Nevin Cohen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, Research Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
By Alyssa Costa, Dietetic Intern, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
On September 18, 2017 the New York City Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management held a hearing regarding an amendment to the City charter to establish a goal of zero waste for New York city by 2030.
The New York City Council Committee on Education held a hearing on the preliminary education budget on March 21, 2017. Advocates representing citywide nonprofit organizations, parents, physicians, academics, school governing bodies and other stakeholders delivered testimony in support of expanding free school meals to all New York City public schools. As members of the Lunch for Learning campaign for universal free meals in all New York City Public Schools, it was the youth voices who stood out the most, passionately articulating the urgency of the need to eliminate the tiered payment system currently utilized by a majority of public schools.
On September 30, 2016 the New York City Council Committee on Small Business and Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises held an oversight hearing on Zoning and Incentives for Promoting Retail Diversity and Preserving Neighborhood Character. Nevin Cohen, Research Director at the Urban Food Policy Institute, prepared and delivered testimony focusing on the challenges and opportunities within the food sector His testimony is presented below.