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New York, NY – “The allegations against Gov. Cuomo are serious and disturbing. New Yorkers need to have faith that their leaders are not abusing the great power they have been entrusted with by the public. I support a truly independent investigation into the claims made by Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett. The investigation should be handled by Attorney General Letitia James in a thorough and expeditious manner.

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City Hall – The New York City Council will vote today on legislation that requires the de Blasio Administration to create a plan to vaccinate homebound seniors for COVID-19. The pandemic has been particularly devastating to our seniors, especially those over 75-years-old who are at highest risk for hospitalization and death compared to all other age groups. Sadly, this population has had trouble getting vaccinated because of hurdles getting appointments as well as physical challenges getting to vaccines sites. This legislation will require the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, or another designated agency, to create a plan to vaccinate homebound seniors and provide a report to the Council after the plan has been implemented.

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The Council will also vote on pilot program to test sewage for virus that causes COVID-19 

 
City Hall – Today the New York City Council will vote on legislation to transfer the land, buildings and facilities of Rikers Island from the Department of Correction (DOC) to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). 

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Javier Castillo Maradiaga, a dreamer in danger of being deported, is cited as one example of the disgraceful work being carried out under Decker

New York, NY – Below is a letter Speaker Corey Johnson and Chair of the Committee on Immigration, Carlos Menchaca, sent Tuesday to Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting the removal of Thomas Decker from his post as the director of the U.S.

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New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo issued the below statement regarding the proposed Spice Factory rezoning in Brooklyn.    

“The Council is disappointed that Continuum continues to advance this proposal despite widespread opposition in the community, as well as the clear danger posed to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s conservatory greenhouses by the shadows that would be cast by these huge towers.

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Initial twelve-item legislative package includes reforms to discipline and reducing the role of police  

New York, NY –The City Council today announced it will introduce a legislative package of 11 bills and one resolution aimed at reforming the New York City Police Department, that will be considered at a series of hearings in February. 

This package is in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order in June directing New York City to adopt a policing reform plan by April 1. The Council action comes despite months of delays from the de Blasio Administration to comply with the order. As the Council works to engage stakeholders and address the many issues raised by advocates and impacted communities, additional hearings and reform measures will be announced. 

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The Council will also vote to require public education ahead of ranked choice elections.

City Hall – Today the New York City Council will vote on historic legislation to mandate significant reforms to the street vendor system. The number of food vending permits has been capped at 3,000 since 1983, despite high demand.

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The report was commissioned by the Council and proposes charging FHV companies for each minute their vehicles spend in Manhattan below 96th street without a passenger, to amplify the gridlock-reduction benefits of congestion pricing

New York, NY – Today, transportation and traffic analyst Charles Komanoff released Curbing For-Hire Vehicle Stockpiling in the Manhattan Core, a report to the New York City Council that proposes charging ride-hail for-hire vehicle companies (such as Lyft, Uber and Via) a per-minute charge on empty vehicle time to reduce congestion in the Manhattan taxi zone, extending from 96th Street to the Battery. 

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City Hall – Today, during the New York City Council’s 2021 Charter meeting, the Council will vote on the appointment of several new committee chairs. 

“I look forward to working alongside all of my colleagues in the coming year, including these newly appointed committee chairs. There is much work ahead for all of us as we rebuild our city from the devastation brought on by COVID-19, but I am confident that we can face any challenge by working together,” said Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

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The Council will also vote to require additional reporting on remote learning in public schools

City Hall – Today the New York City Council will vote on legislation designed to protect fast-food workers from unfair firings. Under proposed legislation, fast-food employers would be prohibited from terminating employees or substantially reducing their hours without providing bona fide economic reasons or an employee’s demonstrated failure to satisfactorily perform job duties or misconduct.

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