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Also votes to approve designation of the West Chelsea Historic District in Manhattan

City Hall, October 23, 2008 – At today’s Stated Council meeting, the members of the New York City Council will vote on legislation to extend term limits for 59 term-limited municipal offices from two four-year terms to three four-year terms. The City Council will also vote to:

• Landmark 30 historic industrial and manufacturing buildings in Manhattan’s West Chelsea neighborhood;

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Quinn proposes spending cuts; recognizes shared pain

Backs Pro Job Growth Business Tax Policy

New York, NY, October 15, 2008 – In a speech before the Citizens Budget Commission today, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn acknowledging the depth of the fiscal challenges facing the City; offered a series of proposals and recommendations for how local government can play an important role in helping New Yorkers weather the global economic crisis.

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After extensive conversations with my colleagues and careful deliberation, I have decided to support the legislation put forward by Mayor Bloomberg to extend term limits from two to three terms.

In addition to Council Members, I have also talked with citywide leaders in the public and private sector – from business leaders to labor officials to good government advocates.

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City Hall, October 7, 2008 – At today’s Stated Council meeting, the members of the City Council will vote on legislation requiring the Department of City Planning to file a waterfront plan every ten years as well as land use legislation approving a 1.7 million-square-foot, mixed-use development in East Harlem . The Council will also vote to modify previous enhancements to the J-51 tax benefit program to include the Penn South residential community into the program.

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Standing Up for NYC’s Tenants

Local leaders support Brooklyn residents as they fight unimaginable living conditions and reiterate the absolute necessity of the Tenant Protection Act

CITY HALL – Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, together with Jennifer Levy of South Brooklyn Legal Services and Council Members Daniel R. Garodnick, Diana Reyna, Melissa Mark Viverito and Letitia James, today stood with Brooklyn residents who are taking their landlord to housing court on a charge of harassment.

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No woman shall in any way be prevented from accessing clinics; new bill takes action against intimidation, threats and harassment

NEW YORK, NY – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn today announced the introduction of the Clinic Access Bill, which will protect women seeking services at reproductive health care facilities. Currently, many women are faced with harassment and other hostile acts as they attempt to enter and exit clinics.

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Identifies barriers to care in the City’s eleven most underserved areas

View the Primary Care Initiative Report (pdf)

New York, September 22nd, 2008- In a major development stemming from her 2007 State of the City address, Speaker Christine C. Quinn, unveiled a groundbreaking report of the state of Primary Care in the City. The Speaker was joined by Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) Senior Vice President LaRay Brown, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Assistant Commissioner Louise Cohen and Rima Cohen of the Mayor’s Office.

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New York City Population Over 65 Expected to Increase by 45% by 2030

(September 15, 2008)-The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) president Jo Ivey Boufford, Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda Gibbs today released a report that takes the viewpoint of older adults themselves to help guide the City’s planning process to meet the expected 45 percent increase in New York City’s over age 65 population by 2030.

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Proposed rule threatens access to birth control, reproductive healthcare

New York City, September 16, 2008 – Together with women’s health advocates, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn today issued a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt urging him to withdraw a proposed rule that would severely threaten women’s access to healthcare nationwide. Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the New York American Civil Liberties Union joined Speaker Quinn in condemning the proposed change.

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While we have come along way in the struggle for equality, the brutal murder of Edgar Garzon is a painful reminder that we must continue to stand up against ignorance and hatred in any form.

I want to thank the prosecutor, Karen L. Ross, for her work in this case. This conviction is a testament to the idea that anyone who commits a crime motivated by hate or bias will be punished to the full extent of the law.

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