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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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Resolution Calls on Albany to Extend Mitchell-Lama Priority Admission to Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan

City Hall, November 9th, 2009 – Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Member Gale A. Brewer, and Veterans Committee Chair James Sanders, Jr. today announced a Council resolution calling on the State Legislature to give priority admission in Mitchell-Lama housing developments to veterans of the Iraq, Afghanistan and Gulf Wars, as well as their widows and widowers, and to widowers of Vietnam-era veterans.

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Calls for human rights law charges to be brought against biased cab driver, Works with TLC to revoke license

City Hall – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn is taking action against a cab driver who kicked two men out for being openly gay. Speaker Quinn today spoke with both the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and the Taxi &

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“In a major victory for tenants across the city, Justice Eileen A. Rakower of the New York State Supreme Court has upheld the Safe Housing Act against legal challenge by a landlord. Under the Safe Housing Act, the City identifies buildings with the worst housing code violations and targets them for aggressive inspection and comprehensive repairs. If building owners do not make the necessary repairs and correct the underlying conditions, HPD steps in to fix the violations and charges owners for the cost of the work.

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“With the signing of the Ryan White CARE Act today, President Obama has provided renewed hope for more than 100,000 New Yorkers who will continue to have access to vital medications and health programs. The Ryan White program is critical to ensuring that all New Yorkers and all Americans living with HIV and AIDS have proper access to the care they so desperately need.

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Law Will Require Distressed Property Consultants to Disclose Regulations in Advertisements

City Hall, October 28, 2009 – In response to a proliferation of unscrupulous foreclosed property consultants in New York City, the members of the City Council will vote on legislation requiring these businesses to disclose recently enacted state regulations on any printed advertisements. With increasing rates of foreclosures and loan defaults, the State passed regulatory laws in August 2008 prohibiting distressed property consultants from collecting any payment prior to the completion of services as well as prohibiting them from performing services without a written contract with the property owner.

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“Today’s signing defines the Obama administration as one that stands solidly in support of full equality for all Americans.

“This civil rights victory sends the clear message that hate is hate and it is wrong, regardless of who the target is; our nation will not tolerate acts of violence against anyone based solely on who they are or are perceived to be.

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