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NEW YORK –  New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Member Francisco Moya released the below statements calling for the creation of an emergency fund for final resting arrangements for all New Yorkers. 

“Many low-income communities of color have been the hardest hit by this terrible virus, and the cost of burying or cremating a loved one can be out of reach.

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NEW YORK –  “Today is Easter Sunday, the holiest day of the year on the Christian calendar. Easter is a joyful holiday celebrating Christ’s resurrection from the dead and the promise of eternal life. This is an Easter unlike any we’ve ever seen because of this terrible virus ravaging our city and our world. Many families are in mourning, and the social distancing measures we must take to remain safe mean many of us won’t see our loved ones to celebrate.

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Money will go to providers as they deal with challenges caused by COVID-19

NEW YORK— Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that the City will provide $25 million in emergency funding to emergency food providers across New York City. This funding is being allocated as part of a new, ongoing partnership between the de Blasio Administration and the City Council to help emergency food providers deal with the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic. 

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New York, NY – Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Finance Committee Chair Daniel Dromm, Capital Budget Subcommittee Chair Vanessa Gibson and the City Council released today the Council’s response to the Mayor’s Fiscal 2021 Preliminary Budget. The Preliminary Budget was released in January – three months ago when the city was a drastically different place. The impact of COVID-19 on our economy has been much like the effect of the virus itself – sudden and with a quick decline.

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THE COUNCIL OF
THE CITY OF NEW YORK
CITY HALL

NEW YORK, N.Y. 10007 

April 7, 2020

Hon. Bill de Blasio
Mayor of the City of New York City Hall
New York, NY 10007

Dear Mayor de Blasio:

The New York City Council herein provides its response to the Fiscal 2021 Preliminary Budget pursuant to section 247 of the New York City Charter.

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These recommendations follow reports of struggles facing nursing home residents and staff during COVID-19

NEW YORK, NY – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Member Margaret Chin, Chair of the Aging Committee, Council Member Carlina Rivera, Chair of the Hospitals Committee, and Council Member Mark Levine, Chair of the Health Committee, are calling on the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to protect and improve conditions for aging New Yorkers living in nursing homes amid the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

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New York, NY – Speaker Corey Johnson urged the New York State Department of Labor to create a system capable of handling the increased demand from New Yorkers seeking unemployment insurance due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the past few weeks, there has been a large number of New Yorkers who lost their job and have reported difficulties filing their unemployment insurance claims.

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“We applaud the Department of Education for creating Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs) across the city as our school system remains closed. RECs are critically important in this time of crisis, providing a safe and nurturing environment for the children of essential workers, such as healthcare and grocery store workers, first responders, and pharmacists. RECs are staffed by teachers and ensure students are supported during the remote learning process and have access to meals, recreation, and other enrichment activities.

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NEW YORK – “Franklin Graham has a long history of spewing anti-LGBTQ hate speech and I find it extremely troubling that he and his organization are involved in our relief efforts in any way. New York City is known around the world for our embrace of diversity and Franklin Graham has spent his career standing against these values.

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