(Update since this post below. Patch reported on Dec 29 that East Harlem 125th Street conditions have improved, but work remains)
Thanks to concerns you have passionately made to our Mayor, elected officials have taken some actions to mitigate the unacceptable quality of life issues on 125th Street and vicinity.
At the Community Board 11 meeting 3 days ago, NYC Council Member Diana Ayala’s aide updated us on the outcome of the Mayor’s 125th Street visit, as reported by Patch on Nov 10 this year.
- 125th street will be power washed everyday unless temperature drops below freezing point;
- Increased density of police officers plus homeless services agents patrolling the 125th Street area. Subsequently, a few minor arrests were made related to sale of drugs such as K2;
- Requested lighting on the sidewalks to improve safety and discourage loitering around the former Pathmark site under construction on 125th between Third Ave. and Lexington;
- NYC Council member Diana Ayala created a working group to meet with relevant agencies to tackle this problem on an on-going basis. This group first met on Dec 15. OASAS (Office of Addiction Support and Services) graced us with an appearance at the meeting at the requests by Senator Brian Benjamin and Assembly member Robert Rodriguez. Sadly, OASAS’ mere presence was considered a victory of sort due to its years of refusal to engage with Harlem officials and the GHC.
In the same meeting, Community Board 11 Vice Chair Xavier Santiago announced that at the next full board meeting on Jan. 26, CB11 intends to review and approve a resolution to formally request government agencies to reduce the number of harm reduction services in East Harlem. Please be sure to join us on Jan 26 at 8pm by registering here.
Your voices have made a significant impact in drawing officials’ attention and led to some tactical actions. Keep up the “good noise” to bring attention to the entrenched issue in Harlem and to call for a sustainable long term plan.
How can you make your noise heard?
- Forward this post to your network
- Like GHC on Facebook and twitter to get updates from us
- Attend community board meetings
- Become a community board member by submitting an application before Feb 1st here
Read some of the letters GHC and our members have sent to elected officials:
- Greater Harlem Coalition’s response to Mayor de Blasio’s announcement establishing supervised injection sites in East Harlem and Washington Heights
- A Letter to AG James (October 2021)
- Letter to AG James on Use of Opioid Settlement Funds (October 2021)
- Letter to NY Attorney General James – October 2021
- Letter Sent to The Commissioner of OASAS (April 27, 2021)
- Testimony to NYC Racial Justice Commission (October 2021)
- Urgent – Please Stop the DOE CARES program from being relocated to Harlem at West 124th Street (October 5, 2021)
- GHC Letter to Congress Member Espaillat Regarding Opioid Settlement Funds
- GHC member’s letter to drug treatment centers demanding safety
- GHC Letter to NYS Attorney General – No Response