Town Hall for CBST Members via Zoom 05.04.20
CBST Congregation-Wide Town Hall Zoom Gathering for CBST Members
Topic: Speaker of the New York City Council Corey Johnson will be speaking on the “State of the City in the Time of COVID-19."
Corey Johnson was elected by his peers to serve as Speaker of the New York City Council on January 3, 2018. Raised in a union household where his mother, a homeless services provider, and his father, a Teamster, instilled in him the values of community service and political engagement, Corey came to national attention in 1999 when, as the captain of his high school football team, he took the courageous step of coming out publicly as gay. Corey’s actions landed him on the front page of the New York Times, and he began telling his story to audiences of young people across the country. He would later serve as chairperson of Manhattan’s Community Board 4, becoming the youngest person to chair a community board in the five boroughs.
Corey has earned a reputation as a tenacious advocate for his constituents and a prolific legislator at City Hall. Under Corey’s leadership the Council passed some of the strictest sexual harassment prevention legislation in the country, expanded services for homeless and runaway youth, took serious steps to address pay inequity across racial and gender lines, introduced legislation to protect tenants and make New York City more affordable for all, and secured funding for Fair Fares, a program that would provide half price metro-cards to low-income New Yorkers, all while increasing the City’s financial reserves.
This legislation and budgetary allotments were made possible as the direct result of the New York City Council fighting for creative solutions to protect our City’s most vulnerable, and Speaker Johnson’s commitment to providing much-needed resources to as many New Yorkers as possible.
You can watch our first three Town Halls here:
- Town Hall 1 with Judith Turkel, Esq., and Dr. Nathan Goldstein discussing legal and medical issues
- Town Hall 2 with Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Executive Director Yolanda Potasinski, and President Gregg H. Passin, discussing CBST during the pandemic
- Town Hall 3.on "Social Justice in the Age of COVID-19: What Are CBST Social Justice Teams Doing, and How Can You Be Involved?"