My Speech Today at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

My Speech Today at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.  This year marks the Sixtieth session being held at the United Nations.  I was fortunate and honored to be one of six speakers invited to be on a panel being held today as part of the conference.  The text of my speech follows:

We must each speak to our own experience.    While I am here today to speak to women’s empowerment I recognize that my experience is different from my fellow panelists and their’s in turn is very different from each other’s.  It is these different experiences that we bring from around the world that will hopefully lead us to find some common perspectives as women. 

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Let's Pave Over Central Park!

Let's Pave Over Central Park!

Let’s pave over Central Park…The notion is ridiculous.  New Yorkers would be justifiably outraged and you could expect such a proposal would be met by such scorn that any politician that proposed it would be run out of town.

Yet, back in the 1950’s it almost happened.  

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My Visit to a Landfill

My Visit to a Landfill

Last year over my winter holiday break from school, I visited a landfill in Pennsylvania where New York City’s trash ends up.

This may not sound like the most exciting—or picturesque, traditional, or pleasant—place to spend one’s holiday, and is certainly not as glamorous as a ski town or beach where some of my other classmates went, but I wanted to experience what the residents of the Yorkville will experience if the East 91st Marine Transfer Station is built.

 

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Environmental Justice - At What Cost to NYC's Children?

Environmental Justice - At What Cost to NYC's Children?

Asphalt Green is a jewel of a park in Yorkville on the Upper East Side of Manhattan sitting across from the Stanley Isaacs Public Housing Complex where some 1,000 low income black and Hispanic families live.

Today 400,000 children use the park every year. Although Asphalt Green provides many of its services for a fee, one third of its programs are free to the public. 

The Park is once again fighting for its survival as Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to turn part of it into an access ramp for a dump which will be situated right next to the park.  Mayor de Blasio calls it “Environmental Justice”.  He talks of the small marine transfer station that used to exist at the site and how the predominantly white Upper East Side and how all of Manhattan must be responsible for its own garbage.

What the Mayor doesn’t talk about is the Marine Transfer Station he is building will be as large as the Empire State Building’s footprint and ten stories tall

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An Open Letter to Dante de Blasio to Help Heal NYC

An Open Letter to Dante de Blasio to Help Heal NYC

New York City must come together to Heal.  The pointless murders of Officers Ramos and Liu show us that words do matter.  They also serve to remind New Yorkers that every day, the NYPD and FDNY put their lives on the line to protect all New Yorkers – a lesson we seem to have forgetten since 9/11.

The current divisiveness between politicians, the police and residents must somehow be dialed back. Dante de Blasio can again play a role in helping.   My letter to Dante asking him to join with me as teenagers to show the adults that people with different ideas can engage in civil dialogue.  See the pdf of my letter here.

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Mr. Mayor, You Cannot Hide Behind Fences

Mr. Mayor, You Cannot Hide Behind Fences

Yesterday two NYPD police officers sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy area were shot – assassinated was the word Police Commission Bratton used  -- while they had lunch. 

The officers, Wenjuan Liu and Rafael Ramos, both had families.  The officers were eating.  They were probably talking about their plans for the Christmas holidays.  Officer Liu was just married.  Officer Ramos had a thirteen year old son.  They were not making an arrest.  They were not pursuing a criminal.  They were eating in their patrol car.  And they were gunned down solely because the wore the uniform of the NYPD.

This morning a third NYPD officer just escaped with his life when a  man shooting out windows of apartment building in the Bronx turned his gun on the officer and  pulled the trigger at point blank range.

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Jimmy Fallon – The New God of Late Nite

Jimmy Fallon – The New God of Late Nite

Four weeks back,  NBC’s Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon joined Liam Neeson in supporting the Central Park Carriage Horses.

Said Fallon during the interview with Neeson, “Horse and carriage is kind of a tradition. You go around Central Park,”   On idea of replacing the Central Park horse drawn carriages with antique looking cars, Fallon said, “That drives me crazy,” 

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Mayor de Blasio vs the Teamsters

Knowingly or unknowingly, Mayor De Blasio, by declaring war on the Central Park carriage horses is about to give anti – union forces in this country a victory that they could have only dreamt of.

I first wondered about the Union when I toured the Stables back on March 16th  (see my blog here).  There was a banner showing Teamster local 553.

The Teamster logo is recognized the world over.  Besides signifying the Union as an organization,  it is a bond different from any other.  It is a brotherhood that can 

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