MELISSA’S YEAR IN REVIEW

2012 ANNUAL REPORT

Dear Constituent, Though we are already well into the new year, I thought it would be important to reflect on 2012 and some of the important accomplishments that we all achieved together. We held the first-ever Participatory Budgeting vote in the City of New York. We united to defend our community from district lines that would have cut out some of our most vital institutions. We also won protected bike lanes for First and Second Avenues, and helped save two of our local public schools from closure. And those are just a few examples. Last year was an exciting one for our community and for my office. And there’s a lot to look forward to in 2013. As always, you can stay up-to-date on my office’s work by visiting our blog (www.mmviverito.com) or subscribing to our e-mail updates (http://tinyurl.com/mmvmail). You can also follow us on Twitter (@MMViverito) or ‘Like’ Us on Facebook! Sincerely, Melissa Mark-Viverito

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Taking Action! City Hall, District 8 and Beyond Incredibly Honored Looking Back on 2012 Participatory Budgeting: Year One Participatory Budgeting: Year Two FY 2013 Budget Committees Served Looking Forward to 2013: My Plans & Goals Page 4 Page 9 Page 10 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 14 Page 15

TAKING ACTION!
CITY HALL, DISTRICT 8 AND BEYOND

DISTRICT 8 JOINED TOGETHER TO KEEP EAST HARLEM WHOLE
NYC DISTRICTING HEARING
(TO FIND OUT MORE, CLICK ON THE PICTURE)

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ANNOUNCED NEW LEGISLATION I AM SPONSORING TO PROTECT UNJUST DEPORTATION OF IMMIGRANT NEW YORKERS
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RIGHTING THE WRONGS OF “SECURE COMMUNITIES”
F I N D O U T M O R E , C L I C K O N T H E

P I C TU R E )

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CO-SPONSORED FOUR BILLS THAT COLLECTIVELY MAKE UP THE COMMUNITY SAFETY ACT, WHICH WILL BRING ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY TO THE NYPD, AS WELL AS PROTECT NEW YORKERS FROM UNJUST PRACTICES SUCH AS STOP AND FRISK.

COMMUNITY SAFETY ACT
(TO FIND OUT MORE, CLICK ON THE PICTURE)

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THE CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO OVERRIDE MAYOR BLOOMBERG’S VETO OF THE LIVING WAGE BILL THAT AIMED TO PROVIDE A LIVING WAGE FOR 75% OF ALL HOURLY JOBS ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, INCLUDING RETAIL TENANT JOBS.

LIVING WAGE NYC
(TO FIND OUT MORE, CLICK ON THE PICTURE)

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I WAS HONORED TO DELIVER THE KEYNOTE AT THE MAYORAL INAUGURATION CEREMONIES IN SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
INAUGURATION OF MAYOR CARMEN YULIN CRUZ SOTO OF SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
(CLICK ON THE PICTURE FOR VIDEO: 38:30 MINUTE MARK)

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INCREDIBLY HONORED…

I WAS NAMED “ELECTED OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR” FOR MY WORK IN IMPLEMENTING PROTECTED BIKE LANES IN EAST HARLEM

I RECEIVED ONE OF THE TOP HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT CARD SCORES FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR

STREETSBLOG NYC’S 2012 STREETSIE AWARDS
(TO FIND OUT MORE, CLICK ON THE PICTURE)

URBAN JUSTICE CENTER’S HUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT
(TO FIND OUT MORE, CLICK ON THE PICTURE)

I MADE CITY & STATE’S “NEW YORK CITY POWER 100” LIST. THE LIST IS THE RESULT OF OFF-THE RECORD OPINIONS OF THE FIVE BOROUGH’S MOST SAVVY POLITICAL INSIDERS, READER NOMINATIONS, AND ONLINE POLLS.

CITY & STATE’S NEW YORK CITY POWER 100 LIST
(TO FIND OUT MORE, CLICK ON THE PICTURE)

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LOOKING BACK ON 2012

Spoke up against school closures and funding cuts for important after-school programs and childcare.

Marched for peace on our streets along side with District 8 youth and their parents.

Stood in our hoodies to call for justice for Trayvon Martin and his family. Marched silently on Fathers Day to end Stop and Frisk.
Wrote to the NYC Industrial Development Agency asking that the approval process for $74 million in financial assistance for Fresh Direct be slowed down to allow for more community input.

Broke ground for El Barrio’s Artspace PS109, an affordable live/work space for El Barrio/East Harlem artists.

Held our first Chinese New Year celebration in East Harlem
East Harlem’s Senior Pool Party was the launch of “senior hours” in 14 pools city-wide. This was after “senior hours” was first launched in District 8 as part of the Age Improvement District initiative by our office.

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LOOKING BACK ON 2012

A comical name, but a serious campaign – There’s No Poop Fairy in East Harlem, promotes being responsible pet owners.
The Upper West Side Enhanced Commercial District was created to protect small business owners who are falling victim to large banks and chains.

Seniors in East Harlem finally got to enjoy benches that I had the DOT install throughout the neighborhood.
Had the opportunity to sit on a number of panels this year. Here is one about Latinas in elected office at the 2012 BlogHer Convention. Laid 100 pairs of girls’ shoes on the steps of the Village Voice office, in protest of the backpage.com adult section.

Volunteered in neighborhoods affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Held our Sixth Annual Teen Fair, a positive youth movement.
Got the green light to build the Randall’s Island Connector, a pedestrian bridge connecting the island to the South Bronx.
Stood with fast food workers and car washers who were demanding better treatment in the work place, regardless of legal status.

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PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING (PB)
YEAR ONE

YEAR ONE VOTING RESULTS
PROJECT
Transportation for Seniors & Meals-On-Wheels Delivery Van Security Cameras in Several NYCHA Developments (Jefferson, Johnson, Betances, Millbrook, Washington, Taft, Clinton & Wagner) Playground Improvements A Home for Harlem RBI and Dream Charter School Ultrasound System for Metropolitan Hospital New Technology for New York Public Library’s Aguilar Branch

FUNDING ALLOCATED
$103,000

VOTES
579 votes 499 votes

$525,000

$2 MILLION
IN CAPITAL FUNDS, ALLOCATED BY YOU, DISTRICT 8, IN THE FIRST YEAR.

THAT’S NEARLY

$500,000 $513,000

300 votes 292 votes 252 votes 248 votes

$105,000 $60,000

Videos on PB in District 8
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Overview, PBS (April 2012) A personal story (April 2012) 12

PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING (PB)
YEAR TWO

We’ve held six neighborhood assemblies, including special ones dedicated to our seniors and youth.

THIS “REVOLUTIONARY” PROCESS HAS DOUBLED IN ITS’ SECOND YEAR.
FOUR COUNCILMEMBERS PARTICIPATED IN YEAR ONE. EIGHT COUNCILMEMBERS ARE NOW PARTAKING IN YEAR TWO.
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FY2013 BUDGET*
The City Council adopted the Fiscal Year 2013 budget on Thursday, June 28, 2012.

Visit http://ow.ly/bXFrd to Year 2013 budget The City Council adopted the Fiscal view the map online. RESTORATIONS AT A GLANCE… on Thursday, June 28th.  All after school (OST) slots were
restored in our district.  Most of our child care slots were also restored.  Libraries will remain open at an average of five day service.  All large-scale layoffs were averted.  All fire engine companies will remain open

Melissa helped secure nearly $1 million in expense funding and nearly $11 million in capital funding for projects in District 8.

All expense funding allocated by the City Council is available through the Searchable Database, which details all restorations, City Council initiatives and member items at http://council.nyc.gov/html/budget/database.shtml. The City Council’s capital allocations can be downloaded at http://www.nyc.gov/html/omb/downloads/pdf/adopt12_capreso work.pdf.

WHICH ORGANIZATIONS & PROJECTS HAVE BEEN FUNDED?

Map of FY13 Capital Projects in Council District 8

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR OUR FY13 REPORT
*These figures include funding secured in partnership with City Council colleagues. They do not include separate citywide initiatives, which bring additional resources to our district.

COMMITTEES SERVED
Parks & Recreation
Chair of

Aging

Civil Service & Labor

Contracts

Community Development

Public Housing

Housing & Buildings

Youth Services

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LOOKING FORWARD TO 2013: MY PLANS & GOALS
Community Initiatives
1. Announce progress at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center, including the initiation of $450,000 in needed capital upgrades Celebrate our new protected bike lanes with a helmet giveaway and bike tourism initiative Hold a community day of action against littering and announce the placement of new trash cans funded by my office Support efforts by the South Bronx community to expand waterfront access Monitor the installation of millions of dollars in security cameras at NYCHA developments across the district Increase the number of Participatory Budgeting voters this April Reinvigorate the El Barrio/East Harlem Youth Violence Task Force, with renewed focus on supporting youth recreational programs and exploring a Violence Interrupters model for East Harlem

Budget
1. Fight for the restoration of harsh cuts proposed by the Bloomberg administration to a range of human and municipal services 2. Focus on cuts to our city’s parks as chair of the Parks & Recreation Committee: prevent the closure of pools, reduction of staffing and the conversion of job training participants to unpaid WEP positions 3. Secure millions of dollars in expense and capital support for programs and projects throughout our district

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Legislation
1. Pass the Secure Communities legislation I am sponsoring in the Council, which will further limit our city’s collaboration with federal immigration authorities 2. Advocate for the passage of important legislation at the state level, including an end to small-time marijuana arrests and a minimum wage increase 3. Fight for a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill at the federal level

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