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Speaker Adrienne Adams announces Caribbean politicians among Council Leadership and Committee Chairs – New York Carib News – NYCaribNews

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Speaker Adrienne Adams has announced the New York City Council committee chairs and leadership and a number of Caribbean leaders are slated to be Chairs.
“I am proud to announce our City Council’s Leadership, as well as committee chairs and assignments. This is the most diverse City Council in history, and each member’s experiences and expertise will shape the important work of our legislative body,” said City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams.
“I am confident that this City Council will work together to achieve our shared goal of providing strong oversight as a co-equal branch of city government and improving the lives of every New Yorker. We are unified and ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work.”
Council Member Crystal Hudson, who represents the 35th Council District in Brooklyn, and the granddaughter of Jamaican immigrants was appointed to chair the Committee on Aging.
Hudson said, “It was my experience as a caregiver for my mother that propelled me into public service. After she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, I learned how hard it was to navigate the complex, bureaucratic systems established to gatekeeper the resources and services were needed.”
“I’m honored to chair the Aging Committee and work to ensure all older adults can age safely with dignity at home in the city they’ve made and call home. As caregivers like myself know all too well, older adults are at the mercy of deeply deficient systems – from housing to long-term care to food insecurity to nursing home care. My goal as Chair is to focus not only on issues directly impacting older adults but also on the realities facing the ever-growing care economy that is in deep need of transformation. All of us who are lucky enough will age – it’s my hope as Chair that we do so with dignity and self-determination. In my late mother’s honor, I will fight to ensure older adults are finally prioritized at all levels of city government.”
Council Member Carmen De La Rosa who represents District 10 was appointed as Chair of the Civil Service and Labor Committee.
She said, “I thank Speaker Adams for giving me the honor of chairing the committee on Civil Service and Labor. This appointment comes at a pivotal moment when our city is still recovering from a global health pandemic that has left workers in need of adequate protections and dignified wages. I look forward to building coalitions with our partners in organized labor to ensure that the collective bargaining powers of our city’s workers are strengthened and upheld as we prepare our workforce for the challenges ahead.”
Haitian American Council Member Farah N. Louis will chair the Committee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses.
Louis said, “New York City is renowned for its rich architecture and beautiful neighborhoods that are emblematic of our cultural diversity and historic moments that have been pivotal to our advancements in equity, justice, and representation. It is important that we preserve these spaces for future generations to explore and cherish their significance in who we are as New Yorkers. I look forward to chairing the Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Sittings, and Dispositions and working with my colleagues in the New York City Council to ensure that we exercise due diligence in protecting our past as we build towards our future.”
Haitian-born Council Member Rita Joseph will chair the Committee on Education. She is a former public school teacher, and represents for the 40th Council District in Brooklyn.
“It is an honor of a lifetime to have been selected the Education Chairwoman of the New York City Council,” said Council Member Rita Joseph.
“I thank Speaker Adams for trusting me with this responsibility, especially as the first Black woman to chair the committee in over 20 years. For the last 22 years, I have diligently served as a public school teacher at PS6. Working on behalf of my students and their families was one of the great joys in my life. Now, as Chairwoman of the Education Committee, I will be afforded the opportunity to advocate on behalf of students not just at PS6, but all over New York City. My students may not be able to vote, but now, they have a voice. I look forward to the work to come.”
Haitian-born Council Member Mercedes Narcisse who represents the 46th Council District in Brooklyn was elected to chair the Committee on Hospitals.

In response, she said, “I am honored to be chosen by Speaker Adams, and I am fully ready to take my first-hand experience and do all I can to ensure that doctors, nurses and all hospital staff have the resources available to them to provide the best healthcare to all New Yorkers.”
“This is a pivotal time for our city as we continue to battle the Omicron variant of COVID-19, which has decimated our hospitals. In particular, NYC Health and Hospitals facilities and safety net hospitals in traditionally undeserved communities need a lifeline and our immediate attention so they can flourish, and not merely survive. Further, community health centers in high-risk neighborhoods continue to be limited and under resourced. We must provide greater access to these vital segments of our healthcare system. It is deplorable that in 2022 the color of one’s skin, and economic status correlates to the quality of healthcare one receives. I’m ready to get to work.”
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