Forum Looks to Give Residents Access to City Agencies
By Jeff Mays
HARLEM — Assemblyman Keith Wright and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn are hosting a "community conversation" at Harlem Hospital Thursday night that Wright hopes "will bring government to the people."
The 6 p.m. event will be an open forum where attendees can ask questions of various city agencies. If no one is available to answer the question, elected officials have promised to provide a response in two weeks.
On hand for the event will be David Jones, president and CEO of the Community Service Society, Chief William Morris, commanding officer of the Manhattan North NYPD district, Lee Llambelis, special assistant district attorney for community affairs for the New York County District Attorney's Office and Adriene Holder, attorney-in-charge of Civil Practice for the Legal Aid Society.
There will also be a community based organization service fair before the event will people can sign up for assitance and programs from community and governmental groups.
Among the groups available will be: Goddard Riverside Single Stop, the New York State Comptroller's Office of Unclaimed Funds, Harlem Health Promotions Center, Harlem Legal Services, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and The Office of Ife Saga — Immigration Services.
"This is wide open no one should feel shut out," Wright said.
The forum will be held at the Herbert G.Cave Auditorium at Harlem Hospital, 506 Lenox Ave., at West 135th Street.