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City Hall, March 26, 2008 – At today’s Stated Council meeting, the members of the New York City Council will vote to override a mayoral veto of anti-discrimination legislation that would prohibit discrimination against tenants based on lawful source of rent payment. This legislation will help maximize the use of available Section 8 vouchers and protect access to safe and permanent housing for low-income families.

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CITY HALL – On Monday, March 24th, the Council’s Committee on State and Federal Legislation will hold an oversight hearing to discuss the recommendations made by the New York City Traffic Congestion Mitigation Commission. The commission, which released its final report on January 31st, was asked to analyze the costs and benefits of various plans to reduce traffic congestion in New York City and to formulate a final set of recommendations for the actions the city should take.

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CITY HALL – The City Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee will convene a hearing at 10 a.m. on April 29, to discuss and determine reforms for construction site safety at high-rise developments. Specifically, the hearing will focus on whether the City’s crane regulations are sufficient for ensuring the safety of both workers and the many people who walk under and around development sites everyday.

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Legislation creates a new layer of protection for tenants in all five boroughs

CITY HALL – Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, together with Council Members Daniel R. Garodnick and Melissa Mark-Viverito, joined over 300 tenants and housing advocates at a rally on the steps of City Hall to support the signing of the Tenant Protection Act. First mentioned in Quinn’s 2007 State of the City Address, Local Law No.

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City Hall, March 12th, 2008 – At today’s Stated Council meeting, the members of the City Council will vote on the most substantial reduction of its budget in the history of the modern Council. Council Members will also vote on the “Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Act”, requiring the Department of Transportation to conduct safety analysis at crash sites to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, as well as legislation to prevent blockage of traffic signs.

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Also votes on tenant harassment bill, providing greater protection for New York City’s renters

City Hall, February 27th, 2008 – At today’s Stated Council meeting, the members of the City Council will vote on legislation to create 1,000 new permits for street vendors who exclusively sell fresh fruits and vegetables. In conjunction with this legislation, the Council announced a package of collaborative initiatives with the Administration to increase New Yorkers’ access to healthy foods.

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Proposal Would Provide Insurance to 4,500 New Yorkers

Queens, February 21, 2008 – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, together with members of the City Council and the Queens and Brooklyn Chambers of Commerce, today called for the expansion of Brooklyn HealthWorks, a program that currently offers affordable health insurance to small businesses. Due to the success of Brooklyn HealthWorks, the Council is advocating for the program’s expansion into Queens and Manhattan, which would provide insurance to an additional 4,500 New Yorkers.

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Helping to protect the environment, groundbreaking legislation requires manufacturers to collect and recycle discarded electronics

City Hall, February 13th, 2008 – At tomorrow’s Stated Council meeting, the members of the City Council will vote on trailblazing environmental legislation that would require manufacturers to take responsibility for collecting and recycling electronic products they produce. The Council will also vote on legislation that would help to improve air quality in and around New York City’s waterfronts, by requiring city-owned ferries to use low sulfur-emission fuel as well as technology to reduce fuel exhaust pollutants from being released into the air.

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City Hall – Investigations Committee Chair Eric Gioia, Transportation Committee Chair John C. Liu, Council Members and disability advocates today released the findings of a City Council investigation titled “On the Right Track: A Roadmap to Improving Transportation for New York City’s Disabled Population.” The investigation examines the problems New Yorkers with disabilities face in using the city’s transportation system, and issues a set of low cost, easy to implement recommendations for improving transportation safety and access.

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