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District 11

Andrew Cohen

Bedford Park, Kingsbridge, Riverdale, Norwood, Van Cortlandt Village, Wakefield, Woodlawn

New York, NY – Amid ongoing calls for reduced NYPD funding, New York City Council Members joined Council Members Andrew Cohen, Peter Koo, and Barry Grodenchik in sending a letter to Mayor de Blasio urging for a reallocation of NYPD funding in the FY2021 budget to preserve and maintain the City’s Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP) team, tasked with maintaining safety and rule enforcement in parks and public facilities.

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The City is facing unprecedented calls for police accountability and change within the NYPD and the worst financial crisis we’ve seen in generations. As we weigh difficult cuts to nearly every city agency, the NYPD must be expected to take on an equitable share of cuts. This means working aggressively to substantially cut spending by shifting responsibilities away from the NYPD, reining in excessive overtime pay, and identifying savings wherever possible.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Legislation will waive and refund sidewalk café consent fees, creating immediate cash flow for COVID-19 impacted restaurants.

NEW YORK, NY – New York restaurant and small business advocates joined New York City Council Members Andrew Cohen and elected officials to celebrate the passage of legislation to alleviate the economic burden on restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Council Members Chin and Cohen call on the USDA to expand the number of retailers permitted in the SNAP online purchasing program to ensure vulnerable communities in New York City can safely access healthy food.

NEW YORK, NY – Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, NYC Council Members Andrew Cohen and Margaret Chin will introduce a resolution at the Council’s Stated Meeting today, calling on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Online Purchasing Pilot program and increase the number of online retailers serving SNAP recipients.

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If the state’s plan is meant to reduce costs by disincentivizing care, this will most certainly mean reducing services for the poorest members of our community — 6.4 million low-income New Yorkers, including children, parents, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities who would not be able to afford health care were it not for Medicaid — and substantially narrowing the scope of the program.