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New York, NY – “¡Victoria para nuestra ciudad! Today U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh ordered the Census Bureau to keep conducting the census count until October 31. This is a win for New York and gives us another month to get a complete count in the City. We have seen the Trump Administration try and fail, again and again, to exclude immigrants from the census count and diminish the power of big cities like New York.

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The Council will also vote to enact protections for hotel workers

City Hall, NY – The New York City Council will vote on legislation extending protections for commercial tenants who have been impacted by COVID-19. Businesses throughout the City have been financially hurt by the pandemic, and it has forced closures or reductions in capacity.

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“As the sun sets and Jewish people across our great City come together to observe Rosh Hashanah, I want to take this opportunity to wish all who celebrate a happy, healthy and sweet New Year 5781.

“May this new year be better than the last and filled with good health and happiness. May all who honor the High Holy Days be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life. L’shana tovah u’metukah.”

“September 11th is always a painful day for our City and for our nation, but it is also a reminder of New York’s resiliency. Instead of destroying our city, the attacks strengthened and united us. Too many of our neighbors, including first responders, died on that day but their heroism will never be forgotten. 

“As our city battles another crisis, one that has killed more than 23,000 New Yorkers and continues to infect people, we must remember that by working together we can overcome the unthinkable and come back even stronger.” 

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“As the proud son of a union family, Labor Day is always special for me, but this year is particularly important because of everything working women and men have done to help this city and country battle the pandemic. It is critical that we thank and honor them for their hard work. 

“New York City is the birthplace of the American labor movement, and the contributions those women and men have made our city and our country stronger.

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“It’s time to allow indoor dining in New York City with reduced capacity and clear guidance to ensure social distancing and safety. 

“This is crucial for restaurant owners, who have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic and the resulting drop in tourism. Summer is winding down, and they need to begin planning for the colder months. Of course, we will continue to monitor the City’s COVID-19 rates, just as we must for all of our businesses. 

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“The Mayor’s decision to delay school re-openings to September 21st is a step in the right direction. Nothing is more important than safety, and I am glad we are prioritizing the health of students, teachers and school staff. Sadly, this common-sense measure should have been announced sooner to better allow school staff and families to plan properly for the academic year, something I and many of my colleagues urged the Administration to do in August.

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The Council will also vote to create a livery and black car task force 

City Hall, NY – The New York City Council on Thursday will vote four bills to provide support to small businesses. The first extends the cap on the amount of commission a third-party delivery service is allowed to charge for delivery and all other types of charges while a second bill will prevent third-party delivery platforms from charging restaurants for telephone calls that do not result in an order. 

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“Today on Women’s Equality Day, we celebrate women’s right to vote, and we commemorate the 100th anniversary since the 19th Amendment was adopted in the United States. Women were not simply handed the right to vote but fought for it. New Yorkers are grateful to the trailblazers of the Women’s Suffrage movement for paving the way forward to gender equality.

“While this achievement benefited white women, the fight for all women’s suffrage—including Black, Latina, Asian/Pacific Islander and Native women—was far from over.

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