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new york city

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Petition to Dana Walden, Bonnie Hammer, Michael Thorn

Bring Back White Collar - S7 is needed!

It's been 4+ years since our White Collar family was ripped apart. 4+ years since Neal had to leave behind all the people he loved to keep them safe. 4+ years since we cried our eyes out ... well ... that's not true, because many of us still cry and sob whenever we gather up the courage to actually re-watch the Season 6 finale again. We miss our family, we miss the show, we miss the characters, and we desperately need to know what happened after Neal left New York. There are so many unanswered questions: - Will Peter find Neal, and can they get back together as friends/partners? - What question did Mozzie want to ask Jones after he won the bet in the van? - Did Neal go straight? Or did he and Mozzie partner up as con men again? - What happened to Neal's father? - We never got to hear more about Neal's mother - where is she, what happened to their relationship? - Has Mozzie reinstated his empire? Or how will he handle that FBI/Peter knows about Teddy Winters? - Will Neal and Sara ever be back together? That proposal on the top of the Empire State Building seemed like more than a con. - What happened to Sara's sister? - Where are Mozzie's parents? Who are they? Will he ever know? - Throughout 6 seasons Neal has dreamed of a white picket fence, a loving woman in his life... Will he ever get that? Will he find his one true love? - For several seasons fans have been craving a Christmas episode. We need to include a Christmas somehow, just to please the many loyal fans. - We need Tim DeKay's and Matt Bomer's idea about Peter and Neal being stuck in an elevator to come true. - We need Neal Caffrey to meet his namesake, Neal Burke! The White Collar story is far from over, and since both fans, cast and crew really want the show to come back, why not let's make this happen? Everywhere you go on social media use the hashtags #BringBackWhiteCollar and #MoreWhiteCollar - and please tag the appropriate companies; Fox TV Studios and USA Network plus companies that might be interested in picking up the show (e.g. Netflix, Amazon, Hulu etc). #CollarsUnited WhiteCollarClosure.TV Twitter: @WCClosureTV We're also to be found on Facebook.

White Collar Closure
811 supporters
This petition won 2 days ago

Petition to Michael Mulgrew, Department of Education, Bill de Blasio

Help NYC Teachers Fight for Paid Maternity Leave

New York City Department of Education currently offers their teachers who have just become mothers NO PAID maternity leave. These are women who devote their lives to helping raise other people's children. After getting pregnant in 2012, I went to a maternity workshop to help understand my maternity benefits. It began as a room full of bubbly, pregnant women, and ended with many of us in tears. Here is what we learned: In order to get paid for up to SIX WEEKS (you read that right-not months, weeks) we would have to use our own small number of saved sick days. If we had none, or few (which was the case for most of us, being around children all day long) we learned that we could borrow up to 20 days that we would eventually have to repay or rebuy.   Most women never make it out of their negative balance. If you have more than one child, forget it! You have likely borrowed all you can for the first.  When I had my second daughter, even after two years of excellent attendance, I only was able to get paid for seven days after I gave birth. This is completely common among teaching mothers.  For all our union fights for, I'm asking Michael Mulgrew, our Union President: When will the fight begin for our teaching mothers? As an education system, we are well aware of the importance a parent's presence has on his/her child. Yet why don't we value that? Why do women who spend day in and day out educating, nurturing, and supporting other people's children, continue to suffer for having a family of their own? We are the teachers and the mothers of this city-- a city that prides itself on being one of the most progressive and socially conscious cities in the world- and we deserve to be fought for.      *                         *                                 *                           *                       * Click below to watch an amazing documentary done by Broadly where the terrible state of maternity leave in our country is explored and exposed How America Is Failing Its Mothers

Emily James
84,996 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Bill de Blasio, Keith Powers, Corey Johnson, Brad Hoylman, Liz Krueger, Richard Gottfried, Carolyn Maloney, Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Stephen T. Levin, Diana Ayala, Mark Gjonaj, Ritchie J. Torres, VANESSA L. GIBSON, Rafael Salamanca Jr., Barry Grodenchik, Adrienne E. Adams, Antonio Reynoso, Brad Lander, Mark Treyger, Gale Brewer

The Park Savoy Hotel Homeless Shelter - Bad for the Homeless, Bad for West 58th Street

We are compassionate New Yorkers with deep concerns regarding the plans to convert the Park Savoy Hotel at 158 West 58th Street into an all-men's transitional homeless shelter. The Threat: An enormous impact on our densely populated, narrow, high pedestrian-traffic street: We are a primarily residential neighborhood of both renters and homeowners. We are also a central destination for New York City tourism. The plan brings 140 single, homeless men including recently released parolees to the West 50’s area. According to the Coalition for the Homeless, homeless men have much higher rates of serious mental illness, addiction disorders, and other severe health problems. In addition, the city admits that some of these men will have criminal records. Public Safety: It has been well documented in published reports that areas that border on homeless shelters for men have many problems with loitering, drug use, and other criminal activities. WAIT! Don’t we want to help the homeless??  Yes! Of course, we do – BUT! - The fact that this plan was never shared with anyone in our neighborhood, and our input not solicited, before work started is a story we're hearing in many other New York City neighborhoods. While we understand the need to shelter the city's homeless, we believe that the Mayor’s Turning the Tide plan is deeply flawed.  We believe that the mayor’s shelter plan is an expensive band-aid, that doesn’t come close to addressing the shortage of affordable housing. The billions that this administration is planning to spend in the next 5 years should be focused on real housing for the homeless, not shelters, like the proposed Park Savoy, that are housing 2-3 to a room.  Putting large groups of men together in shelter situations creates opportunities for conflict and crime, as opposed to an opportunity for men to have a place of their own with privacy and dignity. What kind of scale are we talking about? How Many: It is proposed that 140 homeless men will become new residents of the Park Savoy’s 70 rooms. The Cost: $63 Million over 9 years, $50,000 per person, per year Is that more expensive than usual? Answer:  Yes. 38% more than usual (annual average per person is $36,300 according to the MMR) for a total spend of $18 Million over the city average for homeless shelters.  For the $50,000 per person, per year contract at the Park Savoy, a homeless man could have his own apartment, living in the neighborhood where he came from, supported by family and his community.  This shelter is being placed at the Park Savoy, at exorbitant cost, so that the mayor can make a political statement, while not doing what is best for the potential inhabitants.  What kind of notice of this project was given to you by the City of New York or Department of Homeless Services? Answer:  None. We found out because the information was leaked to a resident of the neighborhood.  Our elected officials and local police precinct were also kept in the dark.  Further, major construction work has been done on the Park Savoy without permits.  There were 33 reports to 311 of this work being done, and finally, when Marcia Kramer of CBS news covered the story, the NYCDOB issued a stop work order.  The order is still in place.  Has the city done their due diligence, through environmental studies, to understand the impact to the neighborhood? Answer: Every major housing and commercial project in New York City undergoes a series of environmental and other impact studies (ULURP). This city project, and other shelters like it, where the city does not directly own or lease the space, are exceptions.  As residents of this neighborhood, our West 58th Street Coalition is forced to conduct a study on our own.  Residents of NYC should demand that this ULURP policy change, and that the city conducts environmental studies prior to any shelter location being approved. In Conclusion:  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to shelter New York city's 65,000 homeless. But so far, he's done nothing more than create confusion, underserve the city's homeless population, explode the city budget and make hotel property owners rich. All this while leaving New York City residents and the city council with more questions than answers. While temporary hotel shelters continue to spring up around the city with little prior notice to the people who live in these neighborhoods, the Mayor and the Department of Homeless services is burning through money with little to show for it. The Mayor’s plan to open 90 homeless shelters in the next 5 years does not address the root cause of the problem, shortage of affordable housing.  The Mayor’s plan does not do nearly enough to address this issue and instead plans to drop shelters in neighborhoods all over the city, with zero partnership on the part of the communities impacted and worse prospects for the homeless ever breaking out of the cycle of homelessness. As citizens of New York City, we demand to know: 1. What exactly is the plan? What is the next step for New York's homeless after they have been placed in one of these transitional shelters?  2. What is the cost? Is the cost reasonable? is it practical? What is the cost-to-result ratio?  Why is funding not focused on permanent, affordable housing? 3. Where is the oversight? What is the role of city council members expected to represent their neighborhoods? What about the safety of the residents of the neighborhood? 4. Why isn't the Mayor being more open about how this plan is run? Where is the discussion with the neighborhoods expected to host these shelters? Where are the hearings? Why aren't more homeless advocates being consulted?   By signing this petition, you are helping us raise the above concerns with the Mayor and the New York City Council. You are also helping to further scrutinize, study and perfect New York City’s homeless policy. As compassionate New Yorkers, we strive to help create an innovative, effective approach to caring for our most vulnerable citizens. But first, we need to stop this potentially catastrophic error in judgment. Every city is better for its citizen involvement. Thank you for getting involved as we work to protect this great neighborhood and improve the lives of our city’s homeless.      VISIT OUR WEBSITE LIKE US ON FACEBOOK FOLLOW US ON TWITTER  

West 58th Street Coalition
1,583 supporters