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First Ever Comprehensive Food System Plan will Create Jobs, Improve Health, and Protect Environment

New York, NY – Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn today announced “FoodWorks New York”, a new effort by the City Council to produce the first ever comprehensive plan to use New York City’s food system to create jobs, improve public health and protect the environment.

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CITY HALL – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn today announced the formation of a new Predatory Equity Task Force, which will monitor problems resulting from the continued fallout of the housing bubble, and perform rapid response when these problems threaten the welfare of building tenants.

The Task Force will have two main goals. First, it will track buildings that are currently – or at risk of becoming – physically or financially distressed, and respond quickly to urgent problems.

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“Today the New York State Senate rejected an opportunity to declare that all citizens in New York are equal. The depth of sadness that I and many New Yorkers feel today is difficult to express. This is a loss for every family in New York. This is a loss for every Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender New Yorker.

“I want to thank Senator Tom Duane, Senator Sampson and the rest of the Senate leadership for bringing this issue to a vote on the Senate floor.

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“I Talk Because…” Video Project Brings Conversations about HIV/AIDS to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

City Hall – Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Health Committee Chair Joel Rivera, Council Member Rosie Mendez, and representatives from HIV/AIDS organizations from around New York City launched a social networking driven campaign to encourage and increase HIV/AIDS awareness. The groundbreaking campaign, which was announced on World AIDS Day, today, utilizes YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to re-start the conversation about HIV and AIDS in our communities.

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Responding to Deutsche Bank Fire Tragedy, Law Will Prohibit Simultaneous Occurrence of Building Demolition and Asbestos Abatement

City Hall, November 30, 2009 – Following the tragic Deutsche Bank Fire that took the lives of New York City Firefighters Joseph Graffagnino and Robert Beddia, the City Council will vote on the twelfth and final piece of construction, demolition, and abatement overhaul legislation at today’s Stated Council Meeting.

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CITY HALL – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn today announced that the City Council has secured over $10,000 in additional turkeys to help three major New York City food organizations provide Thanksgiving meals to families in all five boroughs. At the Council’s request, Ron Perelman has generously donated $10,000 worth of turkeys to City Harvest, the Food Bank for New York City, and the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.

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Council Funding of EBT Machines shows huge gains at the City’s Greenmarkets

CITY HALL – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council on the Environment of NYC (CENYC) Executive Director Marcel Van Ooyen, New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) Executive Director Joel Berg, CENYC EBT Coordinator Alexis Stevens, and local farmers Ana Angel and Martin Rodriguez today released a report highlighting a dramatic increase in the use of food stamps at the city’s Greenmarkets.

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Also Votes to Improve Notification Procedures for Parking Restriction Changes Around the Five Boroughs

City Hall, November 16, 2009 – At today’s Stated Council meeting, the City Council will vote on several pieces of legislation to improve parking rules and regulations around the five boroughs. Specifically, the Council will vote to adopt legislation that will:
• Create a five minute grace period for alternate side parking and muni-meter violations;

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“Two years ago, the City Council voted overwhelmingly to authorize negotiations with Verizon; allowing them to enter the cable television market in New York and offer FIOS service to all New Yorkers. Verizon made a commitment at that time to keep, maintain and expand thousands of good-paying, union jobs in New York City. FIOS is now offered in many parts of the City and Verizon has benefitted financially.

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City Hall, November 10th, 2009 – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Education Committee Chair Robert Jackson today announced that at the Council’s urging, the Bloomberg Administration has agreed to increase the number of new classroom seats in the City’s Five-Year Capital Plan by a total of 5,123. The School Construction Authority outlined their plan to expand school capacity in a proposed amendment to the Capital Plan first made public today.

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