While consistently ranking as one of the top set of schools in our City, District 20 schools remain among the most overcrowded in our City. Councilman Gentile has fought hard to bring over five thousand new seats through building new schools and securing funding for additions to our current schools. He’s fought to make sure that our district schools have the resources they need – technology, after-school and in-school arts and sports programs – allocating millions from his budget district wide.
City-wide, Councilman Gentile has introduced legislation which requires that the City take a more active role in monitoring and reporting on the out-of-state facilities that house developmentally disabled students from New York. He’s also co-sponsored laws requiring the Department of Education to notify parents and employees of any testing results for PCBs - potentially toxic chemicals that were used in construction materials before being banned in 1978 – in our City schools. Both these pieces of legislation passed unanimously.
Our district includes one of the densest populations of senior citizens in our City and Councilman Gentile strongly believes this generation deserves our great respect. When the Shore Hill and Narrows Moose Lodge Center senior centers were threatened with closure, Councilman Gentile made sure that The Department for the Aging understood how important our neighborhood senior centers were and made sure they had the money to stay open.
Each year, Councilman Gentile allocates hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for services for seniors within his Council District. He’s initiated safety surveys with AARP to ensure our seniors have access to transportation. Councilman Gentile has led the fight to bring back weekend express bus service and is keeping the fight going to finally bring back the B37.
Issues of public safety are among the Councilman’s top priorities. In 2006, Councilman Gentile fought hard to secure $12 million for new bulletproof vests for our Police Officers. Today, the brave men and women who put their lives on the line each day are better protected because of the vests Councilman Gentile was able to help fund.
Councilman Gentile also strongly advocates for resources for our local police precincts-- just recently he secured funding for security cameras– the first time that these cameras will be installed within either the 62nd and 68th Precincts.
As soon as he joined the Council, Gentile immediately introduced legislation to eliminate metered parking on Sundays, restoring to New Yorkers a treasured privilege and ending the City’s ‘pay-to-pray’ parking system. Today, parking on Sundays is free because of Councilman Gentile.
Councilman Gentile has also co-sponsored numerous other pieces of legislation that make parking enforcement fairer and eliminate excessive ticketing in New York City – including the recently enacted five minute grace period and the immediate cancelling of tickets issued within that period by Enforcement Officers. Councilman Gentile has also introduced legislation that would make feeding the meter during holidays no longer necessary.