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Legislation is accompanied by the Council’s new “Planning Together” report on failures of City’s long-term planning process 

New York, NY – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson today issued the Planning Together report, which details the failures of the City’s long-term planning processes and explores trends and national best practices for long-term planning.

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Council Member Adams replaces former Council Member Donovan Richards

New York, NY — Speaker Corey Johnson today announced the appointment of Council Member Adrienne Adams as Chair of the Committee on Public Safety for the remaining of the current legislative term. Adams is replacing former Council Member Donovan Richards, now Queens Borough President. The Committee on Public Safety, which has oversight over the New York Police Department, is one of the Council’s most critical committees.

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The Council will also vote on resolution to urge state to pass Walking While Trans bill

City Hall – Today the New York City Council will vote on two important pieces of legislation to support the city’s arts and culture sector. The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on New York City’s arts and culture organizations.

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 U.S. District Court Judge Ronnie Abrams ruled that the legislation does not violate the constitutional rights of the plaintiffs 

The City Council won a legal challenge to several bills designed to protect residential and commercial tenants during the pandemic. The lawsuit was brought by landlords who argued that the three bills, which were part of a COVID-19 relief package for New Yorkers, violated their constitutional rights.   

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“Mayor David Dinkins was a remarkable public servant whose grace and dignity set the standard for what compassionate leadership can achieve. He believed New York City could meet any challenge it faced by working collectively.

“As the city’s 106th mayor, he made it his mission to look out for communities who needed the most help, but who were often the most overlooked. He made history as the city’s first – and still only – Black mayor, and inspired a generation of future leaders, many of whom he enjoyed mentoring.  

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City Hall – Today the New York City Council will vote on legislation designed to combat age discrimination throughout the workforce. Age discrimination is one of the most prevalent forms of discrimination in the workplace and can start as early as age 40. Today’s package aims to provide desperately needed support for older New Yorkers and tools to protect them as they remain in the workforce for longer periods of time.

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“This is a devastating moment for New York City. Through the Council’s oversight, we know that remote learning is failing many of our most vulnerable students, including special education students, those who live in homeless shelters, and those from low-income neighborhoods. We also know that many students do not have the devices they need for remote learning, while others are waiting on Wi-Fi. This was unacceptable in the hybrid learning model and catastrophic now that we are going fully remote.

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“In this time of great uncertainty, there is one thing we do know: many students, including our youngest and most vulnerable school populations, are in desperate need of in-person learning and support services. We know this from hours and hours of testimony from educators, experts, parents and teachers at Council oversight hearings held in September and October.

“We also know that there is credible scientific evidence that young students are less likely to transmit COVID-19, and leading health experts have expressed confidence that schools can operate safely if safety measures are resourced and followed.

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New York – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Oversight and Investigations Committee Chair Ritchie Torres today released a Council Oversight and Investigations report containing substantial evidence pointing to the identity of an anonymous online persona responsible for numerous and repeated unacceptable and disgusting online posts. The evidence reveals that the anonymous poster, who went by the name “Clouseau” on the vitriolic public online message board known as “Law Enforcement Rant,” appears to be Deputy Inspector James Francis Kobel.  

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