Protecting NYC Shelter Animals:
Meet Misty: Just a few months ago she was barely alive – after being used as bait to train fighting dogs. It was heart breaking.
But the students at the Stephen Gaynor School raised money through bake sales and other events and donated it to the Second Chance Rescue, which took Misty from the shelter and is now nursing her back to health. They were inspired, in part, by “Led Astray,” my report about dysfunction in the City’s Animal Care and Control agency, and their work is an example to us all.
If a group of students can raise hundreds of dollars to help the city’s animals, just think what the rest of the New York could do if we created an independent, non-profit agency administered by people who have compassion for animals and are knowledgeable about fundraising.
As the New York State Senate discusses campaign finance today, I’m proud to say that New York City’s campaign finance system is a model for the nation. By matching small donations 6-1, the City encourages small donors to get involved. In 2009, the majority of contributions in NYC elections were from first-time donors, with more than 80 percent of donors giving < $175.
NYC’s system also keeps big money out of politics. In 2009, only 7 percent of donations to eligible candidates in city races came from organizations—including political action committees, businesses, and unions. In comparison, in 2010 state elections, 65 percent of donations came from organizations.
That’s why I support a state campaign finance system modeled on the City system so that everyone in the Empire State has access to Fair Elections.
Last night, we announced the release of the East River Blueway Plan, which will protect Manhattan from the next great storm and open up the waterfront to recreation.
Thanks to the government partners—including Assemblymember Kavanagh and many more—and the East Side community, the Blueway is a model for how we can work together to make NYC a better, stronger city.
Denim Day NYC:
Why is everyone wearing jeans today?
Today is Denim Day, a worldwide effort to raise awareness about sexual assault. In NYC we’re doing our part by sponsoring a Denim Day op-ed contest for college students, and just now we took to the steps of City Hall to present awards for the best op-ed from each borough.
Keeping up the Fight Against Fracking:
Thousands of New Yorkers have joined the anti-fracking cause, and we’re sending a clear message: We won’t stand by and watch our water supply be poisoned.
Over three years, I joined together with Food and Water Watch and my colleagues in government to make this a state-wide movement. Today, we’re declaring that we’re going to keep pushing forward to kill the drill in New York State once and for all.
Watch the Denim Day NYC PSA:
Check out this PSA on fighting back against sexual violence, made by New York City college students in collaboration with our Denim Day NYC planning committee!
Once you’ve watched the video, enter the #DenimDayNYC op-ed writing contest for NYC undergrads at denimdaynyc.org. Deadline is Monday at 5pm!
New Photo Exhibition at My Office:
Celebrate our planet’s wild places!
You’re invited to experience Nature: Inspired Moments, photographs by The New York City Sierra Club Photography Committee. To view it, visit my office, 1 Center Street, 19th Floor, New York City, Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 19, 2013.