Commission's Quarterly Newsletter
2003 Summer/Fall Edition
New Staten Island Office Opens
2003, Commissioner Patricia L. Gatling officially opened the Staten
Island Community Service Center, marking the first time in the
48-year history of the Commission that every borough has its own
permanent field office.
Island Community Service Center is located in the St. George section
of Staten Island at 60 Bay Street and is easily accessible by
public transportation. The Service Center has a multi-lingual
staff that can respond to the rapidly diversifying population
on Staten Island. It is the first field office to have a staff
attorney assigned, which allows the office to handle the intake
and the investigation of complaints.
Bloomberg and the Commission are committed to using all of our
resources to ensure that the people of this City do not become
hostages to prejudice," said Commissioner Gatling. "This
new office will be used to educate, mediate and enforce the strongest
anti-bias law in the country. Our message is a simple one: “Discrimination
will not be tolerated in our City."
at CCHR, Commissioner Gatling quickly identified a need for a
field office in Staten Island and began planning for it immediately.
For years, the borough fell under the jurisdiction of the Manhattan
Commissioner Gatling, joined by Councilmenber Michael McMahon
(left) and SI Borough President James Molinaro, at office
opening. Above: Staten Island office Director Roy Pingel
(left) and Deputy Director Alex Korkhov.
Since its opening, the office has offered all of the Commission's
services including: the investigation and intake of discrimination
complaints; Mortgage Foreclosure and Pre-Purchase Counseling;
Human Rights and Conflict Resolution workshops in school and community
settings; Peer Mediation training in selected schools; Community
Mediation; Project Equal Access, an investigation and intervention
program for those with disabilities; and Immigrant Employment
Service Center, with all the programs the Commission offers, will
be a touchstone for social change and cultural awareness on Staten
Island," said Commissioner Gatling. At the opening of the
new office, Commissioner Gatling quoted Charlayne Hunter-Gault,
a prominent journalist and the first African-American woman to
gain admission and graduate from the University of Georgia, who
said “If people are informed, they will do the right thing.
It is when they are not informed that they become hostages to
Island staff includes some of the Commission's most experienced
and multi-lingual members: Director Roy Pingel, Deputy Director
Alex Korkhov, Staff Attorney Paul Labossiere and Human Rights
Specialists David Lopez and Mark Heron.
attorney Paul Labossiere speaks with a complainant during Intake
at CCHR’s new Community Service Center
Staten Island Community Service Center is located at 60 Bay