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“Mayor David Dinkins was a remarkable public servant whose grace and dignity set the standard for what compassionate leadership can achieve. He believed New York City could meet any challenge it faced by working collectively.

“As the city’s 106th mayor, he made it his mission to look out for communities who needed the most help, but who were often the most overlooked. He made history as the city’s first – and still only – Black mayor, and inspired a generation of future leaders, many of whom he enjoyed mentoring.  

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City Hall – Today the New York City Council will vote on legislation designed to combat age discrimination throughout the workforce. Age discrimination is one of the most prevalent forms of discrimination in the workplace and can start as early as age 40. Today’s package aims to provide desperately needed support for older New Yorkers and tools to protect them as they remain in the workforce for longer periods of time.

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“This is a devastating moment for New York City. Through the Council’s oversight, we know that remote learning is failing many of our most vulnerable students, including special education students, those who live in homeless shelters, and those from low-income neighborhoods. We also know that many students do not have the devices they need for remote learning, while others are waiting on Wi-Fi. This was unacceptable in the hybrid learning model and catastrophic now that we are going fully remote.

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“In this time of great uncertainty, there is one thing we do know: many students, including our youngest and most vulnerable school populations, are in desperate need of in-person learning and support services. We know this from hours and hours of testimony from educators, experts, parents and teachers at Council oversight hearings held in September and October.

“We also know that there is credible scientific evidence that young students are less likely to transmit COVID-19, and leading health experts have expressed confidence that schools can operate safely if safety measures are resourced and followed.

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New York – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Oversight and Investigations Committee Chair Ritchie Torres today released a Council Oversight and Investigations report containing substantial evidence pointing to the identity of an anonymous online persona responsible for numerous and repeated unacceptable and disgusting online posts. The evidence reveals that the anonymous poster, who went by the name “Clouseau” on the vitriolic public online message board known as “Law Enforcement Rant,” appears to be Deputy Inspector James Francis Kobel.  

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The Council will also vote to expand housing discrimination rules

City Hall – The New York City Council will vote today to strengthen the historic Green New Deal for New York City (2019 Climate Mobilization Act) to ensure that New York continues to be a leader in the global fight against climate change. Today’s bill will require large buildings where less than 35 percent of units are rent regulated to comply with greenhouse gas emission limits set in Local Law 97 of 2019.

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Women City Workers and Workers of Color Earn Thousands of Dollars Less A Year Than Male Workers 

New York, NY – A preliminary analysis of anonymized and publicly available New York City employee payroll data conducted by the New York City Council shows significant gender, racial, and ethnic pay disparities in the city’s workforce, Speaker Corey Johnson and the Women’s Caucus of the New York City Council announced on Thursday.  

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Council subpoenaed the Education Department to obtain the data

NEW YORK, NY – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger today announced key findings based on remote learning attendance data from the city Education Department (DOE), which was received in response to a subpoena issued by the New York City Council last month.

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The Council will also vote to Improve oversight of the Taxi Industry

City Hall, NY – The New York City Council will today vote on legislation to make outdoor dining permanent. During the COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor dining has offered restaurants a vital way to stay afloat but more is needed as the colder months approach.

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