AARP MEDIA ADVISORY: ‘Livability for All?’ Summit to Explore Inequities in Neighborhoods Across State

By AARP NY | December 3, 2020


‘Livability for All?’ Summit to Explore Inequities in Neighborhoods Across State

Lt. Gov. Hochul to Address Planners, Advocates, Faith Leaders from Around NYS

WHAT: Livable Communities have never been more important, with the COVID-19 pandemic exposing and exacerbating disparities in communities of color such as unaffordable housing, access to healthcare and subpar public transportation. AARP New York is convening community activists, urban planners, land bank officials, scholars, government officials, advocates and religious leaders to brainstorm solutions during an interactive virtual summit.

The summit will include remarks from Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul; a keynote by Olatunji Oboi Reed, the founder of Equiticity, a racial equity movement working to improve the lives of Black, Brown and Indigenous people of color, and CEO of the Equiticity Ventures startup; and an exploration of inclusionary zoning – a policy aimed at bringing affordable housing to more neighborhoods through land use and building codes – by Noah Kazis, Legal Fellow at New York University School of Law’s Furman Center.

WHEN: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020

WHERE: Register:

WHO: Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul
Olatunji Oboi Reed, Founder, Equiticity (Keynoter)
Pastor George Nicholas, Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, Buffalo; African American Health Equity Task Force
Noah Kazis, Legal Fellow, NYU School of Law Furman Center
Beth Finkel, AARP New York State Director
Randy Hoak, AARP New York Associate State Director

WHY: Many neighborhoods, particularly in communities of color, are adversely affected by disparities in livability; the summit will result in a blueprint to inform and advocate for change aimed at making all of New York State’s neighborhoods and communities more livable.

Contact: Erik Kriss [email protected]