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Taking Action for a Cleaner, Safer NYCHA

City ‘Invests’ in Improvements

Saying the city is making investments “that should have been made long ago,” Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that the city committed $210 million to make New York City Housing Authority developments safer.

The mayor was joined by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye at East Harlem’s Wagner Houses, which is among the 15 developments targeted for installation of exterior lighting, increased policing, improvements to doors and intercom systems, and extended community center hours.

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Department of Homeless Services Special Officers

Watson and Brown
Department of Homeless Services Police Officers Ryan Watson, left, and Cedric Brown, stand by their agency badge

Fake Gun

On April 19 around 6:30 p.m., then special officer Cedric Brown, who was recently promoted to sergeant and transferred to Charles H. Gay Men’s Shelter, was working at the 30th Street Men’s Shelter in Manhattan when a male client entered the facility carrying a black plastic bag. Brown instructed him to place his belongings in a plastic bin for inspection, but the client threw the plastic bag into the trash can. When Brown asked the client why he did that, the man replied that the bag contained blue jeans he no longer wanted.

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¡Saludos al Rojo, Blanco y Azul!

Miembros de la Junta Ejecutiva marchan al frente con el presidente Gregory Floyd.

La delegación del Local 237 marchó con el Presidente Gregory Floyd al frente junto con los miembros de la Junta Ejecutiva, en el Desfile Anual Puertorriqueño el 8 de Junio. Nuestro nutrido grupo marchó a lo largo de la Quinta Avenida, desde la Calle 44 hasta la 79, bajo un sol ardiente, demostrando nuestro orgullo y aprecio por las contribuciones de nuestros hermanos y hermanas Puertorriqueños hacia nuestra ciudad y sindicato.

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President's Awards

  • Claire Frances Freire

    Clare Freire

    Associate School Food Service Manager
    District 10/Bronx
    Department of Education

    A daughter of civil servants, Claire Freire began her career in School Food Services in 1979 while she was in college. Security and commitment to service are the words she uses to describe what union membership means to her.

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Oral History Project

Rudy Petruzzi

Rudy Petruzzi

Rudolph (Rudy) Petruzzi, a supervisor of bridges when he retired in 1986, helped organize his co-workers into Local 237 in the 1960s and participated in the 1971 bridge strike that shut down the city for two days—although he didn’t fully agree with it. Following are excerpts of an interview for the Local 237 Oral History Project conducted in February 2003 in Hollywood, Florida. His wife, Sally, was also present.

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