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$129 Million will go Directly to Classrooms New Initiatives will Target Middle Schools, English Language Learners, Class Size Reduction

Speaker Quinn and Mayor Bloomberg Announce Council Restoration of Classroom Funds $129 Million will go Directly to Classrooms New Initiatives will Target Middle Schools, English Language Learners, Class Size Reduction
City Hall – Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Mayor Michael R.

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City will outreach to over 600,000households who may qualify for food stamps

New York, June 16, 2008 – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, together with Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda Gibbs, Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar and Food Policy Coordinator Benjamin Thomases today announced the completion of the food stamp data match, an initiative that identifies current Medicaid recipients who may be qualified for food stamps but are not enrolled.

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CITY HALL – Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, together with Oversight and Investigations Chair Eric Gioia and Council Member Letitia James, today released a report that shows oversight of New York State’s Milk Price Gouging Law has decreased significantly, resulting in Citywide milk prices that are above the State determined legal threshold. The report is titled “Milk Money: Price Gouging and New York City Milk Sales.”

The legislators were joined by a number of food and consumer advocates, including: Steven Newman, COO of Public Health Solutions, Tracy Shelton of NYPIRG, Joel Berg of the Coalition Against Hunger, Carlos Rodrigez and Aine Duggan of the Food Bank for New York.

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Improved regulations will ensure safety of firefighters and emergency responders
First comprehensive revision of fire code in nearly 100 years

City Hall, May 28, 2008 – At today’s Stated Council meeting, the City Council will vote on legislation to improve and enhance current fire safety regulations by adopting more modern and comprehensive fire safety regulations. The enhanced fire code will improve public safety, protect New York City firefighters and emergency responders.

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CITY HALL – Speaker Christine C. Quinn, together with Council Members James Gennaro, Simcha Felder, David Yassky, Leroy Comrie and Thomas White, today introduced legislation that will transform and modernize the Environmental Control Board (ECB), making it both fairer and more efficient.

The legislators were joined by Deputy Mayor Carol Robles-Roman, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations Jeffrey A.

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CITY HALL – Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, together with Public Housing Sub-committee Chair Rosie Mendez and Oversight and Investigations Chair Eric Gioia, today released a report that details the financial challenges New Yorkers living in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments face because of a lack of access to banking institutions and they services they provide.

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Speaker Quinn, Council Member Mendez, Borough President Stringer, Committee to Save Saint Brigid’s Church Rally in Support of Famine Church of the Lower East Side

New York, May 20th, 2008 – Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Member Rosie Mendez, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and the Committee to Save Saint Brigid’s Church celebrated the news of a $20 million anonymous donation to restore and reopen Saint Brigid’s Church in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

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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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