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The Unaccompanied Minors Intiative was created by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca in 2014 with the Robin Hood Foundation and the New York Community Trust to prevent the detention and deportation of children who arrived in the United States to flee violence from Central America.

In its first year of operation, the program has won 60 asylum cases and helped 47 children obtain lawful permanent residency.

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PBNYC Cycle 6 has begun!

During the 2016-2017 Participatory Budgeting cycle, 31 Council Members across the city are asking residents to decide how to spend over $35 million in capital funding. We’re excited that Council Members Vanessa Gibson (District 16), Rafael Salamanca (District 17), and Debi Rose (District 49) have joined. Participatory Budgeting is now happening in all five boroughs!

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Read the full report.

Today, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has published “Raising the Bar for New Yorkers,” an report to highlight the major work done in 2014 and 2015. Accomplishments range from government transparency and standards to strengthening communities to economy and quality of life.

New York City has a rich network of community news outlets that span print, television, and radio. Over 4.1 million New Yorkers rely on these local publications for news about their neighborhood, a specific community or interest group, or local, national, and international news coverage in a language other than English. Approximately 271 outlets comprise this sector, including 134 that are published in 35 languages and English and serve the City’s 3.8 million immigrant residents, among them 1.8 million who speak little or no English.

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Introducing Council 2.0

Read the full report (PDF) and the press release.

Today, the Council released Council 2.0, a technology roadmap to increase transparency, accountability, and inclusion for our constituents.

Council 2.0 includes this new website, an integration of more open-source tools, and steps to meet people where they are (on the platforms they’re already using) so that we become more open and digitally responsive to the people we are entrusted to serve.

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