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s advocates continue to put gender equity under a microscope and some progress has been made, there’s still a long way to go. The income gap between men and women has yet to be closed, and while employers have a huge role to play in creating a level playing field, many women could advocate for themselves more effectively during salary negotiations. A recent Randstad US survey found that 60 percent of women have never negotiated their pay. Additionally, roughly half of the women surveyed (51 percent) also said they’re more likely to leave a job because they’re underpaid, rather

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than ask their manager for a raise. Asking for more money can be stressful, particularly for women. Research has shown that women have a tendency to both underestimate their value and avoid assertiveness (an essential skill for negotiating). These factors make negotiating more difficult, but no less

important -- which is why you should be extra prepared. According to the experts at Randstad US, here’s how: 1. Know your value. Seventy-four percent of millennials expect a pay raise every year in order to stay at their companies, versus 62 percent of boomers and 66 percent of all

workers. It appears younger generations know their value and aren’t shy about asking for fair compensation when it counts most -during salary negotiations. Do the same! Take inventory of your achievements, new skills and contributions that demonstrate your value, and be prepared to showcase those once nego-

tiations start. 2. Know your market. Sixty percent of all workers surveyed wish their employers would publish salary or pay ranges for what each role earns across the company. Even if your company doesn’t do this, you’ll still want to familiarize yourself with the going pay rates in your industry. There are plenty of resources online (including Randstad’s comprehensive salary guide) to help with your research. 3. Know when to speak up. Be proactive. If you didn’t receive a raise in your last performance review or if you don’t have formal performance reviews, consider scheduling a meeting with your supervisor to talk about your performance and

compensation. Of course, if the company has been cutting budgets or is struggling to meet its business goals, it’s probably best to wait to ask for a raise. Instead, use this time to ask your manager for feedback: What are you doing well? How would they like to see you improve? Show your manager that you want to do your job better, and then go make it happen. Then, revisit that pay conversation a few months later. Ultimately, the best thing you can do is advocate for yourself. For your employer, it’s all about the return on investment, and if you can make a solid case, most employers are willing to negotiate rather than lose you to one of their competitors.


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“new service” or “add service” option. To avoid long wait times, call early in the morning or later in the evening, until 1:00 am EDT) -- The Hebrew Free Loan Society Coronavirus Financial Impact Loan Program provides interest-free loans of $2,000$5,000 to residents of New York City’s five boroughs, Westchester, or Long Island who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. All low- or moderate-income New Yorkers are eligible, regardless of credit history. Loans require one guarantor. For more information or an application, visit https://hfls.org/loan-programs/coronavirusfinancialimpactloan/  -- Evictions are also suspended indefinitely. Housing Court will also be closed indefinitely, except for emergency cases (such as illegal lock-out, post eviction, emergency repair cases). People with emergencies should call the court, or the Housing Court Answers hotline: (212) 962-4795. NYCHA hearings are also cancelled.  Tenants will receive a postcard with a new date to go to court. The nonprofit Housing Court Answers operates a hotline that will still be open Monday though Friday 9am to 5pm. Any folks with questions about court or evictions can call (212)

962-4795 for more information. Visit their website for new information: hcanswers.org. -- We’re told that Apple has also made contributions of devices to the 1 Million Foundation, and that the DOE is working on a plan to distribute these devices to as many students as possible. More information will follow.  -- We’re told that the Mayor will sign an executive order sometime tomorrow (Tuesday) that will suspend all land use time clocks for the City Planning and LPC public review processes.  The Governor has suspended the open meetings law, so the Planning Commission can meet by teleconference, which they will do tomorrow to vote on a project on 96th St. and the Union Square South Hotel Special Permit. The meeting will be live-streamed and recorded so the public will have access. For RELIABLE health information, visit  • The City’s Department of Health: https://www1.nyc. gov/site/doh/index • The State Dept of Health: https://www.health.ny.gov/ • The Federal Centers for Disease Control: https://www. cdc.gov/ Finally, here’s some housekeeping information for my office:  We are closed, physi-

cally, along with many other city electeds (Public Advocate, Comptroller). Most employees are working remotely, and our phone lines are up and running: downtown at (212) 669-8300 and at my Northern Manhattan Office, (212) 531-1609.   All 12 Manhattan Community Board offices are closed and meetings postponed/cancelled; visit each Board’s website for further information. Technological solutions are being worked out to allow Boards and their committees to conduct business virtually. We had three events scheduled for March which we have cancelled or postponed:  • A rally on the steps of City Hall March 19 to demand funding for 1 social worker per school. •

The City's Dept. of Small Business Services has this webpage up with "guidance for businesses impacted due to novel coronavirus." https:// www1.nyc.gov/site/sbs/index. page If you have a large-ish space that might be suitable as a community location or health care screening site, the Office of Emergency Management wants to know about it. Send an email to publicprivate@oem.nyc.gov. Community Boards are using technology to overcome social distancing, even in the absence of ULURP deadlines. Three boards are using Zoom to manage and meet virtually. Others are using Facebook and Google Hangouts. Their tenaciousness is to be admired! Alternate side parkung rules have been suspended until 3/24. Please feel free to call me at (212) 669-8191 if you have any questions or problems.

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oping with the unknown is never easy, but with the risk of serious illness or death for those who catch the COVID-19 virus, the stakes are high. Perhaps the most important thing to understand is that we’re all in this together, dealing with situations that none of us -- in government, business or our private lives -- have ever faced before. A little kindness and patience will go a long way! Here’s what I hope is USEFUL information:  -- As you must know by now, public schools are closed until April 20. As of today, students may go to the NEAREST school -- which is not neccesarily their own school --  to pick up a grab-n-go breakfast and/ or lunch between 7:30 am and 1:00 pm for at least this week. The Food Education Fund  has established a website to gather all food-related information in one place, which will be continuously updated: Food Hub NYC  --Beginning today, Monday, March 16, Charter cable will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/ or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription, and installation fees will be waived for new student households. For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer “Spectrum Internet Assist,” a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps. They are also opening its WiFi hotspots across their service area for public use.  To enroll in the free broadband service or Internet Assist, call 1-844-4888395. (It’s their standard customer service line, so use the

• The annual “State of the Borough” event on March 29. • An evening with Rachael Cerrotti on her grandmother’s journey through the Holocaust (and an accompanying professional development program for educators) in late March. I will keep you posted with any new developments and I hope useful information! The Mayor says a final decision on an ACTUAL shelter in place order will be made in the next 48 hours. The City of New York is seeking New York State-certified healthcare workers to support healthcare facility needs. Learn more at nyc.gov\helpnownyc This week everyone should have received, by snail mail an invitation to fill out the Census form. You can fill it out online at https://2020census.gov/ en.html. You can text "COVID" to 692-692 to stay informed with official health information.

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OP-ED: Ending Workforce Discrimination is Up to Us By Dwayne Sampson, Founder and President of the Transportation Diversity Council

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orkforce discrimination

operate at full capacity to best serve

exists because we often

veterans, women, underrepresented,

fail to disengage from

and underserved workers; groups

our own biases. In every industry

that had been previously overlooked.

and in every sector, headlines glar-

The urgency to transform the

ingly reflect on the grievances of the

pipeline of professionals in my field

21st century workforce: gender pay

to deter workforce discrimination

inequity, racial discrimination and

led me to create the Transportation

Today, TDC is also making

that playing field by working ardu-

tional youth.

old biases, and live up to levelling

ageism. All act as adversarial reali-

Diversity Council (TDC) in 2010 in

cross-country strides and demon-

ously for equal opportunity for the

ties in the fight for economic oppor-

New York. The big idea welded to-

strating its workforce development

most disenfranchised worker—there

tunity and equality.

gether community partnerships with

model in key geographies. Local

are thousands of individuals like

Advocacy against discriminatory

transportation agencies and business-

engagement in communities like

Jason across the United States just

practices could not be more prescient

es—to merge the demands and needs

Anniston, Alabama, is one of TDC’s

waiting to have that one chance to

today as far as working men and

of a sector with individuals who were

markers of success with New Flyer

triumph and excel after unimaginable

women are concerned. Today, the

hungry to work. The lucrative sector

of America, the largest transit bus

hardship. We are here for them. We

American worker faces many chal-

had room for a creative repositioning

manufacturer in the states.

hope to build upon our success stories

lenges as more corporations corrode

to benefit companies and workers,

In various regions, we have been

where mentoring, work readiness, life

the promises of a democracy and

and this called for dedicated and pur-

able to help formerly incarcerated

skills training and support, all factor

global competition strips them of a

poseful action.

workers, like Jason Webster, have

in to help a worker get their foot in the door to contribute to society.

decent living wage. The playing field

Bronx Design and Construction

a shot at turning their life around.

is not level and the absence of diver-

Academy was born in 2011 as a key

Previously behind bars for 16 years,

Throughout 2020, and as we

sity is central in preserving the status

partner to TDC thanks to the NYC

Jason’s rocky beginnings did not pre-

continue to think about what we can

quo of systemic discrimination.

Mayor’s Office and Schools Chan-

vent him from a New Flyer career,

do to empower others, I encourage

During my tenure at the Confer-

cellor Joel Klein. The program set

which kickstarted with programmat-

all entrepreneurs and business own-

ence of Minority Transportation Of-

in motion a unique environment of

ic TDC offerings in emotional intel-

ers to reconfigure their talent pipeline

ficials (COMTO), it became clear to

workforce development for under-

ligence, financial health and special-

to equitably account for diversity.

me that access was the foundation of

served students curious about the

ized training. Preparing America’s

Exposure to opportunity is indeed

economic opportunity. The transpor-

transportation and construction sec-

workforce towards the advancement

everything for the American worker.

tation sector lacked diversity, equity

tor. I’ve had the privilege to invite

of diversity, equity and inclusion

It is the foundation for a democracy

and inclusion, and this was glaringly

students from diverse backgrounds

in our industries requires a holistic

and a change agent when it comes to

obvious to both leadership and em-

and thanks to our quality staff, we’ve

program that is based on empathy,

truly closing the door on discrimina-

ployees. Pathways began to emerge

given hope and have produced

confidence-building, guidance and

tion.

to grow a diverse pool of talent, but

life-changing outcomes to a wide

workforce retention.

it was obvious that a more organi-

range of students, including low-in-

Partners, like New Flyer, under-

zational framework was needed to

come, DACA recipients, and interna-

stand that we need to disengage from

Dwayne Sampson is the Founder and President of the Transportation Diversity Council.

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nce you’ve found the right property, learn what you can expect ahead of the actual purchase and closing. You’ve reviewed your spending plan, been preapproved for a mortgage, and made an offer on the home of your dreams. Now, it’s time to close — the final steps before transferring of the property deed to your name after satisfying all the conditions of the purchase contract. Here are some things to consider as you finalize your purchase. What should happen leading up to the purchase? • Schedule a home inspection and appraisal. This is something your lender might require you to do before providing a mortgage, depending on the state you live in. Some lenders want to make sure

the home is worth the purchase price and that there isn’t any structural issue that may cause problems, which is also in your own interests. • Don’t open any new accounts during this crucial time, because it could impact your financing if your credit takes a hit. Opening a new account is a hard inquiry on your credit, causing a dip in your score. It may also lower the average age of your all your accounts. If you need help reading your credit report, take a look at the resources on the Hands on Banking® website. Prepare your documents for the closing Double-check that you have everything your lender asked for, or else the completion of your loan and purchase may be postponed:

• About three days before closing, you’ll likely receive closing documents. This package will include copies of everything you’ve turned in to your lender, as well as additional documents and paperwork you should read over. • Review the closing documents to understand all the terms of financing, and the responsibilities of the lender, seller, and buyer. Take note of what you can do if your lender or seller does anything you haven’t agreed to, and don’t sign documents without fully understanding them. • Also prepare your: • Required documents, which typically include a government-issued photo ID, copy of the contract, home inspection reports, and proof of homeowners

insurance. • Banking paperwork laying out your means of paying back the loan, and your down payment funds. What are some things to expect at closing? Multiple parties will be present at the closing, such as: • Your and the seller’s real estate agent. The real estate agents may choose to attend to ensure the closing transaction goes through. • An escrow company. Depending on your location, an escrow officer may need

to be present to handle funds that need to be exchanged. • Your attorney and/or the seller’s attorney. In some states, an attorney may need to be present to complete the legal transfer of the title. • Your lender. Your lender may be present to ensure the transaction goes smoothly. Here are some examples of items you may consider reviewing before you close: • With your lender, confirm

if anything has changed since approval, such as your annual percentage rate (APR) — i.e., your interest rate — or any other term. • With the seller, confirm: • Copies of repair receipts • Utility company information • Trash and recycling collection days When you’re ready, you and the seller will sign off on the purchase documents, and you will sign off on the loan documents. You may be required to wire your funds, or you may need to bring in a cashier’s check for closing costs. After the closing documents are completed and the funds have been transferred, you’ll receive the keys to your new home. © 2019 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights reserved.

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● Harlem Shake (100 W. 124th St): Fri, 7-10pmOpen Mic with Live Musicians ● Mist Harlem (46 W. 116th St): Th starting at 8pm- Live Music; Fri, 10pm-2am- Live Jazz ● Lenox Sapphire (314 Lenox Ave): Th starting at 7-11pm- Live Jazz ● Chez Lucienne (308 Lenox Ave): Fri & Sat, 7-10pm- Live Blues ● Savanna Raes Harlem (2070 ACP Jr. Blvd): Fri, 9-11pm- : Live R&B and Soul ● Maison Harlem (341 Saint Nicholas Ave.): Sun 5-8pm, Live Jazz Vocalist Lady Leah ● Red Rooster (310 Malcolm X Blvd) Mon (Hip Hop); Tues (Live Blues); Thur-Sun (Live Jazz), starting at 7:30pm ● El San Juan Restaurant (1429 5th Ave) Sun 11am-4pm (Sunday Brunch with DJ music)

Now Until June 21 We the People: Disrupting Silence: A Long Walk to Freedom Harlem Needle Arts presents We the People: Disrupting Silence: A Long Walk to Freedom a newly displayed public art exhibition in Colonel Young Charles Triangle. The series by crochet artist Nacinimod Deodee pays tribute to the sacrifices of the African Diaspora, who suffered the atrocity of enslavement and disenfranchisement. 152nd and 153rd streets between Adam Clayton PowellJr. Blvd and Macombs Pl. The exhibit is FREE and open to the public. Every Tuesday in March 5:00pm FREE Capoeira Classes Join Janete Silva for FREE Capoeira dance classes at City College Center for the Arts at 160 Convent Ave. March 19 Benefit Gala & Concert: The Jazz Tree Lives Harlem Late Night Jazz, Inc. (HLNJ) will hold its inaugural Benefit Gala & Concert themed “The Jazz Tree Lives.” The Gala will feature co-

Composer's Night (Mar 24) chair Macy Gray, all stars James Carter, Matthew Whitaker, Felicia Collins, & Brandee Younger, plus a 20-piece Orchestra and more surprise guest artists. Columbia University’s Alfred Lerner Hall. March 19 6:00-8:00pm Integral Plants & Herbs in Afro-Cuban Religion The CCCADI presents Osayin Herbal Class with Oriate Frank Bell. In this presentation and lecture series participants will be introduced to the foundations of working with specific plants that are essential to the healing and cleansing rituals in sacred African traditions. 120 East 125th Street. $30 for each session. March 19 6:00pm Artists, Activism and Social Change For one night only, two artists, one company and a museum collaborate to preserve cultures and create space for creativity, social change, jazz, artists and their work. Featuring artists, Bam Rodriguez and Melvis Santa. National Jazz Museum in Harlem. 58 W 129th Street. Donation based.

March 23 6:30pm Monday Night Jam Session The Jazz Foundation helps keep the spirit of the music alive by hosting a jam session at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Monday Night Jam offers seasoned veterans a place to meet, perform, and network. It also presents up-andcomers with the opportunity to find mentors and learn from the originals. National Jazz Museum in Harlem. 58 West 129th Street. FREE. March 24 7:00pm Composer’s Night Jonathan Finlayson Trio & Mark Wade Trio Come and watch Jonathan Finlayson Trio and Mark Wade Trio for Composer’s Night. National Jazz Museum in Harlem. 58 W 129th Street. Donation based. March 26-29 7:309:00pm Mossvile: When Great Trees Fall Watch the movie, Mossville: When Great Trees Fall. Mossville, Louisiana, a community founded by formerly enslaved African Americans, was once a thriving, safe hav-

Expo is an ideal event providing a platform to conduct business and have fun at the same time. From hair care to fashion to inspiring documentaries and cool music, this event is encompassing every strand of Harlem’s contemporary culture as an elevating and unwinding experience. Salvation Army. 540 Lenox Ave. $20.

en. Today it’s a breeding ground for petrochemical plants and their toxic black clouds. Many residents are forced from their homes; those that stay suffer from prolonged exposure to contamination and pollution. Amid this chaos stands one man, Stacey Ryan, who refuses to abandon his family’s land and fights for basic human rights in this powerful portrait of resilience. Maysles Cinema. 343 Lenox Ave. $12.

March 31 7:00-10:00pm Celebrate Harlem Gala Please join this 7th Annual Gala to support Three and a Half Acres Yoga (“THAY”)—a non-profit organization empowering our communities through yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques. Throughout the year, they use these tools to support individuals tapping into their own power for positive change. Now it’s time to honor those who make it all happen–and to support THAY in its ongoing mission to bring these tools to more neighbors and more communities! Ginny’s Supper Club at Red Rooster Harlem. 310 Lenox Ave.

March 26 6:00-9:00pm Gallery Talk| Black Women in Comics On this occasion, join this BOOMbastik group of Black women comic geniuses for a dynamic conversation about their trajectories in a primarily white male dominated industry. Conversation with The Color of Power artists Nilah Magruder, Afua Richardson and Alitha Martinez will be moderated by voiceover artist, and journalist Angélique Roché. CCCADI. 120 E 125th Street. FREE. March 28 Harlem Film & Beauty HARLEM Beauty & Film

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adjusted by Gross Domestic Product data, found that women-owned businesses continue to trend above all others. Over the past five years, the number of women-owned businesses increased by 21 percent, while all enterprises increased by only 9 percent. Total employment by women-owned businesses rose 8 percent. At the same time, to all companies, the increase was far lower at 1.8 percent, and total revenue for women-owned businesses also rose slightly above all others: 21 percent compared to 20 percent, respectively. The State of Women-Owned Businesses Report also found that as work has trended toward side hustles and the gig economy, so had female entrepreneurship. Over the last five years, growth in the number of women “sidepreneurs” grew nearly twice as fast as the overall growth in female entrepreneurship: 39 percent to 21 percent. Minority women are responsible for a large portion of that growth from 2014-2019, where “sidepreneurship” among minority women-owned businesses was two times higher than others: 65 percent compared to 32 percent. When looking at specific minority groups over the last five years, growth in sidepreneurship is up 99 percent among African American women, compared to 70 percent for Native Hawai-

women of color increased six times faster than that of white women, yet candidates, journalists, and policymakers rarely acknowledge their ability to affect elections,” stated Solomon, the vice president of Race and Ethnicity Policy at the CAP, and co-author of the report. “Women of color are the

canaries in the coal mine. When you center them in your policymaking agenda, outcomes for all Americans will improve. Continuing to ignore the policy priorities of this powerhouse of voters will only further undermine the health of our democracy and further exacerbate racial and gender inequalities,” Solomon stated.

“This report affirms what we already know: Women of color are an important – and growing – a catalyst for change in our democracy,” said Aimee Allison, the founder and president of She the People.

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rystal Etienne is a businesswoman, wife, and mother of two children. She’s also the founder of Ruby Love, a $10 million personal care company that she built in just four years. “My dream was to always work for myself,” Etienne, a New York native, stated in an email to NNPA Newswire. “However, I did have thoughts about going to law school. Understanding the political side of things, certain laws, and the rights of those around me always excited me, especially if I felt someone was wronged,” she said. “I ended up going a different route and landed a job in finance,” Etienne continued. “Math, equations, and anything that had to do with business was something I was always good at. It was my strong suit, which is ironic because I disliked accounting and finance as a student.” But her dreams have come true, she said. “The end goal was to always work for myself,” Etienne stated. “I am now in a position to make my own decisions and take control of my course in life.” Etienne’s success helps to underscore a growing trend highlighted in the most recent State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, which noted that women of color account for 89 percent (1,625) of the new businesses opened every day over the past year. The annual report, based on U.S. Census Bureau data

ian and Pacific Islanders, 63 percent for Asian Americans, 46 percent for Latina/Hispanic women, and 36 percent among Native Americans/Alaska Native businesswomen. The report concluded that women of color are starting businesses at 4.5 times the average rate, and, in nearly every category, women of color are leading the women-owned business charge. The rise in businesses owned by women of color could correlate to the power they’ve displayed at the ballot box. Since 2000, the number of eligible women of color voters has increased by 59 percent – a gain of more than 13 million potential voters, according to the Center for American Progress (CAP). Black, Latina, Native American, Multiracial, and Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander women voters are emerging as a collective powerhouse, CAP officials stated. In CAP’s “Women of Color: A Powerhouse in the U.S. Electorate,” report, authors Danyelle Solomon and Connor Maxwell used new survey data to explore the voter eligibility, electoral participation, and distinct interracial and intraracial policy perspectives of women of color. The report examined a host of issues from health care and economic inequality to public safety, racial and gender discrimination, and immigration. “In the past decade, the voter-eligible population of

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March 15 – Joseph Jenkins Roberts Holiday By Stacey Ann Ellis - Arts/Culture

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ham Lincoln on February 5, 1862. Joseph Jenkins Roberts died in Liberia on February 24, 1876. A city in Liberia is named in his honor, as well as an airport, and his portrait appears on the

Liberian $10 bill. Robertsport, in western Liberia lies on the Cape Mount Peninsula, a place surfers seek and beach lovers can enjoy ocean vacation housing at places like Nana’s Lodge in Robertsport.

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oseph Jenkins Roberts was born in Norfolk Virginia on March 15, 1809. He emigrated to Liberia in 1829. Roberts was born a “free Negro” in Virginia, however, Virginia’s laws prevented “free Negroes” from what we deem normal rights today such as obtaining an education, the right to vote, the right to public assembly (including worshipping) without supervision or permission of whites. These circumstances, along with a calling to evangelize in Africa, sealed his decision

to emigrate. Considering these things, his bravery should be acknowledged. He opened a trading firm in the capitol city, Monrovia, began a career in politics, serving first as governor from 1841 to 1848, and then he was elected as the first and seventh President of Liberia after its independence. He was the first man of African descendent to govern the country. His first term ran from 18481856 and the seventh from 1872-1876. He was responsible for extending Liberia’s coastal border and establishing Liberia College, now the University of Liberia. The University celebrated its 100th year in 2019. Joseph Jenkins Roberts had to travel to both Europe and the United States advocating for recognition of Liberia as an Independent Country. Of the nine nations that gave Liberia recognition, the United States was the last, finally giving recognition under the Administration of Abra-

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Robertsport also serves as the capitol of the District of Grand Cape Mount. Roberts International Airport is in Harbel, Liberia (Monrovia) having flights to and from London and Brussels. It is informally

called Robertsfield by locals. Joseph Jenkins Roberts died in Liberia on February 24, 1876. March 15th, his birthday, is a Liberian National Holiday. No reason you can’t celebrate him too.


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as possible. In light of the growing number of cases, the NYC Department of Health is advising those with mild to moderate symptoms to stay home for 3-4 days. If the symptoms persist or worsen, consult with your doctor. If you are over 50 years old or have chronic conditions, consult your doctor immediately as they may want to monitor you more closely. You can find the full text of the guidance here. The State’s Coronavirus Hotline is open 24 hours if you have any questions or concerns: 1-888-364-3065. If you need help getting medical care, you can also call 311. New York City will provide care regardless of immigration status or ability to pay. I was saddened to hear the news that we have lost seven New Yorkers as a result of COVID-19. My heart goes out to their families and loved ones, and I am holding them in my prayers. K-5 Schools: Effective today, March 16th, New York City Public Schools will be closing until April 20th, with a possibility of extending closure through the end of the school year. Every school will be distributing breakfast and lunch for students on a grab-and-go basis this week. On March 23rd, the City will launch online/remote learning for students K-12. The City is working with partners Apple and T-Mobile to provide

devices and internet for 300,000 students who do not currently have access. More information is available here. Large Gatherings: Today NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an Executive Order restricting restaurants, bars, and cafes to take-out and delivery only. There will be no dine-in. The Executive order fully closes bars that do not serve food, clubs, movie theaters, smaller theaters, and concert venues. Governor Cuomo has announced a deal with New Jersey and Connecticut Governors to close gyms, movie theaters, bars, restaurants and casinos at 8pm tonight across the state. By order of the Governor, gatherings with 500 people are not currently permitted in New York. For facilities with an occupancy of 500 or fewer, the legal capacity will be reduced by 50%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also recommended halting gatherings of 5o people or more. Census: Due to COVID-19, the state of New York is at risk of being severely undercounted in the 2020 Census. Luckily, it has never been easier to respond on your own online— without having to meet a census taker. Getting an accurate count will ensure New York obtains the necessary federal aid for healthcare, education, and other important public services. Take ten minutes to fill out

your Census form here. Price Gouging: Price Gouging is illegal and should be reported. If you experience unfair price increases on products like cleaning supplies or hand sanitizer, please call 311 or the Price Gouging Hotline: 1-800-6971220 Public Utilities: The Governor directed the New York State Department of Public Service to suspend public utilities from cutting off service - including power and heat - to customers affected by COVID-19. The State’s major utilities will take immediate action to suspend service shutoffs to households during the COVID-19 outbreak and will continue to offer deferred payment plans for customers struggling financially due to the outbreak. Transportation: The MTA has increased their sanitary procedures across the system. Their full service and cleaning protocols can be found here.

The New York City Department of Health is recommending that New Yorkers consider telecommuting. If telecommuting is not possible, they recommend staggering work hours (starting earlier or later), or walking or biking to work if possible. Avoid crowded trains or buses. Vulnerable New Yorkers: People who are at most risk for severe illness are elderly or have other health conditions such as chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system. The New York City Department of Health advises at-risk New Yorkers to avoid unnecessary events and gatherings. If you have family or friends who have a chronic health condition, do not visit them if you feel sick. Effective today, all Senior Centers in New York City will be closed. Grab-and-go meals will be available, and Senior Centers will be locations for preparing and delivering meals to the homes of old-

er New Yorkers. Earlier this week, the Governor mandated that no non-medical staff will be permitted to visit nursing homes and the State is requiring that all staff at nursing homes wear masks and be monitored for symptoms. SUNY/CUNY: There will be no physical, on-campus classes from March 12-18. Classes will move to a distance learning model on March 19 for the remainder of the Spring semester. Small Businesses: The City is providing relief for small businesses seeing a reduction in revenue because of COVID-19. This month, my colleagues in the State Legislature and I passed legislation appropriating $40 million to assist in our response to COVID-19. New York already has the best healthcare system in the world, and this funding will serve as a supplement for staffing, equipment, training, and testing needs.

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ear Neighbor, New York is the most impacted state in the nation with over 950 cases of COVID-19. In New York City there have been 463 cases as of Monday, March 15th.. Please read the update below for information on the latest developments and how to keep yourself and your community safe. The current situation in our state and around the world is unprecedented, and I understand that many New Yorkers may be feeling anxious or scared. Over the next few weeks there will be many changes to our daily routines. The best thing we can do for ourselves and our community is to protect the most vulnerable and help stop the spread. This means practicing social distancing by avoiding any unnecessary interactions or large gatherings, washing your hands often, disinfecting frequently used surfaces, and following the guidance from your local, state, and federal officials. Be kind to your neighbors. Together, we will get through this. According to the New York City Department of Health, there is now widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in New York City, meaning we do not know the sources of new cases. For this reason, everyone in New York City should be monitoring their health closely and staying home if they are sick. New Yorkers who are not sick should also stay home as much

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offices throughout Queens, and 25 offices across Long Island. The Harlem office provides 3T MRI, LowDose CT, Ultrasound, X-ray, 3D Mammography and Bone Density (DEXA) scans. Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology prides itself on being a patient-centric practice. Offices are open evenings and weekends to accommodate working patients.

They employ over 65 subspecialty-trained radiologists who only read studies within their field of expertise, which leads to more accurate results. The reports and images from exams performed at any Zwanger-Pesiri facility are posted on the Patient Portal for the patient to access at his or her convenience. Patients can then securely share their information to

and Suffolk providing a range of radiological specialties, including musculoskeletal imaging, neurologic imaging, oncologic imaging, vascular imaging, and more. Zwanger-Pesiri continues to provide the highest quality of care and excellence to all of its patients in the Metro New York area as well as on Long Island. Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology strives to provide the most advanced technology available today, with a strong focus on delivering a quality of care unmatched in the industry. Visit the Zwanger-Pesiri website for further information at www. zprad.com.

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arlem, New YorkOn July 29th, 2019, Z w a n g e r- P e s i r i Radiology, the largest private radiology practice on Long Island, opened its first facility in Manhattan. The office is located at 324 West 125th Street, on the corner of 125th Street and St. Nicolas Avenue. The office is located adjacent to the 125 Street Station of the A, C, B, and D subway lines.

additional physicians with just a few clicks. “In under six months, we have been able to open two state-of-the-art offices in the Bronx and Harlem. We are committed to making high quality care and technology readily available to every resident in New York City,” said Dr. Mendelsohn. “We are excited to be a part of such vibrant communities and look forward to caring for our new neighbors.” Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, the largest and most respected radiology practice on Long Island, has been serving the community for over 65 years. To date, there are 32 locations in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau,

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How Math Can Become Your Child’s Favorite School Subject (Statepoint)

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sk kids what their favorite school subject is and fewer and fewer will say “math” as they age. While 37 percent of 4th graders report that math is one of their favorite subjects, only 15 of 12th graders say the same, according to National Center for Education Statistics. At a time when a strong math foundation is more important than ever before, you may be wondering how to keep the subject fun and interesting for kids, even as the workload grows more complex and challenging with each passing year. Here are a few ideas for infusing fun into the equation: • Set a good example: Don’t make math out to be

a subject you yourself don’t enjoy. Whether you’re talking about the batting average of your favorite player, working out your budget or watching a news report citing statistics, you can point out the many ways in which math is used to think about the world and spark a numbers-fueled conversation. • Embrace a love of tech: Your children are digital natives, so when it comes to mathematics, let them use the tech tools that feel most natural to them without limitations. You can feel particularly good about this decision when it comes to calculators. Many calculators today are much more intuitive to use than their predecessors, allowing students to spend more time learn-

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For Black Women, the Fight Against HIV/AIDS Still Goes On By C. Virginia Fields

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community, especially Black cis

ew York, March 10,

and Transgender women.

The solutions to ending HIV in the Black community aren’t simple,

ue to be at risk of a now prevent-

the vulnerable populations -- like

women are increasingly at risk;

able and treatable disease.

Black women -- know they’re at

education, awareness, and inclu-

Twenty-three

Today, Black/African Ameri-

but they do exist. For starters, we

In today’s era of populism,

risk, have health providers talk to

sion in all forms of PrEP and treat-

years ago, right when I

cans account for a higher propor-

need a paradigm shift that priori-

activism and partisanship, it’s

about it, and with the HIV activist

ment are key to ensuring we meet

was running for my first term as

tion of new HIV diagnoses and

tizes the promotion of HIV/AIDS

easy to lose sight of how we made

community educating instead of

Governor Cuomo’s goal of ending

Manhattan Borough President, the

people living with HIV compared

primary prevention and risk reduc-

progress originally. In the 1980s

fear mongering.

this epidemic once and for all.

HIV/AIDS community reached

to any other race. In fact, Black

tion among Black cis and transgen-

and ‘90s, activists, community ad-

Don’t mistake this call for

Since the early days of my ca-

two very different milestones in

women have the highest inci-

der women. With the end in sight,

vocates, healthcare workers, phar-

unity for complacency. There are

reer as a social worker to my time

the fight against the epidemic. In

dence rate of HIV transmission of

we should be doubling down on

maceutical companies, the gov-

plenty of reasons to be angry, but

as a New York City council mem-

1996 a highly anticipated, brand

all women -- fifteen times greater

research, educating vulnerable

ernment and researchers all came

we must channel our anger in pos-

ber and Borough President, the

new treatment led to the first sig-

than white women and almost five

communities, and encouraging

together. I know, because I was

itive ways. Working together, we

progress we’ve achieved on HIV/

nificant decrease in deaths from

times that of Hispanic women.

everyone at risk to use any and

there, doing my part to fight that

must hold insurance companies

AIDS has been extraordinary. But

HIV/AIDS nationally. But that

AIDS continues to be the number

all medicine available. When ac-

fight as a social worker and New

accountable to ensure all PrEP

we must be honest that this progress

year also marked the first time

one cause of death for Black cis

tivists use their megaphone to rail

York City council member. We

and treatment options are not only

has not been enjoyed equally by all

that a larger portion of AIDS cas-

and transgender women ages 25-

against research, we’ve lost our

acknowledged our differences but

covered but are a choice between

communities -- for Black women,

es were reported among African

34. Last year, although Governor

focus. When they use it to spread

understood everyone’s role in cre-

the patient and doctor -- and them

the threat is growing. More must be

Americans (41%) than whites

Cuomo announced that New York

the word and bring people togeth-

ating what was once unthinkable

alone. We must hold our elected

done. This reality can be avoided --

(38%). In the quarter century

State is on track to end the AIDS

er, we regain agency of our health

-- an effective treatment. We’re

representatives accountable for

but only if we once again direct our

since then, the overall trend lines

epidemic by 2020, the Black com-

and our hope. We also must be

so far beyond that now. We went

implementing policies that ad-

energy toward a common purpose

have shown hope -- from 2010-

munity in New York City is still

honest with ourselves, talk about

from rudimentary treatment with

dress the needs of Black cis and

and equally shared outcomes.

2017, the number of new HIV

struggling. According to the CDC

what’s going on and acknowl-

horrific side effects to advanced

transgender women. Treatment

C. Virginia Fields is the

diagnoses in the U.S. decreased

in 2017, in New York City, the rate

edge there’s still an epidemic. If

treatment options and the miracle

that is inaccessible is unaccept-

founder and CEO of the National

9 percent each year -- but unfor-

of Black women living with an

we don’t educate ourselves and

PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis)

able. We must also be inclusive

Black Leadership Commission on

tunately, as HIV has receded from

HIV diagnosis was 14 times that of

talk openly about the risks and

prevention pill. A cure no longer

in our conversations about HIV,

Health, Inc. Fields served as the

the consciousness of so many, it

white women. Many of them don’t

realities, our sisters and brothers,

seems out of reach.

which continue to almost exclu-

Manhattan Borough President for

continues to devastate the Black

know that they have the disease.

friends and neighbors will contin-

sively focus on men. Cisgender

eight years (1998-2005).

2020.

PrEP only works, though, if

STAY HEALTHY!

There are many things you can do every day to help stop the spread of germs.

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds

Avoid touching your face

Use your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.

Wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

• If you have fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, and recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of coronavirus, or have been in close contact with someone who has, go to your doctor. • If you have symptoms but no travel history, stay home and call your doctor. • If you need connection to a health care provider, call 311. Visit nyc.gov/health for more information regarding coronavirus and the flu.

Bill de Blasio Mayor

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Cover your coughs and sneezes

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WELLNESS

Sleep and Autism: How to Help Kids Get a Better Night’s Rest (Statepoint)

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or some children and teens with autism spectrum disorder, sleep can sometimes be a struggle. But good sleep is essential to good health and a good quality of life. “While up to 40 percent of all children and teens will have sleep problems at some point during childhood, such problems usually lessen with age,” says lead guideline author Ashura Williams Buckley, MD, of the National Institute of Mental Health and a member of American Academy of Neurology (AAN). “However, for children and teens with autism, sleep problems are more common and more likely to persist.” To help families, neurologists and other healthcare providers make treatment decisions, the AAN has issued a

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