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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

City + State – The policy – which involves the city notifying many migrant families that they have 60 days to leave the shelter system or reapply for a new placement – has caused concerns about the potential ramifications on an already vulnerable population of students. While New York City Mayor Eric Adams has insisted that no child’s education will be interrupted as no child will be forced to transfer schools, advocates said the new shelter limits will force families to make difficult decisions about whether to keep their child at their current school despite facing what could be a much longer commute from their new shelter placement.

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Politico -Immigration lawyers and elected officials have raised concerns with the forced moves, noting migrants could miss key correspondence related to their immigration cases.

“I don’t think they’ve thought this through, which is why there’s a ton of precarity here in the applications being denied if you’re moving around a lot,” City Council Member Shahana Hanif, chair of the body’s immigration committee, said [Read More].

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Documented – With so many asylum seekers looking for employment, workplace exploitation — already common in jobs like construction and cleaning where they generally work — is on the rise. Hanif said the city has seen an “uptick in workplace harassment,” including wage theft, lack of paid sick leave and workers being prevented from joining unions. 

A worker’s bill of rights would help educate newly arrived immigration about their rights and protections, Hanif said.

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City Limits – To date, New York City has welcomed well over 120,000 asylum seekers, with more than half still in our city’s care. These tens of thousands of asylum seekers have fled war in Niger, conscription in Russia, and gang violence in Guatemala. Despite coming from different continents, these disparate communities are searching for similar opportunities for safety and have endured unthinkable hardship to reach the five boroughs.

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Politico – Still, critics say Adams’ actions sends a message lacking in compassion.

“What we’ve witnessed from this administration — even if they’re not directly saying ‘you’ve got to get out of here’ — is that they’ve consistently created hysteria and chaos and confusion and have not used a tone of inclusivity and welcome,” City Council member Shahana Hanif said in an interview.

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Gothamist – “Mayor Adams has left no stone unturned to ensure that these new New Yorkers get the legal support necessary to thrive,” said Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Manuel Castro.

Councilmember Shahana Hanif, who chairs the immigration committee and has long criticized the administration for failing to help new migrants apply for asylum and work permits in large numbers, applauded the city’s latest efforts.

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City + State – But for those facing shelter limits who don’t manage to find alternative housing options, advocates and some lawmakers have said the stay limits will result in people being unnecessarily shuffled around, disrupting children’s lives and schooling in particular.

At a City Council hearing on legal services for asylum-seekers on Wednesday, Council Member Shahana Hanif, chair of the Committee on Immigration, suggested that the policies will also complicate the process of applying for asylum, as asylum-seekers will have to file changes of address with every new shelter placement in order to receive crucial notices on their status and applications from the federal government.

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Brooklyn Paper – The space also incorporated new loading zones on East Second Street for businesses and residences, and will eventually include granite blocks, planters, umbrellas, moveable furniture and more to brighten up the space and keep vehicles out. 

“I am so thrilled to announce the expansion of Kensington Plaza today,” said Council Member Shahana Hanif on Wednesday.

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Brooklyn Paper – According to the DOT, the city’s open streets program transforms streets into public spaces, aiming to support economic development, provide educational opportunities and create a sense of community among New Yorkers. One of the core aspects of the program is a full closure of designated streets, allowing for car-free activities while constructing safe gathering spaces.

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