Human rights are rights we have simply because we exist as human beings – they are not granted by any state. These universal rights are inherent to us all, regardless of nationality, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status. They range from the most fundamental – the right to life – to those that make life worth living, such as the rights to food, education, work, health, and liberty. – from United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner
New York City elections in 2021 present us with a pivotal moment: city residents will elect new leadership to the City Council and highest local government offices, including the Mayor, Comptroller, and Borough Presidents.
Additionally, New York City voters now have the option to rank their top 5 candidates in our local primary and special elections for Mayor, Comptroller, Borough President, and City Council. If voters still want to vote for just one candidate, they can.
With ranked choice voting, runoffs are eliminated & candidates will need to win with at least 50% + 1 of the votes. Learn more about ranked choice voting (RCV) below and at: https://www.fairvote.org/
Remember, in NYC, to vote in a party primary, you must be registered as a member of the party. In other words, to vote in the Democratic Primary, you have to be registered as a Democrat. To vote in the Republican Primary, you have to be registered as a Republican. Check your registration here: https://www.nycvotersearch.com/
We hope you will pledge to vote in the 2021 primary elections on June 22, 2021. Join us and pledge here.
2021 Voting Deadlines
Primary Election: June 22
Registration Deadline: May 28
Vote by Mail Request Deadline: June 15
Early Voting Period: June 12 – June 20
General Election: Nov 2
Registration Deadline: Oct 8
Vote by Mail Request Deadline: Oct 26
Early Voting Period: Oct 23 – Oct 31
How many candidates do I rank? You can rank up to 5 candidates, as many or as few as you’d like.
Do I have to use all 5 rankings? No. Your vote will still count if you only rank one or a couple candidates.
Can I rank a candidate more than once? It does not help your favorite candidate to rank them more than once.
Does it hurt my favorite candidate to have a 2nd choice? No, your 2nd (3rd, 4th, 5th) choices will only be looked at if your 1st choice is eliminated.
Why should I rank my votes? More choice = more power.
Las elecciones de la Ciudad de Nueva York en 2021 nos presentan un momento crucial: los residentes de la ciudad elegirán un nuevo liderazgo para el Concejo Municipal y los cargos gubernamentales más altos, incluidos el Alcalde, el Contralor y los Presidentes de los Distritos.
Además, los votantes de la Ciudad de Nueva York ahora tienen la opción de clasificar a sus 5 candidatos preferidos en nuestras elecciones locales primarias y especiales para Alcalde, Contralor, Presidente del Distrito y Concejo Municipal. Si los votantes aún quieren votar por un solo candidato, pueden hacerlo.
Con la votación por orden de preferencia, se eliminan los desempates y los candidatos deberán ganar con al menos el 50% + 1 de los votos. Obtenga más información sobre la votación por orden de preferencia (RCV, por sus siglas en inglés) a continuación y en: https://www.fairvote.org/
Recuerde, en Nueva York, para votar en las primarias de un partido, debe estar registrado como miembro del partido. En otras palabras, para votar en las primarias demócratas, debes estar registrado como demócrata. Para votar en las primarias republicanas, debe estar registrado como republicano. Compruebe su registro aquí: https://www.nycvotersearch.com/
Esperamos que se comprometa a votar en las elecciones primarias de 2021 el 22 de junio. Únase a nosotros y haga su promesa aquí.
Plazos de votación 2021
Elección primaria: 22 de junio
Fecha límite de inscripción: 28 de mayo
Fecha límite de solicitud de voto por correo: 15 de junio
Período de votación anticipada: 12 – 20 de junio
Elección general: 2 de noviembre
Fecha límite de inscripción: 8 de octubre
Fecha límite para la solicitud de voto por correo: 26 de octubre
Período de votación anticipada: 23 – 31 de octubre
Preguntas frecuentes sobre RCV
¿Cuántos candidatos clasifico? Puede clasificar hasta 5 candidatos, tantos o tan pocos como desee.
¿Tengo que usar las 5 clasificaciones? No. Su voto seguirá contando si solo clasifica a uno o dos candidatos.
¿Puedo clasificar a un candidato más de una vez? No ayuda a su candidato favorito clasificarlo más de una vez.
¿Afecta a mi candidato favorito tener una segunda opción? No, su segunda opción (tercera, cuarta, quinta) solo se considerará si se elimina su primera opción.
¿Por qué debo clasificar mis votos? Más opciones = más poder.
All New Yorkers 16 years of age and older are now eligible to be vaccinated! People who work or study in New York are also eligible. (Note, people who are 16 or 17 years old can only receive the Pfizer vaccine.)
Three COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for use in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer), Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). These vaccines have been shown to be very safe and effective in protecting people from severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death. As of March 1, tens of millions of doses of vaccine have been administered in the U.S.
These vaccines are the best protection we have against COVID-19. No matter how old you are, COVID-19 can lead to complications and death. Even if you had COVID-19, it is important to get vaccinated because it lowers your risk of getting COVID-19 again and may prevent you from passing it on to others.
Also, getting vaccinated may protect those around you, particularly people who cannot get the vaccine, such as children. Vaccination, along with other prevention measures, can help us end the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Here are some ways to find a vaccination appointment:
University Settlement gets a mention in a recent New York Times article about the difficulties of trying to learn English in the age of COVID, and one of our students shares her experiences. Click here or on the image above to read!
As of November 19, 2020, all school buildings are closed until further notice, and all students are learning remotely 5 days a week. Find important information about remote learning devices, tech support, and tips for learning on our Blended Learning page.
There are five boroughs in New York City: Manhattan (New York County), Brooklyn (Kings County), Queens (Queens County), Staten Island (Richmond County), and The Bronx (Bronx County). Have you ever wondered why The Bronx has “The” in the name while the other boroughs don’t?
It all started in 1639 when a Scandinavian, Jonas Bronck, settled in a Dutch colonial province in New Netherland.
“When he dies in 1643 at the age of 43, the only thing that remained that was named after him through the ages was Bronck’s River,” says Bronx borough historian Lloyd Ultan.
Like with many names that can be difficult to say or write, the ‘ck’ was changed to an ‘x’—and the stream of water that ran next to Jonas Bronck’s farm became the Bronx River.
But the present day borough went without a name for more than 200 years until New York City got the land from Westchester County.
“They looked right smack in the middle of a map and there is the Bronx River, so they named it after the river, the borough of the Bronx, and that’s why it’s always called The Bronx and not just plain Bronx,” Ultan says.
The borough is named after the river. That’s named after the man that came from a foreign land in the 17th century.