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City of Yonkers

Title VI Complaint Procedures

Title VI applies to any program for which Federal financial assistance is authorized under a law administered by the United States Department of Transportation. Federal financial assistance includes grants and loans of Federal loans; the grant or donation of Federal property and interests in property; the detail of Federal personnel; the sale and lease of and the permission to use Federal property or any interest in such property without consideration or at a nominal consideration, or in recognition of the public interest to be served by such sale or lease to the recipient and any Federal agreement, arrangement or other contract which has as one of its purposes the provision of assistance.

What is discrimination under Title VI?

Discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, is an act (action or inaction), whether intentional or unintentional, through which a person, solely because of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, age or disability, has been otherwise subjected to unequal treatment or impact under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Transportation.

Who may file a Title VI complaint?

A complaint may be filed by any person who believes they or any specific class of persons has been subjected to discrimination.

Title VI Complaint Procedures

49 CFR  21.1, provides that, “No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department of Transportation.”

In order to comply with Title VI and all of the regulations of 49 CFR Part 21, the City of Yonkers, acting by and through its Planning Department provides the following complaint procedures for those persons who believe that they have been subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Transportation. These procedures do not deny the right of the complainant to file a formal complaint with other State or Federal agencies or to seek private counsel for complaints alleging discrimination.

Who do these Title VI procedures apply to?

Title VI applies to any program for which Federal financial assistance is authorized under a law administered by the United States Department of Transportation. Federal financial assistance includes grants and loans of Federal loans; the grant or donation of Federal property and interests in property; the detail of Federal personnel; the sale and lease of and the permission to use Federal property or any interest in such property without consideration or at a nominal consideration, or in recognition of the public interest to be served by such sale or lease to the recipient and any Federal agreement, arrangement or other contract which has as one of its purposes the provision of assistance

How and where is a discrimination complaint filed?

A complaint must be in writing, signed by the person(s) or their representative(s) and must include the complainant(s) name, address and telephone number. Attached is a Discrimination Complaint Form that may be used, however, a complaint may also be filed by sending the complaint by facsimile or electronic mail.

How long will it take for my complaint to be resolved?

The complaint will be reviewed by Judith Garcia-Carter, Director of Human Rights. Where practicable, the complainant shall be notified, in writing, of the findings and remedial action, if any, within a period not to exceed 60 days.

A signed written complaint must be filed within 180 days of the date of the alleged discrimination. The signed complaint must be sent to:

Judith Garcia-Carter, Director of Human Rights 
Yonkers Commission on Human Rights 
Riverfront Library 
One Larkin Center, Rm 4A
Yonkers, NY  10701

Office Hours:  
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday – 9AM to 2PM, Thursdays – 9AM to 5PM.  

Please call to make an appointment.  Phone:  914-377-6280 or 377-6274.

City of Yonkers Title VI Coordinator:
Robert J. Voorheis
Department of Human Resources
One Larkin Center, 2nd Fl.
Yonkers, NY  10701
Phone:  914 377-6941
Email:  Robert.Voorheis@YonkersNY.gov