Statement from Uptown’s Ydanis Rodriguez regarding 2020 Census citizenship:
“Today is a day of celebration for all our brothers and sisters that were fearful of the 2020 Census citizenship question. The citizenship question was an effort led by President Trump and his supporters to intimidate immigrants and further disenfranchise them. Our immigrants contribute billions of dollars into our economy. We must ensure that they feel protected and safe in our country. This is only the beginning of a process that started with the Supreme Court; I will continue to work with Speaker Corey Johnson, the Co-Chair of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus, Daneek Miller, and my colleagues at the New York City Council to ensure that all New Yorkers are counted, at the same time that they are treated with the respect they deserve.”
Ydanis Rodriguez was elected to the New York City Council in 2009. An educator for 13 years, Ydanis co-founded Gregorio Luperon High School and the Washington Heights Health Academy. As a leading voice at the NYC Council, Ydanis has brought changes in transportation, education, economic development, housing, police reform, healthcare, environmental policy, and ensuring low-income families have an equitable path to the middle class. As Chairman of the Transportation Committee, he has passed 16 bills improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Ydanis led the charge for the Fair Fares to make public transit affordable for all and started Car Free Day NYC to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the Vision Zero 2030 goals.