City Councilmember Ritchie Torres, Chair of the Oversight & Investigations Committee, joins our partners at MetroFocus to discuss the disparate impacts of COVID-19 on the city’s communities of color. Torres recently led a historic hearing to get at the root of the racial disparity, encompassing everything from the prevalence of pre-existing conditions among these communities, to the effects that pollution, food access, and lack of affordable housing have had on economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. According to Torres, the hearing, which consisted of over 8 hours of expert testimony, was one of the longest in City Council history.
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