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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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New Yorkers Come to Offer Input to the New York City Economic Development Corporation on Potential Manhattan Landing Site Locations for Expanded Commuter Ferry Service

New York City – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, together with Council Members Dan Garodnick, Jessica Lappin, and Gale Brewer, hosted a public Meeting for New Yorkers to weigh in on potential locations for Manhattan commuter ferry landing sites.

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Newly Expanded “Respect for All” Initiative Will Train All Pedagogical DOE Staff, Hold Principals More Accountable

City Hall – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein today announced a major expansion of Respect for All, an anti-bias program that combats bullying and harassment in New York City public schools.

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Preserving Neighborhood Character and Creating Incentives for Affordable Housing, Council Also Votes to Rezone 128 Blocks in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park Community

City Hall, September 30, 2009 – At today’s Stated Council meeting, the City Council will vote to improve the City’s graffiti removal process. Under this legislation, property owners who receive notices from the city regarding graffiti on their property will automatically receive free cleaning from the city unless they object.

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New York City’s water supply is our most important asset, providing clean drinking water to 50 percent of the state’s residents. Thanks to continued efforts to keep the watershed pollution free, our water does not currently need to be filtered. But if the federal or state government found our water to need filtration, city water ratepayers would be forced to construct a new facility that could cost us over $10 billion dollars.

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“Early Saturday morning there was a report of an anti-LGBT attack in Hell’s Kitchen in which two individuals were the victims of a physical assault. I am obviously outraged by news that another bias attack has occurred in our city. But I am also deeply concerned by reports from the victims that NYPD officers responding to the scene did not appropriately recognize the seriousness of the incident.

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Encourage Small Businesses and Homeowners to Take Advantage of Three-Month Penalty Forgiveness Period

City Hall – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that this week begins the NYC Penalty Relief Program for Homeowners and Business Owners, which eliminates penalties and interest on outstanding Environmental Control Board (ECB) debt for businesses, homeowners and individuals that apply between now and December 21st.

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Also Votes to Strengthen Standpipe and Sprinkler Operations as part of Comprehensive Construction, Demolition and Abatement Overhaul

City Hall, September 17, 2009 – At today’s Stated Council meeting, the City Council will vote to create a $3 million biotechnology tax credit encouraging small biotech companies to bring jobs, innovation and new technology to New York City. Biotechnology firms will be provided with a refundable annual credit up to $250,000 for facilities, operations and training and will be eligible for the credit for up to three years.

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