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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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City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn today announced a comprehensive overhaul
of the City Council’s budget allocation process, continuing efforts to
strengthen accountability and increase transparency. The reforms include:
transforming the Speaker’s program allocations into a competitive, merit-based
Request For Proposals (RFP) process; creating an Independent Compliance Office
within the Council to monitor budget and procurement actions;

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Continuing with priorities of financial reform and governmental transparency, Speaker calls for additional cuts to City services, identifies over $1.37 billion in additional budgetary resources and savings

City Hall, April 1st, 2008 – Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn today presented the City Council’s response to Mayor Bloomberg’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 preliminary budget. In presenting her response, Speaker Quinn identified over $1.37 billion in additional budgetary resources, including substantial revenues, agency cuts, and agency re-estimations.

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CITY HALL – The City Council approved a home rule request today, urging state lawmakers to vote in favor of congestion pricing legislation. The home rule request, which passed the Council 30-20, will be sent to Albany for consideration prior to votes in the State Legislature.

At 8:00 PM, Speaker Quinn will hold a media availability in the Red Room at City Hall.

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Madison Square Garden’s announcement demonstrates a callous disregard for both the future of the Moynihan Station project and the future of New York City, as well as disrespect for the legacy of Senator Moynihan. It also undermines the hard work of countless community leaders, elected officials, and other members of the development community, who have dedicated themselves to expediting this process and making the station a reality.

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City Hall, March 26, 2008 – At today’s Stated Council meeting, the members of the New York City Council will vote to override a mayoral veto of anti-discrimination legislation that would prohibit discrimination against tenants based on lawful source of rent payment. This legislation will help maximize the use of available Section 8 vouchers and protect access to safe and permanent housing for low-income families.

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CITY HALL – On Monday, March 24th, the Council’s Committee on State and Federal Legislation will hold an oversight hearing to discuss the recommendations made by the New York City Traffic Congestion Mitigation Commission. The commission, which released its final report on January 31st, was asked to analyze the costs and benefits of various plans to reduce traffic congestion in New York City and to formulate a final set of recommendations for the actions the city should take.

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CITY HALL – The City Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee will convene a hearing at 10 a.m. on April 29, to discuss and determine reforms for construction site safety at high-rise developments. Specifically, the hearing will focus on whether the City’s crane regulations are sufficient for ensuring the safety of both workers and the many people who walk under and around development sites everyday.

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Legislation creates a new layer of protection for tenants in all five boroughs

CITY HALL – Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, together with Council Members Daniel R. Garodnick and Melissa Mark-Viverito, joined over 300 tenants and housing advocates at a rally on the steps of City Hall to support the signing of the Tenant Protection Act. First mentioned in Quinn’s 2007 State of the City Address, Local Law No.

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