This afternoon, Melissa joined a press conference organized by East Harlem-based Community Voices Heard and other partners to call for the passage of legislation in Congress that would establish a community jobs program.
Unemployment has skyrocketed in our city, particularly among black and Latino New Yorkers. This legislation would provide federal funding to create jobs in our city, which would be targeted to those communities that need them the most. Furthermore, the jobs created by this legislation would be focused in sectors that help build, maintain and green our city’s infrastructure, as well as provide vital social services to low-income communities.
In addition to the press conference, Melissa has also helped circulate a sign-on letter to urge our New York Senators and Congressional Representatives to support this legislation at the federal level. So far, 12 other Council Members have joined her in signing on to this letter.