Student Empowerment Conference Fall 2022

Events & Activities

When: 10:30 AM
Where: Astor Place in Manhattan

2022 Pokey & Schleppie Awards

The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and TransitCenter rolled out the red carpet to release our report on the slowest bus and most unreliable bus lines in New York City!

And the "winners" are:

When: 12 PM
Where: City Hall in Lower Manhattan

NYPIRG's Straphangers Campaign – along with students, elected officials, and other transit advocates – celebrated Mayor Adams, MTA, and DOT's plans for 20 miles of new bus lanes and busways this year!

Bus lanes and busways speed up commute times, are critical transit improvements for communities underserved by the subway system, and can be installed quickly and affordably compared to subway expansions. They must be installed during warm weather months, so the season is upon us.

As the event unfolded, large paper renderings of 21st Street in Astoria, Queens and Fordham Road and Gun Hill Road in the Bronx were rolled out and painted red to re-envision the streets with bus lanes and busways rather than congested with passenger cars. The painters were also joined by City Councilmember Gale Brewer and City Councilmember Sandy Nurse.

When: 2 PM
Where: Virtual


We are facing an existential threat posed by a rapidly heating planet. The climate changes resulting from the burning of fossil fuels could cost New Yorkers tens of billions of dollars in damages caused by more powerful storms, more intense and frequent heat waves, and an increase in pollution.

For decades, the fossil fuel industry championed climate change denial and opposed regulations to curtail global warming. It is now time for them to pay for the damage that they knowingly caused!

NYPIRG joined a news conference in support of the state's Climate Change Superfund Act, which would assess fees on the fossil fuel extractors and oil refiners that caused climate change based on their companies’ individual percentage share of total carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.

Let's hold corporate polluters accountable!
When: 11:30 AM
Where: The Capitol in Albany

Happy 40th birthday to New York's Bottle Bill!

NYPIRG was joined by other advocates and elected officials for a recycling birthday party in support of Assemblymember Steve Englebright and Senator Rachel May’s “Bigger Better Bottle Bill" (A.10184/S.9164), which was introduced 40 years after passage of the first Bottle Bill. The event celebrated the success of the landmark recycling law, and emphasized the need to modernize the law for 40 more years of success.

When: 11 AM
Where: Jim DiNapoli Park in Albany

Climate activists from all across New York State poured into the capital to tell our Governor and our Legislature that New York State must be a national and global leader in the fight to combat the devastating effects of climate change.

When: 11 AM
Where: City Hall in Lower Manhattan
Students to Mayor Adams: Get on Board!

NYPIRG's Straphangers Campaign – along with other transit advocates, students, and elected officials – marked the Mayor's 100th day in office by calling for fast, reliable, accessible, and affordable bus service. We delivered over 1,200 letters endorsing the Student Bus Rider Platform, which calls for the Mayor to:

  • Fully fund the NYC Streets Plan and bus improvements.
  • Expand Fair Fares to college students.
  • Use his bully pulpit to advocate that the MTA institute all-door boarding and permanent OMNY fare capping on buses.

Most New York City college students do not live on campus and rely on City buses to get to classes, jobs, and recreation. Fast, reliable, accessible, and affordable bus service should be available to college students and all New Yorkers. 

On March 6th hundreds of students from across the state marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to express their suport for public higher education. The #Allin4SUNYCUNY gathering was organized to show support for the #Newdeal4CUNY, SUNY Heals funding, Bundy Aid and additional funding for opportunity programs and mental health services on campus. 

Higher Education Storybank
Higher Education Storybank
Students are using their voice for an affordable and accessible higher education.
Public Health Storybank
Public Health Storybank
Hear from students about how barriers to quality, affordable health care impact their lives.
Voter Empowerment
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Student Spotlight
Student Spotlight — Sadiya Hoque
Brooklyn College Student and NYPIRG Student Board Chair.
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Impacting Democracy
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Small Claims Court Action Center
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