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
, at 2pm and our Annual Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on Thursday, October 17
, 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
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.