Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright today held a special district meeting with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for community leaders of the Upper East Side, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island.
The meeting with the New York senior senator at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House was arranged by Seawright to hear from the Senator on federal aid for tenants, small businesses, transportation, health and other vital issues of community concern. Attendees included advocates, activists, non-profit representatives, local school leaders, and local hospital healthcare officials.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to Majority Leader Schumer who has been tireless in securing direct economic support to enable our communities to rise, unite and fight back from COVID-19,” said Seawright.
Seawright thanked Senator Schumer for fighting for economic impact payments, federal pandemic unemployment compensation, enhanced child tax, and earned income tax credits, two of the most potent and effective antipoverty tools the U.S. government provides.
“As we continue the recovery from the pandemic, we want to ensure that our district is on the pathway to a thriving Upper East Side, Yorkville, and Roosevelt Island,” she said.
Activists spent more than an hour sharing opinions and posing questions on local concerns. Helene Goldfarb, 91, a retired teacher and longtime community leader from Yorkville, said that the group welcomed the opportunity to present community concerns directly to the Senator.
“We commend Assembly Member Seawright’s enduring advocacy for our community. Senator Schumer's visit today to hear our concerns was another example of her focus on efforts to rise and unite as we continue to fight our way to recovery from the pandemic,” Goldfarb said.