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Tech Industry Leaders Convene to Teach Hundreds of Parents, Teachers and Children the Very Latest Tips for Staying Safe Online

City Hall – Speaker Christine C. Quinn today hosted hundreds of parents, teachers and children at NYCyber Safety Summit 2008, a forum that brought together leading voices in technology and internet safety, including Microsoft and Google, to provide a series of lectures, workshops and activities to help keep kids safe online.

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Will also call on Albany to amend proposed State Legislation which would weaken City’s Plastic Bag Recycling Law

NEW YORK, NY – Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, together with Sanitation and Solid Waste Committee Chair, Michael McMahon, Environmental Protection Chair Jim Gennaro, Public Safety Chair, Peter F. Vallone Jr., and environmental advocates announced the plastic bag recycling law, passed earlier this year, will go into effect tomorrow.

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Tech Industry Leaders Will Convene on August 9th to Provide Internet Safety Resources
for Parents, Children and Educators

City Hall – Speaker Christine C. Quinn today announced CyberSafety Summit 2008, an event that will bring together leading voices in technology and internet safety, including Microsoft, Google, the iKeepSafe Coalition and others, to provide a series of lectures, workshops and activities for parents, educators and young people.

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Extended Days will Continue to Improve Access to Library Services for all New Yorkers

NEW YORK, NY – Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, together with Libraries Subcommittee Chair Vincent J. Gentile, Cultural Affairs Chair Domenic Recchia, Council Member Alan Gerson along with the New York, Brooklyn and Queens library systems visited The New York Public Library’s New Amsterdam branch to announce the preservation of full-day, citywide, six-day library service.

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Information Offers Lawmakers a Clearer Picture of Local Issues Important to New Yorkers
City Hall, July 9, 2008 – The New York City Council today released the first set of CouncilStat data, collected through the new citywide database launched by the Council last fall. Among the most commonly logged constituent issues were inquiries and problems relating to construction, library service, and affordable housing.

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City Hall – Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, and Council Members Peter Vallone, Jr. and Michael McMahon today called on Governor Paterson to block State legislation that would preempt and weaken the City Council’s plastic bag recycling law. The State version of the City Council’s bill would dramatically reduce the number of stores in New York City required to recycle plastic carryout bags.

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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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