Ydanis Rodriguez Earns Top Marks from Human Rights Watchdog

By Nigel Chiwaya on March 27, 2014 9:25am 

 City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez recieved top marks on the Urban Justice Center's human rights report card Tuesday, March, 25, 2014.
City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez recieved top marks on the Urban Justice Center's human rights report card Tuesday, March, 25, 2014.
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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Ydanis Rodriguez earned an A+.

A city human rights watchdog released its annual report card Tuesday and the uptown City Councilman is at the head of the class.

Rodriguez was graded an A+ by the Urban Justice Center's Human Rights Project, placing him first among Council members.

The report card grades each member of the council on their human rights record, based on votes and sponsorships of 187 bills and an eight-item questionnaire. This is the sixth report card the group has released. 

This year, Rodriguez — who scored 88 percent on the report card — shamed an accused Washington Heights slumlord, chased after a McDonald's owner who would not replace a broken air conditioner and picketed a Domino's Pizza in support of delivery men who walked off the job amid abuse claims

Rodriguez spokesman Russell Murphy said the councilman will continue to fight discrimination.

"Council Member Rodriguez has long demonstrated his commitment to human rights by fighting for underrepresented and struggling communities in New York City for his entire career," Murphy said. "This report is a just the latest recognition of that commitment."

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito — who came in first place last year — and Brooklyn City Councilman Charles Barron came in second and third places, respectively. 

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