NYC Mayor’s Chief Advisor Ingrid Lewis-Martin Commemorates Women’s History Month

Gonzalo Duran
Published on April 03, 2024, 4:32 pm
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On Friday, March 29, 2024, the New York City (NYC) Mayor’s Office hosted a roundtable press event to mark the conclusion of Women’s History Month. This event was led by Ingrid Lewis-Martin, Chief Advisor to the Mayor of NYC, and José Bayona, the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Ethnic and Community Media.

As a prominent figure in Mayor Eric Adams’ administration, Lewis-Martin highlighted the indispensable role of women in the fabric of our city and society. She pointed out how the entrepreneurship and hard work of women have been instrumental in propelling New York City forward.

A focal point of the discussion was Mayor Adams’ administration’s commitment to elevating women to key positions and his advocacy for allocating significant resources towards promoting gender equality. These efforts, aimed at fostering progressive policies benefiting women in NYC, have set a benchmark for inclusive governance.

Notably mentioned were significant appointments within his administration, including Lewis-Martin herself and several Deputy Mayors from diverse ethnic backgrounds. This move has been applauded for placing an unprecedented number of women in senior positions in the history of City Hall, demonstrating the administration’s dedication to diversity and gender equality. Additionally, millions of dollars have been used to provide resources and programs through increased and new initiatives.

The conference occurred a day after an awards ceremony hosted by the Mayor’s Office, which recognized numerous women for their contributions to the community and their efforts in championing women’s equality.

Journalists also raised concerns about recent issues impacting women, including assaults reported on platforms like TikTok, a surge in prostitution rates, and challenges faced by undocumented immigrants in accessing initiatives like the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program.

– The Mayor’s Office is actively communicating with NYPD officials on these issues, with investigations underway. However, details remain scarce due to the sensitivity and ongoing nature of these investigations.

– Efforts to address and curb prostitution have been complicated by the nature of the business, with a focus on apprehending those exploiting women. The administration is committed to supporting the victims, recognizing the complexity of their situations.

– Challenges with the M/WBE program, particularly in extending support to undocumented women, are acknowledged, with legal constraints being a significant hurdle.

Lewis-Martin’s responses to inquiries were direct and forthright, encouraging reporters to visit the M/WBE program’s website for comprehensive information. She also mentioned that M/WBE representatives would be available for further discussions, ensuring any additional questions are thoroughly addressed.

This roundtable not only celebrated the end of Women’s History Month but also underscored the continuous efforts of NYC’s administration to support and uplift women across all sectors of society, with an eye toward future initiatives.


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Gonzalo Duran
As a seasoned professional in both the military and civic realms, Gonzalo Duran brings a wealth of experience to his role as the Chief Executive Officer of Devil Dog USA Incorporated. A former United States Marine Sergeant, he not only leads a non-profit dedicated to supporting Veterans’ reintegration but also holds key positions in Bronx County’s political landscape, including Vice Chairman of the Bronx County Conservative Party and (C) District Leader for the 79th Assembly District. With over a decade as a CEO, Gonzalo is a multifaceted contributor to his community, excelling as an access producer, talk show host, columnist, chaplain, and advocate.