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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

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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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As City’s Stations Prepare for New System, Speaker Quinn and Council Members Push for Improvements

CITY HALL – Today, New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn together with Civil Rights Committee Chair, Larry B Seabrook, Consumer Affairs Committee Chair, Leroy Comrie and members of the Council held a hearing today calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate Arbitron on their Portable People Meter (PPM) system.

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Also votes to create penalties for scaling city buildings, bridges, and monuments

City Hall, September 4, 2008 – At today’s Stated Council meeting, the members of the City Council will vote on three pieces of legislation to improve construction safety at sites where tower and climber cranes are in use. Additionally, the Council will vote on legislation that would make it illegal to scale any city structure over 50 feet tall, including statues, cranes, bridges, signs, or buildings.

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City Leaders Demand that Landlord Lobby Stop Trying to Undermine Tenant Protection Act

CITY HALL – Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, together with Council Members Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member Letitia James, joined tenants and housing advocates at a rally on the steps of City Hall to speak out against an unwarranted lawsuit brought on by the landlord lobby aimed at overturning the Tenant Protection Act.

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Council Marks Five Year Anniversary of Blackout with Energy Conservation Legislation

City Hall, August 14, 2008 – At today’s Stated Council meeting, the members of the City Council will vote on legislation that will change the current requirements needed to be named the Department of buildings Commissioner.

The Council will also vote on the following:

• Two pieces of construction safety legislation that would require a site-safety manager when work involves pouring concrete and the requirement that all project workers complete a site-specific safety orientation prior to work;

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This attempt to overturn the Tenant Protection Act speaks to the absolute necessity of having this law on the books. Obviously, some landlords feel they need to protect a pattern of behavior designed for only one purpose – to get people out of their homes. This bill was the product of 14 months of thoughtful collaboration with tenants, advocates and landlords, and we are confident it will stand up to any legal challenge.

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