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In response to school budgets released last week with significant changes due to lost federal funding and declining enrollment in public schools, Speaker Adrienne Adams, Education Committee Chair Rita Joseph, and Oversight and Investigations Chair Gale Brewer released the following statement.

“Our students are our top priority. That is why we are committing to bringing the full weight of the Council to ensure critical gaps left by lost federal funding and school-specific enrollment are filled when the numbers are updated in September.

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Queens, NY – Today, Speaker Adrienne E. Adams joined Majority Whip Selvena Brooks-Powers, Senator Leroy Comrie, representatives from the Parks and Sanitation departments, community organizations, and local leaders to call for cleaner streets, parks, and open spaces in Southeast Queens. Speaker Adams highlighted local efforts already underway to beautify the area, including Baisley Pond Park, where the rally was held.

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New Council increases body’s budgetary power and responsibility, while securing Council record of $1.1 billion in program and service funding during budget negotiations to achieve greater balance in safety priorities

City Hall, NY – Speaker Adrienne E. Adams, Finance Committee Chair Justin Brannan and Mayor Eric Adams announced an agreement on a $101 billion budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023.

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“Affordable housing is critical to building strong communities and this law is a major opportunity for New York City. Vacant and underutilized hotels should be leveraged to address the city’s housing crisis, and this new law can result in more affordable homes for New Yorkers. I thank Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, Speaker Heastie, Senator Kavanagh, Assembly Member Cymbrowitz, and members of the State Legislature for passing this legislation, and Governor Hochul for signing it into law.”

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Queens, NY – Today, in partnership with Christ Pentecostal Temple, Inc., Speaker Adrienne E. Adams hosted a street co-naming ceremony in honor of Mother Maude Ford and unveiled Mother Maude Ford Way at the intersection of Brinkerhoff Avenue and 157th Street in Jamaica, Queens.

“Mother Maude Ford was a pioneering community and faith leader who personified unwavering tenacity and determination,” said Speaker Adrienne Adams.

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City Hall, NY – Today, the Council voted on legislation requiring inspections for self-closing doors in residential buildings. It is an additional fire safety measure to prevent fire tragedies, complementing the recent legislative package passed at the May 19 Stated Meeting and signed into law yesterday. In total, the bills passed by the Council are intended to strengthen fire safety in residences throughout New York City, in the aftermath of the January 9 Twin Parks tragic fire in the Bronx.

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Council Speaker unveils agenda to increase affordable housing, physical and mental health care, prioritize crime victim services, food assistance, and equitable parks access, and invest in opportunity for city’s youth and workforce

Queens, NY – New York City Council Speaker Adrienne E. Adams delivered her first State of the City address today at York College in Queens, outlining her vision to expand health and opportunity to improve public safety and recover from the pandemic.

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City Hall, NY – Today, the Council voted ona package of legislation to strengthen fire safety measures in residences throughout New York City. The bills respond to issues that led to the tragic residential building fire at the 19-story Twin Parks Northwest apartment building in the Fordham section of the Bronx on January 9 that claimed the lives of 17 New Yorkers, including eight children.

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“It is a deep disappointment and injustice that the Senate failed to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act. This legislation is critical to safeguard abortion and reproductive rights in states across the country. Now, every American will remember how their United States Senator voted on the fundamental right for millions of women, trans, and gender non-conforming people to make their own reproductive health decisions to access abortion care.

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“Housing insecurity is a major issue, and the City is experiencing a troubling rise in evictions and high levels of homelessness during this period of pandemic-related economic challenges. While it’s positive that the Rent Guidelines Board reduced the potential range of proposed rent increases from one being the largest since 1990, I remain concerned and opposed to the higher ends of these ranges being counterproductive to the housing crisis facing New Yorkers.

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