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City Hall – “Based on our review of the charging document and Mr. Chaim Deutsch’s plea agreement, the Council has concluded that the office of the 48th Council District has been vacated under the operation of law. Mr. Deutsch confessed to a crime and violated his oath of office. He is no longer a member of the City Council.”

Background: Under New York State Public Officers Law §30(1)(e), a public office is deemed vacant if the holder is convicted of a crime involving a violation of his oath of office.

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City and state legislation would disqualify police guilty of misconduct in other departments from getting hired in New York

City Hall, NY – As part of the Council’s efforts to increase police accountability and reimagine public safety, Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Member Francisco Moya, and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams are introducing a bill that will ban the city from hiring police officers from other jurisdictions who were fired for misconduct or resigned while being investigated for misconduct.

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The Council will also vote on plan to reduce food waste in City agencies

City Hall – In an effort to combat environmental harm to New Yorkers, particularly those in low-income communities and communities of color, the Council on Earth Day will vote on a bill that will ban the use of non-biological pesticides, such as glyphosates, on any playgrounds, parks, or other property owned or leased by the City, with limited exceptions for invasive and harmful species and for worker protections.

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City Hall, NY – “When it comes to our jobs as elected officials, nothing is more important than the public trust. Council Member Chaim Deutsch betrayed that public trust by committing tax fraud. Our constituents rightly expect the people they vote for to uphold the law. Deutsch failed them. To protect the integrity of the City Council and his Brooklyn seat, he must resign.

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City Hall – City Council Speaker Corey Johnson  announced today that the Council will introduce and hear a legislative package for smart, safe, and sustainable deliveries sponsored by Speaker Johnson Council Members Ydanis Rodriguez, Antonio Reynoso, Carlina Rivera, and Keith Powers.  

It includes a bill to create a pilot program for micro-distribution centers to stop trucks from using our sidewalks and streets for hours on end to unload their goods, as well as a bill to expand commercial loading zones citywide.

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New York, NY – “Today’s verdict is a relief. We have seen too many cases where justice was not delivered. And while I am relieved, I’d be remiss not to acknowledge the immense trauma George Floyd’s loved ones and the witnesses to his death endured throughout this trial. Nothing will ever alleviate their pain and suffering. My heart is with the Floyd family, his friends, his entire community, and all those who took the witness stand to deliver justice.  

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The Council will also vote to extend protections for COVID-19 impacted commercial tenants

 City Hall – The New York City Council will vote today on five bills and three resolutions designed to increase police accountability and reimagine public safety in our city.

To increase accountability, the Council will vote on a bill that will effectively end qualified immunity as a defense for certain civil rights violations.

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The Council will also vote to create a unified scheduling system for COVID-19 vaccinations  
City Hall – The New York City Council will vote today on two pieces of legislation to strengthen the current lead laws by expanding inspections when a child tests positive for having elevated blood lead levels and improving interagency communication. 

Under one of the bills, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) will be required to not only inspect the apartment when a child tests positive, but also any daycare, preschool or nursery where the child spends 10 or more hours a week.

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