October 12, 2018

Statement on the Relocation of 93 Teens to Horizon Juvenile Center

On Monday, October 1st, 93 teens were moved from Rikers Island to the Horizon Juvenile Center in The Bronx as part of the City’s implementation of the “Raise The Age” legislation. Since this relocation, there have been several terrrible incidents involving the youth and officers, including a brawl on Wednesday, October 3rd that left 20 corrections officers injured, and another …

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October 2, 2018

Statement on Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Throughout the past year, there has been a rise in conversations surrounding the unconscionable prevalence of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and sexual harassment in our country. Accordingly, as we recognize the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I call upon all of us to take a stand against all forms of violence, assault, and harassment. Whether it is domestic violence …

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October 1, 2018

Statement on Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This October, we observe National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time for us to promote education about breast cancer and strategies for preventing it so that we can empower women and families across our district and our city. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was started by a diverse group of leaders dedicated to educating the public about this very serious …

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October 1, 2018

Statement on National Bullying Prevention Month

Every day, thousands of young people experience bullying in some form. Whether it’s from their peers in school, their neighbors, or even in their home from social media and texts, young people face an unprecedented threat of bullying. More than 30% of people in the 79th district are children ages 17 or younger, and 1 in 4 of our neighbors …

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October 1, 2018

Statement on Raise The Age Law Now Being in Effect

Removes 16-year-olds who committed criminal acts as of October 1st from the adult Criminal Justice system and prohibits 16- and 17-year-olds from being housed at Rikers Island Today marks an important milestone in our efforts at criminal justice reform with the continued implementation of Raise The Age and the relocation of all 16- and 17-year-olds off of Rikers Island. As …

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September 12, 2018

Statement in Observance of September 11th

9/11. We will never forget where we were and the feelings of pain, despair, anger andheartbreak due to those inhumane terrorist attacks. Our love, care, prayers and strength continue to go to the families who lost someone on that day and the in the days and years that followed due to illness. 17 years later, it still feels like yesterday …

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September 3, 2018

Statement in Celebration of Labor Day

Statement in Celebration of Labor Day Today, we celebrate Labor Day and recognize labor activists and the contributions they have made towards the collective strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Once again, we say “thank you” to our Sisters and Brothers in the Labor Movement. Every American worker is better off because of the Labor Movement’s efforts to protect …

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August 10, 2018

Planned Parenthood Endorsement

Dear Assemblymember Blake, Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you that you have been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Empire State Votes (PPESV) PAC Endorsement Committee. View the full endorsement letter here.

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August 5, 2018

Happy 57th Birthday President Obama

Today, we celebrate the 57th birthday of President Barack Obama. As the 44th President of the United States, he left an indelible imprint on our national and global history and inspired us all to lead with an audacity of hope. As a mentor and father-figure, his mentorship and wisdom further deepened my commitment to be a lifelong public servant and …

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