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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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Updated to Reflect Negative COVID test result  

New York, NY – “Today I learned that I was exposed to COVID-19. After speaking with medical professionals, I immediately got tested for COVID. This afternoon, the tests came back as negative. I have begun quarantining, per CDC guidance. Going forward, I will continue following CDC guidelines. 

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Program seeks to cover more NYC neighborhoods and make it easier to build and retain stores that provide fresh foods and a full range of grocery products 

NEW YORK – City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Department of City Planning (DCP) Director Marisa Lago today announced a partnership to update and expand the Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) program, to bring convenient, accessible grocery stores to underserved neighborhoods and New Yorkers – a need further highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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“I applaud the courage of the women who have come forward. Previously, I expressed my support for the investigation being led by Attorney General Letitia James. I still believe that independent investigation must continue. But I also believe that the number and the nature of the allegations against Gov. Cuomo has made it impossible for him to govern. Gov. Cuomo should resign.” 

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New York, NY – City Council’s Small Business Committee is holding a hearing today at 1 p.m. on two bills providing civil penalty relief for small businesses, who for too long have been subjected to onerous fines from New York City. After conducting a year-long review of the extensive network of rules and regulations that apply to the City’s small businesses, the Council drafted legislation to permanently update more than 180 laws and to provide immediate relief to businesses by refunding unnecessary fines.  

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