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Council Votes to Require Video and Real-Time Tracking in Jail System to Increase On-Time Court Appearances, Reduce Delays and Failures

Council also passes legislation to inform employees of their sick time and worker rights and address late CityFHEPS rental assistance payments by the City

City Hall, NY – Today, the New York City Council voted to require the Department of Correction (DOC) to video record interactions when incarcerated individuals are informed of their scheduled court appearances and establish a way for defense attorneys to receive real-time information about their clients’ departures from housing on days of court appearances.

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City Hall, NY – Today, New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams and Parks and Recreation Committee Chair Shekar Krishnan were joined by District Council 37, AFSCME Local 983, and advocates to celebrate $4.1 million in Fiscal Year 2024 funding for Urban Park Rangers. The Council secured $8.7 million in restorations for key programs and nearly $11.2 million in Council initiatives to support maintenance, operations, and programming in New York City’s parks.

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“New York City needs more truly affordable housing, not less, and preservation of existing units under the Rent Stabilization Law enables New Yorkers to afford and remain in their homes. The Supreme Court’s decision today to deny a case challenging the legality of rent stabilization follows previous court precedent and is a welcome relief for New Yorkers. In the face of a national affordable housing shortage, the Rent Stabilization Law remains necessary in order to prevent harmful rent increases that threaten the stability of families and communities.

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Council also approved legislation to make New York City the largest U.S. municipality to require its fleet be made up of zero emissions vehicles

City Hall, NY – Today, the New York City Council voted to pass legislation that would allow a one-time exception to the maximum age requirement for employees of the FDNY’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services seeking to take the next civil service promotion examination to become firefighters.

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“I am deeply disappointed in Deputy Commissioner Maldonado’s recommendation and the rationale behind it. For several years, the Trawick family has waited for a shred of accountability for Kawaski’s killing. After delays and impediments by the NYPD to provide key evidence, those delays now being used as the reason to recommend no discipline is unjustifiable. Commissioner Caban can and must hold these officers accountable for misconduct –

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“CityFHEPS is one of our most effective tools to keep people in their homes, prevent evictions, and transition people out of the shelter system into permanent housing. This announcement to allow CityFHEPS to be used outside of New York City is a positive step that will help longtime New Yorkers find housing and economic stability. It will be important to ensure that there are clear policies on transfers to allow New Yorkers with CityFHEPS vouchers to move back within our city.

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“This evening at sundown, members of the Jewish community across New York City will begin to observe Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of Atonement and one of the holiest days of the year. Families will come together to repent, reflect, and commit to approaching the year ahead with renewed hope, purpose, and resolve. I hope all Jewish New Yorkers have an easy and meaningful fast.

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“The housing crisis that has exacerbated homelessness and made our city less affordable demands comprehensive solutions. We welcome Mayor Adams and City Planning’s encouraging and thoughtful proposals as a starting point towards critical changes that will help us equitably produce more housing across the city to confront these challenges. Housing and zoning policies have historically furthered economic and racial segregation, deepened inequities, and locked communities out of opportunities.

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Earlier this week, an op-ed by Speaker Adams and NYIC Executive Director Murad Awawdeh urging the designation, redesignation and renewal of TPS for several countries was published in amNY. 

Statement by New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams: 

“I applaud the Biden administration for re-designating Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela to chart a path towards expedited work authorization for tens of thousands of Venezuelans in our city, and more nationally, as they move through the asylum process.

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City Hall, NY – Today, New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams and Finance Chair Justin Brannan held a press conference inside the Brooklyn Public Library’s Bay Ridge Branch to outline funding secured in the Fiscal Year 2024 budget for the city’s three public library systems – Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and Queens Public Library.

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