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03 Apr
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State Budget Update

Dear Neighbor,

While COVID-19 updates have been my primary communication with you in these difficult times, I did want to take a moment to give a report on the New York State budget, which has now passed as of yesterday afternoon. This budget is a crisis budget. It is not what we expected to be passing when we came to Albany in January, but it is what this moment calls for. The current crisis and its economic impact have resulted in a dramatic increase in the need for services while at the same time cutting state tax revenues and leaving the state with at least a $15 billion deficit to close.

Reaching an agreement on a budget between the Governor, the Assembly, and the Senate in this current reality was a huge challenge, particularly given the significant power imbalance created by our state constitution, which gives the Governor an extraordinary amount of leverage in negotiations. I am disappointed with some of the results, particularly the Governor’s attack on third parties, his dangerous cuts to Medicaid, and his refusal to ask the wealthiest among us to pay their fair share.

However, I do believe that the final budget acknowledges the massive economic issues we face while protecting our most vulnerable neighbors and essential services. And in spite of my serious concerns about certain positions the Governor has taken in the budget, I want to acknowledge how well he has managed the immediate crisis we are facing.

Coronavirus has devastated our economic outlook and cut our revenue by billions of dollars. There will be painful cuts to programs we all care about. But along with my colleagues, I fought hard to pass a responsible budget that will still give our families and communities the tools we need to beat COVID-19 and recover economically once the pandemic is over.

Some of the key provisions of the budget include:

 

COVID-19 Emergency Funds

  • $4 billion in State emergency appropriations to directly address the crisis

 

Healthcare 

I am deeply concerned that the final budget includes unjustifiable cost shifts to localities, who face the same or worse fiscal pressures as the state, and that the implementation of Medicaid redesign proposals has the potential to limit access to healthcare and shortchange providers, which is particularly concerning in the middle of a healthcare crisis.  That said, I was happy that the Governor has reversed himself and will accept additional Medicaid funding from the Federal Government. The legislature also pushed back on some of the worst proposals from the Governor, and was able to address a number of key issues, and:

  • Restored more than $300 million in Medicaid funding that was proposed to be cut.
  • Restored more than $100 million of hospital funding that was proposed to be cut.
  • Restored funding for public hospitals and indigent care.

Other key health initiatives include:

  • Expanded access to telehealthin the Medicaid program so more New Yorkers can connect with their physical and mental healthcare providers.
  • Established a Prescription Drug Pricing and Accountability Boardto make sure that New Yorkers aren’t overcharged for vital medication.
  • Tobacco and vaping control regulations, including prohibiting the retail sale of flavored vapor products, unless the product is approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration through the premarket tobacco product application process.

 

Education

  • Protected our schools from budget cuts despite a multi-billion dollar state deficit caused by COVID-19 and ensured no district will see a reduction in its Foundation Aid, and all districts will receive their full State Aid allocation.
  • Providing $10 million in new funding for student mental health support grants and $1 million for civics curriculum development.

 

Support for those Economically Impacted by the Current Crisis:

  • Increased Unemployment Insurance funding by $1.05 billion in anticipation of increased unemployment claims due to COVID-19.
  • Provided more than $22.65 million for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and other human service programs.
  • Provided $200 million in additional support for the Child Care Development Block Grant to assist families affected by the public health emergency.
  • Eliminated the current photo identification requirement for public assistance recipients and allowed these New Yorkers to access a free identification card.
  • Added $9.8 million to address an anticipated increase in workers compensation claims spurred by COVID-19.

 

Transportation

  • Addressed MTA COVID-19 revenue shortfalls by: 
    • Allowing the MTA to temporarily access emergency loans to offset revenue losses and increased costs caused by COVID-19, with measures in place to ensure the money is spent wisely and that emergency borrowing will be paid off as quickly as possible when revenues recover.
    • Empowering the MTA to temporarily borrow from the congestion pricing lockbox to offset revenue losses caused by COVID-19, with strong protections in the form of review by the MTA Board, the State Budget Division, and a requirement that the lockbox will be repaid with priority.
  • Committed $3 billion to the MTA’s 2020-24 Capital Plan.
  • Provided the State Department of Transportation with $6 billion in capital funds to help ensure vital investments are made to the state’s transportation system.

 

Environmental Protection

  • Authorized the $3 billion‘Restore Mother Nature Bond Act’ which includes:
    • $1 billion for restoration and flood risk reduction
    • $700 million for climate change mitigation
    • $550 million for open space land conservation and recreation
    • $550 million for water quality improvement and resilient infrastructure; and
    • Specific provisions for projects benefiting environmental justice communities
  • Banned polystyrene food packaging and polystyrene packaging peanutsbeginning January 1, 2022.
  • Banned high-volume hydraulic fracturingplus imposing a moratorium on applications for gelled propane hydraulic fracturing filed with the Department of Environmental Conservation.
  • Created a newOffice of Renewable Energy Siting, a NYSERDA build-ready program, and an electric power transmission plan to accelerate the development of renewable energy, while ensuring community input and benefits and environmental protections.

 

Criminal Justice Reform and Public Safety

The issues of bail and discovery reform and whether they needed to be changed were particularly contentious, but I believe the final agreement was successful in preserving the essence of the reforms we made last year while adjusting them to address specific offenses and repeat offenders. I was pleased that the changes do not allow judicial discretion for remand on misdemeanors and non-violent felonies. Among key actions included in the budget were:

  • Changes to New York’s bail lawsuch as making several high level offenses now bail eligible including certain sex crimes, high level drug offenses, domestic violence felonies, crimes resulting in a death, and offenses directly related to an individual’s flight risk; and creating a mechanism to address individuals who repeatedly commit crimes
  • Provided $40 million to support theimplementation of discovery reforms
  • Barred gun ownership for individuals who commit serious offenses in other states
  • Empowered law enforcement to seize weapons for at least 48 hours when responding to domestic violence incidents.

 

Cannabis:

I was disappointed that a program of Cannabis Regulation and Taxation that centered on addressing the wrongs done by the drug war and reinvesting in communities most impacted was not included in the final budget. That said, it was clear for some time that the Governor was not willing to move from his legalization proposal, and that proposal did not adequately address the needs of harmed communities. I will continue to push for passage of my legislation, the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, which I believe to be the right approach.

 

Campaign Finance Reform:

The budget also includes language codifying the recommendations of the 2019 Campaign Finance Reform Commission. I have serious concerns regarding the impact of these proposals on third parties. However, I am pleased that New York will finally implement public financing of campaigns which will reduce the influence of big money on our politics and government.

 

Through this budget we will keep New York State solvent and functioning, and meet the needs of the present emergency. In the face of challenges the likes of which our state and our nation have not faced in generations, we will protect New Yorkers’ health, and stand up for New York students, families, and small businesses.

But make no mistake – this budget is not the final word. Far from it. When the immediate crisis is over, we must take a hard look at where we stand and how we got here; we must face down the structural flaws and inequities in our society that this crisis has revealed; and we must begin to chart a path for New York in which no one is left behind or sacrificed, in which everyone pitches in their fair share, and in which we make the hard and complex decisions to ensure the future is bright for all New Yorkers.

 

Best,

Liz Krueger
State Senator

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Senator Krueger Urges Governor To Halt Non-Essential Construction

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Senator Krueger’s Free Events List – March 2020

Upcoming Free Events in Senate District 28:

March 2020

Courtesy of State Senator Liz Krueger

 

If you would like to receive this list via email, let us know. Send your name, address, and email address to liz@lizkrueger.com, with the subject “Free Events List.”

Please note:  This schedule is subject to change – it is recommended that you call ahead to confirm these events with the host or ask to RSVP.

 

To attend events sponsored by Health Advocates, you must be a HA member. Memberships are free and you can sign up to be a member at the event.

 Please contact 212-980-1700 for more information.

 

 

Monday 3/2/20

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Taxes: Tax Preparation with AARP

10:30 AM- 11:30 AM Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave @ 73rd

Exercise: Arthritis Exercise, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

11:30 AM Webster Library, 1465 York Ave @ 78 St

Arts: Start Your Day with Art: Paint a Mini Canvas

12:00 PM 67th Street Library, 328 East 67th Street

Arts: Creative, Fun, Mixed Media Art Hands-on

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

1:00 PM –2:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Writing: Short Story Writing – RSVP Required to 212-980-1700 sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM St. Catherine of Siena, First Avenue & 68th Street

Exercise: Tai-Chi

1:30 PM –3:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street

Activity: Mah Jong, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

2:00PM Kips Bay Library, 446 3rd Ave @ 31st St

Exercise: Stay Well Exercise for Seniors

3:15 PM –4:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Activity: Cell Phone Class – RSVP Required to 212-980-1700 sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Dance: Dance sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

5:00 PM Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th Street

Writing: Yorkville Writing Circle

6:00 PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Books & Poetry: Manga Mondays: March Mecha Madness

6:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, Elebash Recital Hall

Music: Prof. Thomas Sauer, Faculty Recital

 

Tuesday 3/3/20

10:00 AM Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street

Crafts: Crochet & Knitting Group

12:30 PM-2:00 PM 53rd Street Library Community Room, 18 West 53rd Street

Workshop: Public Speaking Workshop

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

1:00PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Language: Spanish Conversation Meet-up

1:30 PM- 2:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th St.

Activity: Pet Club, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

2:00 PM 53rd Street Library, Theater, 18 West 53rd Street

Movie: Captains of the Clouds (1942)

3:00 PM- 4:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th St.

Exercise: Tai Chi, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

6:00PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Discussion: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Talk

6:00PM Webster Library, 1465 York Ave @ 78 St

Writing: Webster Writing Circle

6:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, Elebash Recital Hall

Music: Prof. Thomas Sauer, Faculty Recital

7:00 PM Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington Ave, 150 E 86th St

Books and Poetry: The Grace Kelly Dress: A Novel, Brenda Janowitz

 

Wednesday 3/4/20

6:30 AM – 7:00 AM Bryant Park, Fifth Avenue Terrace

Exercise: Boot Camp

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM 58th Street Library, 127 East 58th Street

Taxes: Tax Preparation with AARP

11:00 AM – 11:45AM Bryant Park, Meet at the Fountain

Tour: Park Tour

11:00 AM- 12:00 PM Fifth Avenue United Presbyterian Church, 7 West 55th St.

Exercise: Strengthen and Tone, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

11:15 AM Webster Library, 1465 York Ave @ 78 St

Movie: Harriet

12:00 PM New York Public Library Schwarzman Bldg., 5th Ave. and 42nd St

Workshop: Collections Open House: The Census: Everybody Counts

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

1:00 PM- 2:00 PM Waterside Plaza, 30 Waterside Plaza

Exercise: Chair Yoga, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

1:15 PM- 2:15 PM Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 109 East 87th Street

Exercise: Basic Exercise, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

2:00PM 53rd Street Library, Community Room, 18 West 53rd Street

Language:  Mercredi français: French Conversation Group

2:00PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Movie: Dark Passage (1947)

2:30 PM- 4:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street

Activity: Poker, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

5:30 PM Webster Library, 1465 York Ave @ 78 St

Writing: The Art of the Short Story with Renee Trainer

5:30 PM Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th Street

Books & Poetry: Seventh Annual Oleg Woolf Memorial Readings

6:00 PM Science Industry & Business Library Conference Rm 018, 188 Madison Ave

Workshop: NY StartUP! 2020 Workshop 4: Pitching Your Plan

6:00 PM New York Public Library Schwarzman Bldg., 5th Ave. and 42nd St

Workshop: Getting Started at the Library

6:30 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, 9207

Workshop: Using Audacity for Oral History

 

Thursday 3/5/20

9:30 AM– 10:30 AM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street b/t 1st and 2nd

Activity: Alexander Technique sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street

Taxes: Tax Prep with AARP

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

12:00 PM-1:30 PM Central Park, In front of the Samuel F. B. Morse statue, inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue

Tour: Heart of the Park Tour

1:00 PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Books & Poetry: Literature Out Loud: Experimental Poetry – Modernism

1:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, Elebash Recital Hall

Music: Music In Midtown

1:00 PM- 3:00 PM Waterside Plaza, 30 Waterside Plaza

Activity: Mah Jong, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

2:00 PM 96th Street Library, 112 East 96th Street

Film: Café Society (2016)

2:00 PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Crafts: Open Craft Hour

4:00 PM 53rd Street Library, 18 West 53rd Street

Activity: Adult Coloring

4:15 PM 67th Street Library, 328 East 67th Street

Writing: Women’s Writing Group

4:30 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, 5318

Lecture: Elena Frangakis-Syrett: The Role of Genoa and Izmir in the Early Modern Global Economy

5:15 PM Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, 40 West 20th Street

Workshop: Using Voice Control with iOS

6:00 PM 96th Street Library, 112 East 96th Street

Books & Poetry: 96th Street Library Book Discussion: Emma by Jane Austen

6:00PM Webster Library, 1465 York Ave @ 78 St

Books & Poetry: Book Discussion Group: Siracusa by Delia Ephron

6:30 PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Language: Conversational Chinese Level II

 

Friday 3/6/20

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 67th Street Library, 328 East 67th Street

Taxes: Tax Preparation with AARP

10:30 AM Webster Library, 1465 York Ave @ 78 St

Dance: Movement Speaks with Dances for a Variable Population

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Exercise: Strengthen and Tone, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

11:30 AM– 12:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Activity: Italian Speaking, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

12:00 PM– 4:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street

Exercise: Bridge, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

1:00 PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Books & Poetry: Reading & Connections Book Group: Becoming

2:00 PM 53rd Street Library, Community Room, 18 West 53rd Street

Movie: Topsy-Turvy (1999)

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, 7314

Lecture: Sociolinguistics Lunch: William Foley (University of Sydney)

3:00 PM- 3:45 PM Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave @ 73rd

Activity: Advanced Harmonica, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

3:00 PM– 4:00 PM St. Bartholomew’s Church, 109 East 05th Street

Exercise: Tai-Chi, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

4:00 PM- 4:45 PM Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave @ 73rd

Activity: Beginners Harmonica, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, 9100

Books & Poetry: Contemporary Cuban Women Writers: Reshaping the Narrative

 

Saturday 3/7/20

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Carl Schurz Park, 86th Street & East End Avenue

Activity: Volunteer Gardening

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM 58th Street Library, 127 East 58th Street

Taxes: Tax Preparation with AARP

10:30 AM Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street

Exercise: Stretch, Tone and Balance for Older Bodies!

11:00 AM Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th Street

Writing: Yorkville Writing Circle

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM James Lenox House, 49 East 73rd Street

Exercise: Chair Yoga, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

12:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th St

Movie: The Lion King, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

12:30 PM-2:00 PM 53rd Street Library Community Room, 18 West 53rd Street

Workshop: Modern Art & Ideas, MOOC Meet-up

1:00 PM 96th Street Library, 112 East 96th Street

Music: Strauss’ ARIANDNE AUF NAXOS recital by New York Opera Forum

1:00 PM Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street

Books & Poetry: Friends of Dickens

2:00PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Movie: A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)

3:45 PM 53rd Street Library Community Room, 18 West 53rd Street

Workshop: 53rd Street Writing Workshop

 

Monday 3/9/20

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Taxes: Tax Preparation with AARP

10:30 AM- 11:30 AM Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave @ 73rd

Exercise: Arthritis Exercise, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

12:00 PM 67th Street Library, 328 East 67th Street

Arts: Creative, Fun, Mixed Media Art Hands-on

12:00 PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Discussion: Community Partnerships: National Women’s History Month | Women’s Activism NYC

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

1:00 PM –2:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Writing: Short Story Writing – RSVP Required to 212-980-1700 sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM St. Catherine of Siena, First Avenue & 68th Street

Exercise: Tai-Chi

1:30 PM –3:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street

Activity: Mah Jong, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

3:15 PM –4:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Activity: Cell Phone Class – RSVP Required to 212-980-1700 sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Dance: Dance sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

5:00 PM Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street

Books & Poetry: Shorty Book Club: We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson

5:30 PM Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th Street

Books & Poetry: Author Talk: Kathy Iandoli: God Save the Queens

6:00 PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Books & Poetry: Open Hearts Club: Independent Women

6:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, Elebash Recital Hall

Music: Carrie Frey, viola

7:00 PM Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington Ave, 150 E 86th St

Books and Poetry: The Monday Night Reading Group featuring Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

 

Tuesday 3/10/20

12:00 PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Discussion: Community Partnerships: National Women’s History Month | Women’s Activism NYC

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

12:00 PM-1:30 PM Central Park, In front of the Samuel F. B. Morse statue, inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue

Tour: Heart of the Park Tour

1:00PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Language: Spanish Conversation Meet-up

1:30 PM- 2:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th St.

Activity: Dental Hygiene with staff from NYU Dental College, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

2:00 PM 53rd Street Library, Theater, 18 West 53rd Street

Movie: Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

3:00 PM- 4:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th St.

Exercise: Tai Chi, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th Segal Theatre

Discussion: Intellectuals and Artists in the Cuban Republic (1902-1940s)

7:00 PM Barnes & Noble, Fifth Avenue, 555 Fifth Avenue

Books and Poetry: Barnes & Noble Book Club Featuring American Dirt, Jeanine Cummins

7:00 PM Barnes & Noble, Union Square, 33 East 17th Street

Books and Poetry: Barnes & Noble Book Club Featuring American Dirt, Jeanine Cummins

7:00 PM Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington Ave, 150 E 86th St

Books and Poetry: Barnes & Noble Book Club Featuring American Dirt, Jeanine Cummins

 

Wednesday 3/11/20

6:30 AM – 7:00 AM Bryant Park, Fifth Avenue Terrace

Exercise: Boot Camp

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM 58th Street Library, 127 East 58th Street

Taxes: Tax Preparation with AARP

11:00 AM – 11:45AM Bryant Park, Meet at the Fountain

Tour: Park Tour

11:00 AM- 12:00 PM Fifth Avenue United Presbyterian Church, 7 West 55th St.

Exercise: Strengthen and Tone, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

11:15 AM Webster Library, 1465 York Ave @ 78 St

Movie: Judy

12:00 PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Discussion: Community Partnerships: National Women’s History Month | Women’s Activism NYC

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

1:00 PM- 2:00 PM Waterside Plaza, 30 Waterside Plaza

Exercise: Chair Yoga, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

1:15 PM- 2:15 PM Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 109 East 87th Street

Exercise: Basic Exercise, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

2:00PM 53rd Street Library, Community Room, 18 West 53rd Street

Language:  Mercredi français: French Conversation Group

2:00PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Movie: Gilda (1946)

2:00 PM New York Public Library Schwarzman Bldg., 5th Ave. and 42nd St

Workshop: Researching Naturalization Records

2:30 PM- 4:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street

Activity: Poker, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

3:00PM Kips Bay Library, 446 3rd Ave @ 31st St

Health: Workplace Mental Health

3:00 PM New York Public Library Schwarzman Bldg., 5th Ave. and 42nd St

Workshop: Old Books, Rare Books: Learning About the Value of Your Books

5:00 PM 58th Street Library, 127 East 58th Street

Books & Poetry: 58th Street Library Book Discussion: The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

5:30 PM Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th Street

Books & Poetry: Author Talk: Elizabeth Barlow Rogers- Saving Central Park: Saving Central Park: A History and a Memoir

6:30 PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Books & Poetry: Chinese Book Discussion 中文书籍讨论会

6:30 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, C203

Workshop: Building Websites with WordPress on the Commons

7:30 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, Elebash Recital Hall

Music: Carrie Frey, viola

 

Thursday 3/12/20

9:30 AM– 10:30 AM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street b/t 1st and 2nd

Activity: Alexander Technique sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street

Taxes: Tax Prep with AARP

12:00 PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Discussion: Community Partnerships: National Women’s History Month | Women’s Activism NYC

12:00PM Kips Bay Library, 446 3rd Ave @ 31st St

Movie: Throwback Thursday Theater: Bright Leaf

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

 

 

12:00 PM-1:30 PM Central Park, Inside the Park at 61st Street and Fifth Avenue

Tour: Southern Welcome Tour

1:00 PM- 3:00 PM Waterside Plaza, 30 Waterside Plaza

Activity: Mah Jong, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

2:00 PM 96th Street Library, 112 East 96th Street

Film: Detective Story (1951)

3:00PM Kips Bay Library, 446 3rd Ave @ 31st St

Movie: New Releases Movie Night: Judy

3:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, 6496

Lecture: ITS Seminar with Zuoqin Wang

4:00 PM 53rd Street Library, 18 West 53rd Street

Activity: Adult Coloring

4:00 PM New York Public Library Schwarzman Bldg., 5th Ave. and 42nd St

Workshop: Researching Census Records

4:30 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, 5318

Lecture: Angela Creese, University of Stirling: Translanguaging and Public Service Encounters: Language Learning in the Library

6:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, Segal Theatre

Lecture: Seth Kimmel (Columbia): Hernando Colón’s Library Catalogues

 

Friday 3/13/20

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 67th Street Library, 328 East 67th Street

Taxes: Tax Preparation with AARP

10:30 AM Webster Library, 1465 York Ave @ 78 St

Dance: Movement Speaks with Dances for a Variable Population

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Exercise: Strengthen and Tone, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

11:30 AM– 12:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Activity: Italian Speaking, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

12:00 PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Discussion: Community Partnerships: National Women’s History Month | Women’s Activism NYC

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

12:00 PM– 4:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street

Exercise: Bridge, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

1:00PM Kips Bay Library, 446 3rd Ave @ 31st St

Movie: Book to Movie Adaptations: The Accidental Tourist

1:00 PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Books & Poetry: Open Book Hour: Revolutionary Women

2:00 PM 53rd Street Library, Community Room, 18 West 53rd Street

Movie: Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love (2019)

2:00 PM Webster Library, 1465 York Ave @ 78 St

Movie: New York City Women on 16mm: Tally Brown, New York

3:00 PM- 3:45 PM Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave @ 73rd

Activity: Advanced Harmonica, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

3:00 PM– 4:00 PM St. Bartholomew’s Church, 109 East 05th Street

Exercise: Tai-Chi, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

4:00 PM New York Public Library Schwarzman Bldg., 5th Ave. and 42nd St

Workshop: Getting Started with Online Research

4:00 PM- 4:45 PM Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave @ 73rd

Activity: Beginners Harmonica, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

 

Saturday 3/14/20

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM 58th Street Library, 127 East 58th Street

Taxes: Tax Preparation with AARP

10:30 AM Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street

Exercise: Stretch, Tone and Balance for Older Bodies!

11:00 AM Harkness House, 1 East 70th Street

Tour: Harkness House Tour, RSVP required to 212-980-1700 sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM James Lenox House, 49 East 73rd Street

Exercise: Chair Yoga, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

12:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th St

Movie: Harriet, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

1:00 PM 53rd Street Library, Theater, 18 West 53rd Street

Theatre: The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, a reading by Instant Shakespeare

1:00 PM Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street

Books & Poetry: Dickens Fellowship of New York

1:00 PM Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th Street

Movie: Quentin Tarantino- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

2:00PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Arts: Artist Reception: National Association of Women Artists

2:00PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Movie: Hannie Caulder (1972)

 

Monday 3/16/20

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Taxes: Tax Preparation with AARP

10:30 AM- 11:30 AM Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave @ 73rd

Exercise: Arthritis Exercise, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

1:00 PM –2:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Writing: Short Story Writing – RSVP Required to 212-980-1700 sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM St. Catherine of Siena, First Avenue & 68th Street

Exercise: Tai-Chi

1:30 PM –3:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street

Activity: Mah Jong, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

2:00PM Kips Bay Library, 446 3rd Ave @ 31st St

Exercise: Stay Well Exercise for Seniors

3:15 PM –4:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Activity: Cell Phone Class – RSVP Required to 212-980-1700 sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Dance: Dance sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

6:30 PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St., Rm 67A
Discussion: Death Cafe

 

Tuesday 3/17/20

10:00 AM Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street

Crafts: Crochet & Knitting Group

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

12:00 PM-1:30 PM Central Park, Inside the Park at 61st Street and Fifth Avenue

Tour: Southern Welcome Tour

12:30 PM-2:00 PM 53rd Street Library Community Room, 18 West 53rd Street

Workshop: Public Speaking Workshop

1:00PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Language: Spanish Conversation Meet-up

1:30 PM- 2:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th St.

Activity: Nutrition with Victoryia, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

1:30 PM- 3:00 PM Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue @ 57th Street

Tour: Carnegie Hall Tour, RSVP required to 212-980-1700 sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

2:00 PM 53rd Street Library, Theater, 18 West 53rd Street

Movie: West Side Story (1961)

3:00 PM- 4:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th St.

Exercise: Tai Chi, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

4:00 PM New York Public Library Schwarzman Bldg., 5th Ave. and 42nd St

Workshop: Researching Vital Records

6:00PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Books & Poetry: Book Discussion: The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

6:00PM Webster Library, 1465 York Ave @ 78 St

Writing: Webster Writing Circle

6:00 PM-7:30 PM Kinokuniya Bookstore, 1073 6th Avenue, b/t 40th and 41st Streets

Books & Poetry: Winter Poetry with Bordighera Press

 

Wednesday 3/18/20

6:30 AM – 7:00 AM Bryant Park, Fifth Avenue Terrace

Exercise: Boot Camp

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM 58th Street Library, 127 East 58th Street

Taxes: Tax Preparation with AARP

11:00 AM – 11:45AM Bryant Park, Meet at the Fountain

Tour: Park Tour

11:00 AM- 12:00 PM Fifth Avenue United Presbyterian Church, 7 West 55th St.

Exercise: Strengthen and Tone, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

11:15 AM Webster Library, 1465 York Ave @ 78 St

Movie: Terminator: Dark Fate

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

1:00 PM- 2:00 PM Waterside Plaza, 30 Waterside Plaza

Exercise: Exercise, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

1:15 PM- 2:15 PM Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 109 East 87th Street

Exercise: Basic Exercise, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

2:00PM 53rd Street Library, Community Room, 18 West 53rd Street

Language:  Mercredi français: French Conversation Group

2:00PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Movie: The Big Heat (1953)

2:30 PM- 4:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street

Activity: Poker, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

5:00 PM Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th Street

Writing: Yorkville Writing Circle

5:30 PM Webster Library, 1465 York Ave @ 78 St

Writing: The Art of the Short Story with Renee Trainer

6:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, Rees Library

Discussion: Pop-Up Salon in the Mina Rees Library: Surveillance and Research

7:00 PM Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington Ave, 150 E 86th St

Books and Poetry: Barnes & Noble Upper Eastside Fiction Reading Group featuring The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

 

Thursday 3/19/20

9:30 AM– 10:30 AM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street b/t 1st and 2nd

Activity: Alexander Technique sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street

Taxes: Tax Prep with AARP

11:00 AM New York Public Library Schwarzman Bldg., 5th Ave. and 42nd St

Workshop: How and Where to Find Photographs in the Research Libraries

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

12:00 PM-1:30 PM Central Park, In front of the Samuel F. B. Morse statue, inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue

Tour: Heart of the Park Tour

1:00 PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Books & Poetry: Literature Out Loud: Experimental Poetry – Postmodernism

1:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, Elebash Recital Hall

Music: Music In Midtown

1:00 PM- 3:00 PM Waterside Plaza, 30 Waterside Plaza

Activity: Mah Jong, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

2:00 PM 96th Street Library, 112 East 96th Street

Film: Caged! (1950)

2:00 PM New York Public Library Schwarzman Bldg., 5th Ave. and 42nd St

Workshop: Getting Started in Genealogy Research

3:00PM Kips Bay Library, 446 3rd Ave @ 31st St

Movie: New Releases Movie Night: Motherless Brooklyn

4:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, 6494

Lecture: ITS Nonlinear PDE Analysis seminar Jie Qing (University of California at Santa Cruz)

4:00 PM 53rd Street Library, 18 West 53rd Street

Activity: Adult Coloring

4:00 PM Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, 40 West 20th Street

Movie: Film Discussion Group – “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Audio Described

4:15 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, C415A

Lecture: Linguistics Lecture: Akinbiyi Akinlabi (Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences)
4:30 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, 5318

Lecture: Tomonori Nagano, LaGuardia Community College, Demographics of Heritage Language Speakers in the U.S. and Implications for Community Colleges

6:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, 9207

Lecture: Fabio Battista (University of Alabama), “Between Philogyny and Misogyny: Venetian Diplomats and the Tudor Queens.”

6:30 PM 53rd Street Library, Theater, 18 West 53rd Street

Theatre: Dialogues with the Memories, a stage reading of selections by Ivan Bunin

7:30 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, Elebash Recital Hall

Music: GC Composers Recital

 

Friday 3/20/20

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 67th Street Library, 328 East 67th Street

Taxes: Tax Preparation with AARP

10:30 AM Webster Library, 1465 York Ave @ 78 St

Dance: Movement Speaks with Dances for a Variable Population

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Exercise: Strengthen and Tone, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

11:00 AM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, C201

Lecture: ITS Seminar with Joel Moore

11:30 AM– 12:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Activity: Italian Speaking, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

12:00 PM– 4:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street

Exercise: Bridge, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

2:00 PM 53rd Street Library, Community Room, 18 West 53rd Street

Movie: Instant Family (2018)

2:00 PM New York Public Library Schwarzman Bldg., 5th Ave. and 42nd St

Workshop: Doing Research: Getting Started with Archives

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, 7314

Lecture: Sociolinguistics Lunch: Maureen Matarese (Borough of Manhattan Community College)

3:00 PM– 4:00 PM St. Bartholomew’s Church, 109 East 05th Street

Exercise: Tai-Chi, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

3:00 PM- 3:45 PM Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave @ 73rd

Activity: Advanced Harmonica, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

4:00 PM New York Public Library Schwarzman Bldg., 5th Ave. and 42nd St

Workshop: Getting Started at the Library

4:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, 4406

Lecture: Ronak K. Kapadia, Insurgent Aesthetics: Security and the Queer Life of the Forever War

4:00 PM- 4:45 PM Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave @ 73rd

Activity: Beginners Harmonica, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

 

Saturday 3/21/20

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM 58th Street Library, 127 East 58th Street

Taxes: Tax Preparation with AARP

10:30 AM Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street

Exercise: Stretch, Tone and Balance for Older Bodies!

11:00 AM 53rd Street Library, 18 West 53rd Street

Activity: Origami Meetup Group

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM James Lenox House, 49 East 73rd Street

Exercise: Chair Yoga, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

12:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th St

Movie: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

12:30 PM-2:00 PM 53rd Street Library Community Room, 18 West 53rd Street

Workshop: Modern Art & Ideas, MOOC Meet-up

1:30 PM Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, 40 West 20th Street

Workshop: Tech Tools for Language Learners

2:00PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Movie: Mahogany (1975)

2:30 PM New York Public Library Schwarzman Bldg., 5th Ave. and 42nd St

Workshop: NYPL for Artists

 

Monday 3/23/20

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Taxes: Tax Preparation with AARP

10:30 AM- 11:30 AM Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave @ 73rd

Exercise: Arthritis Exercise, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

11:00 AM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, 5209

Lecture: ITS Seminar with Jonathan Keeling

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

12:00 PM-1:30 PM Central Park, In front of the Samuel F. B. Morse statue, inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue

Tour: Heart of the Park Tour

1:00 PM –2:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Writing: Short Story Writing – RSVP Required to 212-980-1700 sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM St. Catherine of Siena, First Avenue & 68th Street

Exercise: Tai-Chi

1:30 PM –3:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street

Activity: Mah Jong, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

2:00PM Kips Bay Library, 446 3rd Ave @ 31st St

Exercise: Stay Well Exercise for Seniors

3:15 PM –4:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Activity: Cell Phone Class – RSVP Required to 212-980-1700 sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Dance: Dance sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

5:30 PM Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th Street

Books & Poetry: Author Talk: Author Talk: Ian Probstein

 

Tuesday 3/24/20

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

1:00PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Language: Spanish Conversation Meet-up

1:30 PM- 2:30 NYU Dental College, 345 East 24th Street

Activity: Visit to NYU Dental College, RSVP required to 212-980-1700, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

3:00 PM- 4:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th St.

Exercise: Tai Chi, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

 

Wednesday 3/25/20

6:30 AM – 7:00 AM Bryant Park, Fifth Avenue Terrace

Exercise: Boot Camp

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM 58th Street Library, 127 East 58th Street

Taxes: Tax Preparation with AARP

11:00 AM – 11:45AM Bryant Park, Meet at the Fountain

Tour: Park Tour

11:00 AM- 12:00 PM Fifth Avenue United Presbyterian Church, 7 West 55th St.

Exercise: Strengthen and Tone, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

11:15 AM Webster Library, 1465 York Ave @ 78 St

Movie: Queen & Slim

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

1:00 PM- 2:00 PM Waterside Plaza, 30 Waterside Plaza

Exercise: Chair Yoga, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

1:15 PM- 2:15 PM Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 109 East 87th Street

Exercise: Basic Exercise, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

2:00PM 53rd Street Library, Community Room, 18 West 53rd Street

Language:  Mercredi français: French Conversation Group

2:00PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Movie: Murder My Sweet (1944)

2:30 PM- 4:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street

Activity: Poker, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

5:30 PM Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th Street

Workshop: Spring Cleaning for the Mind and Body Through Meditation

6:00 PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Books & Poetry: Hooky Book Club: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

6:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, Elebash Recital Hall

Music: Ari Livne, piano

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th,C201

Workshop: How to Not Lie with Maps

7:00 PM Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington Ave, 150 E 86th St

Crafts: Knoble Knitters

 

Thursday 3/26/20

9:30 AM– 10:30 AM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street b/t 1st and 2nd

Activity: Alexander Technique sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street

Taxes: Tax Prep with AARP

12:00PM Kips Bay Library, 446 3rd Ave @ 31st St

Movie: Throwback Thursday Theater: The Fire Down Below

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

12:00 PM-1:30 PM Central Park, In front of the Samuel F. B. Morse statue, inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue

Tour: Heart of the Park Tour

1:00 PM- 3:00 PM Waterside Plaza, 30 Waterside Plaza

Activity: Mah Jong, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

2:00 PM 96th Street Library, 112 East 96th Street

Film: Suspicion (1941)

3:00PM Kips Bay Library, 446 3rd Ave @ 31st St

Movie: New Releases Movie Night: Angel of Mine

3:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, 6496

Lecture: ITS Seminar with Hyunju Kwon

4:00 PM 53rd Street Library, 18 West 53rd Street

Activity: Adult Coloring

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, 5318

Lecture: Charlotte Bartels: Wealth Inequality in Germany, 1895-2017

5:30PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Writing: Immigrant Writing Workshop with Restless Books

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Central Park, Inside Park at 5th Avenue & 61st Street

Tour: East Side Evening Stroll

6:30 PM 53rd Street Library, Theater, 18 West 53rd Street

Books & Poetry: Bunin and The New Review

7:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, C198

Lecture: Kiko Mora (University of Alicante), Pop Music Before The Pop Era: Spanish Music in the US Early Recording Industry (1896-1914)

 

Friday 3/27/20

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, 9206/7

Conference:  Gold, Sugar, Tobacco: The Stuff of the Early Modern Atlantic World

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 67th Street Library, 328 East 67th Street

Taxes: Tax Preparation with AARP

10:30AM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Discussion: Coffee & Connections for people who are experiencing homelessness or who know someone who is homeless.

10:30 AM Webster Library, 1465 York Ave @ 78 St

Dance: Movement Speaks with Dances for a Variable Population

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Exercise: Strengthen and Tone, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

11:00 AM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, 5209

Lecture: ITS Seminar with Steve Kivelson

11:30 AM– 12:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Activity: Italian Speaking, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

12:00 PM– 4:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street

Exercise: Bridge, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

1:00PM Kips Bay Library, 446 3rd Ave @ 31st St

Movie: Book to Movie Adaptations: The Hours

2:00 PM 53rd Street Library, Community Room, 18 West 53rd Street

Movie: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

3:00 PM- 3:45 PM Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave @ 73rd

Activity: Advanced Harmonica, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

3:00 PM– 4:00 PM St. Bartholomew’s Church, 109 East 05th Street

Exercise: Tai-Chi, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, 6112

Discussion: New People, New Places: The Changing Landscape of International Migration in the US

4:00 PM CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave b/t 34th & 35th, 4406

Lecture: Homeland Insecurity: Ayad Akhtar’s Representations of the post 9/11 Nation and its Others

4:00 PM- 4:45 PM Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave @ 73rd

Activity: Beginners Harmonica, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

 

Saturday 3/28/20

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM 58th Street Library, 127 East 58th Street

Taxes: Tax Preparation with AARP

10:15 AM – 4:00 PM 58th Street Library, 127 East 58th Street

Special Event: Mini Meditation Retreat

10:30 AM Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street

Exercise: Stretch, Tone and Balance for Older Bodies!

10:30AM Kips Bay Library, 446 3rd Ave @ 31st St

Books & Poetry: Book Discussion Group: “Educated” by Tara Westover

11:00 AM Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th Street

Writing: Yorkville Writing Circle

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM James Lenox House, 49 East 73rd Street

Exercise: Chair Yoga, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

12:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th St

Movie: Parasite, sponsored by the Health Advocates for Older People

2:00PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St
Movie: Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)

2:00 PM Webster Library, 1465 York Ave @ 78 St

Movie: Joker

 

Monday 3/30/20

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Taxes: Tax Preparation with AARP

10:30 AM- 11:30 AM Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave @ 73rd

Exercise: Arthritis Exercise, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

1:00 PM –2:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Writing: Short Story Writing – RSVP Required to 212-980-1700 sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM St. Catherine of Siena, First Avenue & 68th Street

Exercise: Tai-Chi

1:30 PM –3:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street

Activity: Mah Jong, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

2:00PM Kips Bay Library, 446 3rd Ave @ 31st St

Exercise: Stay Well Exercise for Seniors

2:00 PM-3:30 PM Central Park, Inside the Park at 61st Street and Fifth Avenue

Tour: Southern Welcome Tour

3:00 PM New York Public Library Schwarzman Bldg., 5th Ave. and 42nd St

Workshop: Getting Started at the Library

3:15 PM –4:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Activity: Cell Phone Class – RSVP Required to 212-980-1700 sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Dance: Dance sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

7:00 PM Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington Ave, 150 E 86th St

Books and Poetry:

Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer’s Journey, Tom Santopietro

 

Tuesday 3/31/20

12:00PM-1:00PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

12:00 PM-1:30 PM Central Park, Inside the Park at 61st Street and Fifth Avenue

Tour: Southern Welcome Tour

1:00PM Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street

Language: Spanish Conversation Meet-up

1:30 PM- 2:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th St.

Activity: Suzanne Berman, Manage Your Papers, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

2:00 PM 53rd Street Library, Theater, 18 West 53rd Street

Movie: Sense and Sensibility (1995)

3:00 PM Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street

Books & Poetry: Book Discussion: Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love by Dani Shapiro

3:00 PM- 4:00 PM Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th St.

Exercise: Tai Chi, sponsored by Health Advocates for Older People

5:30 PM Webster Library, 1465 York Ave @ 78 St

Health: Weill Cornell Wellness Series: Heart Health

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Bryant Park, Upper Terrace or Lawn

Activity: Juggling

6:00 PM Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St, 5th Ave. and 42nd St, Rm 67A
Writing: Free-Writing Happy Hour: The Ocean from Your Pen

7:00 PM Barnes & Noble, Union Square, 33 East 17th Street

Books and Poetry: It’s Not All Downhill from Here, By Terry McMillan

 

 

Place

Address Phone Number
NYPL 53rd Street Library 18 West 53rd Street 212-714-8400
NYPL 58th Street Library 127 East 58th Street 212-759-7358
NYPL 67th Street Library 328 East 67th Street 212-734-1717
NYPL 96th Street Library 112 East 96th Street 212- 289-0908
NYPL Epiphany Library 228 East 23rd Street 212-679-2645
NYPL Grand Central Library 135 East 46th Street 212-621-0670
NYPL Kips Bay Library 446 3rd Ave @ 31st St 212-683-2520
NYPL Webster Library 1465 York Ave @ 78 St 212-288-5049
NYPL Yorkville Library   222 East 79th Street 212-744-5824
NYPL Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library 40 West 20th Street 212- 206-5400
NYPL Mid-Manhattan Library @ 42nd St. 5th Ave. and 42nd St. 212-340-0863
NYPL Science, Industry, and Business Library 188 Madison Ave. 917-275-6975
NYPL New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Bldg. 5th Ave. and 42nd St. 917-275-6975
CUNY Graduate Center 365 5th Ave. 212-817-7000
CUNY Hunter College 695 Park Ave. 212-396-6049
CUNY Baruch College 55 Lexington Ave. 646-312-1000
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House 331 East 70th Street 212-744-5022

 

 

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Krueger, Barrett, O’Donnell Introduce Alternative Surrogacy Bill

Albany – Today, State Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblymembers Didi Barrett and Daniel J. O’Donnell announced the introduction of legislation (S.7717) to legalize and regulate compensated gestational and genetic surrogacy, as well as establish necessary protections for all parties involved in egg- and sperm-donations and assisted reproduction.

“Surrogacy can be a satisfying and positive experience, but it is also a complex physical, emotional, and legal process with the potential for serious negative outcomes.That is why it is vital to have protections in place for everyone involved, especially low-income people. Previous legislative proposals have not fully addressed concerns that I and many advocates have,” said Senator Krueger. “We need to clarify the law in this space in order to make an array of assisted reproduction options available to New Yorkers while also protecting the health, safety, interests, and rights of all parties, including intended parents, people acting as surrogates, egg- and sperm-donors, and children. I believe this bill takes the right approach to addressing these needs.”

“This new bill seeks to address the very complex and emotional issues surrounding surrogacy and assisted reproduction with protections for all the parties who may be involved, including intended parents; egg and sperm donors who may or may not be the intended parents; people acting as surrogates; and the children born from these agreements,” said Assemblymember Barrett. “We believe we can support New Yorkers who want to build their families in the ways that work best for them, and at the same time ensure the health, safety and well-being of those New Yorkers – largely young women – who help create these families by being donors and surrogates.”

“Choosing to have a child can be a beautiful and highly personal life decision,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell. “Through advancements in medicine, that choice has been expanded to include intended parents that deal with infertility, same-sex couples, and others that cannot conceive. I’m proud to be part of the effort to remove the barriers to surrogacy, and to ensure that these impactful agreements are done with the intended parents, surrogates, and most importantly – the child – in mind. The proposed legislation addresses many of the concerns surrounding surrogacy, and ensures that informed consent and agency of all parties involved is respected. The legislation is long overdue, and ensures that surrogacy is implemented as a safe, fair, and transparent process. I look forward to the legalization of surrogacy in New York State.”

S.7717 differs from existing proposed surrogacy legislation (S.2071-B) in several significant ways:

Gestational and Genetic Surrogacy:

  • S.2071-B legalizes and regulates compensated gestational surrogacy and gestational surrogacy agreements (in which the person acting as a surrogate is not genetically related to the fetus), but does not legalize compensated genetic surrogacy (in which the person acting as a surrogate uses their own egg, and is genetically related to the fetus), and genetic surrogacy agreements remain unenforceable.
  • S.7717 legalizes and regulates both compensated gestational and genetic surrogacy and surrogacy agreements, as well as third-party gamete provision agreements (ie egg- and sperm-donation agreements).

Judgment of Parentage:

  • S.2071-B requires a judgment of parentage in the case of a gestational surrogacy agreement, in which the intended parent or parents become the legal parents of the child immediately upon birth.
  • S.7717 requires both an acknowledgment of interim parental responsibility and a judgment of parentage. The acknowledgment of interim responsibility becomes effective on the birth of the child, and calls for the person acting as surrogate and the intended parents to share decision making during an 8-day period. No sooner than 8 days after the birth of the child, the person acting as surrogate must submit to the court a notarized declaration that they are voluntarily renouncing their parental rights, at which point the judgment of parentage becomes effective and the intended parents become the sole legal parents. The process is similar in the case of genetic surrogacy, except that an adoption proceeding is used in place of the judgment of parentage to establish the intended parents as the legal parents.

The Surrogacy Agreement:

  • Both bills address eligibility criteria, agreement requirements, termination of agreements, parentage, insufficient agreements, absence of agreements, and disputes.
  • In S.2071-B:
    • An intended parent or surrogate must be a US citizen or permanent lawful resident.
    • Intended parents must pay for a health insurance policy for the surrogate that covers major medical treatments and hospitalization throughout the pregnancy and for 26 weeks after birth. Intended parents are also responsible for out-of-pocket medical expenses throughout the pregnancy for 12 weeks after birth or termination of the pregnancy, which can be extended for up to 6 months if a pregnancy-related medical complication is diagnosed within 12 weeks after birth or termination of the pregnancy.
    • The surrogate, the surrogate’s spouse, or an intended parent may only terminate the surrogacy agreement prior to the surrogate becoming pregnant.
  • In S.7717:
    • Intended parents and surrogates must be US citizens or permanent lawful residents and residents of New York State for at least 12 months prior to executing the surrogacy agreement.
    • In order to be eligible to become a surrogate, a person:
      • Must have previously delivered one live birth without complications not as a surrogate
      • Must not have delivered more than 3 prior children, whether or not as a surrogate
      • Must be free of medical or psychological preexisting conditions that would make the pregnancy high-risk
      • May not be over age 35 at the time of conception
    • In order to be eligible to enter into a surrogacy agreement, intended parents must undergo medical and psychological evaluations, a home study, and background checks.
    • Intended parents must pay for a health insurance policy for the surrogate that covers preconception care, pre-natal care, major medical, hospitalization, and behavioral health care, as well as covering out-of-pocket medical expenses. The coverage must take effect prior to when the surrogate starts taking any medication or commences medical procedures, and provide coverage for 12 months following birth, miscarriage, still birth, or termination of the pregnancy.
    • Intended parents must purchase life-insurance and short- and long-term disability insurance for the surrogate.
    • A surrogate may terminate the surrogacy agreement at any time during the pregnancy. If this happens, the surrogate is responsible for the return of any financial compensation already received other than payment or reimbursement for medical, legal, and pregnancy-related expenses.
    • In the case of insufficient agreement or absence of agreement, guidance is provided for judicial determinations of contractual obligations and parentage, designed to balance the interests of all parties, including the best interests of the child.

Payment to Persons Acting As Surrogates:

  • Both bills require reasonable compensation negotiated in good faith, based on medical risks, physical discomfort, inconvenience, and the responsibilities being undertaken by the person acting as surrogate.
  • S.2071-B does not specify when the first must be made. The final payment must be made no later than 8 weeks after delivery.
  • S.7717 requires first payment when the surrogate starts taking any medication or commences medical procedures, and the final payment made between 6 and 8 weeks after delivery.

Provisions for Egg- and Sperm-Donors:

  • S.2701-B does not address third-party gamete provision agreements (egg-, sperm- and embryo-donation agreements).
  • S.7717 contains provisions addressing third-party gamete provision agreements, and the rights of gamete providers, that broadly follow the outlines of the provisions addressing people acting as surrogates.

Miscellaneous Provisions:

  • S.7717 creates the New York State Office of the Assisted Reproduction Registrar within the NYS Department of Health. The Assisted Reproduction Registrar would be responsible for:
    • Administering the central, confidential assisted reproduction registry, which would facilitate tracking and research of assisted reproduction, surrogacy, and egg- and sperm-donor practices.
    • Keeping copies of egg- and sperm-donation and surrogacy agreements
    • Processing requests for medical and identifying information
    • Rulemaking related to surrogacy, egg- and sperm-donation, and assisted reproduction
    • Processing registration applications and renewals

Wendy Chavkin, MD, MPH, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, said: “I am so glad that Senator Krueger’s bill with Assembly Members Barrett and O’Donnell has been submitted as it addresses the needs and concerns of ALL parties to surrogacy arrangements – the gamete providers, the person acting as surrogate, the resulting child, and the intended parents. New York can be a model for the nation in balancing the health and rights of everyone concerned.”

Yasmine Ergas, Director, Gender and Public Policy Specialization, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, said: “Congratulations to Senator Krueger, Assemblymember Barrett, and Assemblymember O’Donnell for introducing a bill that recognizes and respects the rights of all those involved in assisted reproduction and surrogacy arrangements: children, surrogates, intending parents, ova and sperm providers. With this bill, New York can lead the way to fair and effective policy-making, domestically and internationally.”

Judy Norsigian, Co-Founder and Board Chair, Our Bodies Ourselves, said: “Our Bodies Ourselves would like to congratulate Senator Krueger, Assemblymember Barrett, and Assemblymember O’Donnell on introducing legislation that will address the needs of ALL parties to surrogacy agreements. As advocates for women’s health and LGBTQ rights for nearly half a century, we are pleased to see a bill that offers so many key features that should become public policy in other states as well.”

Diane Tober, PhD, Bixby Center for Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco, said: “As someone who has conducted research on assisted reproduction for decades–and with egg providers for the past 6 years–I am delighted to see this bill. To my knowledge, this is the first piece of legislation to consider the rights of all parties involved: intended parents, surrogates, gamete providers, and donor conceived people. It is particularly exciting to see a registry for gamete providers and donor conceived people, both to help facilitate the rights of donor conceived people to access biological and medical information, as well as to help collect much needed data on egg provider health outcomes. May this be a model for other states. Bravo!”

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08 Feb
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Documents for Roundtable Session II

Below you will find links to important documents for Senator Krueger’s Roundtable for Boomers and Seniors, Session II – Health Care Proxies and Living Wills, February 18th, 2021. Click on the title to view or download the document.

 

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06 Feb
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Senator Krueger’s Community Bulletin – February 2020

Sen. Krueger’s Community Bulletin for February is available here! It can be downloaded as a PDF file here, and is viewable below.

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31 Jan
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Senator Krueger Holds Roundtable on Including Older Women’s Issues in the Feminist Agenda

New York — On Friday, January 31st, State Senator Liz Krueger and The New York Women’s Foundation held a roundtable discussion titled “Including Older Women’s Issues in the Feminist Agenda.” The roundtable will brought together thought leaders in key policy areas to develop a women’s agenda that includes issues relevant across the lifespan.

Video of the event is available by clicking here.

Today, nearly one in five New Yorkers is 60 or above, a larger proportion of the population than ever before. Older women face significantly more poverty than men do; nearly two out of three poor older adults are women. Women also face more discrimination in the workplace, higher rates of bankruptcy, due to medical bills and insufficient savings, more demands as family caregivers, struggles with affordable housing, elder abuse and inadequate pay for home care aides and other jobs in the care economy, and other issues. It is time to include the impact of these issues on women whose reproductive years are behind them and end the neglect of issues facing older women in a feminist agenda.

The roundtable panelists included:

– Dr. Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Senior Advisor to the President, Hunter College

– Vicki Been, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, City of New York

– Jacqueline M. Ebanks, Executive Director, New York City Commission on Gender Equity

– Linda P. Fried, Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

– Dr. Lisa Hollis-Sawyer, Associate Professor of Psychology, Northeastern Illinois University

– Jed A. Levine, President and CEO, CaringKind

– Ana Oliveira, President and CEO, The New York Women’s Foundation

– Merble Reagon, Executive Director, NYC Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement

– Bobbie Sackman, Workplace Discrimination Coordinator, New York State Alliance for Retired Americans (NYSARA) – NYC Chapter

– Dana Sussman, Deputy Commissioner for Intergovernmental Affairs and Policy, New York City Commission on Human Rights

– Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO, Partnership for New York City

– Azadeh Khalili, NYC Department for the Aging

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30 Jan
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Statement From Senator Liz Krueger On State Pension Fund Coal Review

Albany – State Senator Liz Krueger released the following statement today regarding the announcement by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli that his office will review whether to divest from 27 coal companies:

“I commend Comptroller DiNapoli for taking this first step down the inevitable and necessary path to fossil fuel divestment. There is absolutely no question that coal has become a lose-lose investment, both for the fund’s bottom line and for the future of our society; state workers and retirees will be better off when these companies are no longer in the portfolio. Much of the credit for this progress should go to the dedicated climate activists who continue to push this issue to the fore.

“However, in reality, this kind of incremental action is not commensurate with the severity of the crisis we’re facing. I continue to urge the Comptroller to reach the logical conclusion of today’s announcement, and move swiftly to fully divest the pension fund from all oil, gas, and coal producers.

“My bill, the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act, creates a responsible process for identifying and divesting from the companies most at risk of rapid loss of value in the coming transition. The bill continues to gain momentum in the Legislature, recently climbing to 30 co-sponsors in the Senate. But I have also said since day one that I would be more than happy for the Comptroller to beat us to the punch and take this responsible step on his own. The climate crisis, and our responsibility to both current and future retirees, demands nothing less.”

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BACKGROUND:
The recently updated Fossil Fuel Divestment Act, which has 30 co-sponsors in the Senate and 41 in the Assembly, would direct the New York State Comptroller to divest the state employee pension fund, called the Common Retirement Fund, from all direct and indirect investments in companies that meet the bill’s definition of coal, oil, or gas producers. Divestment from coal producers would be completed within two years; divestment from oil and gas producers would be completed within five years. Divestment would be subject to a Determination of Prudence issued by the Comptroller, certifying that divestment complies with his fiduciary obligations and the “prudent investor rule” as defined in state law.

Supporters of divestment argue not only that it is no longer acceptable to financially support the extraction of climate-destabilizing fossil fuels, but also that the state pension fund is exposed to increasing financial risk by holding onto fossil fuel companies, which stand to lose significant value as the world acts to mitigate climate change. A recent report from Carbon Tracker revealed that no major oil company is making capital investments that align with the goals of the Paris Agreement to keep global warming below 2°C, let alone the now broadly accepted goal of 1.5°C. The Common Retirement Fund has lost more than $260 million in coal investments since 2010, and a recent study by Corporate Knights estimated that the Fund is valued at $22.2 billion less than it would have been had it divested from fossil fuels in 2008 and redistributed those monies across the rest of the portfolio.

Whereas the previous version of the bill required the Comptroller to divest from all companies listed in the Carbon Underground 200, the new bill requires the creation of an exclusion list of fossil fuel producers defined by several risk factors: the percentage of revenue derived from fossil fuel production, the percentage of global fossil fuel production for which the company is responsible, and the potential future carbon dioxide emissions contained in the company’s reported coal, oil, or gas reserves.

Companies placed on the exclusion list would have an opportunity to contest their inclusion, either by demonstrating that they had been added in error, or by presenting clear and convincing evidence that they will have moved out of fossil fuel production and no longer meet the list criteria by 2030. In other words, fossil fuel producers that are making real and demonstrable strides to wind down their oil, gas, or coal production in a timely fashion will not be subject to divestment.

The new bill also contains a significant change to protect the Comtproller’s investment discretion and address concerns about constitutionality. Before divestment can commence, the Comptroller must issue a Determination of Prudence, stating whether he believes that divestment from any or all of the companies on the exclusion list complies with his fiduciary responsibility and the “prudent investor rule” defined in state law. If the Comptroller determines it would not be prudent to divest from any particular company, that company would be removed from the exclusion list. All companies removed from the list would be reconsidered for exclusion within five years.

Worldwide there are currently 1,145 institutions that have committed to divest, including universities, faith-based organizations, non-profits, municipalities, philanthropic organizations, and national and state pension funds, controlling $11.54 trillion in assets. In 2018, Ireland became the world’s first nation to fully divest its $10.4 billion sovereign wealth fund from fossil fuels.

The list of institutions involved in the divestment movement includes the Teachers Retirement System of the City of New York, New York City Employees Retirement System, California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), California State Teacher’s Retirement System; Pratt Institute, Union Theological Seminary of New York City, The New School, and Stanford and Syracuse Universities; the cities of Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, Minneapolis, and Ithaca; the World Council of Churches, and the United Methodist Church USA; Guardian Media Group, the Rockefeller Brothers and Family Funds, The Blumenthal Foundation, and the sovereign wealth fund of Norway. A full list of divestment commitments can be viewed here.

The global divestment movement is having an impact on fossil fuel producers, in part through the process of stigmatization, which can damage enterprise value by discouraging engagement by business partners, employees, lenders, governments, politicians, etc, as well as leading to restrictive legislation. The increased scrutiny tar sands have received as a result of divestment and allied stigmatization campaigns was a contributing factor to Exxon’s decision to write down the value of its tar sands reserves. Peabody Energy, a coal producer that went bankrupt in 2016, said of the divestment movement: “the impact of such efforts may adversely affect the demand for and price of securities issued by us, and impact our access to the capital and financial markets.” Shell now cites divestment as a major material risk to its current business model, which could lead to project delays or cancellations and could affect its ability to access capital.

The Common Retirement Fund, with $210.5 billion in assets as of March 31st, 2019, has invested $2.7 million in Peabody Energy, $133 million in Shell, and over $1 billion in Exxon, and has between $6 and $12 billion directly or indirectly invested in all fossil fuel producers.

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