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“Today on Holocaust Remembrance Day, the world gathers to remember six million Jewish men, women, and children and the millions of others of different ethnic, religious, or sexual orientations murdered during one of the darkest periods in human history.  We will never forget, and we will teach our children so that this unimaginable tragedy is never repeated. To say never again is to make a solemn vow to meet and confront hatred and bigotry whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head.

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New York, NY – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, and Council Member Margaret S. Chin on Thursday updated their joint lawsuit to ensure full public review for proposed developments (ULURP) in Manhattan’s Two Bridges neighborhood.

The proposed development in Lower Manhattan would, in order to proceed, need to lift a deed restriction at Block 248 Lot 70, one of three properties at the center of the dispute, meant to ensure housing for low income people with disabilities and the elderly in perpetuity.

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New York, NY – Council Speaker Corey Johnson today named Council Members Carlos Menchaca and Carlina Rivera co-chairs of the newly created 2020 Census Task Force, a group that will work to ensure that every New Yorker is counted in the upcoming decennial questionnaire. The task force, which will be composed of members of the Council’s Finance, Legislative and Community Engagement divisions, will focus on targeting traditionally undercounted immigrant and minority communities.

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City Hall – The New York City Council on Thursday will vote on legislation aimed at preventing and recognizing incidents of domestic violence in New York City, which will rely in part on the unique relationship New Yorkers have with their hairdressers and barbers. The Council will vote to mandate that the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender Based Violence (ENDGBV) conduct trainings for cosmetologists on recognizing the potential signs of domestic violence, and to equip them with resources to aid survivors.

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“I was saddened to learn about the tragic death of police officer Brian Kessler, who was killed during a horrific car crash early today in the Bronx on his way home from work. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends and the entire NYPD community, who are all suffering the loss of someone who was committed to serving the city and was taken too soon.”

“This
is a major win in the ongoing battle against the Trump administration’s efforts
to intimidate immigrant communities. The census affects political representation
and determines how $700 billion is distributed for critical services such as
education and infrastructure improvements. Fifty-three billion dollars is at
stake for New York State. This was another blatant attack on our valued
immigrant communities and on our democracy itself.

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City Hall – The New York City Council on Wednesday will vote on the Student Transportation Oversight Package (STOP), which will strengthen oversight and increase safety measures on the Department of Education’s school bus system. One of the safety measures under this package of bills is a requirement that all school buses be equipped with a two-way communication device and GPS tracking devices.

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City Hall – In an effort to eliminate pay disparities among city workers, the New York City Council on Thursday will vote on legislation that will require the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA) to issue public reports on pay disparities in the municipal workforce. The legislation requires the reports to be issued annually. It also gives the Council direct access to the underlying employment data in order to perform its own analysis and independently verify the report.

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City Hall – The New York City Council on Tuesday will vote to create an Office of Diversity and Inclusion within the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). The Council will also vote to require DCAS to study and report on diversity within city agencies.

In addition, the Council will vote to create a task force to study and make recommendations on Department of Education spending and school funding

The Council will also vote on legislation to clarify the format in which data is present in City reports.

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“The disturbing video of New York Police Department (NYPD) officers arresting Jazmine Headley and prying her son from her arms speaks for itself. However, the problems with this incident are hardly isolated to the NYPD. It is unacceptable that Human Resources Administration (HRA) has such little capacity to handle its core functions that folks seeking their assistance must sit on the floor with their children while waiting for an appointment.

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