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Ritchie Torres
New York City Council Member- District 15 (Central Bronx)-Chair, Committee on Oversight & Investigations (Personal + Political Account)
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. today passed my bill to require to report on spending & overtime payments to employees. The bill will place spending under a microscope- there is almost no oversight of spending patterns at the development level.
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NGLCC Jun 25
Thank you, , for increasing awareness and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community and our businesses! 🏳️‍🌈 We cannot wait for & NYC Council to pass our bill & finally add certified LGBTBEs to the EBE program as so many other big cities have done!
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Ritchie Torres Jun 25
. & DSS should accurately measure & report wait times to reflect the entire time that visitors spend at job & SNAP centers- from entry to departure. This will enable the agencies to better direct resources to decrease those wait times.
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Azi™ Jun 25
5/ 🚖 's kicker quote: “The collapse of the medallion market, properly understood, should be remembered as one of the greatest government scandals in the history of New York City.” — in • newsletter:
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Ritchie Torres Jun 24
The stories of the taxi drivers were heart-wrenching. Thousands bought medallions as a path to the American Dream & are now living a nightmare. They are crippled with debt & the time to act is now. We will work to find solutions that will help drivers.
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Gothamist Jun 24
'This Is Not How America Treats Its People': Taxi Drivers Urge City Council To Take Action On Medallion Debt Crisis
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Ritchie Torres Jun 24
Replying to @nyctaxi
The medallion loans that were given to thousands of taxi drivers collateralized everything the driver owns in the present & the future. These were loans that were given under ’s watch & made drivers indentured servants. TLC did nothing to prevent a bubble.
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Brad Lander Jun 24
Replying to @RitchieTorres
Searing opening statement by on how New York City government played a central — and knowing — role in fueling the medallion bubble that grossly enriched a few speculators (and benefitted City coffers) at the price of misery to thousands of taxi driver/owners.
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Brian M. Rosenthal Jun 24
Replying to @RitchieTorres
Council oversight committee chair opens the hearing with a blunt summary: "The collapse of the taxi medallion industry should be remembered as one of the greatest government scandals in the history of New York City."
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Ivan Pereira Jun 24
. hammering away at "Drivers who were promised the American dream were given a nightmare and the city that sold them those dreams, ultimately sold them out."
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Ritchie Torres Jun 24
Replying to @RitchieTorres
The collapse of the medallion market, should be remembered as one of the greatest government scandals in the history of NYC.
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Ritchie Torres Jun 24
Replying to @RitchieTorres
The humanitarian crisis is the product of a deregulated, overpriced, over-leveraged medallion market that the City not only failed to regulate but also helped create--through aggressive auctions, advertising, and approvals of predatory transactions.
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Ritchie Torres Jun 24
. Oversight & Investigations & Transportation Committees today will examine how & the City knowingly created a bubble that fueled the taxi medallion debt crisis.
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NYC Council Jun 24
Watch Now: The Committee on Transportation and the Committee on Oversight & Investigations, chaired by and , are holding a joint oversight hearing on TLC’s role in the taxi medallion crisis. Tune in here:
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Ben Max Jun 24
Today at the City Council holds an oversight hearing on city government's role in the "taxi medallion crisis." Our preview, w/ hat tips to the recent exposé of course & interesting new comments from , who will co-lead the hearing:
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Ritchie Torres Jun 22
The best way to remember Junior is to bring the community together & bring opportunities to youth. We will continue to fight for more resources & invest in youth.
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Ritchie Torres Jun 22
Summer is finally here! Celebrating it w. families & friends at Family Day. TY to everyone who joined us & hope you enjoyed the exhibits.
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Ritchie Torres Jun 21
Always great to join for . Catch on Sunday morning to get the latest on the new Chair appointment & how residents feel (hint: we believe the Chair should be in NYC 24/7, not commuting back and forth).
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NYPD 46th Precinct Jun 21
Please come out and enjoy the Fordham Weekend Walks event tomorrow starting at 12PM.
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Ben Max Jun 21
Hearing comes soon after big / investigation, which helped spur more intense conversation re taxi medallions. tells us: “there’s more evidence that the City is culpable than even the New York Times exposé suggests.”
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