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Interested in joining the MYD team for this fun event? Email Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dear YPT-NYC & APA Metro Chapter Members and Friends, Please join us for the first joint Young Professionals in Transportation & American Planning Association Transportation Scavenger Hunt! Teams will be required to solve a list a clues, lay out the most efficient route, and collect proof of your answer to the clues. Each clue will be related to New York City transportation. When: Saturday, June 1, 2013 1:00 PM Format: Teams will meet at Union Square to receive the clues, and be given three hours to take pictures (or bring other proof) that answer the clues. At 4:00 PM, teams will meet again (location TBD) to submit their answers, have … More >>
Here are some resources to assist you with voting: Pollsite Locator — Use this simple tool to plug in your address and determine your 2012 polling site. Voter Registration Look-Up — Use this tool to plug in your name, address, birth-date, and determine the status of your voter registration. State-Wide 2012 Primary Candidate Voter Guide Pollwatch.US, being tested out in Washington Heights and Inwood, use this tool to report problems at your polling site.
Back in January the Manhattan Young Democrats joined with other Young Dem groups in the region to denounce the proposed redistricting maps and urge Governor Cuomo to veto the lines. We applaud Governor Cuomo for stating publicly he will veto these proposed district lines, and it is our hope that he will keep to this promise for the good of New York State. We as Young Democrats will not stand idly by during this debate. We will continue to fight for an independent redistricting commission that will ensure fair and representative voting for all New Yorkers, regardless of party affiliation Now the editorial pages of two major New York papers have also come out in support of a veto. New … More >>
New York is on the cusp of a new form of transportation called “bike share.” This has the potential to redefine the typical way of moving around the city from the crowded underground subway to the care-free bike on the street. MYD went to Manhattan Community Board 8 last Wednesday to hear about the new system from Jon Orcutt, the Policy Director for the City’s Department of Transportation. We expected to have to defend the system but Mr. Orcutt did such a good job of selling it that the bike-hostile Upper East Side community board actually responded to the plan warmly. The system will have 10,000 bikes at 600 kiosks around the city from 79th Street in Manhattan all the … More >>
There has been a lot of unwarranted and over-the-top opposition to New York City’s bike lane network this year. Amid all of the this noise, it is easy to lose sight of the facts that cycling is becoming more popular, it gets safer as more people do it, and many people are actually becoming healthier by incorporating biking into their daily lives. Dr. Linda Prine and 139 other doctors recently wrote a letter to Mayor Bloomberg on Sept. 22, 2011, explaining “pedestrian plazas, car-free spaces, neighborhood bike networks and world-class bicycle lanes… are vital to the public health of our city.” Dr. Prine would know as the President of the New York County chapter of the Academy of Family Physicians. … More >>
Dear Friends, I have been asked by the Mayor’s office to seek volunteers who might be able to assist 311 operations during the weekend. The city needs volunteers (preferably in four hour shifts) starting at 8:00 am tomorrow morning through Monday. They would be especially grateful to those willing to volunteer for the Sunday shifts. The 311 facility is located on Maiden Lane and Williams Street in Lower Manhattan and the 311 staff will provide training. If you can volunteer, please email Christie Huus at email@example.com. Best, Julie Menin Chairperson Community Board 1