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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

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].


City Limits – New Yorkers will soon be able to review data on how frequently Mayor Eric Adams is clearing unhoused people from sight—and at what cost. 

The New York City Council on Wednesday passed legislation, sponsored by Brooklyn Councilmembers Sandy Nurse and Shahana Hanif, requiring the Adams administration to report regularly on the cost and characteristics of “removals”—when city agencies force a person out of a public spot, often clearing their possessions as well [Read More].


The Brian Lehrer Show – Thousands of new students have joined the New York City school system since asylum seekers started arriving. New York City Council member Shahana Hanif (District 39, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Kensington), also chair of the Committee on Immigration, breaks down how the city is meeting their needs and what more needs to be done [Listen].


NY 1 – Immigration Committee Chairwoman Shahana Hanif said the Department of Homeless Services, Health and Hospitals, the mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and other agencies were asked to testify to the council about a policy limiting shelter stays for migrant families to 60 days.

Hanif said they declined, and that left the education department to answer for a policy that isn’t their doing [Read More].