Federal/ State Cooperation Helps HUD Kiosk Open in Harlem
to right): City Councilman Robert Jackson; Deborah Boatright,
Regional Director for DHCR (Department of Housing and
Community Renewal); Marisel Morales, HUD Regional Director
for New York and New Jersey; Congressman Charles B. Rangel;
City Councilman Bill Perkins; Assemblyman Keith Wright;
and Will Brown Jr., Building Manager for the Adam Clayton
Powell State Office Building.
NEW YORK - Combining the wizardry of computer graphics with the
latest advances in information technology, the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development opened an informational Kiosk in New
York City at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building on 125th
Street in Harlem on July 15, 2002.
The opening ceremony for the new kiosk was held in the lobby of
the new site. Among those present were Marisel Morales, Regional
Director for HUD in New York and New Jersey, Harlem Congressman
Charles B. Rangel, New York State Assemblyman Keith Wright and New
York City Councilmen Robert Jackson and Bill Perkins. Representing
The State of New York was Deborah Boatright, Regional Director of
the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) and Building
Manager Will Brown, Jr. of the Office of General Service (OGS) the
agency that made the placement of the kiosk in the state building
possible. Both Ms. Morales and Congressman Rangel provided comments.
There was a sizeable audience made up of representatives from different
community groups, the media and local Harlem residents. Introducing
Congressman Rangel, Ms. Morales called the kiosk a "step forward"
in reducing the barriers between government and the general public.
As the keynote speaker, the Congressman hailed the kiosk as a tool
to empower residents, saying "a constituent who comes into my office
with a problem knowing what their options are is easier to serve
than someone who is uninformed" due to the inaccessibility of government
information. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting took place after speeches
from the other officials.