Summertime in New York City is filled with a variety of opportunities to beat the heat and take advantage of free activities and events. This month I encourage you to continue exploring everything the Upper West Side has to offer with your friends and family, but make sure you do so in a safe manner. The extreme heat and high humidity of the summer poses a dangerous risk to all New Yorkers. These temperatures are especially threatening to the elderly, infants, and young children. Remember to seek air-conditioned locations, stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and check on family members, friends, neighbors and pets. Visit nyc.gov/beattheheat for information and resources to stay cool! I invite you to take this time to review the list of free activities and events happening all throughout the district this month. From free theatre performances to art classes and museum exhibits, there are many ways to enjoy August in NYC!
I am excited to announce that my 12th Annual Summer Health Service Day, co-sponsored by Carlton Davis Jr., President of the Grant Houses Tenant Association and Felecia Pullen, Program Director of S.A.F.E. in Harlem will be on Saturday, August 20th on LaSalle Street between Broadway and Amsterdam. For more information including the types of free services and information offered, jump to the events section of this publication. You can also contact my Community Office for more details.
As always, should you need assistance or information, my Community Office is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM. Feel free to call my office at (212) 866-3970 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I also encourage you to follow my official New York State Assembly Twitter & Facebook accounts to get exclusive insight into the work I'm doing in my district and for all New Yorkers by visiting www.twitter.com/dannyodonnellny and www.facebook.com/dannyodonnellny.
Very truly yours,
Assembly Member O'Donnell's 12th Annual Health Service Day
Assembly Member O'Donnell will host his 12th Annual Summer Health Service Dayco-sponsored by Carlton Davis Jr., President of the Grant Houses Tenant Associationand Felecia Pullen, Program Director of S.A.F.E. in Harlem. On Saturday, August 20th, join us at LaSalle Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues to enjoy services, products and information at no-cost to the community, including:
OB/GYN Pediatrics Vision Services Psychiatric Emergency Information HIV Testing Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar/ Cholesterol Tests WIC Program Information And many more!
Help spread the word to other community members you think may benefit from these services!
For more information, contact Assembly Member O'Donnell's Community Office at
Assembly Member O'Donnell News Features
In case you missed it, check out these news features of Assembly Member O'Donnell in July 2016.
Prison Reform & Criminal Justice
Salon Magazine discusses Civil Rights 50-a law, which makes most law enforcement and correctional officer records confidential. Assembly Member O'Donnell introduced two bills to remove and repeal 50-a. Assembly Bill 9332 repeals 50-a completely, while Assembly Bill 7611 would narrow that law by limiting which records could remain classified. Repealing or amending 50a would increase accountability and transparency of law enforcement, and ultimately help increase public awareness and safety.
ProPublicacovers the failures of voluntary compliance and Assembly Member O'Donnell's calls for fair housing practices to buildings receiving the J-51 tax abatement.
Morningside Heights Historic District Designation
Morningside Heights is under extreme pressure from large scale, non-contextual, luxury development. Right now, there are proposals for 4 towers within blocks of each other between 120th St. and 122nd St. This means years of constant noise and dust, and additional pressure on neighborhood resources.
For the past 20 years Assembly Member O'Donnell has been working very closely with the Morningside Heights Historic District Committee to create a protected historic district in our neighborhood, and has called on the Mayor for rezoning above 96th St.
Do you want a greater voice in your child's education? Become a member of the Community Education Council in District 3! There is one vacancy, which is open to parents from the following schools:
PS 9; PS 75; PS 76; PS 84; PS 87; PS 145; PS 149; PS 163; PS 165; PS 166; PS 180; PS 185; PS 191; PS 199; PS 208; PS 241; PS 242; PS 333; PS 334; PS 452; PS 859; MS 54; MS 243; MS 245; MS 247; MS 250; MS 256; MS 258; MS 291; MS 421; FDA II; Mott Hall II; MS 415
As a Community Education Council Member you will promote the achievement of education standards, provide assistance to School Leadership Teams, play a role in evaluating the Community Superintendent, and approve zoning lines submitted by the Community Superintendent.
Department of Education Online Access to Student Records
Parents of NYC public school students no longer have to go to their child's school to access their child's secure data. Instead, parents can sign up for a NYC Schools account online, allowing them to see their child's student records, such as their attendance, report card grades, and general information. The online program is available in ten languages,making it accessible for a wide audience of parents. For more information about NYC Schools account, please visit their website.
Harlem Week is a series of events throughout the summer that bring together all age groups and cultures to celebrate the unique and diverse essence of Harlem. This celebration of Harlem offers over 100 events throughout the months of July and August, attracting approximately 2 million attendees from all over New York and the world.
For more information about Harlem Week's outdoor and indoor music concerts, the Upper Manhattan Auto Show, film festivals, health fair and 5k, sporting events, adult and children's fashion shows, youth programs and activities, career fairs and the HBCU Fair & Expo, please visit theHarlem Week site.
Explore Upper West Side Museums this August!
The American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West at 79 Street) is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.. For General Admission, visitors can pay as they like. Suggested donation does not apply to special exhibits. Visit their website for more information about tickets and shows.
The Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (The Tisch Building, 212 West 83 Street), offers two ongoing exhibits for young children. CMOM is open Sunday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Children under 12 months are free. On the first Friday of every month, CMOM hosts free evening programs. Visit their website for more information.
If you happen to pass by the New York Historical Society (170 Central Park West), at 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m., check out their free daily tours of some of their collections. To learn when the Society is open, please visit their website, or call (212) 873-3400.
NYC Department of Education to Host Annual Summer Meals Program
Summer Meals provides free, healthy breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and younger. Those interested in obtaining meals do not need to register or show any form of personal identification to receive a meal, nor do they have to have NYC residency.
If you are interested, you can pick up a meal at hundreds of public schools, NYCHA complexes, libraries, and other locations across all neighborhoods of the five boroughs.
In order to find specific participating locations, please visit www.schoolfoodnyc.org, text "NYCMEALS" to 877-877, or call 311.
The 2016 New York City Youth Guide to Summer Fun
The 2016 New York City Youth Guide to Summer Fun is a broad citywide calendar of family-oriented events and resources. Whether you're looking for the hottest concerts, film festivals and street fairs, or need to beat the heat at one of our many pools and beaches, there are thousands of attractions and events that are just a quick walk or subway or bus ride away.
This guide is a partnership between New York City agencies, museums, youth groups, libraries, arts organizations and cultural institutions.
The NYC Organics Collection Program
New York City runs one of the largest food waste recycling programs of its kind, collecting organic waste from residences, schools, city agencies, and institutions in all five boroughs. Every week, the Department of Sanitation collects food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard waste from participants in pilot areas. Sanitation transports this waste to local and regional processing facilities where it is recycled into compost or turned into renewable energy.
To request NYC Organics Collection in your apartment building, city agency, or non-profit organization, submit an online inquiry at
Single-Family homes and small apartment buildings in pilot areas automatically receive service, as well as select public schools. If you don't live in a pilot area or if your building does not qualify for NYC Organics Collection, you can still recycle your organic waste by composting at home or bringing your food waste to a drop-off site in our community. Visit http://nyc.gov/compostproject for food waste drop off locations and more information.
The office of Assembly Member O'Donnell urges the community to participate in this initiative, as the NYC Organics Collection Program is a proven way to combat rodent infestation on our streets and in our spaces.
CityParks Sports Summer Programs
CityParks Sports helps kids stay active through free instruction in New York City parks across the five boroughs. Register now for programs including Tennis, Golf, Track & Field, Soccer and Get Up & Go. All programs are free of charge, include the use of equipment and run from early July through mid-August.
Parents can register kids online at or on site during program hours with an instructor.
ReuseNYCis excited to promote National Thrift Store Day on August 17, 2015 and celebrate the vibrant NYC re-use community. First-time and seasoned thrift store shoppers alike are invited to support their local thrift shops. Shopping second-hand not only saves shoppers money, it reduces waste and conserves resources. In addition, buying used goods from non-profit thrift stores supports those organizations' important social-service missions. Get more information on Thrift Store Day by visiting their websiteand get shopping!
Summer on the Hudson
Summer on the Hudson is the Parks Department's annual outdoor arts & culture festival that takes place in Riverside Park from 59th Street to 153rd Street. With a mix of music concerts, dance performances, movies under the stars, DJ dance parties, kids' shows, special events, wellness activities, and more there is something for everyone!
All programs and events are free to the public and registration is not requiredunless specifically stated in event information.
For constituents who need help with legal issues but are unable to come to Assembly Member O'Donnell's Community Office during the workday, Assembly Member O'Donnell hosts a monthly evening opportunity for constituents to consult with a volunteer attorney.
Call Joyce Goodman at (212) 866-3970 to make an appointment.
** Thursday, August 25th**
NEED A LARGE PRINT COPY OF THE MONTHLY UPDATE? CALL OR VISIT ASSEMBLY MEMBER O'DONNELL'S DISTRICT OFFICE FOR ONE!
If you are visually impaired or feel that you read better in large print, please do not hesitate to request a large print copy of Assembly Member O'Donnell's monthly update. Please call or stop by the Assembly Member's Community Office to request a copy.
Assembly Member O'Donnell's community office has full-time Spanish-speaking staff available to assist you, Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The office is located at 245 West 104th Street, just off Broadway. You can also call (212) 866-3970