Press Releases

Members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus Call for Policing Reform

New York, NY – Over the last several days, Black Americans – and communities of color throughout New York State and the nation – have been emotionally exhausted by the consistent dehumanization of our people.In New York City, we witnessed...

Community Calvary El Calvario Comunitario

The Bronx Community Relief Effort is Launched to Address Immediate Needs of Bronx Residents during COVID-19

Michael Blake's 15-Part Coronavirus Response Plan

--Federal Policy--1. Create $100 Billion Fund to Protect Working Families and Stimulate Job CreationBlake is calling for providing $3,000 rebate checks to individuals - plus $500 for each child - for those making up to $75,000 per year (or for married...

Governor Cuomo Announces Projects Funded Through the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative Launching in the Bronx

Assembly Member Blake joins NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and other Bronx elected leaders to announce the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative Launch in the Bronx at the Children's Aid Society, the organization chosen to administer the $1.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $1.3 million in State funding for programs aimed at helping low-income families in the South Bronx break cycles of poverty. The programs funded through the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative include...

Speaker Heastie Announces Working Group to Examine Mitchell-Lama Housing Developments

Statement Regarding the Passage of the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019

“The passage and signing of the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 marks a milestone for tenants of The Bronx and across New York State. I thank the advocates, Speaker Heastie, Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Housing...

Statement on Memorial Day

"Today, we celebrate Memorial Day and remember our fellow Americans who lost their lives in service to our country. We thank our service members and their families for the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom and democracy. We must honor our sheroes...

A Statement on NYCHA's Unaccounted $3 Million of Expenses

"It is outrageous that Bronxites and New Yorkers are living in public housing with rats in their homes, lead paint, lack hot water and have an abundance of mold, meanwhile, the monitor responsible for fixing this mess received a high-priced contract and...

A Statement on the 65th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Decision

"The landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision by the Supreme Court opened up the doors of opportunity in education for people of color by ruling that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. Yet, it took the courage and perseverance of...

Governor Cuomo Announces $30 Million to Build and Preserve 522 Affordable Apartments in New York City

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $30 million has been awarded to seven affordable housing developments in the City of New York that will create or preserve 522 affordable homes. The funding is part of $175.4 million the State is awarding...

A Statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day

"On this Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), we honor the memory of the six million Jews who were killed during the Holocaust. Anti-Semitism is never acceptable - in any place, in any form. We must stand up, speak out and act to combat the white...

A Statement on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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"I join my fellow Americans in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the immeasurable contributions the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities have made to our country throughout history. The month of May not...

A Statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day

"On this Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), we honor the memory of the six million Jews who were killed during the Holocaust. Anti-Semitism is never acceptable - in any place, in any form. We must stand up, speak out and act to combat the white...

A Statement on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

"I join my fellow Americans in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the immeasurable contributions the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities have made to our country throughout history. The month of May not...

BP Diaz Launches Bronx 2020 Census Complete Count Committee

Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced the creation of the “Bronx 2020 Census Complete Count Committee.” The committee will be tasked with increasing turnout in the upcoming 2020 Census and ensuring that Bronx residents participate...

Assemblymember Blake’s Statement in Celebration of the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Today, we celebrate the 55th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where we were blessed with Dr. King's iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. On August 28, 1963, he eloquently called for freedom and equality in a land still arising from...

Assemblymember Blake’s Statement in Celebration of Women's Equality Day

Today, we recognize Women's Equality Day, a day that commemorates when Congress passed the 19th Amendment and granted women the right to vote. Today marks the 86th anniversary that served as a culmination of the suffragists' longstanding struggle to bring...

Assemblymember Blake’s Statement in Celebration of Eid al-Adha

Today, we observe Eid al-Adha, a day where thousands of New Yorkers and millions of Muslims worldwide celebrate the “Festival of Sacrifice.” This holiday is a commemoration of the principles of sacrifice, love, sharing, obedience and charity. Eid...

Assemblymember Blake’s Statement in Celebration of National Black Business Month

Realizing dreams by creating jobs and economic opportunities is what makes Black businesses so critical. We take this moment to celebrate National Black Business Month, a month dedicated to entrepreneurship and Black economic empowerment. Entrepreneurship...