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Council Speaker unveils agenda to increase affordable housing, physical and mental health care, prioritize crime victim services, food assistance, and equitable parks access, and invest in opportunity for city’s youth and workforce

Queens, NY – New York City Council Speaker Adrienne E. Adams delivered her first State of the City address today at York College in Queens, outlining her vision to expand health and opportunity to improve public safety and recover from the pandemic.

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City Hall, NY – Today, the Council voted ona package of legislation to strengthen fire safety measures in residences throughout New York City. The bills respond to issues that led to the tragic residential building fire at the 19-story Twin Parks Northwest apartment building in the Fordham section of the Bronx on January 9 that claimed the lives of 17 New Yorkers, including eight children.

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“It is a deep disappointment and injustice that the Senate failed to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act. This legislation is critical to safeguard abortion and reproductive rights in states across the country. Now, every American will remember how their United States Senator voted on the fundamental right for millions of women, trans, and gender non-conforming people to make their own reproductive health decisions to access abortion care.

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“Housing insecurity is a major issue, and the City is experiencing a troubling rise in evictions and high levels of homelessness during this period of pandemic-related economic challenges. While it’s positive that the Rent Guidelines Board reduced the potential range of proposed rent increases from one being the largest since 1990, I remain concerned and opposed to the higher ends of these ranges being counterproductive to the housing crisis facing New Yorkers.

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City Hall, NY – Today, the Council voted on Introduction 173-A, requiring the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to develop standards for inspecting the quality of various features of parks or playgrounds under its jurisdiction and issue a report to the Mayor and Council that would identify any such features that have routinely been given an unacceptable rating after having been inspected by DPR.

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City Hall, NY – In response to the disclosure of a draft majority opinion of the United States Supreme Court that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, Speaker Adrienne Adams and the Council’s Women’s Caucus stood with women’s reproductive rights advocates to express alarm at the draft opinion, urge action by the U.S. Senate to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, and reiterate support for women’s rights to safe abortion and reproductive health access.

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“All New Yorkers deserve safe and stable housing, and we have to create more flexibility in our zoning and building codes to allow for the conversion of underutilized and vacant hotels into desperately needed supportive and affordable housing. I urge my colleagues in the State Senate and Assembly to seize the moment and pass S.4937/A.6262, so we can add this important new strategy for increasing the affordable and supportive housing so many New Yorkers desperately need.”

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Council also votes on bill mandating inclusion of recent available data in the citywide M/WBE disparity study

City Hall, NY – Today, the Council voted on Introduction 134-A. This bill would amend Local Law 32, which makes it an unlawful discriminatory practice to post any job listing that does not include the minimum and maximum salary offered for the position.

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“New York City needs a budget that strengthens communities, expands opportunity, and accelerates an equitable recovery to make our city safer. The Council spoke loudly with its unified voice on behalf of New Yorkers and the Mayor’s Executive Budget took real steps to incorporate funding for many critical priorities from our response that we appreciate, including homeless services, housing assistance, summer youth programming, and mental health emergency responses.

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Speaker Adams and Council leaders urged Mayor to increase strategic funding for education and youth programs, physical and mental health care, benefit programs, and opportunity-based services in FY 2023 budget to make City safer and healthier

City Hall, NY – Today, Speaker Adrienne E. Adams, the Council’s Budget Negotiating Team and committee chairs highlighted the legislative body’s priority investments into communities to advance public safety in New York City.

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