New York State Youth Leadership Council

Staten Island Town Hall – Meet us at 10:15Am at the S.I. Ferry Terminal

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Our first town hall will be held on Saturday, June 25th at the New Dorp Moravian Church, 2205 Richmond Road, Staten Island, NY 10306 starting at 11:30am.

The New York State Leadership Council will be meeting at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at 10:15AM so we can take the 10:30AM ferry to the island. If you miss the boat, here are directions to New Dorp Church.

Directions:

1)Take the Staten Island ferry (1 to South Ferry, the N/R to Whitehall, or the 4/5 to Bowling Green). Staten Island ferries leave from the terminal to Staten Island every 30 minutes.

2)When you get off the ferry, take the Staten Island Rail Road from St. George to the Grant City stop.

3)Get off train station and walk up (with traffic) on Freemont Ave for two (2) blocks until you reach Richmond Rd. On Richmond Rd make a left and you will see Todt Hill Rd. The church entrance Entrance is on Todt Hill Rd on your left. New  Dorp Moravian Church 2205 Richmond Road (Corner of Todt Hill Rd and Richmond Rd.), Staten Island, NY 10306

We would greatly appreciate your continued support by attending this event. We hope to see you there!

In the past few months state legislatures across the country have considered Arizona style SB1070 laws. Two states, Georgia and Alabama, have succeeded in passing sickening anti-immigrant laws. Undocumented youth and allies, in the meantime, have been fighting to expand the rights and resources available for undocumented students. Both Maryland and Connecticut have passed in-state tuition laws and Illinois passed the IL DREAM Act, a law that would create a private scholarship fund for undocumented students.

Here in New York, we have been working hard on the NY DREAM ACT, which as you may know will provide equal access to state funded financial aid, equal access to state funded health care, access to a NY state driver’s licenses, and work authorization for undocumented youth. We currently have 16 state senators and 29 assembly members as co-sponsors of the bill and expect to have many more once we present the second version of the bill. We are also pleased to announce that the NY DREAM Act has bi-partisan support in the state assembly.

While we will not be pushing for a vote this legislative session, we plan to have numerous town halls across the state of New York this summer and for the next few months, our goal is to increase awareness and highlight the importance of this piece of legislation to various communities in New York.