Pelosi returns to North Riverdale for Bowman town hall


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is coming back to North Riverdale, joining U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman in an invitation-only town hall at the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

"Speaker Pelosi has led the Democratic Party to new heights in its agenda to deliver for the people, and I am thrilled to have her join us right here to discuss how we can continue fighting and working to deliver resources to our communities," Bowman said, in a release. "The Speaker and I have worked together on beating back the COVID-19 pandemic, restarting our economy, getting people back to work, and I look forward to continued partnership and collaboration with the Speaker to ensure the needs of our neighbors are at the forefront of our legislative agenda."

Pelosi will join Bowman at The Mount on Monday afternoon. They're expected to talk about the anniversary of President Joe Biden's signing of the American Rescue Plan, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and other legislative priorities in Bowman's congressional district. 

"Congressman Jamaal Bowman has been a relentless voice on Capitol Hill for working families in his New York community and across the nation," Pelosi said, in a release. "One year after our American Rescue Plan became law, Democrats have helped our nation power (a) historic recovery." 

Bowman did that, the Speaker added, by getting coronavirus vaccine "shots in arms, money in pockets, workers safely back on their job, and children safely back to school — and doing so with an emphasis on equity and justice."

Pelosi's last public visit to this part of the Bronx was in 2018 before she returned to her role as Speaker, touring the Hebrew Home at Riverdale as a guest of then-U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel. Pelosi later endorsed Engel, the longtime incumbent, in his 2020 primary against the future Congressman Bowman. 

"All of you, thank you for making America what it is," Pelosi told Hebrew Home residents at the time. "You have raised our families, fought our wars in some cases, but also been a great resource — not only in your own lives and to your own families, but to the future of our great country. We have to recognize and respect that.

"And that is what I saw here, the beauty of this place. The dignity of it all, respecting the dignity of each and every one of you."

Nancy Pelosi, Jamaal Bowman, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Joe Biden, Michael Hinman, Eliot Engel, Hebrew Home at Riverdale,