Applications will be accepted starting June 1, 2021, at 9 a.m.
The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will provide significant economic relief to help low and moderate-income households at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability by providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance and utility arrears assistance.
Statement from City Council Candidate Anthony Beckford of the 45th District, regarding increasing City FHEPS Vouchers:
"I support Intro.146 and I am happy that it is supposed to be passing in the council today. I always said "if the council failed to pass it this time around, that I will pick up the bill as the new council member of the 45th District and make sure that it is passed. It is also part of ny "Housing Justice Plan". For years myself and many other advocates have stated that the City FHEPS vouchers need to be increased so that families can actually obtain housing in New York City. The Council is set to make this happen after so much pressure had to be applied to many of them. City FHEPS vouchers will now be increased to the federally determined market averages. The state-set levels kept New Yorkers stuck in homelessness and unable to find adequate housing. There are 11,719 families with children in NYC that are living in shelters. Not having a stable home is not only stressful and emotionally draining, but is also traumatic. The Department of Homeless Services is literally paying an estimated $3,600 for each hotel room it rents under a contract that the city approved last year. That is way more than what New Yorkers were receiving with their vouchers. This is unjust and shows that thr priority of many in the council and city agencies, were to keep funneling money to keep New Yorkers homeless instead of with adequate, secured housing. In some instances, the amount paid to hotels everyday is enough to provide every homeless New Yorker with truly affordable permanent housing along with services and much-needed resources. We must prioritize the people at all costs, by funding solutions and not band-aid fixes." - Anthony Beckford
We have lost many mothers and many mothers have lost their children, due to inadequate care. Black mothers in New York City are 8 to 12 times more likely to die from birth-related causes than white mothers. Especially, mothers of Caribbean descent. From the belief that pain levels are exaggerated to failure to provide the necessary care regarding pre-existing conditions or conditions brought on by the pregnancy. Anthony Beckford has dedicated much of his life and time to advocate for the vulnerable and underserved in his community and throughout the rest of New York City. He is ready to introduce a package of legislation related to his "Comprehensive Care Plan" that will provide access to care through the expansion of medical coverage for all New Yorkers, but also the re-education of the medical field.
"We must be serious about this. We can no longer just provide lip service. We must change the way that Black people, especially Black mothers are treated and viewed in medicine. To the doctors and nurses that get it, I thank you. We must provide access to birth doulas and adequate care to mothers and their babies. The structure of white supremacy still exists in medicine and the bias of it is still subtly being taught to medical students. We must completely change the narrative. This will help to save more lives, along with safe staffing for nurses as well. I have conversed with and worked along with numerous birth doulas, doctors, nurses and medical students throughout the years. I look forward to continue the work to introduce my Comprehensive Care Plan. This care plan will allow mothers to have adequate access to birth doulas, who can drastically help pregnant mothers. The plan will call for doula services to be fully covered under the insurance that the mother has and for doulas to be reimbursed for all out-of-pocket expenses. My Comprehensive Care Plan, also calls for an expanded recruitment of Black doctors in the medical field as well as a livable wage for residents and nurses. There is more that is included and I look forward to introducing the plan in legislation as the next City Council Member of the 45th District if elected in the June 22nd Democratic Primary. " - Anthony Beckford
Anthony Beckford, who is the Progressive Democratic candidate for City Council in District 45, has been racking up endorsements. To date, he is leading with 39 endorsements in the race to represent Flatbush, East Flatbush, Marine Park, Midwood, Kensington and Flatlands. His endorsements range from notable politic organizations and advocacy groups such as, New York Communities For Change, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Concerned Citizens For Change (chapter of NYPAN), Voters For Animal Rights, NYCLASS, Future STEPS US, NYC Against ICE and a few others. Along with endorsements from Elected Officials in and outside of New York, like Brooklyn Democratic District Leader Shaquana Boykin, Mt. Vernon Councilmember Delia Farquharson and Chris Ricci who is a Council Member out of Modesto, California. His most recent endorsement comes at a right time during Women's History Month and speaks of his commitment to advocating for Women's Rights and Reproductive Justice. This endorsement comes from the Women's March NYC Rise and Roar.
For those who are unaware, Women's March is the largest Pro Women's Rights Action that takes place nationwide every year.
"It is truly an honor to be able to receive this endorsement from Women's March NYC Rise and Roar. They have made the work that they do inclusive to all Women and have been consistent and outspoken against Trump's attempts to violate the rights of Women everywhere. I have been a very vocal and action oriented advocate for Women's Rights and Reproductive Justice. As a Single Father to my 9 year old daughter, I am not only fighting for her future and her rights, I am fighting for the rights of young girls and Women everywhere. I am truly humbled to receive this endorsement, especially during Women's History Month." - Anthony Beckford
*Anthony Beckford is a Single Father, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Community Leader, Organizer, President of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn and son of Immigrant Parents from Jamaica.
In New York City, there are 59 Community Districts. Each of these districts has their own respective Community Board. These Community Boards have up to 50 representatives on their Board. The appointment of these Board Members is done by the Borough President of the Borough that the Community is in. About Half of the appoints are based on the recommendation of the local City Council Member whose district that the Community Board is in. Community Boare Members voluntarily for two year terms. Community Board Members live, work, own a business or have a significant interest in the Community.
What do Community Boards do?
Land Use and Zoning Maters - Community Boards must be consulted on placement of most municipal facilities in community and on other land use issues. They may also initiate their own plans for the growth and well being of their communities. Also, any application for a change in or variance from the zoning resolution must come before the Board for review, and the Board's position is considered in the final determination of these applications.
City Budget - Community Boards assess the needs of their own neighborhoods, meet with city agencies and make recommendations in the City's budget process to address them.
Other Community Concerns - Any problem that affects part or all of the community, from a traffic problem to deteriorating housing, is a proper concern of a Community Board.
Their Limitations - The Community Board, its District Manager, and its office staff serve as advocates and service coordinators for the community and its residents. They cannot order any city agency or official to perform any task, but Boards are usually successful in resolving the problems they address.
Community Boards definitely play a "boots on the ground" role within the community but, there is a problem when appointments are done more as political favors, bargaining chips (bribes) or to consolidate power and allegiance. This is not true representation of the people and community. This issue is going on throughout many of the community boards throughout the 5 Boroughs. And many times, it is not on the Borough Presidents. We tend to forget that there are those who help make the decisions or make the final decision without the Borough President even knowing. There are council members who will recommend the appointment of their campaign volunteers, those who they want to give titles to to buy their loyalty, etc. There are some Council Members who actually have integrity and appoint those who are truly invested in the community, but they are few and we must solve this issue. We were able to make it to where Community Board Members are Term Limited but there is more that needs to be done.
- Make Community Boards an Elected Position for the Community to vote on who they feel the Board Members should be. (This will help with community engagement with and allow community members to become more active in the daily activities of their community board. This will also open it up for more people in various communities in the community district to be able to be represented on the board.)
* Anthony Beckford is a Single Father, Community Leader, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Freelancers Union Member, son of Afro-Carib Immigrant Parents from Jamaica, President of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn and the 2021 City Council Candidate for the 45th District.
Tax the Rich Proposal:
Between March 18 (which was the rough start date of the pandemic shutdown, when most federal and state economic restrictions were in place) and June 17, the total net worth of the state's 119 billionaires rose from $521.5 billion to $600.7 billion, based on an analysis of Forbes data.
There are 978,000 Millionaires in New York who are categorized as High Networth due to having up to $30 Million (if they had just around $5 Million each, that is a combined wealth of $4.89 Trillion.)
There are 8,800 Millionaires classified as Ultra High Networth for having over $30 Million in wealth (if they just made the minimum of $30 Million each, that is a combined wealth of $264 Billion)
This brings us to around $5.755 Trillion in collective wealth altogether.
Implementing a 5% Equity Tax can bring in a possible $288 Billion in revenue to New York a year. (If we want to vary the tax rate based on certain levels of wealth instead of altogether, we can do that as well to bring in adequate revenue which will provide much needed funding.)
I am not going to sugarcoat it. Many from City to State and even Federal government, have purposely allowed NYCHA buildings to get into the conditions that they are today, due to backdoor deals with developers and possible financial kickbacks so that NYCHA can be privatized and longtime residents become forced out. This is an agenda of mass displacements and profiteering. There is a need for new boilers, new appliances, new elevators, playgrounds, community centers, lead abatements and much more. There are about 564,000 New Yorkers living in NYCHA buildings. To provide adequate repairs right now, we would need to spend $57,000 per resident. That is a total of $32.1 Billion needed. If we delay any further, we would need to spend about $120,000 per resident. That is a total of $68 Billion that would be needed.
As laid out in my Tax The Rich Proposal, we have a potential $288 Billion that is enough to provide these repairs plus upkeep. We need to act immediately!
Free CUNY Proposal:
History and Facts - The New York State Legislature created CUNY in 1961. The legislation to form CUNY was signed into law by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. The legislation integrated existing institutions and a new graduate school into a coordinated higher education for the city.
The institutions that were merged to create CUNY were:
1)The Free Academy, which was founded in 1847 and later became the City College of New York. 2) The Female Normal and High School which was founded in 1870, and later renamed Hunter College in 1914. During the early 20th century, Hunter College expanded in the early 20th century into the Bronx, that then formed into Herbert Lehman College. 3) Brooklyn College which was founded in 1930. 4) Queens College which was founded in 1937.
In 1965, any student seeking admission to CUNY needed an average of 92, or an A-. This was done to ensure that the student population of CUNY remained largely white and middle class due to their educational disparities and lack of resources to the Black community. An open admissions plan was put in place in 1960, but CUNY was no longer free and tuition fees have been increasing every year, making CUNY unaffordable for many students in New York. When we look at the reality of CUNY now, many students are taking classes in trailers, there are leaks, broken chairs, peeling paint and much more. Also, adjunct professors are not making a liveable wage.
Breakdown - Anthony Beckford has been a long standing ally of CUNY and was accepted to Brooklyn College in 2016. He has been vocal in regards to the needs of CUNY students and professors. He has a clear path to Fully Fund a Free CUNY, give adjunct professors a liveable wage and provide the repairs, services and resources needed by CUNY students.
To actually create a Free CUNY, we must be sure to eliminate tuition for undergraduate students. CUNY must be adequately funded, not just to eliminate tuition, but to also provide social services and others resources needed by students. There must be an adequate number of mental health counselors and academic advisors for students. Adjunct professors must be given a livable wage starting at $7,000 per course.
Tuition Cost: $3 billion a year
Technology, Activity, Consolidated Fees: $410 a year
Transportation Cost: $408 million a year (Monthly Metrocards for Students)
Food Cost: $1 billion a year to create and expand food pantries accessible to all students
Books and Supplies: $400 million a year
Capital budget for upgrades, repairs, etc.: $1.04 billion a year
Budget needed: Rounded to $6 Billion a year (Actual $5,848,000,410 )
Adjunct Professors: $720 million a year in payroll (12,000 adjuncts making $7,500 a year)
Total: $6.720 Billion a year
Solution - In my Tax The Rich Platform, I was able to create a path to gain up to $288 Billion in revenue a year in New York, which is more than enough to create a Free CUNY.
Anthony also supports the #NewDeal4CUNY
Save Our Homeowners and Tenants from Corrupt Local Politics in the City Council
Small homeowners are under attack by the proposed sprinkler law that will devastate homeowners and tenants in Brooklyn and beyond. This law is Intro 1146B and was sponsored by the following new york city council members; main sponsor Barry S. Grodenchik, and co-sponsored by Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Helen K. Rosenthal, Farah N. Louis (my opponent), Ben Kallos, Carlos Menchaca, Margaret S. Chin, Ritchie J. Torres, Costa G. Constantinides, Adrienne E. Adams, Diana Ayala , Robert F. Holden (Update: Robert Cornegy and Carlos Menchaca have stepped back from sponsoring this disastrous piece of legislation.)
Intro 1146B would require sprinklers to be installed in all residential buildings over 40 feet tall by 2029. The bill came about due to a fire in the monstrous Trump Tower in Manhattan. Trump towers is over 664 feet tall.
"The way that this bill is written, it will apply to homes in Brooklyn that are 40 feet or higher, such as our historic 19th century townhouses which include single-family houses. The installation of a sprinkler system is very costly. The cost starts at $60,000 and can definitely surpass $100,000. This will in itself is problematic for small homeowners and the tenants who live in many of these small homes. The Sprinkler installation may trigger an added expense of structural reinforcements which is very expensive. This will also destroy the historical interior of these homes that have so much historic value in our communities. For far too long, politicians have made small homeowners and tenants suffer while receiving kickbacks and hush money to turn the other way when it comes to corporate landlords.
Many homeowners do not have the funds to be able to comply with this law, and will be heavily fined for non-compliance. Many of our homeowners are in fact asset rich but cash poor. This will cost many to be forced to sell their homes or be subjected to liens and foreclosures of their homes. This is definitely an attack on intergenerational property wealth The law is of long time likely to be especially devastating to Black property owners in New York City, especially in Central Brooklyn and tenants who reside in naturally occurring affordable housing.
This is another political tactic being used to target Black and Brown homeowners to drive them out of their homes so that developers can take over their homes and our communities.
This political tactic to hurt Black and Brown homeowners, will cause mass displacements across all 5 boroughs of tenants who live in low-rise multifamily neighborhoods with 1-3 family homes, higher rents, including the displacement of rent controlled and rent stabilized tenants. The health issues that can possibly be caused due to the amount of dusty work that would take place will be an issue on top of many other issues. Many community members are not aware of this law, due to it being an underhanded way for certain local elected officials to continue to sell out our communities to their developer friends without us even knowing that they were a part of this plot
Anthony Beckford's 2021 Amendment to the Bill:
Anthony Beckford will include language in the legislation that would omit 1-2 family homes from this sprinkler requirement but mandate that these homes do have working fire extinguishers on every floor.
Homes that do choose to partake in this type of structural remodeling are to receive financial assistance to do such work and tenants with bronchial health issues, will be provided with clean and safe temporary housing while the work is being done." - Anthony Beckford
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My Website: www.anthonybeckford.com
City Council Candidate Anthony Beckford, has been a long-time ally of transit workers and has been vocal on the issues they have been facing, as he is when it comes to all instances of injustice. Recently the MTA released it's budget proposal, that has led Anthony Beckford to not only condemn their proposal, but has led him to call for an investigation into the mistreatment, hazards and retaliation against transit workers by the MTA.
"The MTA's budget proposal is disrespectful to transit workers and to the people of New York. The proposal to cut service and layoff workers is completely unacceptable and will not be accepted by the people. There are over 40,000 transit workers who have risked their lives everyday to keep New York moving and to provide for their families. Many have lost their lives to Covid, while doing their jobs and staying committed to their duties. One of those who lost their lives was a dear friend of mine, Ben Schaeffer. Ben, just like every transit worker, was dedicated to his job. He was a hero and this proposal is a slap in the face to him and every transit worker past and present. We are already facing mass evictions, job losses, food insecurities and are losing more lives because of this pandemic. The MTA must not add onto the already trying times. Laying off workers and cutting service to areas that we know are predominantly Black and Brown is unfair, unethical and bias.
The MTA needs to go back into their meeting room and start from scratch. This time, bring in the voices of the workers and the people to reach a proposal that is beneficial for everyone and not just investor and political interest. There are ways to obtain funding and ways to bring about solutions. Cut out high priced consultants and contractors, save funds by making the sanitizing of the trains and buses a hireable job within transit and not outside contractors who offer their employees no benefits, low wages and no job security. Offer lucrative early retirement packages to transit workers. On top of all of this, let us also put a stop to the mistreatment, bullying and harassment of transit workers and the retaliatory investigations against workers who have gotten sick, the lack of light duty accommodations for pregnant transit workers and those with limited abilities. Let us talk about the lack of diversity on the MTA Board and high ranking positions. Let us put an end to the lack of protections for our transit workers during this pandemic and the financial insecurities that they face. I am calling for an immediate investigation of MTA Board Members and all of those involved in the mistreatment, harassment and workforce intimidation of transit workers. I have always and will continue to stand with those who move New York, the Transit Workers." - Anthony Beckford
*Anthony Beckford is a Disabled Veteran, Organizer, Community Leader, Elected Democratic County Committee Member and 2021 City Council Candidate for the 45th Council District.
Statement from City Council Candidate / Black Lives Matter Leader Anthony Beckford
"Recently it was revealed that the NYPD, specifically the 67th precinct has challenge coins issued out by the PBA that depict dehumanizing images and murderous wording that celebrates the murdering of Black people, specifically Afro-Caribs in the community. The fact that the NYPD is trying to justify these racist challenge coins, is a clear example of why the Black Lives Matter Movement exists and why there is a "Defund the NYPD" campaign that exists as well. I am the President and Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn and I live in Flatbush/East Flatbush where the 67th precinct patrols. I condemn the issuance of these challenge coins and the NYPD's failed attempt to justify them. As a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, I have had challenge coins. Challenge coins are used to celebrate and commemorate events and achievements and are at times exchanged between us in our units. So what is 67th precinct celebrating with challenge coins that shows an eagle holding a skull with dreads, two white officers hunting a Black Man with dreads like a deer and a full statement on one that glorifies the hunt. This is the same precinct with officers who murdered Shantel Davis, Kimani Gray, Dwayne Jeune and many more. The same precinct that has officers like David "Bullethead" Grieco, who has been sued about 23 times for brutality, unlawful searches, violations of civil rights and unlawfully breaking into homes. There is a lawlessness within the NYPD amongst many of it's members who have a gang mentality, like those who wear the punisher symbol while on duty, which is a symbol of being "Judge and Executioner". The fact that the PBA issued these challenge coins out, renews my call for the disbanding of this racist organization that does not represent the interests of labor and definitely not Black workers. The silence from Elected Officials regarding this matter is deafening. I am not surprised that council members such as, Farah Louis, have not spoken one word about this since she and many others have taken donations and have celebrated receiving endorsements from the PBA, which has recently endorsed Donald Trump. Silence equals complicity and violence. The voice of the movement and the community will not be silent about this at all!" – Anthony Beckford
*Anthony Beckford is a Disabled Veteran, Community Leader, Organizer, City Council Candidate for the 45th District and President of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn