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City Hall, NY – Today, the Council voted on Introduction 173-A, requiring the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to develop standards for inspecting the quality of various features of parks or playgrounds under its jurisdiction and issue a report to the Mayor and Council that would identify any such features that have routinely been given an unacceptable rating after having been inspected by DPR.

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City Hall, NY – In response to the disclosure of a draft majority opinion of the United States Supreme Court that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, Speaker Adrienne Adams and the Council’s Women’s Caucus stood with women’s reproductive rights advocates to express alarm at the draft opinion, urge action by the U.S. Senate to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, and reiterate support for women’s rights to safe abortion and reproductive health access.

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“All New Yorkers deserve safe and stable housing, and we have to create more flexibility in our zoning and building codes to allow for the conversion of underutilized and vacant hotels into desperately needed supportive and affordable housing. I urge my colleagues in the State Senate and Assembly to seize the moment and pass S.4937/A.6262, so we can add this important new strategy for increasing the affordable and supportive housing so many New Yorkers desperately need.”

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Council also votes on bill mandating inclusion of recent available data in the citywide M/WBE disparity study

City Hall, NY – Today, the Council voted on Introduction 134-A. This bill would amend Local Law 32, which makes it an unlawful discriminatory practice to post any job listing that does not include the minimum and maximum salary offered for the position.

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“New York City needs a budget that strengthens communities, expands opportunity, and accelerates an equitable recovery to make our city safer. The Council spoke loudly with its unified voice on behalf of New Yorkers and the Mayor’s Executive Budget took real steps to incorporate funding for many critical priorities from our response that we appreciate, including homeless services, housing assistance, summer youth programming, and mental health emergency responses.

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Speaker Adams and Council leaders urged Mayor to increase strategic funding for education and youth programs, physical and mental health care, benefit programs, and opportunity-based services in FY 2023 budget to make City safer and healthier

City Hall, NY – Today, Speaker Adrienne E. Adams, the Council’s Budget Negotiating Team and committee chairs highlighted the legislative body’s priority investments into communities to advance public safety in New York City.

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City Hall, NY – In response to Mayor Adams announcing that his Executive Budget will include $171 million to establish more than 1,400 additional safe haven and stabilization beds, three additional drop-in centers with support services, along with increased street outreach, Speaker Adrienne Adams released the following statement.

“This $171 million investment in solutions that can better help support unhoused New Yorkers transition from homelessness is the right approach and a major step forward for our city,” said Speaker Adrienne Adams.

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Legislative package would accelerate phase-out of dirty fuel, and expand organic waste collection, community recycling, electric vehicle chargers, greenways, resource conservation by buildings, and tree plantings 

City Hall, NY – On Earth Day, the New York City Council continued its legacy as a leader on environmental policies by announcing a new package of environmental legislation.

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City Hall, NY – Today, Council leaders were joined by housing advocates to call for the Mayor’s Executive Budget to incorporate the housing priorities of the Council’s Preliminary Budget Response to increase investments in affordable housing, expand specific homeless services as key solutions to housing insecurity and homelessness, and create safer neighborhoods. The press conference, led by Speaker Adrienne Adams, Deputy Speaker and General Welfare Committee Chair Diana Ayala, Housing &

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In response to Mayor Adams and the Department of Sanitation announcing a waste containerization pilot expansion to all five boroughs, Speaker Adrienne E. Adams released the following statement:  

“New Yorkers deserve to live in communities that are safe and clean. I applaud Mayor Adams and the Department of Sanitation for moving forward with this pilot program for containerization, which the Council prioritized in its Preliminary Budget Response.

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