Thursday, April 20, 2017
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MAYOR de BLASIO TIME FOR ACTION............ KEEP YOUR PROMISE YOU MADE TO AGUDATH ISRAEL OF AMERICA AND THE CATHOLIC CONFRENCE TO HELP SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS
IN 2014 YOU PROMISED TO HELP THE SPECIAL EDUCATION CHILDREN KEEP YOUR PROMISE
THANK YOU SENATOR SIMCHA FELDER FOR LEADING THIS FIGHT FOR OUR CHILDREN
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday 2014 announced a package of administrative changes that Would make the process easier and less contentious for parents who are entitled to reimbursement of tuition for their child’s special education program.
The deal was announced as the Aseembly was about to vote on a bill introduced by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, and passed in the Senate by Senator Simcha Felder earlier this month. The changes announced by Mayor de Blasio will render decisions about whether to settle cases within 15 days, to expedite reimbursements to parents, and to limit the paperwork they are required to submit.
“Every child in this city deserves a quality education. But for years, parents of children with special needs have had to wait for the City to settle legitimate claims for tuition reimbursement. Today, we are turning the page, making changes that will ease the burden on these parents. We are cutting red tape, speeding up the process, and reaching outcomes that do right by families,” de Blasio said at the press conference.
Noting that New York City had an opportunity to do “something foundational and right some wrongs,” Mayor de Blasio called the deal a “streamlined, parent-friendly, family-friendly, respectful approach.”
The plan, the mayor announced, following changes by September 1, will expedite decisions and seek a settlement within 15 days of receiving notice of parent intent to unilaterally place their child in a school. The DOE will also refrain from re-litigating settled or decided cases, unless there is a change in the IEP placement recommendation and avoid unnecessary litigation in cases where the agency is unable to offer a placement, or when a child is about to enter the final grade of a school.
Under the agreement, the DOE will only require that paperwork every three years, allowing for income eligibility updates to be made each year, as needed.
“Each and every child in this state is entitled to a sound, basic education. Unfortunately, our public school system is not always able to accommodate children with special education needs, and many parents must turn to non-public schools. For too long, parents of special needs children had to engage in a lengthy fight to get their children placed in a private school. Parents have had to sue the City for reimbursement of tuition, placing an undue financial burden on these families. Worse yet, parents have to fight this battle year after year,”
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Brooklyn, NY (October 28, 2016) An unprecedented show support for the victims of Haiti overtook the Flatbush Brooklyn community last night as Mark Meyer Appel, founder of The Bridge Multicultural and Advocacy Project in collaboration with The Consulate General of Haiti in NY initiated a massive local movement for emergency relief donations of much needed supplies for Haiti. The Bridge Multicultural and Advocacy Project joined together with The Consulate General of Haiti in NY in a partnership to help the efforts for supplying emergency relief donations and much needed supplies for Haiti.
"Hurricane Matthew caused much devastation in so many areas of the Country and the out pouring aid from the people of New York is so great, It is an honor to personally thank you all for your generosity and support for our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Haiti loves New York!", said Consul General Peter Helder Bernard, Esq. -Hurricane Matthew caused much devastation in so many areas of the Country and the out pouring aid from the people of New York is so great, It is an honor to personally thank you all for your generosity and support for our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Haiti loves New York!",. A surplus of medial supplies, soap, clothing, and personal hygiene products were donated by community members to support the Hurricane Mathew Relief Mission.In attendance were many community organizations HABNET, Haitian American Caucus, United Jewish Community, The New York Rescue Response Team, MIPO, Yemenite American Association, and The American Council of Minority Women. The Consul General of Haiti Peter Helder Bernard, Esq, Assembly Member Helene Weinstein, Rabbi Andre Malek, and Apostle James Duncan were in attendance to personally place non-perishable items into the Haiti bound relief bins.The Bridge MCP Founder, Mark Meyer Appel, proudly stated, "when the people in Haiti suffer we all suffer. We will continue to work and collaborate with the Consulate General of Haiti on this important mission."
The Consul General of Haiti Peter Helder Bernard Esq. praised and thanked Mark Meyer Appel and The Bridge Project for this great partnership.The Consul General ensured the community that special precautions are in place to make sure donations can quickly get through customs. We are working to ensure that the bins are delivered to the people of Haiti". This is the importance of working with the government official on global initiatives," said Bernard. Authorized drop-off location sites are still receiving donations around the tri-state area. For a government supported donation center contact: Vice Consul Rose Guerrier at 347.546.5242.
The Bridge Multicultural Advocacy Project (MCP) is a nonprofit organization created to promote inter-group and intra-group collaboration among diverse communities across New York City and the entire nation. A program sponsored by the Voice of Justice, the Bridge MCP was formed to address the many serious social issues facing society today. Our organization aims to unite and energize the skills of every racial, ethnic, cultural and religious group across NYC and the United States to respond to these very important issues. The Bridge MCP’s mission will be accomplished through the ongoing creation of working relationships and joint task forces made up of people from various cultural and religious backgrounds. By creating a strong coalition of constituencies, and joint tasks forces, The Bridge MCP will work towards solving complex, emerging problems in American culture. For more information,