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City Hall, NY – Today, the New York City Council filed a motion with the Supreme Court of the State of New York to intervene in the class action lawsuit by several low-income New Yorkers against Mayor Adams for his administration’s failure to implement enacted laws to reform the City Fighting Homelessness and Eviction Prevention Supplement (CityFHEPS) program.

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Council also passed bills that support survivors of domestic violence and the city’s elderly population

City Hall, NY – Today, the New York City Council passed legislation that aims to improve health and extend life expectancy for all New Yorkers by requiring the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to develop a 5-year population health agenda that improves public health outcomes, addresses health disparities, and improves quality of and access to health care for New Yorkers.

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Albany, NY – Today, New York City Council Speaker Adrienne E. Adams delivered testimony at the New York State Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the Executive Budget for State Fiscal Year 2025. Speaker Adams’ testimony focuses on state support for affordable housing, social services, NYCHA, Pre-K and 3-K early childhood programs, education, physical and mental healthcare, and local control over tax expenditures.

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City Hall, NY – Today, the New York City Council voted to override Mayor Adams’ vetoes on Introduction 586-A and Introduction 549-A, with a vote of 42-9.

“Today, the Council answered decades-long calls from communities most impacted by police stops and the harmful legacy of stop-and-frisk, to deliver much-needed transparency to policing and advance true public safety for New Yorkers,” said Speaker Adrienne Adams.

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“We should all be united in advancing our city by recognizing the harmful legacies of injustice that undermine the health and safety of our city and its neighborhoods. The Council has no interest in prolonging a conversation that has been made unnecessarily toxic by the spreading of fear and misinformation, and we plan to override the mayor’s recent vetoes on Tuesday.

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“New Yorkers deserve an economy and a city government that works for everyone. While we have made progress in recovering from the pandemic, there remains significant work to confront the longstanding inequities that continue in our communities with an unequal recovery. Mayor Adams’ proposals to reopen access to NYCHA Section 8 vouchers, build more housing, advance opportunities for women, and solutions to make our streets safer are important, and the Council looks forward to working collaboratively on these critical issues.

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“Today marks 51 years since the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that guaranteed the federally protected right to safe and legal abortion. The decades-long ability to make our own reproductive health choices is an essential human right of self-determination. Since that right was stripped from Americans in 2022, we have seen the harm it has caused for women and birthing people.

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In response to misleading comments made by Mayor Adams and officials from his administration about Introduction 586-A to increase transparency on police investigative stops and Introduction 549-A to ban solitary confinement, the Council released the following statement attributable to spokesperson Rendy Desamours:

“Yesterday, another New Yorker died on Rikers, marking the second death in the city’s jails in the last three weeks.

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“Solitary confinement, by any name, has been proven to cause physical, psychological, and emotional harm, and its use has contributed to continued violence and deaths on Rikers Island. The Council passed Intro. 549-A to ban solitary confinement with more than a veto-proof majority because it is imperative to make the city’s jails safer for those who are detained and staff alike.

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In response to Mayor Adams vetoing Int. 586 of the How Many Stops Act that would require public reporting of basic data on investigative police stops, Speaker Adrienne Adams and Public Safety Chair Yusef Salaam released the following joint statement.

“It is deeply disappointing that the Mayor is sending the message that Black and Latino communities do not deserve transparency regarding interruptions to their daily lives from investigative police stops.

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