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City Hall, NY – “The Council passed the historic SoHo/NoHo rezoning to increase housing production and especially affordable housing production, invest in arts and culture, and create a neighborhood that is more economically vibrant and equitable. There were concerns about the accompanying bill that was advanced at the City Council’s last Stated Meeting in December 2021, and we agree it could benefit from a fuller discussion with various stakeholders, including residents in SoHo and NoHo.

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City Hall, NY – New York City Council Speaker Adrienne E. Adams announced today that Mandela Jones will join her team as Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications. Jones brings more than a decade of public service, inside and outside of government, to the Speaker’s office. Most recently, he was the Chief Communications Officer at Alliance for Safety and Justice, one of the nation’s largest criminal justice advocacy organizations that works on public safety legislation and policy in eight of the country’s biggest states by elevating underserved crime survivors as stakeholders.

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Thank you. Thank you.

I want to recognize some special guests who are with us here today.

First, thank you to my pastor, the Reverend Doctor Elaine Flake of the Greater Allen Cathedral, for that beautiful prayer. Many of you know that I am a woman of God, whose faith has especially been my rock over two very difficult years.

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The Council will also vote to require added sugar notifications in chain restaurants and improve data reporting on New Yorkers’ mental health

City Hall, NY – In its last Stated Meeting of the year and the term, the Council today will cap off its legacy of working towards bold climate and environmental justice by voting on three relevant bills and a resolution.

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The Council will also vote to expand access to long-acting reversible birth control in City-run health facilities 

City Hall, NY – New York City is proudly home to millions of working, taxpaying immigrants, yet those who are not U.S. citizens have no power at the ballot box to determine who represents them. The Council today will vote on historic legislation to give eligible non-citizen New Yorkers the right to vote in local elections. Under this bill, any New Yorker who is a lawful permanent resident or authorized to work in the United States, who has been a resident of New York City for at least 30 consecutive days, and who meets all the qualifications for registering to vote under the Election Law other than U.S.

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The Council will also vote on bills to better serve youth in temporary housing and foster care

City Hall, NY – With the winter months approaching and children ages 5–11 now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, the Council today will vote on legislation to help parents and guardians get their children vaccinated by ensuring they receive four hours of paid leave, allowing them to accompany their child to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or to care for a child experiencing temporary side effects.

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The Council will also vote on legislation to end the exploitation of previously incarcerated individuals reentering the workforce

City Hall, NY – After a particularly devastating year for construction worker deaths in New York City, the Council today will vote on a package of bills building on efforts to reduce construction-related injuries and fatalities.

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The Council will also vote to help newsstand operators survive

City Hall, NY – Removing a child from his or her home is a last resort but too often the Administration for Children’s Services relies on emergency removals, which allow the agency to remove a child without going through family court. The Council is voting on a legislative package designed to better report on these emergency removals, better inform parents of their rights and hold the agency more accountable.

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