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City Hall – Today, during the New York City Council’s 2021 Charter meeting, the Council will vote on the appointment of several new committee chairs. 

“I look forward to working alongside all of my colleagues in the coming year, including these newly appointed committee chairs. There is much work ahead for all of us as we rebuild our city from the devastation brought on by COVID-19, but I am confident that we can face any challenge by working together,” said Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

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The Council will also vote to require additional reporting on remote learning in public schools

City Hall – Today the New York City Council will vote on legislation designed to protect fast-food workers from unfair firings. Under proposed legislation, fast-food employers would be prohibited from terminating employees or substantially reducing their hours without providing bona fide economic reasons or an employee’s demonstrated failure to satisfactorily perform job duties or misconduct.

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 New York, NY – Below is a statement from Council Speaker Corey Johnson on the Council’s Dec. 7 petition with the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining to voluntarily recognize the newly formed Association of Legislative Employees, a union that will represent two civil service titles in the Council’s Finance Division. The two titles, which represent 23 staff members, are “Legislative Financial Analyst” and “Senior Legislative Financial Analyst.” This historic action now goes to the Office of Collective Bargaining for certification.

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Legislation is accompanied by the Council’s new “Planning Together” report on failures of City’s long-term planning process 

New York, NY – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson today issued the Planning Together report, which details the failures of the City’s long-term planning processes and explores trends and national best practices for long-term planning.

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Council Member Adams replaces former Council Member Donovan Richards

New York, NY — Speaker Corey Johnson today announced the appointment of Council Member Adrienne Adams as Chair of the Committee on Public Safety for the remaining of the current legislative term. Adams is replacing former Council Member Donovan Richards, now Queens Borough President. The Committee on Public Safety, which has oversight over the New York Police Department, is one of the Council’s most critical committees.

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The Council will also vote on resolution to urge state to pass Walking While Trans bill

City Hall – Today the New York City Council will vote on two important pieces of legislation to support the city’s arts and culture sector. The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on New York City’s arts and culture organizations.

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 U.S. District Court Judge Ronnie Abrams ruled that the legislation does not violate the constitutional rights of the plaintiffs 

The City Council won a legal challenge to several bills designed to protect residential and commercial tenants during the pandemic. The lawsuit was brought by landlords who argued that the three bills, which were part of a COVID-19 relief package for New Yorkers, violated their constitutional rights.   

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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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