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Mammogram Wait Times Better Than Expected, Nadler Bill to Will Require Insurers to Cover Screening Mammography and MRI

City Hall, October 25th, 2009 – As part of the continued effort in fighting the battle against breast cancer, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, together with Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Chairperson of the Women’s Committee, Helen Sears, Chairperson of the Health Committee, Joel Rivera and Council Members today unveiled a citywide comprehensive report ‘Access to Mammography in New York City’: Facility Wait Times, Locations and Proximity to Transportation’ which details New York City’s women’s access to screening mammograms.

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Statement from Speaker Christine C. Quinn:

While I appreciate the economic opportunity that natural gas extraction presents for the State of New York, I believe the risk to a watershed that provides clean drinking water to over 8 million New Yorkers is simply too great. And if we compromise that watershed, we risk billions of dollars in potential costs from large scale filtration, which might not fully reverse the damage done.

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“For too many families across our City, gun violence is an unrelenting fact of life. It’s time for that to change. Each of us has to make a commitment as New Yorkers that we will do everything we can to stop the violence that is poisoning our communities. The death of Sadie Mitchell this week reminds us that this vile act is still happening in on our streets.

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“I applaud the United States Senate’s passage of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. This victory for civil rights in the United States sends a message that our nation will not tolerate acts of violence against anyone based solely on a person’s gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. And it broadens the federal definition of a hate crime to recognize such violence regardless of when or where it is carried out.

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“New Yorkers from every borough and every income level depend on their local post office for a number of key services. The potential closure of as many as fourteen post office locations in New York City would be problematic for many communities. But it would be especially damaging to seniors, working New Yorkers, and other groups that have been hardest hit by the current recession.

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Rally on the steps of City Hall in support of public sector workers facing layoffs

New York City – The painful consequences of the Puerto Rican Government’s move to fire tens of thousands of public sector workers are felt deeply many miles away here in New York City. We are most troubled by reports of the government’s intent to end union contracts and the fair, good faith labor agreements that accompany them.

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Council Will Also Vote to Expedite Restarting of Stalled Construction Sites, Legislation Will Increase Safety with More Stringent Site Monitoring Requirements

City Hall – At today’s Stated Council meeting, the City Council will vote to expand on the Food and Drug Administration’s action to ban the sale of flavored cigarettes by banning the sale of all flavored tobacco products in New York City.

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Council to Vote This Week on Legislation to Increase Safety with More Stringent Site Monitoring Requirements Local Law to Expedite Restarting of Stalled Construction

Brooklyn – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Members Dan Garodnick, Gale Brewer, Letitia James, and David Yassky today announced the Council will vote this Wednesday to adopt legislation allowing developers to quickly restart stalled construction sites by agreeing to increased safety standards while construction is suspended.

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College Point, Queens – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn was joined today by LGBT and community leaders in responding to a recent violent hate attack, which occurred early Friday morning. The victim, Jack Price, is recovering at New York Hospital Queens.

State Senator Tom Duane, Council Member John Liu, and community leaders Daniel Dromm, Jimmy Van Bramer and Kevin Kim stood with Speaker Quinn in denouncing the attack.

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Bill Will Prevent Excessive Ticketing by the Department of Sanitation

City Hall, October 7th, 2009 – Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley, Council Member Letitia James, small business owners and advocates today announced the “Protection Against Ticket Harassment (PATH) Act”, a new bill that would prevent excessive and unfair ticketing practices by the Department of Sanitation.

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