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District 39

Shahana Hanif

Downtown Brooklyn-DUMBO-Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens-Cobble Hill-Gowanus-Red Hook, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace-South Slope, Sunset Park (West), Green-Wood Cemetery, Prospect Heights, Borough Park, Kensington, Flatbush (West)-Ditmas Park-Parkville, Prospect Park

“As the Gaza Solidarity Encampments continue to grow on college campuses across the United States, I commend the masses of brave student protesters who are in-line with countless movements against war and genocide that precede their time. As a CUNY alum, I, too, exercised my right to freedom of speech and protest with peers on campus grounds, particularly to speak out against the post-9/11 Muslim surveillance program and how NYPD informants infiltrated CUNY campuses.



Public library systems are calling on the City Council to reverse the mayor’s proposed cuts to next year’s budget.

Leaders of the library systems insist the cuts will mean further reductions to service and delaying indefinitely the reopening of more than a half dozen branches undergoing renovations.
The city’s public libraries are facing a $58.3 million budget cut for 2025.


By Jeanmarie Evelly

The number of newly arrived immigrants in the city’s care is now around 64,000, officials testified before the City Council Friday, down from more than 69,000 in mid-January—what City Hall attributed, in part, to its controversial 30- and 60-day shelter deadlines.

But while Mayor Eric Adams says the limited shelter stays are intended to help new arrivals take “the next step in their journey,” the administration also admits that it isn’t tracking where people go after they leave the system.


NY1 – Democratic Councilmember Shahana Hanif said the city needs to take action when it comes to providing housing for all. 

“The administration just does not want New Yorkers to be happy — plain and simple,” she told NY1 political anchor Errol Louis on “Inside City Hall.” 

On Thursday, the City Council granted Speaker Adrienne Adams the power to take legal action against the Adams administration for refusing to implement changes to the city’s voucher assistance program, known as CityFHEPS.


Streets Blog – A pod of Brooklyn elected officials joined citizen demands that the Department of Transportation to replace parking spots near intersections with actual physical materials that create additional space and safe visibility at curbs for pedestrians.

“There have been far too many tragic crash fatalities and serious injuries from turning vehicles at intersections,” City Council Member Shahana Hanif, Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, Assembly members Marcela Mitaynes, Jo Anne Simon and Robert Carroll, and state senators Zellnor Myrie and Andrew Gounardes demanded of DOT in a letter sent on Tuesday [Read More].


City Limits – “No numbers have been presented to us about how many single adults and families with children have moved into permanent homes, or how many that have been on the line at the reticketing centers were offered a shelter again, and exactly what costs were eliminated,” said Councilmember Shahana Hanif, chair of the Immigration Committee. 

Hanif added that she is eager to see the results of a 


New York Times – The mayor has continued to blame the city’s budget woes on the cost of caring for the almost 171,000 migrants the city has processed since the spring of 2022. As of this week, just over 68,000 asylum seekers are still under its care.

Shahana Hanif, a city councilwoman who is chairwoman of the Council’s Immigration Committee, questioned whether the money was being allocated responsibly.


NY 1 – The city says it has given out about 4,400 60-day notices to families with the first batch of notices expiring this week.

“Let me be very clear. Evicting families with school-aged children on any day of the year is inhumane and unjustified,” Councilwoman Shahana Hanif said.

Adams and his top officials on Monday defended their plan by saying the city is out of room, money and staff to open any more emergency shelters [Read More].