Oversaturation in Harlem and East Harlem were singled out in an article from The City that highlighted New York’s Comptroller’s investigation into the unequal distribution of city services, programs, amenities, parks, and more.

Comptroller Lander noted that while some facilities, such as early childhood centers, police precincts and fire stations are fairly distributed, others — including homeless shelters, waste transfer sites, parks and social services facilities, which includes substance abuse disorder treatment programs and mental health centers — are concentrated in just some communities.

“What the audit found over and over and over again is that the city is failing to comply with basic transparency requirements,” Lander said to THE CITY.

Harlem resident, and HNBA Vice President, Shawn Hill, is quoted along with Eva Chan, President of the Harlem East Block Association:

“I want to make it very clear that NIMBY-ism is pushing back against equity in the absence of data,” Hill said. “And Harlem is saying the data shows that not just recently, but literally for generations, New York City and New York State had been packing Harlem and East Harlem with programs, facilities that they have not placed equitably in other wealthier and whiter neighborhoods.”

Said Chan: “This inequitable distribution of services — either services that people want or services that people don’t want — is, to me, structural racism, which is the most insidious form of racism.”

How to Get on the Ballot / Ballot Measures CLE November 14!

The time is now to learn how to get on the ballot and the importance of ballot measures! With the Equal Rights Amendment on the ballot in New York in 2024 and measures across the country expanding democracy and voting rights, NYDLC CLE Committee has scheduled this Zoom CLE to explain it all!

Sign up now for NYDLC’s CLE How to Get on the Ballot and the Importance of Ballot Measures and Referendums! Tuesday November 14 at 6:30 PM EST!

Come here from national experts, including New York State Board of Elections Chair Doug Kellner and Promote the Vote Michigan Attorney Erica Peresman, who will lead an amazing group of panelists! Our panel will examine how to get on the ballot as a candidate as well as with an initiative/referendum, what are ballot initiatives and referendums, how does New York differ from other states, and how have ballot initiatives and referendums operated to increase voting rights and on other occasions decrease voting rights!

This event (CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS) will offer 2 NYS professional practice CLE Credits to attorneys who attend. Non-attorneys and those not seeking credit are welcome to attend as well for just $25!


Douglas Kellner
Chair, New York State Board of Elections

Ali Najmi
Election Attorney

Erica Peresman
Senior Advisor and Attorney, Promote the Vote

Wendy Underhill
Director of Elections and Redistricting, National Conference of State Legislatures


Ny Whitaker
Former Senior Advisor, Democratic National Committee

In hopes that this vital discussion reaches a broad audience, and in recognition of current times, this CLE has a low ticket price of $50 for members, $75 for non-members. If you would like to make a voluntary, additional contribution, you may do so here.

This virtual course is appropriate for both newly-admitted and experienced attorneys.

NYDLC has a scholarship policy for those interested in attending but who are unable to pay due to financial hardship. Please email lawyerscouncilcle@gmail.com to make this request.

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