Major Volunteer Efforts

 

Office of Council Member Carlos Menchaca

2014 to Present - Director of Legislative Affairs

Seal of NYC In 2013, I began working on Menchaca's campaign and once he was elected, I began working on legislation which involved evaluating and recommending support or opposition of proposed legislation, assisting on the development of legislation, briefing the Council Member on material to be covered in Committee hearings, and other special projects.

 


Transportation Alternatives – 2010 to 2014

Transportation AlternativesI became active with Transportation Alternatives in the summer of 2010. I was mainly interested in advocating for the development of a bicycle lane network in New York City. As a person with severe osteoarthritis in both knees since 2005, making walking difficult and running impossible, I discovered that my major mode of local transportation and my best opportunity for exercise was bicycle riding. However, safety is a major issue and the premiere advocacy organization in the nation in behalf of safe streets is Transportation Alternatives.

Since 2011, I have been vice-chair of the Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn Advocates Committee, have given workshops, primarily to older people (photos #1), and developed an idea implemented by Transportation Alternatives to have cyclists wear or attach signs to their cycles encouraging responsible cycling (photo # 2). In early 2011 I was profiled in Transportation Alternative's Reclaim Magazine. 4) In 2011, I was honored to be named the Transportation Alternatives Volunteer of the Year out of 1500 volunteers (photo 4).

 

1. Encouraging walking and cycling street safety

2.  An idea I proposed, implemented by Transportation Alternatives, to have cyclists wear or attach signs to their cycles encouraging responsible cycling and communicating with drivers and pedestrians.

Bibs

3. Gene Aronowitz profile in Transportation Alternative's Reclaim Magazine

TA Profile Reclaim

4. 2011 Transportation Alternatives Volunteer of the Year Award.

Transportation Alternatives Certificate

 

United Way of Westchester – 1982 to 1985

General Chairman 1984-1985

Unied WayWhile Commissioner of Community Mental Health in Westchester County, New York, I became active with the United Way from 1982 to 1985. I was focused at the time on forging a public/private partnership among organizations providing health, mental health and social services to residents of the County. The United Way leadership appreciated my approach and in 2005, appointed me General Chairman of the Campaign, the first public official in the County (and as far as we could determine, the first in the United States) to hold that position.

 

 


 

Newspaper article announcing my appointment as chairman of the 1984-85 United Way Campaign.

United Way 1985 Campaign 1S


 

Letter from the President and Chief Professional Officer of the United Way of Westchester summarizing the outcomes of the campaign.

United Way Letter

 

 

Other Volunteer Experiences

• Political Campaigns  2011 - 2012.  Worked in support of President Obama's candidacy and that of New York City Council Member Carlos Menchaca.

• Brooklyn Community Board 7, 2011 to present. Member Transportation Committee.