In the last year of his first term, Councilman Bob Holden has joined the City Council’s Public Safety Committee.
He currently chairs the Committee on Technology.
“If we don’t have public safety in our city, we don’t have anything,” he said. “Our city has lost its way, as many of our elected officials have turned their backs on public safety policies that kept the city safer for decades.”
The Public Safety Committee, chaired by fellow Queens Councilwoman Adrienne Adams, includes jurisdiction over the NYPD, Civilian Complaint Review Board, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, courts, district attorneys, and the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor.
The committee was previously chaired by then-Councilman and now Queens Borough President Donovan Richards.
Other City Council members in the committee include Keith Powers, Ydanis Rodriguez, Kevin Riley, Fernando Cabrera, Vanessa Gibson, I. Daneek Miller, Carlos Menchaca and Chaim Deutsch.
“I will be a voice of reason,” Holden added, “fighting for common-sense policy and safer streets for my constituents and for all New Yorkers.”
A City Council candidate challenging Robert Holden to represent the district has been backed by an influential Democrat.
Juan Ardila was endorsed by Michael Gianaris, the deputy leader of the New York State Senate who also represents a sliver of Ridgewood.
Others who have backed Ardila’s bid to unseat Holden include State Senator Jessica Ramos, Councilman Brad Lander, the NY Working Families Party, SEIU 1199, Make the Road Action, CVH Power, Run for Something and Open NY.
Ardila, the son of a Colombian father and Honduran-Cuban mother, is the first Latino candidate in District 30’s history. If elected, he would be the first Colombian-American to serve in the City Council.
He worked for Lander before becoming a consultant for the Department of Education. He now works at a legal services nonprofit as a program coordinator.
Ardila is an alum of St. Adalberts, Archbishop Molloy High School, Fordham University and NYU.
The new leader of the NYC Department of Sanitation knows Ridgewood’s streets well.
Before the start of the new year, Mayor de Blasio appointed Edward Grayson, who grew up in Ridgewood, as the commissioner of DSNY. He served as acting commissioner since September.
Grayson is a 21-year veteran of the department, and has a family history with DSNY. His dad was a sanitation worker and supervisor, while his mom was the recycling outreach coordinator during the 90s.
Before being appointed acting commissioner, Grayson was a four-star chief and director of the Bureau of Cleaning and Collection. He oversaw the day-to-day operations for the agency, including the collection, recycling and disposal of more than 12,000 tons of waste every day.
“Growing up in Ridgewood, everyone in my neighborhood had a plan for how they’d someday serve the people of New York,” Grayson said, “as so many of our parents did, including my own.”
We wish him luck as he leads New York’s Strongest!