NYC Council

A Big Welcome to Councilman Carlos Menchaca to Sunset Park!

City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca Taking Oath of Office Photo Credit: William Alatriste

City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca Taking Oath of Office
Photo Credit: William Alatriste

AMPHS is pleased to welcome Mr. Carlos Menchaca – the first Mexican American member to be elected to public office in New York – as a Council Member for the 38th district which includes Bay Ridge towers, Sunset Park, Greenwood Heights, Red Hook and Windsor Terrace. Menchaca was officially sworn into office at a symbolic inauguration ceremony at Sunset Park High School on Sunday, January 12, 2014.

AMPHS was delighted to be in attendance to witness the historic ceremony, which was joined by a number of public officials including: Public Advocate Letitia James; U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer; State Senator Velmanette Montgomery; City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; Councilmembers Vincent Gentile, Brad Lander, David Greenfield, Stephen Levin, Antonio Reynoso and Jumaane Williams; Assemblymember Felix Ortiz; and Former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. The ceremony, hosted by Linda Sarsour, featured inspirational speeches by community leaders, praising Carlos’ continuing dedication to advancing the public good. It was a time of mixed emotions that emphasized the importance of diversity and community support.

Thirty three year-old Menchaca grew up in El Paso, Texas, after which he came to Brooklyn, New York and started his political career as a community organizer. Carlos has been active in super-storm Sandy recovery efforts as well.

As compared to other ethnic populations, a greater proportion of Mexican Americans are in the US on less than stable legal grounds; hence Carlos’ presence in city council will prove to be extremely beneficial.

Growing up in public housing and attending public schools, Carlos has had first-hand experience in the inequalities of life and promises to work hard to give opportunities to immigrants who may not have the same resources as others. His efforts as Councilmember will include:

  • increasing community health and wellness,
  • improving the community’s resilience to disasters,
  • making affordable housing more accessible,
  • improving the quality of public schools and after-school programs, and
  • training residents with new skills, and providing them with living wage salary.

We would like to welcome Carlos to the community, and look forward to working with him to increase health care accessibility in Sunset Park and the rest of New York City.

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A Big Thank You to Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez for $3500 in Funding

Sara Gonzalez

Councilwoman Sara M. Gonzalez
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AMPHS would like to thank Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez for granting us $3500 in discretionary funding to help support the Community Health Project. Each year, members of the NYC Council identify community-based not-for-profit organizations and public service agencies for discretionary contract awards. These awards extend for a single fiscal year and reimburse the organization for program expenses once program services have been completed.

As a former clinician and social services director, Councilwoman Gonzalez works to help ensure that New York’s neediest communities are covered by the the city’s annual budget, supporting organizations that address issues related to low-income New Yorkers, including immigrants, the homeless, and job-seeking adults. Since 2002, Councilwoman Gonzalez has served as the representative for District 38, which includes Bay Ridge Towers, Borough Park, Gowanus, Greenwood Heights, Red Hook, South Slope, Sunset Park, and Windsor Terrace.

In the past, Sara Gonzalez has been Executive Director of a Southwest Brooklyn non-profit serving youth and seniors and led movements in HIV/AIDS education and prevention. She was also chairperson of Community Board 7, working on projects related to environmental justice, waterfront development, and health care for all. We are glad that Councilwoman Gonzalez continues to support our community healthcare initiatives through this discretionary award.

This is AMPHS’ first year obtaining discretionary funding through the NYC Council and we are extremely appreciative of the Council’s continued support of our mission to help underprivileged communities gain health care access. The funding will be allotted to help support our screening event space, enhance outreach efforts, and enhance the organization’s service capacity through additional screening supplies. We would like to thank the NYC Council for their consideration of our application, and we look forward to using this funding to provide additional screening services and health awareness for underserved communities in Brooklyn.