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District 27

I. Daneek Miller

Cambria Heights, Hollis, Jamaica, St. Albans, Queens Village, and Springfield Gardens

Miller, a former MTA bus driver and president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056, cited the transit agency’s bus network redesigns in each borough and the coming of congestion pricing in Manhattan as a “transportation metamorphosis” taking place in the city.

“It’s an opportunity for us to talk about something that would really enhance the quality of life for so many people,”

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The City has so far identified 85 eligible families – and the list could grow to about 5,000, de Blasio said.

The higher number factors in estimates of families of workers who sustained 9/11-related illnesses, said Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-Queens), a prime sponsor of the legislation, who sat next to the mayor at the hearing and signing.

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I. Daneek Miller, a councilman who represents Southeast Queens, where black residents have a high homeowner rate, said the property tax system made it difficult for black people to accumulate generational wealth.

“It’s about building wealth through homeownership,” he said. “If this proposal doesn’t come together, we won’t be able to hold on.”

New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/nyregion/property-tax-reform-nyc.html

“Criticism of the MTA’s proposed changes to the entire bus network in Queens continues to grow, as the Queens delegation of City Council rallied outside Borough Hall in Kew Gardens on Friday to protest the service changes.”

Gothamist: https://gothamist.com/news/queens-lawmakers-ask-mta-reconsider-reviled-new-bus-plan

“In a City Hall interview, Council Member I. Daneek Miller, chair of the Civil Service and Labor Committee, said that he confronted the Mayor during the budget briefing about the administration’s insistence on holding to the bargaining pattern for the EMS workforce, which Mr. Miller asserted would perpetuate an  injustice.”

The Chief Leader: https://thechiefleader.com/news/news_of_the_week/mayor-confronted-over-ems-salary-disparity/article_287540fa-3df3-11ea-acd1-a7388bef17e0.html

“For years, residents of Queens have contended with lack of service and inefficient routes, disconnecting entire neighborhoods,” Miller said. “Eastern Queens, in particular, remains an extreme transit desert, despite decades of outreach and advocacy. This legislation will help facilitate the hyper-local analysis our transit system desperately needs as we work to provide better options for all residents of the borough.”

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Miller pointed to the lack of convenient public transportation access to some of Queen’s most popular attractions like Terrace on the Park, NY Hall of Science and the Queens Museum. He explained that every neighborhood is like its own city, and so connections within the borough would help communities grow their economies. “We are an extreme transportation desert,” said Miller.

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“The passage of Introduction 1604 represents a win for our civil servants and taxpayers alike,” Mr. Miller said in a statement. “Unlike the previous law, this legislation will result in a data-rich report that prioritizes the prevention of injury or illness and helps to save the city tens of millions of dollars in costly Workers’ Compensation claims.”

The Chief Leader: https://thechiefleader.com/news/news_of_the_week/unhappy-with-law-to-track-on-job-injuries-council-approves/article_811e18fe-2664-11ea-bcd3-ebdbeb886808.html

“The passage of Introduction 1604 represents a win for our civil servants and taxpayers alike,” said Miller, Chair of the Committee on Civil Service and Labor. “Unlike the previous law, this legislation will result in a data-rich report that prioritizes the prevention of injury or illness, and helps to save the city tens of millions of dollars in costly workers’ compensation claims.

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