District 24

Rory I. Lancman

Kew Gardens Hills, Pomonok, Electchester, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Jamaica Estates, Briarwood, Parkway Village, Jamaica Hills, Jamaica

NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, Chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement in response to the Lippman Commission’s One-Year Progress Report on Closing Rikers Island:

“This report confirms that Rikers Island can be shut down in less than ten years — but only if the de Blasio administration commits to vastly expanding supervised release, improving the mechanics of paying bail (including completing the much delayed online bail payment system), and investing in the criminal justice reforms proposed by both our public defenders and district attorneys.

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NEW YORK – On March 28, 2017 IBEW Local 3 went on strike against Charter Communications, after the company refused to offer its workers a fair contract with benefits. IBEW Local 3, which is based in Council Member Lancman’s District, represents 1,800 Charter employees.

To mark the one-year anniversary of the strike, Council Member Rory I. Lancman issued the following statement:

“Local 3 workers have spent the past year fighting for their families and their livelihoods, in the face of relentless corporate greed from Charter Communications.

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Assembly Member Daniel Rosenthal, Council Member Rory Lancman, and the Lower East Side Ecology Center touted the success of yesterday’s electronic waste recycling event at Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, where Queens residents recycled more than 23,000 pounds of old electronics, including computers, printers, monitors, and more.

The second annual E-Waste Recycling event was organized in response to a 2015 New York State law, which prohibits electronic waste from being included with normal curbside collection.

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NEW YORK – At yesterday’s Committee on the Justice System hearing, the Bronx and Staten Island DAs announced plans to enhance their criminal discovery procedures. The Staten Island DA’s office has finalized its Early Action Discovery policy for felony cases, in which prosecutors will provide evidence, including police reports, witness statements, and search warrants, without first requiring a request, and within 21 days of Supreme Court arraignment.

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NEW YORK – Council Members Rory Lancman, Chair of the Committee on the Justice System, and Donovan Richards, Chair of the Committee on Public Safety, issued the following statement in response to the NYPD’s failure to produce 311 and 911 call data on marijuana use at today’s New York City Council hearing:

“It is incomprehensible that the NYPD failed to produce 311 and 911 call data on marijuana complaints to Committee members, as requested, given that the Department consistently cites this information as its rationale for current marijuana enforcement.

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NEW YORK – The Department of City Planning today formally certified the Parks Department’s application to acquire Brinckerhoff Cemetery, a critical step required for the City to officially purchase and renovate the cemetery. The project will now enter the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), where it will be reviewed by the Community Board and Borough President Melinda Katz, and formally approved by the City Council.

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NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman hosted a Black History Month Celebration to honor African American cultural leaders in the Queens community. Yesterday’s event, which was held at The First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, was co-sponsored by Congressman Gregory Meeks, State Senator Leroy Comrie, Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, and Council Member I. Daneek Miller.

Council Member Lancman awarded proclamations to the following local African American leaders: Greg Mays, Founder and Executive Director of A Better Jamaica;

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NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman issued the following statement in response to a report issued by Katten Muchin Rosenman detailing the findings of its three-month investigation into cancellation of the Israel Independence Commemoration event at Queens Museum:

“This was an extraordinary abuse of not just Laura Raicovich’s administrative authority, but of her moral authority as well.

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NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, Chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement in response to a landmark ruling by Dutchess County Supreme Court Justice Maria Rosa that setting cash bail without considering a defendant’s ability to pay is a violation of a person’s constitutional rights.

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NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, Chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement after six of the Mayor’s nominees for interim Civil Court judgeships were sworn in this morning. The Mayor has now filled nine of the twelve interim Civil Court vacancies, after continued advocacy from Council Member Lancman.

“I’m pleased that the pace of the Mayor’s one-year appointments to the bench has quickened this year compared to last, putting the majority of the judges in place in early February as opposed to May.

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