforcement faces each day while protecting all New Yorkers. We send our prayers to the family and friends of Officer Brian Mulkeen and the NYPD. 
We are excited to share that the MTA recently approved revisions to its 2015-2019 capital plan as well as its new 2020-2024 $50B capital plan and we are proud to announce that the IRT 4 train at the 170 th subway station at Jerome will be getting an elevator! This is HUGE for our community as we continue to struggle with ensuring that all of our subway stations are ADA compliant and provides access for all commuters including those with disabilities and those using strollers, carriages, and simply put, need an elevator. This proposal was a part of the Jerome Rezoning Neighborhood plan and we are thankful for the advocacy of all stakeholders in the community. 
We are also thankful that Governor Andrew Cuomo has released the $450M owed to NYCHA from 2016 which will bring significant capital improvements into our community and we are grateful to see that in this allocation, Butler Houses and Highbridge Gardens will both receive brand new elevators! We look forward to the implementation of new elevators being installed in our developments. 
In this month’s newsletter, you will find legislative and budget updates, the Jerome Rezoning Neighborhood updates and upcoming events happening in the community. Please share these events within your networks. We remain committed to working on your behalf and being your voice at City Hall. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 718-588-7500.

In Partnership,

Hon. Vanessa L. Gibson
Council Member, 16th District, Bronx County
Deputy Leader
Chair, Subcommittee on Capital Budget 
City Hall
Commercial Tenant Rights
Council Member Gibson was proud to pass Intro. 1410-B on Commercial Tenant Harassment, to guarantee commercial tenants the rights that for so long have not existed.
Council Member Gibson was proud to stand with EMS workers to call for pay parity in a field largely made up of women and people of color. These first responders should be valued for their service to this city.
Right to Counsel 2.0
Council Member Gibson joins Council Member Mark Levine in hosting a RTC briefing on introductions 1529 and 1140. These are vital measures that will strengthen and expand the Right to Counsel service citywide.
For a calendar of this months' hearings, please click  HERE .
The New York City Council Women's Caucus has launched their official website! Visit NYCWomensCaucus.org to learn about what the mighty 12 women of the New York City Council are doing to advocate for women, transgenders, 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
The New York City Council passed the FY20 Budget for the City of New York, equaling $92.8B. This budget includes significant investments in our schools, parks, libraries, reserves, and the 2020 Census. Read the Council's Press Release HERE and our press release with Bronx budget wins HERE .

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 jcortes@council.nyc.gov.
Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson attends:
50th Annual African American Day Parade.
Back to School event and Health Fair hosted by Healthfirst and CS 55.
Cafe unveiling at Morris Campus with the American Diary Association and NY Jets Tony Richardson.
CEC 9 September meeting.
Exodus Transitional Community 20th Anniversary.
Friends in Labor event hosted by Nontraditional Employment for Women.
Educators with Passports recognition event.
Ribbon Cutting for FLACS Middle School.
NYPD Appreciation event honoring Chief James Secreto.
Hip Hop Forever event hosted by Windows of Hip Hop and Bulova.
Crotona Park Running Club Annual 5K Unity Race.
Bard Prison Initiative Tour.
NYRR Strides program at PSS Highbridge Senior Center.
45th Anniversary of NAICA.
Morris Educational Campus for Student Voter Registration Day.
Children's Aid Society Community Fair at M.S. 301.
50th Anniversary of Children's Circle Daycare Center as an honoree with former Deputy BP Aurelia Greene.
Bronx Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast with Elected Officials.
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