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District 39

Shahana Hanif

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Kensington

City Limits – City Council Sanitation Committee Chair Sandy Nurse and Immigration Chair Shahana Hanif immediately reacted to the news with a joint statement questioning why the decision was made without consulting stakeholders, including vendors themselves, many of whom are working-class immigrant New Yorkers. “This work sector deserves policies that recognize its value and accommodate its distinct needs,” the lawmakers said.


Gothamist – The news came two days after the City Council held a preliminary budget hearing for the sanitation department. Councilmembers Sandy Nurse and Shahana Hanif, the sanitation chair and immigration chair respectively, called the timing “a missed opportunity to have meaningfully engaged in dialogue to better understand the scope of this change” in a joint statement on Tuesday, and expressed concern over the lack of information about the change.


The City – Brooklyn Council Member Shahana Hanif will introduce a bill Thursday that would, in effect, force the Bronx Zoo to give up custody of New York City’s two remaining elephants, Happy and Patty.

“No other City has passed legislation to ban elephant captivity, and I’m proud New York City will be the first,” Hanif, the co-chair of the Council’s Progressive Caucus, told THE CITY in a statement.


NY1 – “That’s concerning to know,” said Councilwoman Shahana Hanif, whose district includes sizable numbers of Spanish, Yiddish, Russian and Urdu speakers. “The priority should be that community board meetings, which I consider the gateway to local democracy, are equipped with robust interpretation resources.” [Read More]

Daily News – Council Member Shahana Hanif (D-Brooklyn) warned against the criminalization of delivery workers in the rollout of the new bills.

“Workers cannot be on the sidelines of policy conversations that directly impact them,” Hanif said. “The implementation of this package and future legislation needs to ensure that delivery workers are not penalized far too many times.” [Read More]

Daily News – The new legislation, expected to be introduced by Brooklyn Councilwoman Shahana Hanif, would require all current and future migrant relief centers to comply with all provisions of the right-to-shelter ordinance.

“[The bill] I am introducing today will ensure every facility that houses asylum seekers has the highest humanitarian standards. In one of the richest cities on Earth, we can do better than warehousing people,” said Hanif, a Democrat who is chairwoman of the Council’s Immigration Committee.