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NYC: CORE welcomes leaders to champion inclusivity

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The NYC Commission on Racial Equity (CORE) has announced the appointment of two new commissioners, Almirca Santiago of the Hispanic Federation and Wendy M. Star of the NYC Fire Department, by Mayor Eric Adams.

Chair and Executive Director Linda Tigani, along with Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives Ana J. Almanzar, expressed their enthusiasm for the expertise and dedication the new commissioners bring to the commission.

Almirca Santiago and Wendy M. Star are set to enhance CORE’s mission of promoting racial equity in government operations and increasing community involvement in decision-making processes. Santiago and Star join a team committed to addressing disparities and fostering inclusivity across New York City.

“We are excited to welcome Ms. Santiago and Ms. Star to NYC’s Commission on Racial Equity,” said Deputy Mayor Almanzar. “Their decades of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion will greatly benefit our efforts to support and advocate for New Yorkers.”

CORE Chair and Executive Director Linda Tigani emphasized the importance of centering communities most harmed by racism and disinvestment. “Government must always center communities most harmed by racism and longstanding disinvestment in both the practice of democracy and service delivery,” Tigani stated. She praised the progress CORE has made and expressed confidence in the commission’s continued impact.

Almirca Santiago and Wendy M. Star shared their commitment to advancing equity and justice. Santiago, reflecting on her dedication to community work, said, “I am honored to bring my passion and dedication to the commission. I look forward to collaborating with Chair Tigani and my fellow commissioners to promote equity and justice.”

Star echoed this sentiment, stating, “I am honored and privileged to be appointed by Mayor Adams to this groundbreaking commission. Service on this commission extends my commitment to public service and advocacy, and I am dedicated to its success.”

CORE is tasked with addressing the complex challenges faced by marginalized New Yorkers, enhancing accountability, and amplifying community voices in government decisions. The commission’s immediate focus is establishing Community Equity Priorities (CEPs) through collaboration with New Yorkers, which will shape forthcoming racial equity plans.

New Yorkers are encouraged to get involved by completing a Response Form online or submitting written testimony to AskCore@core.nyc.gov by August 16, 2024.

About CORE

The NYC Commission on Racial Equity is an independent, 15-member body responsible for holding the government accountable for advancing racial equity and increasing community participation in decision-making. CORE evaluates the city’s progress on racial equity goals, proposes community equity goals, advocates for underrepresented groups, assesses citywide racial equity plans, and addresses complaints related to racial equity concerns.

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