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Comes as Trump Administration creates obstacles for immigrants, including efforts to nearly double the citizenship application fee  

New York, NY— City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Committee on Immigration Chair Carlos Menchaca today announced the Council has designated almost $28.4 million in the fiscal year 2021 budget to help immigrants in New York. The funding comes as the Trump administration continues efforts to hurt immigrants, including attempting to raise the fee to apply for citizenship from $640 to $1,160.

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“Today marks the Mid-Autumn Festival, the time of year when many Asians around the world get together with their families and celebrate the fall harvest, as they have for thousands of years. It‘s also a time to reflect on the hard work that comes before the harvest. The pandemic has changed how people celebrate this festival as many won’t be able to come together in person but it will not change the spirit of this time of reflection.

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New York, NY –  “I agree with the recommendations of the Standard and Ethics Committee. Council Member King should be expelled from office. This is not a decision to be made lightly, but Council Member King has given us no alternative. This is the third time this Committee has had to discipline the Council Member, and yet he continues to show a blatant disregard for the rules and policies put in place to protect staff and the integrity of this body, including undermining the monitor who was imposed to try and correct his egregious behavior.  

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“Tonight, Jewish people across our beloved city will join together for the Kol Nidre service to mark the start of their holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur. I am grateful for the opportunity to wish all who observe an easy and meaningful fast on behalf of the entire New York City Council.  May all of us see a better year than the last, and may all our Jewish families be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life. G’mar Chatimah Tovah.”

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New York, NY – “¡Victoria para nuestra ciudad! Today U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh ordered the Census Bureau to keep conducting the census count until October 31. This is a win for New York and gives us another month to get a complete count in the City. We have seen the Trump Administration try and fail, again and again, to exclude immigrants from the census count and diminish the power of big cities like New York.

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The Council will also vote to enact protections for hotel workers

City Hall, NY – The New York City Council will vote on legislation extending protections for commercial tenants who have been impacted by COVID-19. Businesses throughout the City have been financially hurt by the pandemic, and it has forced closures or reductions in capacity.

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“As the sun sets and Jewish people across our great City come together to observe Rosh Hashanah, I want to take this opportunity to wish all who celebrate a happy, healthy and sweet New Year 5781.

“May this new year be better than the last and filled with good health and happiness. May all who honor the High Holy Days be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life. L’shana tovah u’metukah.”

“September 11th is always a painful day for our City and for our nation, but it is also a reminder of New York’s resiliency. Instead of destroying our city, the attacks strengthened and united us. Too many of our neighbors, including first responders, died on that day but their heroism will never be forgotten. 

“As our city battles another crisis, one that has killed more than 23,000 New Yorkers and continues to infect people, we must remember that by working together we can overcome the unthinkable and come back even stronger.” 

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“As the proud son of a union family, Labor Day is always special for me, but this year is particularly important because of everything working women and men have done to help this city and country battle the pandemic. It is critical that we thank and honor them for their hard work. 

“New York City is the birthplace of the American labor movement, and the contributions those women and men have made our city and our country stronger.

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