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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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The Council will also vote to require added sugar notifications in chain restaurants and improve data reporting on New Yorkers’ mental health

City Hall, NY – In its last Stated Meeting of the year and the term, the Council today will cap off its legacy of working towards bold climate and environmental justice by voting on three relevant bills and a resolution.

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The Council will also vote to expand access to long-acting reversible birth control in City-run health facilities 

City Hall, NY – New York City is proudly home to millions of working, taxpaying immigrants, yet those who are not U.S. citizens have no power at the ballot box to determine who represents them. The Council today will vote on historic legislation to give eligible non-citizen New Yorkers the right to vote in local elections. Under this bill, any New Yorker who is a lawful permanent resident or authorized to work in the United States, who has been a resident of New York City for at least 30 consecutive days, and who meets all the qualifications for registering to vote under the Election Law other than U.S.

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The Council will also vote on bills to better serve youth in temporary housing and foster care

City Hall, NY – With the winter months approaching and children ages 5–11 now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, the Council today will vote on legislation to help parents and guardians get their children vaccinated by ensuring they receive four hours of paid leave, allowing them to accompany their child to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or to care for a child experiencing temporary side effects.

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