#StayPositive

Dear CRDC,

Last Thursday, we held our very first CRDC Virtual Happy Hour! Thank you to all who clicked in. We were joined not only by Speaker Corey Johnson, but also Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, and Councilwoman Carlina Rivera who all gave us some of the latest updates and answered questions.

Here are the latest items you all can do from home. Whether it’s filling out your census, signing a petition, writing postcards, or simply taking some virtual tours, we hope the following will help occupy some of your time. Enjoy!!!

Things you can do to keep active;

    • If you haven’t filled out your Census yet:  There is one thing we can all do for New York while we are stuck indoors; the 2020 US Census! $650 billion in federal funds and political representation will be impacted. Fill out the form you have received in the mail, do it online at https://my2020census.gov, or over the phone by calling 844-330-2020. The Census takes less than 10 minutes to fill out. Fee free to contact us if you have any questions.
    • Census - Text Out:  Sign up here to remind people to fill out the Census.
    • School buildings must be safe before they reopen: With lives in the balance, we believe that public school educators in NYC should not return to school buildings unless there are protocols and procedures in place to ensure the safety and health of the staff and students. NYS and NYC will need the federal government’s support in providing additional funding, to help us achieve testing capacity to ensure the supply chains are in place, so that we can achieve what’s necessary in order to reopen our schools safely. Please sign and share this petition.
    • A project is being organized for CRDC members to reach voters in congressional districts, (Staten Island, Westchester County Long Island, & New Jersey) --won in 2018 and are marginal. Districts in. We will send postcards or texts ---to reach these voters. This can be done at home. Contact Charles Bayor --bayor10001@gmail.com for more information.
    • How to Complete New York’s Health Care Proxy Form: Don’t’ leave yourself stranded and unprotected in this pandemic! You don’t need an attorney to draft and execute a health care proxy if you live in New York State. Just go to                        www.health.ny.gov, download the form and read the instructions—they are easy to follow. If you are stuck or confused, email your questions to District Leader, Sylvia E. Di Pietro, at femalelitigator@yahoo.com
    • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans.  For small business loans, the best way to proceed with this program is to fill out the application online and then contact your banker for help.  If you continue to get nowhere, e-mail Sylvia Di Pietro at femalelitigator@yahoo.com and she will coordinate for you to speak to someone in Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s office for help.
    • Resources for People With Disabilities; The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities has launched a web page to inform New Yorkers with disabilities      about COVID-19. There is information about food and supplies, social security benefits, home health care providers, and more.
    • Take a Tour: Do you love the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo? Click on this link to take a tour of all of these places.
    • Something to make you smile...Argentina is famous for many things. Think natural sights like the Andes and Iguazú Falls, or the cultural obsession with football and tango. But you may not know that Argentina also boasts a striking architectural landscape influenced by the traditions of indigenous groups and European settlers. Here are some unusual homes that you can find and visit on a tour around the world’s eighth largest country. 
    • Something else to make you smile...Like the good old-fashioned American road trip, slow and steady train journeys may very well make a comeback in a post-coronavirus world, and whether you're on a journey through the countryside or a mountainous cross-country trek, they’re also the easiest way to see some of the most beautiful scenery in the States. Here are 12 of the best rides in the nation.

We truly hope you are all still doing the best you can. Times are really difficult right now and I assure you, we will get through this together!!! If you need any kind of assistance, please do not hesitate and reach out to us. We truly are #AloneTogether and we must continue to #StayHome and follow all safety precautions. 

Best, 

Mindy Rosier-Rayburn

CRDC President



Virtual Happy Hour | COVID-19 Updates | CRDC News

Dear CRDC,

This Thursday, we will be holding our very first CRDC Virtual Happy Hour at 7pm and everyone is invited to join in. Plus we will have a special guest speaker! See details below.

We truly hope you are all still doing the best you can. Times are really difficult right now and I assure you, we will get through this together!!! If you need any kind of assistance, please do not hesitate and reach out to us. We truly are #AloneTogether and we must continue to #StayHome and follow all safety precautions. 

 

Things you can do to keep active;

    • Join us for a virtual meeting on Zoom on April 23rd : Everyone is invited to join us on Thursday for our first Virtual Happy Hour! Whether you drink, coffee, tea, water, or wine, bring your favorite beverage to our Happy Hour and hear from our fellow exec members as well as special guest Corey Johnson who will discuss the latest developments and answer questions. Hope to see you all on Thursday!!! Here is the online link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81503211799 OR you can call in using this number; 1-929-436-2866 ID: 815 0321 1799
    • Find out how you can help New Yorkers affected by COVID-19 and how you can receive COVID-19-related assistance: NYC.gov/helpnownyc  
    • Hip Hop Public Health: 20 Seconds or More was created by Hip Hop Public Health to empower youth and families with the right information, tools and resources to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Watch the music video to learn proper handwashing techniques, safety protocols and what to do if you have symptoms. 
    • Home Delivered Meals for Seniors: NYC is assisting New Yorkers by delivering meals to those who cannot access food themselves. Call 311 OR go to NYC.gov/GetFoo
    • If you haven’t filled out your Census yet:  There is one thing we can all do for New York while we are stuck indoors; the 2020 US Census! $650 billion in federal funds and political representation will be impacted. Fill out the form you have received in the mail, do it online at https://my2020census.gov, or over the phone by calling 844-330-2020. The Census takes less than 10 minutes to fill out. Fee free to contact us if you have any questions. 
    • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans.  For small business loans, the best way to proceed with this program is to fill out the application online and then contact your banker for help.  If you continue to get nowhere, e-mail Sylvia Di Pietro at femalelitigator@yahoo.com and she will coordinate for you to speak to someone in Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s office for help.
    • New York City #BikeMatch: Have a bike? Need a bike? In NYC, bicycles are essential transportation for many who need to get around during the coronavirus outbreak. This might include traveling to essential jobs, running crucial errands, or participating in mutual aid for vulnerable people who cannot leave their homes.  Transportation Alternatives is connecting New Yorkers who have an extra bicycle to New Yorkers who need one. Whether you have a bike or need a bike, fill out the form and you will be matched. CRDC President, Mindy Rosier-Rayburn participated in the #BikeMatch program and her recipient loved the bike!
    • Neighborhood Check-In Initiative; With many New Yorkers isolated and distant from loved ones, it's more important to check in on our neighbors. Senator Brad Hoylman's office is conducting an ongoing initiative called Neighborhood Check-In. Sign-up if you’d like to help. 
    • Resources for People With Disabilities; The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities has launched a web page to inform New Yorkers with disabilities      about COVID-19. There is information about food and supplies, social security benefits, home health care providers, and more.
    • Something to make you smile... To help pass the time, and lift your spirits, USA TODAY (and a few helpers) assembled a list of 100 songs that are either fun, catchy or upbeat and will — we hope — make you smile and ease your worries, at least for a few minutes. They're a mix of currents and retro hits from all genres, presented in no particular order. 
    • Read the most recent tribute to Judy Richheimer written by our own Donathan Salkaln. Judy was a former CRDC President and a staple of our club and our community for decades. She passed away from the Coronavirus recently.        Judy Richheimer: Feline Adventurer

 

Once again, if you need any help during this crisis, please reach out to me. We will get through this!!! 

Best, 

Mindy Rosier-Rayburn

CRDC President

CRDC News | Covid-19 Updates | Happy Holidays

Dear CRDC,

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend. Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, may you have the continued love and support from friends, families, and neighbors through these extremely difficult times. We will get through this together!!! If you need any kind of assistance, please do not hesitate and reach out to us. We do all have each other, albeit online or a phone call away. We truly are #AloneTogether and we must continue to #StayHome and follow all safety precautions. 

Things you can do to keep active;

  • Find out how you can help New Yorkers affected by COVID-19 and how you can receive COVID-19-related assistance: NYC.gov/helpnownyc
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 information, resources, daily life & coping: https://www.cdc.gov/ 
  • Home Delivered Meals for Seniors; The Department for the Aging (DFTA)-funded Home Delivered Meals Programs continues to operate for existing clients only. If you are a registered member of a senior center, you may be able to get direct meal delivery instead. To learn more, go to the Senior Centers page. If you do not receive home delivered meals and are not already enrolled at a senior center, you can get information about emergency food and the GetFoodNYC delivery program on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Support page.
  • Join us for a virtual meeting on Zoom on April 23rd at 7pm for our General Meeting. We will hear from Speaker Corey Johnson who will give us the latest updates on the Coronavirus and beyond. Stay tuned for a link to sign up with. Everyone is welcome to join us.
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans.  For small business loans, the best way to proceed with this program is to fill out the application online and then contact your banker for help.  If you continue to get nowhere, e-mail Sylvia Di Pietro at femalelitigator@yahoo.com and she will coordinate for you to speak to someone in Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s office for help.
  • New York City #BikeMatch: Have a bike? Need a bike? In NYC, bicycles are essential transportation for many who need to get around during the coronavirus outbreak. This might include traveling to essential jobs, running crucial errands, or participating in mutual aid for vulnerable people who cannot leave their homes.  Transportation Alternatives is connecting New Yorkers who have an extra bicycle to New Yorkers who need one. Whether you have a bike or need a bike, fill out the form and you will be matched. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfVT_3C2fXGwG286jckm4OuTSTGTGy0p_iJWUXRWPKs6-Pgng/viewform

 CRDC President, Mindy Rosier-Rayburn participated in @TransAlt #BikeMatch program.  Berman loved his new bike!     

  

 See our Tweet here; https://twitter.com/CRDCNYC/status/1247276563432947718

  • If you haven’t filled out your Census yet, you can do so here ----> www.my2020census.gov Takes less than 10 minutes to fill out. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
  • Neighborhood Check-In Initiative; With many New Yorkers isolated and distant from loved ones, it's more important to check in on our neighbors. Senator Brad Hoylman's office is conducting an ongoing initiative called Neighborhood Check-In. Sign-up if you’d like to help. 
  • Resources for People With Disabilities; The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities has launched a web page to inform New Yorkers with disabilities about COVID-19. There is information about food and supplies, social security benefits, home health care providers, and more.
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he will use his executive authority to allow all New Yorkers to vote by absentee ballot for the June 23 elections, to prevent long lines at the polls that could put people at risk of being exposed to the coronavirus. Elections that day will include party primaries for many seats and special elections open to all voters within the relevant districts. Read about it here.
  • Virtual Town Hall: Know Your Rights: On Tuesday, April 14th at 6pm-7:30, register now  to hear topics  including resources for immigrant communities during this health crisis and the Public Charge Rule; NYC workplace laws; emergency rule making price gouging illegal; financial counseling; human rights laws; and updates on COVID-19.
  • Something to make you smile...   https://www.facebook.com/mythoughtsaboutstuff/videos/700082074063440
  • CRDC’s Awards Brunch has been postponed.  We are hoping for a June date, and are working towards that. We will keep you updated. Everything at the moment is fluid.
  • Read these two  beautiful tributes to Judy Richheimer, former CRDC President and a staple of our club and our community for decades. She passed away from the Coronovirus recently: Chelsea News and NY1 

Once again, if you need any help during this crisis, please reach out to me. We will get through this!!!

Best, 

Mindy Rosier-Rayburn

CRDC President

 

 

#AloneTogether

Dear CRDC,

I hope everyone is still doing as well as they can be. We will get through this together!!! If you need any kind of assistance, please do not hesitate and reach out to us. We are truly living through dark and scary times, but we do all have each, albeit online or a phone call away. We truly are #AloneTogether. We must continue to #StayHome and follow all safety precautions. 

Things you can do to keep active;

  • Find out how you can help New Yorkers affected by COVID-19 and how you can receive COVID-19-related assistance: NYC.gov/helpnownyc
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 information, resources, daily life & coping: https://www.cdc.gov/
  • From @nycseniors: "We are working tirelessly to ensure the older New Yorkers have access to daily meals. This week, senior centers across the City have been transitioning from providing grab-and-go meals to a direct delivery system. Questions? 📞 Call Aging Connect at 212-244-6469."
  • New York City #BikeMatch: Have a bike? Need a bike? In NYC, bicycles are essential transportation for many who need to get around during the coronavirus outbreak. This might include traveling to essential jobs, running crucial errands, or participating in mutual aid for vulnerable people who cannot leave their homes.  Transportation Alternatives is connecting New Yorkers who have an extra bicycle to New Yorkers who need one. Whether you have a bike or need a bike, fill out the form and you will be matched. 
  • If you haven’t filled out your Census yet, you can do so here ----> www.my2020census.gov Takes less than 10 minutes to fill out. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
  • Something to make you smile... https://dianeravitch.net/2020/04/05/the-best-video-you-will-see-about-the-global-shutdown/
  • For families; Animals Around the World Online Animal Lessons for Kids A week of online animal lessons starting Monday, April 6, 2020 and ending on Friday April 10, 2020. Meet new animals everyday.  This lesson is 100% interactive. Your child can ask Animal Experts questions about the animals and answer them live. Meet animals from the rain forest, desert, and more. ​Space is Limited. www.thenaturecompany.org/register.html
  • I highly recommend watching the new season of Dark Money on Netflix, especially episode 3. "Slumlord Millionaire" is about active investigations into Jared Kushner. "For anyone who cares about government transparency, corruption, and housing rights, “Slumlord Millionaire” is well worth checking out." Check out this article on Salon.   See it here on Netflix
  • CRDC’s Awards Brunch has been postponed.  We are hoping for a June date, and are working towards that. We will keep you updated. Everything at the moment is fluid.
  • The NY Presidential Primary has been moved to June 23. Counties are permitting Absentee Voting for those seeking to vote by mail due to the safety concerns and selecting "Temporary Illness.” You can call : 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692) to request an Absentee Ballot application to be mailed to you OR you can download and print : https://www.elections.ny.gov/votingabsentee.html or for easy use: B2020.me/NYabsentee. (Both links take you to a PDF of the application.)
  • Please read these two beautiful tributes to Judy Richheimer, former CRDC President and a staple of our club and our community for decades. She passed away from the Coronovirus recently: Chelsea Community News & NY1  

Once again, if you need any help during this crisis, please reach out to me. We will get through this!!!

Best, 

Mindy Rosier-Rayburn

CRDC President

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Important Updates!!!

CRDC is suspending petitioning until further notice for the safety and welfare of our members.  Contact State Committee Member Francine Haselkorn (iomoon@aol.com) or one of the District Leaders -- Sylvia (femalelitigator@yahoo.com); Steven (steven@evokestrategies.com).  Thank you for all that you do.

Steven Skyles-Mulligan

Sylvia Di Pietro

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CRDC will be cancelling the March General Meeting on March 19th due to concerns regarding the coronavirus.  Speakers scheduled, will instead speak at our next meeting on April 23rd. Everyone, take care out there! 

Mindy Rosier-Rayburn 

CRDC President 

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