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NEW YORK – “It is time to close our public schools for the safety and wellbeing of the students, teachers, and staff. 

This is not an easy decision, but we must take aggressive measures to stop the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19. Teaching and learning cannot take place under these circumstances. 

The City must immediately come up with a plan that includes childcare relief for families who need it so that our essential workers, especially healthcare workers, can continue with their duties.

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NEW YORK – “I agree with the decision to ban large scale gatherings in New York City, as I called for yesterday.

Life is going to have to change for some period of time in order to better control this outbreak. This is no longer business as usual. It is time for a more aggressive strategy and measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Policies are part of his State of the City address and seek to create a greener, more sustainable and resilient New York City

New York, NY – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson on Thursday unveiled his Securing Our Future: Strategies for New York City in the Fight Against Climate Change report, which was part of his planned State of the City speech.

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New York, NY – “Today, the City announced we have 53 confirmed Coronavirus cases, many of which occurred through community spread. I have been speaking to leading public health care experts and I believe that we are now at a point where it is necessary to create limits on non-essential large gatherings. Other cities and states around the country are taking this responsible step.

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New York, NY – City Council Speaker Corey Johnson issued the following statement regarding his State of the City speech scheduled for March, 12 2020 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are postponing my State of the City speech. We felt this was the right decision to ensure that Council employees and the hundreds of guests we invited remain safe and healthy.

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Four new selections will be added to the “Women’s Voices” display

New York, NY – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and the New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History announced an additional round of portraits for the “Women’s Voices: Shaping the City” exhibition in City Hall. “Women’s Voices” was created last year to honor a diverse selection of women activists whose contributions to New York City history deserve public recognition.

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The Council will also vote to expand reporting on sex- and gender-based discrimination and harassment

City Hall – The New York City Council on Thursday will vote on legislation to establish a task force to consider the establishment of a museum about New York City’s African American Civil Rights History. The task force would be required to consider the feasibility of a museum and consider potential sites.

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“The Trump Administration is engaging in purely political retaliation against New York because we have policies that protect our immigrant New Yorkers. Trump and his administration are putting our city at risk, withholding money from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, a program which, among other things, pays salaries for emergency responders. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit allowing the administration to withhold this funding will not make our city any safer.

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New York, NY – The New York City Council and Arup, a world renowned engineering and design firm, today released a report entitled The Future of the BQE, which is a comprehensive look at the possibilities for repairing and replacing the BQE.Speaker Corey Johnson selected Arup in 2019 to provide the Council with independent, outside expertise on the multi-billion replacement project for this iconic expressway.

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NEW YORK — New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson released the following statement regarding today’s Standards & Ethics Committee hearing.

“These are incredibly disturbing allegations that follow a thorough investigation by the Council and the independent prosecutor. Council Member King has repeatedly disgraced his office with his actions. If these charges are found to be true, the Council should move to expel him.

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