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New York, May 20th, 2008 – In remarks delivered at a Crain’s Business Breakfast Forum, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn identified approximately $160 million in alternative cuts to New York City schools and discussed several proposals to strengthen and improve Mayoral control over the City’s public schools.

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION CUTS
Responding to the Administration’s $191 million in proposed cuts to New York City’s classrooms, Speaker Quinn identified several alternative areas for potential cuts to the City’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 budget.

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City Hall – Speaker Christine C. Quinn was in Staten Island today to celebrate the opening the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center of Staten Island. She was joined by Council Member Michael McMahon, State Senator Diane Savino, Assembly Member Janelle Hyer-Spencer and Assembly Member Matthew Titone.

Since 1983, the Center, as the organization has become known, has provided a home for the LGBT community in New York City, providing valuable advocacy, counseling, cultural programming and recreational activities.

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CITY HALL – Speaker Christine C. Quinn, together with the Council’s Budget Negotiation Team, today announced that the Council will seek no new programmatic funding in FY09. In light of the downward turn in the economy, the Council’s main priority going into budget negotiations will be to see a decrease in the money spent on city services, while simultaneously restoring cuts to core services.

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New Route Will Provide Commuters a Fast, Affordable and Convenient Alternative to Driving

City Hall – Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Council Member Joseph Addabbo were in Queens this morning to announce the start of a two-year pilot program for ferry service that will run between Riis Landing in the Rockaways and Pier 11 in Manhattan, with an intermediate stop at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.

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City Hall, May 7, 2008 – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, together with the City Council’s 27-member Budget Working Group, today released several major changes to the Council’s current budget allocation process. These extensive and unparalleled budgetary practices significantly raise existing standards for legislative fiscal practices through strengthening governmental transparency and accountability.

This set of best practices includes:

Increasing pre-clearance requirements for organizations requesting local, discretionary or initiative-based funding;

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SUNNYSIDE, Queens – Weeks after Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan examined traffic conditions along Barnett Avenue in Sunnyside to see how the City can make the area safer for pedestrians, work has already been completed on speed bumps that were requested by residents to slow through traffic.

Speaker Quinn originally toured the area in September, during a visit with community leaders.

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Service to the Far Rockaways to Commence May 12th, East River Service to Follow in July

City Hall – Speaker Christine C. Quinn was joined on Monday by Mayor Bloomberg, New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Jeanette Sadik-Kahn, local elected officials and advocates as she announced new details of her plan to bring ferry service to all five boroughs of New York City.

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Brooklyn, NY – Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Council Member Letitia James today denounced death threats that were recently mailed to Judge Diana Johnson and her family. They were joined by Council Member Bill de Blasio, Council Member Albert Vann, State Assemblyman Karim Camara, State Senator Eric Adams, Reverend Clarence Norman Sr., and other community leaders.

“I am very sad that hate and ignorance have once again been directed at Judge Johnson,” said Council Speaker Christine C.

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City Hall, April 30, 2008 – Following a lengthy and collaborative public review and hearing process, the members of the City Council will vote on an extensive rezoning plan for the 125th Street Corridor in Harlem.

The Council will also vote on legislation that would:
• Preserve existing character and greenery in New York City neighborhoods by prohibiting homeowners from completely paving over front yards, which is commonly done to create off-street parking;

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City Hall, April 16, 2008 – At today’s Stated Council meeting, the members of the City will vote on comprehensive legislation to give taxi and livery cab drivers greater and fairer protections during the dispute process administrated by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) Administrative Tribunal. The Council will also vote on a resolution calling on the State Assembly to pass legislation allowing State pharmacists to provide flu and pneumonia immunization.

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