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District 4

Keith Powers

Upper East Side, Carnegie Hill, Yorkville, Central Park South, Midtown East, Times Square, Koreatown, Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, Waterside Plaza, Tudor City, Turtle Bay, Murray Hill, Sutton Place

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In The News: Highlights

June 3, Bill seeks to pause commercial rent tax for three years, Crain’s New York
“Our city’s recovery is contingent on Manhattan,” Powers said. “We need to be doing everything possible to support these establishments as owners work tirelessly to pay bills, bring back customers and keep their doors open.”

June 2, Exclusive: BP Levine and CM Powers push for municipal public bank in New York CityamNY
Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine and Council Member Keith Powers are introducing two new bills and a resolution to pave the way for a public municipal bank in New York City.

June 1, NYC lawmakers propose rent tax rollback for Manhattan businesses hit hard by COVIDNew York Daily News
City lawmakers plan to introduce a bill Thursday that would roll back a commercial rent tax on Manhattan businesses — a move designed to provide relief after the pandemic and its economic aftermath left business owners struggling to survive.

June 1, Adams, Nightlife-Loving Mayor, Offers Plan to ‘Let the People Dance’New York Times
Large establishments that want to offer dancing will still come under review as they apply for a liquor license, and be subject to fire and noise rules and community review, said Keith Powers, the City Council’s majority leader.

May 26, Warrior poet, Audre Lorde, gets her ‘Way’Amsterdam News
“I am very proud to have sponsored the co-naming of East 68th Street as Audre Lorde Way,” Powers said.

May 25, In Response to Covid, Manhattan Borough President Seeks to Mandate Improved Air Quality Standards, Gotham Gazette
Levine, who previously served on the City Council and made a name for himself during the pandemic as chair of the Council’s health committee, is working with Council Member Keith Powers, a fellow Manhattan Democrat.

May 7, Businesses cheer City council bill to suspend liquor license surcharge, NY1
A newly introduced City Council bill, backed by Mayor Eric Adams, seeks to alleviate some of the economic stress that restaurants, bars, liquor and wine stores, and bodegas are feeling.

April 25, City Council Calls for More Social Service Spending in FY 2023 Budget, TAPinto
Mayor Eric Adams is delivering his proposed $98.5 billion executive budget for Fiscal Year 2023 tomorrow and numerous City Council members discussed today the need to include $1.3 billion in spending on a variety of social programs that reflect the Council’s priorities.

April 16, Councilman Keith Powers: Tenants ‘insulted’ by proposed rent hikes, NY1
“People are insulted that they’re getting such a potential high rent increase,” Powers said. “We were in a global pandemic, the rent is already too high, and for my constituents and for most New Yorkers, they’re insulted that this would be even a potentially a 9% or 5% or 7% increase at a time when it’s already so difficult.”

March 20, New bill would require lifesaving Narcan to be stocked at NYC nightclubs and bars, news12
New York City nightclubs and bars may soon be carrying Narcan, with their staff fully trained to use it, if a new bill is passed.

March 7, St. Pat’s for All celebrates Irish heritage and LGBTQ+ pride, amNY
“This parade has been symbolic for its inclusivity throughout its time here and really at a moment where we need it to embrace and show every New Yorker they can be part of our community,” Powers said. 

February 28, The 2022 New York City Power 100, City & State New York
The political players thriving in a new era. 

February 8, NYC Restaurants are still on the brinkNew York Daily News
Without local restaurants like Il Sole, New York City’s economy, workforce and culture will never be the same. We need our federal, state and local partners to take immediate action to save these businesses—and make sure that the Big Apple stays the best city.

February 8, Council Member Powers: The Stuy Town Guy, City & State
He may be a millennial, but has an old school record collection. 

January 19, New Plans announced for Park Avenue traffic median redesign, 6sqft
New York City Council Member Keith Powers announced this week the next steps in a plan to bring new life to Midtown’s Park Avenue traffic medians.

December 9, City Council Speaker candidates try to draw contrasts at NY1 forum, NY1
At a forum hosted by NY1, the only televised such event of the speaker’s race, [the Speaker candidates] agreed with the need for COVID vaccine mandates while challenging Mayor Bill de Blasio’s implementation plan — or lack thereof.

December 2, The NYC Council Speaker Candidates on their Legislative Priorities, City Limits
“As a speaker, I think the next few years is going to be really about creating an economic recovery that includes every single New Yorker and creating stability for a lot of New Yorkers who have struggled in the last two years during the COVID pandemic,” Powers told City Limits. 

December 2, The Cold Is Coming. Will New Yorkers Still Eat Outdoors?, New York Times
Keith Powers, a City Council member, and Mayor-elect Eric Adams, who takes office Jan. 1, urged Mr. de Blasio to end the ban, saying in a letter that “many diners still prefer the safety of outdoor dining to dining indoors, and restaurants are still struggling financially to recover.” Mr. Powers introduced legislation on Nov. 23 that would allow propane heaters in the city this winter.

November 30, NYC Restaurants Get One Step Closer to Firing Up Propane Heaters Again, Eater
NYC restaurants should be able to legally reignite last year’s propane heaters after all, at least according to one local politician. Council member Keith Powers, who represents areas of Manhattan including the Upper East Side, Times Square, and Murray Hill, recently introduced legislation to the City Council in late November that, if passed, would reinstate propane heater usage for outdoor dining.

November 30, New bill seeks to bring back propane heaters for outdoor dining in NYC, 6sqft
New York City Council Member Keith Powers last week introduced legislation that would allow the ongoing use of propane heaters for outdoor restaurant dining. The heaters, given the green light last year but banned again in October, helped restaurants stay afloat last winter by keeping diners cozy at Covid-safe outdoor tables.

November 30, New Legislation, Supported by Eric Adams, Would Allow Propane Heaters for Outdoor Dining, Gothamist
Council member Keith Powers has introduced legislation that would reinstate the use of propane heaters this winter, as well as establish new safety precautions around the operation and handling of them.

November 18, Eric Adams, lawmaker team to demand de Blasio allow propane dining heaters, NY Post
Adams, the Brooklyn borough president and in six weeks mayor of New York, and Councilman Keith Powers called on de Blasio to “reconsider” his prohibition of the devices, which were allowed on sidewalks during winter 2020.

October 29, The 2021 New York City Council speaker contenders, City & State
Powers has been touring the city helping colleagues get elected. Now he’ll ask for their vote as a compromise candidate.

October 13, Could Keith Powers be the consensus speaker candidate?, City & State
Since the primary, Powers has continued to forge relationships with Democratic nominees and returning members. He’s also working those closed-door rooms filled with the power brokers who have historically had influence in choosing the speaker.

October 13, Beloved NYC chocolate shop’s future at risk amid rent battle, NY Post
City & State’s Manhattan Power 100 highlights the public officials, business executives, hospital CEOs, community leaders, consultants and reformers who have made the borough what it is – and are making sure it gets back on track this time around. 

October 4, The Manhattan Power 100 2021, City & State
City & State’s Manhattan Power 100 highlights the public officials, business executives, hospital CEOs, community leaders, consultants and reformers who have made the borough what it is – and are making sure it gets back on track this time around. 

September 24, How to make Rikers safer and more humane right now, Daily News
We have a duty to provide food, water, a place to sleep and medical services to anyone in our city’s custody, yet the incarcerated individuals at Rikers Island are not receiving these basic services.

September 13, As Conditions at Rikers Reach Crisis Levels, Concerns About Heat Persist, City Limits
The aging infrastructure of Rikers’s facilities makes it difficult to manage temperatures under the best conditions.

September 9, Max Politics Podcast: City Council Member Keith Powers on Oversight of City Jails & More, Gotham Gazette                                                                                                                                                                          City Council Member Keith Powers, a Manhattan Democrat who chairs the Council’s criminal justice committee, joined the show to discuss the crisis in city jails and the steps he’s taking and monitoring to improve conditions, including an emergency stakeholder meeting he coordinated and a Council oversight hearing he will soon chair. Powers also discussed efforts to reopen the city economy and create a more resilient city, and his bid to become the next City Council Speaker.

September 7, Op-Ed | Everybody cut footloose: It’s time to end zoned dancing in the Big Apple, Crain’s
Hidden zoning regulations serve as a barrier to operating in New York City. At this critical juncture of our economic recovery, we can’t afford to keep outdated regulations on the books. Our resolution calls on the Department of City Planning to end these arbitrary, unfair regulations on our city’s small establishments.

September 1, NYC Moves To Finally Fully Legalize Dancing By Fixing Zoning Laws, Gothamist                            Back in 2017, the City Council simultaneously created the Mayor’s Office of Nightlife and repealed the reviled Cabaret Law, which made dancing illegal in the vast majority of the city’s bars and restaurants for nearly a century. But the repeal did not change the fact that many establishments were still subject to the same restrictions under zoning regulations.

August 27, New Law Would Restrict Space For Times Square Vendors, Mascots, Patch
As pedestrian and tourist traffic amps up in Times Square, a bill passed this week by the City Council that places limits on street vendors and costumed characters who have created unpleasant interactions with passersby in the past.

August 19, NYC, State Elected Officials Community Leaders And Victims Call For Resources to Combat Anti Asian Hate Crimes, Harlem World Magazine
Today, New York City and State elected officials, alongside the Asian American Federation, hate crime victims, and community leaders called for immediate resources to combat the crisis of unprecedented anti-Asian hate crimes due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

July 29, Eateries win big as city extends cap on fees, requires delivery apps share customer data, Crain’s      The City Council has approved a slate of bills, hoping to address what one councilman called an “imbalance of power” between restaurants and the technology companies that deliver their food.

July 21, Elected Officials Announce Nearly $9 Million to Renovate Ruppert Park, Tapinto
A coterie of elected officials, community groups and advocates gathered on Monday at Ruppert Park during a press conference led by Councilman Ben Kallos (D-5), who announced nearly $9 million to renovate Ruppert Park on the Upper East Side.

July 19, Upper East Side park to receive major facelift backed by nearly $8.9 million in funding, amNY
An Upper East Side park is getting a full and complete renovation thanks to over $8.9 million in discretionary funding from local elected officials.

June 6, StuyTown residents, pols tell apartment complex to pull the plug on planned fuel plants, amNY
Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village residents want a cleaner way to power up.

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