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City Hall, NY – “I thank President Biden for visiting New York City to address the increased violence we are experiencing, along with many other cities, and recognizing the need for multi-faceted solutions. These increased collaborative efforts to stem the gun proliferation and trafficking that leads to so much of the unnecessary violence are desperately needed. The recognition that both the NYPD and violence prevention programs are essential pillars of our public safety infrastructure is equally important.

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Promotes internal Council leaders, while adding experienced government professionals 

City Hall – Today, New York City Council Speaker Adrienne E. Adams announced new members of her senior staff leadership, naming seasoned government professionals to her team. In addition to adding staff with previous experience in the Council and New York government, Speaker Adams also promoted longtime internal staff members to new leadership positions. 

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Re: Death of NYPD Officer Wilbert Mora

New York, NY –  “I’m heartbroken to learn that NYPD Officer Wilbert Mora has succumbed to his injuries stemming from the deadly shooting that occurred Friday night in Harlem that claimed the life of his partner, Officer Jason Rivera. Officer Mora was a dedicated public servant who just wanted to help our city and his fellow New Yorkers. 

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Re: Mayor Adams’ Gun Violence Plan

New York, NY – “We appreciate the mayor’s focus on the epidemic of violence our city faces and the need for multiple solutions, as the problem is complex and requires multifaceted approaches. An important way we can support the NYPD in its efforts to improve public safety is by expanding our commitment to complementary public safety work by other stakeholders in every city agency and community partner that can help prevent crime and violence – this plan starts to recognize that reality.

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Re: Shooting of NYPD Officers in Harlem

New York, NY – “My heart is with the family of the 22 year old police officer who was shot and killed tonight in Harlem while another is fighting for his life, the entire NYPD family, and the Harlem neighborhood where this senseless violence occurred. The city mourns the loss of one valued public servant, and prays for the recovery of the other.

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City Hall, NY – Speaker Adrienne Adams today announced the New York City Council committee chairs and leadership.

“I am proud to announce our City Council’s Leadership, as well as committee chairs and assignments. This is the most diverse City Council in history, and each member’s experiences and expertise will shape the important work of our legislative body,”

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City Hall, NY – “The Council passed the historic SoHo/NoHo rezoning to increase housing production and especially affordable housing production, invest in arts and culture, and create a neighborhood that is more economically vibrant and equitable. There were concerns about the accompanying bill that was advanced at the City Council’s last Stated Meeting in December 2021, and we agree it could benefit from a fuller discussion with various stakeholders, including residents in SoHo and NoHo.

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City Hall, NY – New York City Council Speaker Adrienne E. Adams announced today that Mandela Jones will join her team as Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications. Jones brings more than a decade of public service, inside and outside of government, to the Speaker’s office. Most recently, he was the Chief Communications Officer at Alliance for Safety and Justice, one of the nation’s largest criminal justice advocacy organizations that works on public safety legislation and policy in eight of the country’s biggest states by elevating underserved crime survivors as stakeholders.

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Thank you. Thank you.

I want to recognize some special guests who are with us here today.

First, thank you to my pastor, the Reverend Doctor Elaine Flake of the Greater Allen Cathedral, for that beautiful prayer. Many of you know that I am a woman of God, whose faith has especially been my rock over two very difficult years.

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