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
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.
Next Training: Monday March 8, 2021 at 7pm
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, City Council Candidate for the 45th District 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
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.
City Council Candidate Anthony Beckford's letter to De'Blasio and Carranza regarding their planned School Re-Opening.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Dear Mayor De'Blasio and Chancellor Carranza:
I am writing you today, not only as a Community Leader, Mentor, a Former UFT Member, President of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn and City Council Candidate. I am writing to you today as a Father. A Single Black Father; if that opens your eyes a bit more. In April 2020, myself and many others demanded the immediate closing of all schools in New York City to prevent the death toll that ended up occuring due to the delay in school closings by you both. Many in our communities have lost loved ones and have gotten severely sick themselves. Let us be very real and clear about the fact that it was not just elderly New Yorkers and those with pre-existing conditions who have died. There have been medical frontline workers, MTA personnel, young adults and children who have died. I have lost close friends and my daughter's classmates have lost family members and friends as well. Many teachers have died and many have witnessed the death of their loved ones. Due to the city's lack of response and slow moving approach, to the demands to close and to provide immediate large scale testing and other measures to stop the spread and to provide the much needed assistance, advocates like myself and others have had to be on the frontlines providing many of the services needed. We are talking about food, mask and hand sanitizer distributions to wellness checks and collaborating with medical facilities to provide free covid and antibody testing. Many of us, like myself, ended up severely sick to what seemed like the brink of death and after recovering (which many were not able to do), we were back on the frontlines doing what we can to protect New Yorkers.
With the school season approaching, you both have yet to make the right decision to keep schools closed, at least until January, despite all of the failed attempts in other states and countries. Despite, the pleas and demands of Children, Parents, Advocates, Teachers and Staff Members. You both have had Unions such as DC 37, United Federation of Teachers, CSA, the New York State Nurses Association and also the MORE Caucus along with parents and community leaders tell you that schools cannot open in September. I do not know what the disconnect is or the purpose of the dismissiveness of the people, but it is neglectful, careless and will not be tolerated. Our children and their teachers as well as all school staff, will not be your test subjects and sacrificial lambs. The schools do not have adequate ventilation, the City does not have enough PPE supplies to provide without putting other New Yorkers at risk due to another shortage, the ventilation system would need to be upgraded to be able to comply with MERT filters, bathroom sinks and toilets as well as water fountains will need to be touchless. Even with all of that, we still have the issue of children with asthma who cannot wear masks for long periods of time, lack of nurses in our schools and overcrowded class rooms due to the closing, charter school takeover and lack of funding for our public schools.
De'Blasio, you have met my daughter Harmonee who is 8 years old and have conversed with her. You have seen how serious I am about her upbringing and future, so you must also know that I will not remain silent on these matters. Not just for her well being, but for the well being of over 1.1 Million children and their families, as well as their teachers and their families. So make the right decision. The same way you stated that gyms and indoor dining cannot be opened, is the same way you need to make the decision that schools cannot be opened. You know as well as I do, that you would not send your son and daughter to school in these conditions if they were still in elementary, Junior High or High School.
- Keep schools closed till at least January 2021, and revisit the possibility of re-opening from there.
- Provide expedited certification for childcare facilities that meet social distancing and cdc guidelines and expand the voucher programs for parents and guardians who make less than $65,000 a year.
- Remove Asbestos from all schools, replace ventilator systems with upgraded systems that can use MERT filters and make toilets, sinks, soap dispensers, water fountains and sanitizing stations touchless. (This will help with re-opening plans and safety measures, but also provide job opportunities as well to help in the jump start of the economy)
- Provide access to Mental Health Services for students, their families and teachers.
- Expand the school food program to all schools, so that adequate access is afforded to all communities. (Be sure to provide Kosher and Halal meals)
- Provide IPads / Laptops to all students, as well as Free Wifi Access before September 7th.
- End all plans for layoffs. Cut the salary of City Council and Mayor by 15% and use that for wages for teachers. Do an actual cut of $2.5 Billion out of the $6 Billion Militarized budget of the NYPD and cancel up to 4 NYPD classes, which will cover wages, further hiring of teachers and resources and services needed in underserved communities. This is what real redistribution looks like.
- The Immediate Resignation of School Chancellor Richard Carranza
- A taskforce consisting of Teachers, Parents and Student Advocates that will provide oversight for any proposed re-opening plans.
Single Father, City Council Candidate, Mentor, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, President of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn and Newly Elected County Committee Member.
Statement from City Council Candidate of District 45, Anthony Beckford, regarding the slow down of trash pickups in our communities:
"There is no other way to put it, except to say that this is disgusting and will not be tolerated. Some in the City Council feel that just because this is their last term that they just have to do the bare minimum. Some feel that we the people are asleep at the wheel and lack the knowledge to know what is going on. And then there are those who actually do care, but their colleagues are holding back their efforts to correct this issue. Well, I am hear to say that this increase in trash and slow downs of trash pickups, will not be accepted at all in our communities. My opponent and others voted on a budget that slashed $106 million from the sanitation department's budget, along with cuts to education, housing, summer youth employment and vital services. Trash pickups have literally been reduced by 60% in the city and mainly in Black and Brown communities. This is causing an increase in rat sightings and an increase in unhealthy conditions in our communities. I will make it my business as the next New New York City Council Member of District 45 to increase the budget that is needed, so that we can increase trash pick ups, increase the amount of trash receptacles on our major streets and to increase hiring in the Department of Sanitation. My solution to the problem will also provide a solution to the lack of job opportunities in our communities. The increased budget for sanitation will come from a "Millionaires Tax" and my planned $2.5 Billion redistribution of militarized funds from the NYPD to the services and resources that we need in our communities." - Anthony Beckford
The COVID Rent Relief Program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance. The Covid Rent Relief Program is not first come, first served. Applications will be accepted throughout the two-week application period. HCR will prioritize eligible households with “greatest economic and social need” accounting for income, rent burden, percent of income lost and risk of homelessness.
The rental assistance payment will cover the difference between the household’s rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the increase in rent burden for the months the households is applying for assistance. Households can apply for up to four months in rental assistance.
Eligible households must meet the following criteria:
- Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, household income must have been below 80% of the area median income, adjusted for household size. You can find what the 80% AMI limit for your county and household size is here: www.hcr.ny.gov/eligible-income-limits-80-ami-county
- Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, the household must have been paying more than 30% of gross monthly income towards rent. Gross income includes wages as well as any cash grants, child support, social security, unemployment benefits, etc.)
Applicants have less monthly income in any month between April 2020 and July 2020 than they did prior to March 1, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
See our FAQs below for more information.
To apply see the application section of this page below.
To apply see the application section of this page below.
HCR has created a dedicated call center to provide residents with help Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Call the COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center at 1-833-499-0318 or email at [email protected]
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Mask Distribution at Flatbush Gardens aka Vanderveer in the Flatbush Community.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 11am
Community Leader Anthony Beckford was able to secure 1,000 face masks through Borough President Eric Adams. The masks will be handed out throughout the buildings to all residents. A quick meet up will happen at 10:45 am on the corner of New York and Foster Avenues.
"During this pandemic many of us advocates have had to step up even more due to the lack of response from the city and some elected officials who seem to be ignoring the cries of our communities. After many reports of price gauging, lack of distribution sites in many of our vulnerable communities, and the recent incidents of bias social distance policing by the NYPD against Black men and youth, it became even more of a priority to get masks into the hands of community members. I called on the Borough President to help with this issue and he answered the call without hesitation. The masks will be given out along with hand sanitizers that I have been making ever since the shortage of products and the stay-at-home orders. This is what true advocacy and leadership looks like." - Anthony Beckford
*Anthony Beckford is a Disabled U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, a Community Leader, City Council Candidate and the President of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn.
"I have spoken out against and have been on the frontlines against police violence and unjust police tactics before this pandemic, and I am consistently doing so during the pandemic. All of this while my opponent and others, still supports and receives support from the racist PBA and SBA and only gives empty political rhetoric for optics, after many of us placed pressure on elected officials. This past weekend of violence against Black community members, is evidence of the continued racial bias policing of Black communities that exists in New York City. Many politicians have failed to bring about accountability, allowing NYPD officers to feel as if they can get away with their targeted abuse of power. This is definitely a tale of two cities, especially during this pandemic, where in a crowded park white New Yorkers who are not practicing social distancing and not wearing a mask are left alone and given masks by the NYPD. They received no warnings or summons. Then you look in the Black community where community members are brutalized, given summons and arrested. They are jumped on, have knees placed on their backs and necks, punched in the face, pepper sprayed, tackled to the ground and much more. Mayor De'Blasio, Police Commissioner Shea and many members of the New York City Council have failed our communities. Many of them have stayed silent and turned a blind eye. Many of them accept campaign donations and endorsements from the racist PBA and SBA, that celebrates police violence against our communities and issue watered down statements and provide no actual accountability. The same organizations that mocked the murders of Eric Garner, Delrawn Smalls and many more by NYPD Officers. The presidents of these organizations have even called our Black youth 'mutts'. We need to start bringing their officers under control. The community will not tolerate this any further. Officers who commit these human rights violations, need to be fired, charged, indicted and sentenced. No ifs, ands or buts about it. I am calling on all District Attorneys to fully prosecute all officers involved in these recent brutality incidents. I am calling for there to be no recommendations of community service or house arrest. They must receive jail time for their crimes. I am calling on NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer to settle all civil cases of police brutality immediately. This is not the time for political rhetoric. It is the time for action."
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* Anthony Beckford is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Community Leader, President of the Brooklyn Chapter of Copwatch Patrol Unit, the President of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn, Founder of Save Our Youth Initiative, Founder of Clergies against Police Violence and Injustice and City Council Candidate for the 45th District in Brooklyn.