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The Council will also vote to expand prevailing wage protections

City Hall – The New York City Council on Thursday will vote to pass a package of legislation that will make New York City’s public burial ground, Hart Island, more accessible for people visiting their loved ones. For far too long, what is known to many as “Potter’s Field,” the world’s largest public burial ground, has made visitors feel as though they were visiting a prison, rather than the final resting place of their loved ones.

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New York, NY – In anticipation of new State bail reform measures, New York City will launch an expansion of its successful Supervised Release program as a proven alternative judges will be able to assign in lieu of bail. As part of the commitment made to justice reform during the passage of the borough-based jail plan, the City Council will dedicate $7 million more in additional funding for the program.

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The Council will also vote to establish commercial waste zones throughout the City

City Hall – The New York City Council on Wednesday will vote to pass Speaker Johnson’s historic streets master plan legislation. The legislation will require the Department of Transportation to issue and implement a transportation master plan every five years.

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NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez, Council Members, and transportation, accessibility, environmental, and safe streets advocates rallied in advance of the City Council passing Speaker Johnson’s historic streets master plan legislation. The legislation will be voted on in committee on Tuesday and then go to the full Council for a vote on Wednesday, October 30th.

The legislation will require the Department of Transportation to issue and implement a transportation master plan every five years.

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The resolution calls for suspension, fine and independent monitor

City Hall – The New York City Council on Monday will vote on disciplinary actions against Council Member Andy King. The resolution, which calls for a 30-day suspension, a $15,000 fine and an independent monitor, is the result of months of investigation, meetings, hearings and deliberations on the allegations.

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NEW YORK—The City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Sitings and Dispositions and the Committee on Land Use voted on Wednesday to approve the plan to close the jails on Rikers Island and build four new borough-based facilities. Today, the plan will go before the full City Council for a vote, culminating a years-long effort propelled by the strong advocacy of the formerly incarcerated to shutter Rikers Island.

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The Council will also vote to ban vendors in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn during the holidays

City Hall – The New York City Council on Thursday will vote on a historic plan to permanently close Rikers Island and replace it with a borough-based jail system. The proposed plan will create a modern, more humane and safe justice system that includes substantial investments in our community. 

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New York, NY –City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Sitting and Dispositions, Adrienne Adams, and Council Members Diana Ayala, Margaret Chin, Karen Koslowitz and Stephen Levin announced today that as result of the expected drop in the average daily jail population, community engagement, and design-efficient improvements, the maximum height for the new borough-based facilities needed to close Rikers Island will be significantly reduced from its original proposed plan.

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NEW YORK—The City Council Land Use Committee today passed a resolution authorizing the City Council to file an application at the Department of City Planning to remap Rikers Island so that it will not be allowed to house incarcerated individuals after 2026. The application will be co-filed with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) and Department of Correction (DOC).

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“On behalf of the entire New York City Council, I want to wish all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah best wishes for a happy, healthy and sweet New Year! L’shana tovah u’metukah! May you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life.

“Shana Tova!”

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