Saturday, October 16, 2021

Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress Combating COVID-19 - OCTOBER 16, 2021


64,712 Vaccine Doses Administered Over Last 24 Hours  

28 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Yesterday 

 Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combating COVID-19.  

"We are getting closer to the season of gathering with loved ones, and the best thing you can do to keep your loved ones safe is to get your vaccination," Governor Hochul said. "We hit a vaccination milestone of eighty five percent of adult New Yorkers with their first dose, but we need to get it higher before the holiday season so we can celebrate with the best peace of mind." 

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported - 216,951
  • Total Positive - 5,248
  • Percent Positive - 2.42%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 2.54%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 2,115 (+3)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 275
  • Patients in ICU - 459 (+1)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 261 (+6)
  • Total Discharges - 204,889 (+270)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 28
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 45,073

The Health Electronic Response Data System is a NYS DOH data source that collects confirmed daily death data as reported by hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities only.

  • Total deaths reported to and compiled by the CDC - 57,288

This daily COVID-19 provisional death certificate data reported by NYS DOH and NYC to the CDC includes those who died in any location, including hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities, at home, in hospice and other settings.

  • Total vaccine doses administered - 26,221,847
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours - 64,712
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days - 370,951
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 83.1%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series - 75.2%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 85.9%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 77.1%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 70.4%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 63.6%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 72.8%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 65.3%




 "I offer prayers for peace and comfort to the family of Victor Mercado. His passing after contracting COVID-19 is the thirteenth death at Rikers this year amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis. His pre-trial detention became a death sentence.

"Lives are continuing to be lost as our leaders take steps that are too small and too slow. While some recent actions have helped reduce the strain on the system, we can't be content to move in the right direction, it has to be with the right level of urgency.

"It is even more clear today that we must expand decarceration efforts to older individuals and those with health risks, but it also seems clear that if the city and state had done so earlier, a life would have been saved. The crisis conditions on Rikers continue to threaten staff and incarcerated people alike in a health and safety emergency. This is not public safety."

Member Of $4 Million National Luxury Stolen Car Ring Sentenced To Five Years In Prison


 Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that LASHAUMBA RANDOLPH was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for providing fake titles and other fraudulent vehicle documentation used to defraud car buyers as part of a national stolen car ring involving approximately 60 stolen luxury cars, including Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Corvettes, worth more than $4 million.  RANDOLPH previously pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and was sentenced today before U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel.

All defendants have pled guilty and RANDOLPH is the ninth defendant sentenced to date. Earlier in the case, Judge Seibel sentenced eight co-defendants for their roles in the $4 million stolen car ring.  CLIPHAS BELFON, a/k/a “Cliff,” who supplied from Florida many of the stolen cars sold by the ring, was sentenced to 52 months in prison on May 27, 2021.  COLIN BURNETT, a/k/a “Greg,” who made fraudulent documentation for the cars, was also sentenced to 52 months in prison on October 6, 2021.  BESAR ISMAILI, who supplied, stored, and sold stolen cars to secondhand buyers, was sentenced to 42 months in prison on April 20, 2021.  ROBERT PINSKY, a supplier of stolen cars and false vehicle documentation, was sentenced to 40 months in prison on July 9, 2021.  ANTONIO SANTIAGO, another Florida supplier of stolen cars, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on January 21, 2020.  CHARLES WALTON, a Michigan-based supplier of stolen cars, was sentenced to 21 months in prison on August 27, 2020.  STEVEN KLEIN, who provided financing for the scheme and resold stolen cars to secondhand buyers, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on June 11, 2021. NICHOLAS DIXON, who transported some of the stolen cars, was sentenced to time served on September 10, 2020.

As a result of the investigation, law enforcement recovered more than 30 stolen cars, and the defendants have already paid more than $443,000 in combined restitution to victims of the stolen car ring, forfeiture, and fines.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “These defendants used sophisticated methods to traffic scores of stolen luxury cars worth more than $4 million, stealing from rightful owners and defrauding buyers and state departments of motor vehicles.  This unacceptable crime harms car owner victims, muddies up car records relied upon by the public, and also imposes hidden costs on the public, including anyone paying for car insurance. It will not be tolerated.”

According to the allegations in the Indictment, as well as other public documents and court proceedings:

From October 2017 through November 2018, MARVIN WILLIAMS, CLIPHAS BELFON, a/k/a “Cliff,” COLIN BURNETT, a/k/a “Greg,” NICHOLAS DIXON, a/k/a “Robbie,” BESAR ISMAILI, STEVEN KLEIN, ROBERT PINKSY, LASHAUMBA RANDOLPH, ANTONIO SANTIAGO, and CHARLES WALTON operated a sophisticated, interstate stolen car ring, during which they (1) obtained stolen cars from, among other places, Michigan and Florida; (2) transported the stolen cars to, among other places, the Southern District of New York and Connecticut, for resale; (3) created and/or obtained false titles, registrations, and temporary license plates for the stolen cars; (4) used the false car records to deceive car buyers and the South Dakota Division of Motor Vehicles; and (5) used online markets, such as eBay, to solicit buyers of the stolen cars in various states.  Through this extensive criminal scheme, the co-conspirators obtained, transported, and sold or attempted to sell more than 60 cars worth, in total, more than $4 million.

To carry out the stolen car ring, its members performed multiple and various roles.  Some members stole and/or obtained luxury cars from the rightful, original owners, including dealerships and car rental businesses in Florida and Michigan.  Others assisted in transporting the cars from Florida and Michigan to, among other places, New York or Connecticut.  Others provided financing and assisted in purchasing or finding buyers for stolen cars.  Others attempted to conceal the scheme from or deceive car buyers, law enforcement, and the SDDMV by “re-VINning cars,” and using fraudulent documents, such as fraudulent titles and VIN stickers, to acquire new titles and registrations for the stolen cars, making it appear as if the stolen cars were not, in fact, stolen.

RANDOLPH, 46, of Atlanta, Georgia, pled guilty on February 2, 2021 to conspiring to commit wire fraud from in or about October 2017 through in or about November 2018.  In addition to the prison term, RANDOLPH was sentenced today to three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay forfeiture of $9,500 and restitution of 26,098.47.

BELFON, 28, of Miami, Florida, pled guilty on May 14, 2020, to conspiring to receive, possess, and sell stolen cars from in or about October 2017 through in or about November 2018, and was sentenced on May 27, 2021 to 52 months in prison, and forfeiture of $17,000.

BURNETT, 30, of Atlanta, Georgia, pled guilty on September 15, 2020, to conspiring to receive, possess, and sell stolen cars from in or about October 2017 through in or about November 2018, and was sentenced on October 6, 2021 to 52 months in prison, forfeiture of $8,577, and restitution of $24,991.24.

ISMAILI, 40, of Waterbury, Connecticut, pled guilty on December 22, 2020 to conspiring to commit wire fraud from in or about October 2017 through in or about November 2018, and was sentenced on April 20, 2021 to 42 months in prison, forfeiture of $76,000, and restitution of $393,329.96.

PINSKY, 52, of Howell, New Jersey, pled guilty on March 12, 2020 to conspiring to receive, possess, and sell stolen cars from in or about October 2017 through in or about November 2018, and was sentenced on July 9, 2021 to 40 months in prison, forfeiture of $77,000, and restitution of $51,444.08.

SANTIAGO, 38, of Pompano Beach, Florida, pled guilty on June 11, 2019 to conspiring to receive, possess, and sell stolen cars from in or about October 2017 through in or about November 2018, and was sentenced on January 21, 2020 to 30 months in prison, forfeiture of $22,500, and restitution of $66,671.91.

WALTON, 35, of Detroit, Michigan, pled guilty on March 17, 2020 to conspiring to receive, possess, and sell stolen cars from in or about October 2017 through in or about November 2018, and was sentenced on August 27, 2020 to 21 months in prison, forfeiture of $36,000, and restitution of $41,365.33.

KLEIN, 58, of Easton, Connecticut, pled guilty on March 3, 2021 to conspiring to commit wire fraud, and was sentenced on June 11, 2021 to 18 months in prison, forfeiture of $70,000, restitution of $240,000, and a fine of $15,000.

DIXON, 46, of Tamarac, Florida, pled guilty on May 7, 2020 to receiving a stolen car, and was sentenced on September 10, 2020 to time served, forfeiture of $34,050, and restitution of $6,849.59.

WILLIAMS, 35, of Torrington, Connecticut, pled guilty on October 11, 2019, and is awaiting sentencing.

Mr. Williams praised the excellent work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York State Police.



Mayor Bill de Blasio today applauded a major milestone in New York City’s Medallion Relief Program (MRP), which has now helped 102 yellow medallion taxi owners achieve $16 million in permanent debt forgiveness. Twenty-one of the 102 medallion owners have seen their remaining debt entirely eliminated as a result of the City-supported renegotiations.
More than 1,000 Medallion Owners have already completed appointments with the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s (TLC) Owner/Driver Resource Center, and will progress through the restructuring process in the coming weeks and months.
“Every loan restructured is economic justice delivered. Surpassing 100 deals – and keeping $16 million in the pockets of taxi medallion owners – is a major victory for working people across this city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The Medallion Relief Program isn’t done yet – with hundreds more owners in the pipeline, we will have more successes to celebrate in the weeks and months to come.”
“The Taxi Medallion Owner Relief Program is successfully lowering debts. Reaching the first 100 Medallion Owners and reducing their original collective $33MM debt by $16MM is an important milestone,” said TLC Commissioner and Chair Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk. “Time is of the essence to ensure better financial outcomes for the remaining MRP applicants. We encourage Medallion Owners in need to apply and we remain open to productive collaborations with all willing stakeholders.”
“Many New York City taxicab medallion owners have been crushed by medallion related-debt, which has stifled their economic livelihood and barred them from decent living,” said Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Peter A. Hatch. “We are proud of the TLC’s Owner/Driver Resource Center’s ability to provide free legal services and confidential, one-on-one financial counseling to help these essential workers get on the road to financial recovery.”   
“In the last few weeks alone, we have achieved some great results for our medallion owner clients, including two owners whose medallions had been scheduled for auction the same week they reached out to us,” said Rose Marie Cantanno, Associate Director of the Consumer Protection Unit, New York Legal Assistance Group. “With our help, their loans were restructured and they benefitted from significant loan forgiveness.”
About the Medallion Relief Program
The City of New York will provide $65 million in grants to economically distressed individual medallion owners. This includes $20,000 as a down payment to restructure loan principals and set lower monthly payments, as well as up to $9,000 for monthly debt relief payments.
Many medallion owners will have over $200,000 in debt forgiven, and loan payments reduced to about $1,500 or less per month. Some owners will achieve total debt erasure through settlements.
TLC's Owner/Driver Resource Center, which offers a range of free financial counseling and legal assistance for TLC Licensees, as well as connecting them with government benefits and health and wellness resources, has already served over 1,000 licensees. TLC Licensees in need of these services can call 311 or visit to make an appointment.

Councilman Mark Gjonaj's NYC Moving Forward Week in Review - 10/15/2021


Dear Friends,

I hope you and your families are continuing to do well as the City continues to open up and energize.

Today on the occasion of the Hispanic Heritage Month, I hosted a Luncheon and honored community leaders and activists who make a difference in our community and inspire others daily.

I am glad to have co sponsored the Columbus Day Parade in Morris Park and line up Italian American flags in our streets. Thank you to all who marched as well as the organizing committee for organizing this celebration of Italian Americans and their contributions to community and our City.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we will be hosting our second free mammogram event in City Island in partnership with the American Italian Cancer Foundation. I hope you take advantage and get screened.

I am happy to continue the tradition of bringing Free S.A.T. Prep Courses at the Bronx House. Families and College bound students should benefit from these courses and inquire and register with the Bronx House at (718) 792-1800.

Please remember we are here for you, contact my office with issues or concerns at 718-931-1721 or email at


NYC Councilman Mark Gjonaj
District 13, Bronx

Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation Opens Investigation Into Civilian Death in Brooklyn


 The New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) has opened an investigation into the death of Jamie Liang, who died on October 13, 2021, following an encounter with an off-duty member of the New York Police Department (NYPD) in Brooklyn, New York. The NYPD Officer involved in this incident is Officer Yvonne Wu.

On the evening of October 13, 2021, other members of the NYPD responded to 911 calls of shots fired at a residence located at 7901 19th Avenue in Brooklyn. When the officers arrived at the residence, they found Ms. Liang and another individual with gunshot wounds. Both individuals were taken to Maimonides Hospital for treatment, where Ms. Liang was later pronounced dead. Preliminary information suggests that this may be the result of a personal or domestic dispute, without connection to Officer Wu’s law enforcement duties.

Pursuant to New York State Executive Law Section 70-b, OSI assesses every incident reported to it where a police officer or a peace officer, including a corrections officer, may have caused the death of a person, by an act or omission. Under the law, the officer may have been on-duty or off-duty, and the decedent may have been armed or unarmed. Also, the decedent may or may not have been in custody or incarcerated. If OSI’s assessment indicates an officer caused the death, OSI proceeds to conduct a full investigation of the incident.

These are preliminary facts and subject to change. 

Aquilino Torres Sentenced To Over 24 Years In Prison For Brutal Kidnapping Of Mother And Child

 Damian Williams, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that AQUILINO TORRES was sentenced to 292 months in prison for his kidnapping and stalking of an adult woman (“Victim-1”) and the kidnapping of her seven-year-old son (“Minor Victim-1”) in or around October 2020.  TORRES was convicted following a one-week jury trial in July 2021 before U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote, who imposed today’s sentence.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “Aquilino Torres carried out a brutal kidnapping of a 7-year-old child and his mother, and threatened to kill the child.  He held his victims captive and physically abused both mother and child.  Thanks to the FBI and NYPD, Torres was apprehended, prosecuted, and convicted of these horrific crimes, and has now been sentenced to a lengthy prison term.”

According to court documents and the evidence presented at the trial of TORRES:

On or about October 5, 2020, TORRES texted and called Victim-1 hundreds of times, including a text threatening to “kick [Minor Victim-1’s] teeth out.”  Later that night, TORRES took Victim-1 and Minor Victim-1 to a motel in the Bronx, where he hit Minor Victim-1 in the face and assaulted Victim-1, breaking both sides of her jaw.  While TORRES assaulted Victim-1, he told her that he would hang Victim-1 and that Minor Victim-1 would be found dead in the river.  TORRES then had sex with Victim-1 against her will.  For the next five days, TORRES held Victim-1 and Minor Victim-1 against their will at an apartment in Washington Heights, without medical treatment for Victim-1’s broken jaw.  On or about October 10, 2020, Victim-1 and Minor Victim-1 escaped from the apartment and were admitted to a hospital shortly thereafter.  In response to their escape, TORRES once again sent Victim-1 hundreds of threatening text messages and called Victim-1 hundreds of times.  For example, TORRES texted Victim-1, telling her that he had put GPS on her phone and that, if he made the decision to go looking for her, “there won’t be turning back.”  TORRES then followed through on those threats and attempted to track down Victim-1 and also posted nude photographs of Victim-1 on the internet. 

At the time of the events described above, TORRES had absconded from parole supervision, having been placed on such supervision following a 2014 New York State conviction for second degree assault against the mother of TORRES’s children, who was then pregnant. 

TORRES, 27, was found guilty after trial of (i) one count of kidnapping, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1201(a)(1) and (b); (ii) one count of kidnapping of a minor, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1201(a)(1), (b), and (g); and (iii) one count of stalking, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2261A(2)(A) and (B), 2261(b)(3), and 2265A. 

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI-NYPD Violent Crimes Task Force.   

Senator Biaggi's Week in Review: 10/11/21-10/15/21


Senator Alessandra Biaggi

Dear Community,

October 15th marks the end of Hispanic Heritage Month. To close out this month, I would like to highlight Taste & Sabor, a local Latinx-owned restaurant in District 34. Not only does Taste & Sabor, located on West 231st Street near Riverdale Avenue, serve delicious Latin and Greek food, but the restaurant has also been serving as a food distribution site for the community since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

When Nikki De Leon, the owner of Taste & Sabor, realized she was receiving more restaurant deliveries than she needed, her immediate instinct was to give back. She started with putting out a sign in the front of the restaurant encouraging anyone interested in the extra boxes of fruits and vegetables to grab what they needed. Ultimately, the effort took off and De Leon noticed scores of people lining up for the extra produce boxes. 

Recognizing that there was an extreme need in the community, De Leon worked to expand Taste & Sabor’s food distribution efforts, ultimately distributing greater amounts of produce and holding the distribution two to three times a week. I commend Nikki and Taste & Sabor for their amazing efforts, and I would like to thank them for all of their work to combat food insecurity in the Bronx. 

You can learn more about Taste & Sabor’s food distribution here. I recommend that everyone visit the restaurant to try out their food as well! 

With Gratitude,

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

Eligible constituents of Senate District 34, if you need assistance in setting up an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, please fill out this form and my team will get back to you. 

On October 13th, Governor Kathy Hochul announced the statewide 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 2.5%.

The application for the Excluded Workers Fund has closed. As of October 8th at 7:30pm, the Department of Labor is no longer accepting new Excluded Worker Fund applications. Due to funding constraints, there is no guarantee applications received after September 24th will be approved. Both the Governor's Office and Legislature are working in collaboration to replenish the fund and provide additional COVID-19 relief funding next year during legislative session.

As a reminder, Governor Hochul launched a $125 million fund to give landlords the financial relief they need to pay their basic bills and mortgages. The new Landlord Rental Assistance program ensures landlords whose tenants have declined to participate in tenant rental assistance programs or who vacated with arrears (unpaid rent) are able to receive help. If you are a landlord who hasn’t been able to access funding, visit to learn more and apply.

As a reminder, Governor Hochul announced an implementation of booster doses into the State's COVID-19 vaccination program for eligible New Yorkers. There are four groups of New Yorkers who are now eligible for their COVID-19 booster dose: 

  • New Yorkers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine SHOULD receive their booster dose at least six months after their primary vaccine series IF:
    • They are 65 years and older or residents in long-term care settings.
    • They are 50 - 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions. 
  • New Yorkers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine MAY receive their COVID-19 booster dose at least six months after their primary vaccine series IF:
    • They are 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions, based on your individual benefits and risks.
    • They are 18-64 years and are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of your occupational or institutional setting, based on your individual benefits and risks. 

On October 13th, Governor Hochul announced 21 new #VaxtoSchool pop-up vaccination sites to increase vaccination rates among school-aged New Yorkers. Click here for the full list of locations.

As a reminder, Governor Hochul announced a vaccine incentive program in partnership with all three New York professional football teams to support vaccinations among currently unvaccinated New Yorkers. Eligible New Yorkers 18 and older can enter to win prizes for the whole family from the Buffalo Bills, the New York Giants, and the New York Jets including up to four game tickets, special in-game experiences, stadium tours, signed team gear, FaceTime calls with alumni players, and more. Eligible New Yorkers who received their first vaccine dose September 9 through October 24 can enter Here. First winners were announced September 29th, Drawing Schedule Available Here.

As a reminder, Governor Hochul announced that masks are required at state-regulated child care facilities for children ages two and up, all staff and visitors. 

  • New masking requirements will also apply to congregate programs and facilities licensed, registered, operated, certified or approved by the Office of Mental Health, the Office of Addiction Services and Supports, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, Office of Children and Family Services and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
  • This includes but is not limited to certified residential and day programs, inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities, substance abuse programs, juvenile detention programs, juvenile residential facilities, congregate foster care programs, runaway and homeless youth, domestic violence and other shelter programs. These requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.

As a reminder, Governor Hochul has mandated that all healthcare workers in New York must be vaccinated by September 27th with no testing alternative. 

As a reminder, President Joe Biden mandated that all private employers with 100 or more workers require their workers to be vaccinated or tested weekly. He also mandated that all healthcare workers in hospitals, clinics and other facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid payments and all federal contractors must get vaccinated, with no opt out option. 

NYS Office of the Comptroller DiNapoli



 State tax receipts in State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 exceeded the Enacted Budget Financial Plan forecast (May estimates) by $7.2 billion through the end of September, according to the monthly State Cash Report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Tax collections were $1.8 billion greater than forecast by the Division of the Budget (DOB) in the First Quarter Update to the Financial Plan, released last month. Tax receipts through September 30th are $13.4 billion greater than they were through the same month in SFY 2020-21.

“Strong tax collections halfway through the fiscal year are an encouraging sign of economic recovery,” DiNapoli said. “This provides an excellent opportunity to improve the state’s long-term fiscal standing by using surplus revenues to bolster rainy day fund reserves and fund critical infrastructure projects instead of issuing debt.”

Tax receipts through September totaled $52.9 billion, bolstered by collections from the higher tax rates included in the SFY 2021-22 Enacted State Budget. Personal Income Tax (PIT) receipts totaled $35.8 billion and were $8.9 billion greater year-to-date than last year. PIT collections exceeded May estimates by $4.8 billion and the First Quarter Update forecast by $583.2 million.   

Year-to-date, consumption and use tax collections totaled $9.8 billion, 27.1% or $2.1 billion, higher than last year. Business taxes totaled $5.9 billion, $1.9 billion higher than last year.

All Funds spending through September totaled $91.8 billion, which was $4.7 billion, or 5.3%, higher than last year for the same period, primarily due to higher pandemic-related costs including rental assistance and stabilization grants. All Funds spending through September was nearly $5.1 billion lower than DOB’s May estimates and nearly $1.5 billion lower than forecast in the First Quarter Update, primarily due to lower than anticipated spending from federal funds. 

The state’s General Fund ended September with a balance of just under $20 billion, $4.5 billion higher than last year at the same time reflecting, in part, higher than anticipated tax collections and lower than anticipated spending.


September Cash Report

Related Publications

Enacted Budget Financial Plan Report, State Fiscal Year 2021-22

COVID-19 Relief Program Tracker

77 Days and Counting

I have pictures with almost all of the Bronx elected officials together with some exceptions like Assemblyman Jose Rivera, who only likes to videos other elected officials, and the new Bronx Democratic Party Leader State Senator Jamaal Bailey. Here we are on split screen, and at the Bronx Democratic Party Dinner Senator Bailey had me speak from a platform on one side of the room. 

At least I was with that rising star in the Bronx soon to be 14th Councilwoman Pierina Sanchez, and I got to see my young basketball player 15th Councilman Oswald Feliz. Those two council districts seem to produce people in higher office like Congressman Ritchie Torres, and what was the name of the Bronx Borough President who is now a Vice-President of Stagg Developers, Adolfo Carrion. 

Friday, October 15, 2021


Center will provide LGBTQ-affirming care for a variety of services, including primary care, OB/GYN, family planning services,

behavioral health, hormone therapy, testing for sexually transmitted infections and HIV, PrEP, and more

 NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi today announced the opening of its new comprehensive Pride Health Center. The Center will serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) patients as they receive high-quality, culturally competent, respectful care in the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility. The new Pride Health Center will provide LGBTQ-affirming care for a variety of services, including primary care, adolescent care, OB/GYN, family planning services, behavioral health, dental services, ophthalmology, hormone therapy, testing for sexually transmitted infections and HIV, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and more. Social work support will also be available for patients to assist with continuity of care.


“Each Pride Health Center our public health system opens demonstrates our level of commitment to ensure every single New Yorker has access to culturally sensitive and respectful health care,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Chief Diversity Officer Matilde Roman, Esq. “This group of patients have been excluded from competent care for far too long, and we recognize our responsibility to make sure to provide a welcoming environment that affirms their right to receive expert care they need most.”


“We treat everyone who seeks care at Jacobi with respect and we affirm who they are,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi CEO Christopher Mastromano. “It’s been well documented that our LGBTQ community faces barriers when trying to access healthcare and we are committed, at Jacobi and throughout our NYC Health + Hospitals System, to tear those barriers down.”


The Pride Health Center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi is located within Building 8 on the first floor (1D). The Center will have sessions on Thursday afternoons from 1:30-5:00PM and will have a cadre of full-time dedicated providers who are supported by a team of nurses, administrators, and patient care associates.  In addition to Center hours, LGBTQ-affirming care is available 24/7 at Jacobi via the Emergency and Ambulatory Care Departments.


This is the latest in a long history of services NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi has made over the years to provide care to the LGBTQ community.  Jacobi pioneered the first HIV/AIDS daycare in the nation back in the 1980s.  In 2018, the hospital was recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as being a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equity,” and in 2019 opened a “health and empowerment center” for sexual health services. This year also marked the fifth annual LGBTQ pride event at Jacobi.

“Since 2009, the Bronx continues to be ranked last out of New York State’s 62 counties in health outcomes by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Ranking Report. Today I congratulate NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi in working to change these statistics by opening their new Pride Health Center for LGBTQ+ patients. This is a vital step in addressing the historic health disparities faced by our borough. I look forward to working with institutions like NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi to bring much needed resources to our shared communities,” said Council Member Oswald Feliz.


NYC Health + Hospitals has long been a leader in caring for LGBTQ patients and continues its commitment to providing staff with specialized trainings to ensure LGBTQ patients who seek care at any location across the health system receive responsive health care in a welcoming environment.


NYC Health + Hospitals’ Pride Health Centers are:


  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue

462 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10016


  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Gouverneur

227 Madison St., New York, NY 10002


  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Judson

34 Spring St., New York, NY 10012


  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan

1901 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10029


  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull

760 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11206


NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln also opened a new comprehensive Gender Affirming Integrated Services Practice, dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) patients in June 2021.


NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan was the first public hospital to open a health center dedicated to the health care of LGBTQ patients and has since expanded health services for transgender patients, including gender-affirming surgeries and increased access to hormone therapy. In addition to the Pride Health Centers, NYC Health + Hospitals will continue to provide services to LGBTQ youth through their Bridge Program at NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Judson Health Center, which offers a one stop shop for adolescents’ medical, mental health services and other support services, with specialized expertise in servicing this audience.


For more information about any of the Pride Health Centers at NYC Health + Hospitals or to make an appointment, please contact 844-NYC-4NYC (1-844-692-4692).