UFT President Mulgrew: Allies needed more than ever

UFT President Michael Mulgrew (second from right) is joined on stage by (from left) City Council Finance Committee Chair Danny Dromm, Speaker Corey Johnson and Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger. (Photo: Jonathan Fickies)

By Joe Loverde

Published by the United Federation of Teachers on February 1, 2018

The Supreme Court ruling in the Janus case is looming. The federal tax overhaul is a bitter pill for New York State. At times like these, UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the Delegate Assembly on Jan. 17, the union needs politicians in office who understand its members’ needs and are willing to fight for public schools.

“We need our allies more than ever,” he said.

A few minutes later, three of those allies — new City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, new Council Finance Committee Chair Danny Dromm and new Council Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger — were introduced to rousing applause.

“We have a City Council that understands what we do and works with us hand in hand,” Mulgrew told the delegates who packed Shanker Hall in Manhattan for the first meeting of the new year. “And these three are some of the best partners you can have.”

Johnson, who grew up in a union household and credited Mulgrew with helping him become elected speaker, called the UFT “a strong, progressive, well-organized union that serves children every day to make this city better — in good times and in bad.”

Johnson called the Council threesome “a dream team” for the union and public education.

Dromm, a teacher from 1984 to 2009 at PS 199 in Queens where he served as chapter leader, told delegates that the UFT “has created change in this city.” When he was a chapter leader, Dromm said, “Members would ask what politics has to do with education. I think the three of us standing here today shows what it means, and we will continue to fight in solidarity with the United Federation of Teachers.”

Treyger, who was first elected to the Council in 2013, started as a paraprofessional and later became a teacher and delegate at New Utrecht HS in Brooklyn. He told the delegates, “When it comes time to make budget decisions, that’s when you find out who your friends are.”

Mulgrew said having Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a partner — an alliance which took some work — has also paid dividends for UFT members. Mulgrew noted that Cuomo was trying to shield New Yorkers from some of the harm of the loss of state income tax deductions. Of the 3 percent increase in state education aid in the governor’s proposed budget despite the state’s looming deficit, Mulgrew said he was “proud that New York State is spending more than any state on public education. That’s the way it should be.”

The UFT president pointed out the loudest applause during Cuomo’s budget speech came when the governor said New York “will be the state that protects workers and unions.”

Read more here.

Queens Gazette: Dromm Honored By Korean Dry Cleaners Association

The Korean Dry Cleaners Association of New York honored Councilmember Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights, Elmhurst) at their recent gala, which was held at Dae Dong Manor in Flushing.

“I thank the Korean Dry Cleaners Association of New York for honoring me at this year’s gala,” said Dromm. “It has been a pleasure to work with the Korean Dry Cleaners Association on many different projects. Particularly pleasing were the workshops on which we collaborated and the collection of coats for the less fortunate. I look forward to working with the Korean Dry Cleaners Association again in the future.”

The Korean Dry Cleaners Association has a long history of advocating on behalf of hundreds of Korean dry cleaning establishments throughout the City of New York. Since 1978, the Korean Dry Cleaners Association has fostered the establishment and growth of small businesses throughout our city. They have assisted these small businesses in every aspect of operating in New York City, ensuring that immigrant entrepreneurs understand and comply with local laws, obtain financing and operate successfully.

Each year since 1989, the Korean Dry Cleaners Association donates thousands of clothing items to New Yorkers in need. Dromm was proud to partner with the association to collect coats for families in need, many of whom reside in the immigrant-rich neighborhoods of Elmhurst and Jackson Heights that make up the council member’s City Council District.  Not long ago, their charitable work reached far beyond the borders of New York City in their massive effort to aid the victims of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti.

read more: http://www.qgazette.com/news/2014-01-29/Features/Dromm_Honored_By_Korean_Dry_Cleaners_Association.html

BanglaNews: Dromm Speaks at Career Development Awards Ceremony

A certificate awarding ceremony of QuickBooks and Career Development training was held at Elmhurst Hospital in New York on Saturday.

The training program was organized by Center for Human Development (CHD-BD) and coordinated as well as conducted by CHD-BD President Monzur Choudhury, also Comptroller of Dominican Province of Saint Joseph-a charitable organization.

In the Certificate ceremony special guest was Daniel Dromm, the local council member.  Badal Hasib (Director of Communication) welcomed all the participants on behalf of the CHD-BD team and introduced Mr. Daniel Dromm to the participants.

In the opening speech Monzur Chowdhury thanked Daniel Dromm for his effortless contribution towards improving the lives of the South Asian Community in Jackson Heights. He also wholeheartedly thanked Mr. Dromm to facilitate the training at Elmhurst Hospital.

Daniel Dromm, in his speech, emphasized the importance of learning and grooming up oneself.

He also said that he has been working hard to improve the lives of South Asian community and their rights. He is working with his party to provide voting rights to the immigrants and requested the participants to come forward and help him achieve his goals for the community.

He added that after his term is over, he likes to see a Bangladeshi person taking up his position as the council man, who will take forward his unfinished works.

He concluded his speech by thanking Bangladeshi community for all their selfless support and selecting him as a council member and time and again reassured all the support from his part.

Read more: http://www.banglanews24.com/English/detailsnews.php?nssl=a39a4a7d0196e95af83a6f136ae97a39&nttl=0912201382712


StreetsBlog: Ped Plazas in Low-Income Neighborhoods Get $800,000 Boost From Chase

Under cloudy skies this morning at Corona Plaza, elected officials and community members gathered to announce an $800,000 contribution from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to help fund the upkeep of pedestrian plazas in low-income communities. The funds are going to the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership (NPP), a program of the Horticultural Society of New York that works with merchant associations and non-profits to maintain plazas in neighborhoods including Corona, Jackson Heights, East New York, and Ridgewood.

Noting that JPMorgan Chase chairman Jamie Dimon grew up in Jackson Heights, Dromm said creating plaza space in all of the city’s neighborhoods is a social justice and economic justice issue. “Our communities deserve to have plazas just as much as the communities where there are large corporate sponsors,” he said. Dromm’s staff is already working with merchants around Diversity Plaza to raise money. ”We need to add to the $800,000 for each of the plazas,” he said. “We want people to literally get to buy in to this program.”

Read more: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/11/26/800000-from-chase-to-help-maintain-up-to-20-plazas-over-two-years/

NY1: Queens Advocates Want Voting Rights Extended to Legal Residents

NY1 VIDEO: Lawmakers, including City Council Member Daniel Dromm, and immigration rights groups are rallying to extend voting rights to non-citizens in Jackson Heights.

See more at: http://queens.ny1.com/content/news/196574/queens-advocates-want-voting-rights-extended-to-non-citizens#sthash.lULYXcCI.dpuf

Queens Gazette: Dromm Joins Jackson Heights Beautification Group For Diversity Plaza Clean UP

Councilmember Daniel Dromm joined theJackson Heights Beautification Group and many community members to clean up 74th and 73rd streets and Diversity Plaza on Saturday.

About 30 residents, students and community leaders picked up trash, planted daffodil bulbs and mums in the planters and tree wells and added mulch and compost to the tree wells.

“Keeping our streets and Diversity Plaza, which has become an essential community gathering space, clean is important for insuring a high quality of life for Jackson Heights residents,” Dromm said. “I thank the Jackson HeightsBeautification Group for organizing the event.”

read more: http://www.qgazette.com/news/2013-10-23/Front_Page/Dromm_Joins_Jackson_Heights_Beautification_Group_F.html

Streetsblog: Dromm is Elected Official of the Year

Council Member Danny Dromm is our Elected Official of the Year. Note the matching purple accents in the Dromm/Eckerson attire.

Council Member Danny Dromm, stalwart proponent of play streetsplazas, and smarter surface transportation in Jackson Heights, received our award for Elected Official of the Year. And Community Board 16 Chair Bettie Kollock-Wallace accepted the Neighborhood Activism award for her indispensable advocacy, which brought Brownsville’s first bike lanes to fruition.

read more: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/10/18/scenes-from-last-nights-streets-ball-and-a-big-thank-you/