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Council also passes legislation to improve design of ranked choice voting ballots, reduce catalytic converter theft and establish program to reduce flooding through expanded access to backwater valves

City Hall, NY – Today, the Council voted on legislation to expand career pipelines into the municipal workforce. One bill requires the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) to establish a civil service ambassador program that provides educational materials to populations that would benefit from joining the civil service and learning about the its examination process.

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This $4.4 million effort is part of CUNY Reconnect, a program to encourage New Yorkers with college credits to complete their degrees.

3,000 former students re-enrolled this semester and more than 10,000 students have been contacted.

Jamaica, NY – New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams joined Chancellor Félix V.

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“Voters sent Council Member Kagan to the Council as a member of the majority conference and this drastic about-face seriously calls into question his commitment to the policy priorities of our conference that will impact his committee roles, particularly his chairmanship given the fact that he is joining a party that denies climate change. New Yorkers have expectations for their representatives to carry the values that they were elected to prioritize over politics.

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“I congratulate Congressman Hakeem Jeffries on being elected as House Democratic Leader and becoming the first Black lawmaker to lead any party in Congress. From the New York State Assembly to the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Jeffries has honorably served communities in Brooklyn and Queens for many years. New York City and the entire country are grateful for his leadership.

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“There is no question that our city is in the midst of a mental health crisis fueled by the pandemic’s impact on our collective health and by the disruption of access to mental health care and services. The pandemic exacerbated existing challenges created by decades of disinvestment from mental health infrastructure. Our city needs a robust response to this crisis, but how we respond matters greatly.

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“Love is love, and all Americans deserve the right to marry the person they love without undue restrictions from government. With the United States Senate’s passage of the bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act, our country is sending a clear message that marriage equality is an inalienable right for all that is supported by Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike. The Supreme Court has already stripped away the federal right to safely access abortion and reproductive health care, and indicated that other rights, including same sex marriage, could be next on the chopping block.

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New York, NY – Speaker Adrienne Adams and the New York City Council celebrated a five-bill legislative package to improve diversity within the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) being signed into law today.

The bills in the package — sponsored by Speaker Adams, Council Member Joann Ariola, Council Member Kevin Riley and Council Member Nantasha Williams — seek to address the historic lack of racial and gender diversity in the FDNY.

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Council also votes on legislation to advance substance use recovery programs, mental health services, and regulation of catalytic converter sales to prevent auto theft

City Hall, NY – Today, the Council approved two land use applications in Brooklyn and Queens that will collectively produce over 5,000 new units of housing, 65% of which will be affordable.

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New York, NY – Speaker Adrienne E. Adams and Council Member Tiffany Cabán celebrated two bills to expand services to victims of domestic and gender-based violence being signed into law today. The “Support Survivors” legislative package, to increase services and provide resources for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence, was passed during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It would require city agencies to establish a housing stability program for survivors and create an online portal and resource guide for survivors.

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Changes increase projected affordable units from 711 to 1,436 with more family-sized units and deeper affordability, dedicate units for formerly homeless, and convert market rate units to be set-aside for CityFHEPS voucher holders

City Hall, NY – As New York City faces a severe affordable housing crisis, the City Council Committee on Land Use voted to approve a private land use application in Queens that provides an unprecedented level of affordable housing and public benefits for the local neighborhood and of any such application in New York City.

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