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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

Bloomberg – The city’s legal services gap was clear in September 2022 at a city council hearing. At that point, the Adams administration didn’t have clear answers about who would be running legal services or how they would be administered, said City Council Member Shahana Hanif, who heads the council’s immigration committee.

“It was evident from that first hearing just how much of a necessity it would be to invest in legal services,” Hanif said.

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BK Reader – The Brooklyn College members present at the rally were joined by numerous local elected officials, including Brooklyn Council Member Shahana Hanif. As a former student, Hanif acknowledged the importance of the Women’s Center, and says that the cuts would be disastrous for students that utilize its services.

“When I was a student at Brooklyn College, the Women’s Center was my home.

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Gothamist – Nonetheless, the mistakes prompted laughs in other corners of city government as well as criticisms from immigrant rights advocates who said the episode points to a bigger problem in language access for immigrant communities.

“This is hilarious,” said Councilmember Shahana Hanif. “Our communities don’t feel comfortable utilizing government resources, and one of those reasons is because official government documents and important notices, even if they’re translated, the quality of translation is incomprehensible.”

Last year, Hanif 

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Forward – New York City Councilmember Shahana Hanif got blasted this spring for voting against a resolution to create an annual day to “end Jew-hatred.” Some called the progressive freshman from Brooklyn antisemitic. She at the time explained that she could not get on board with the initiative because it was spearheaded by “right-wing organizations” supported by an activist who has claimed that Palestinians don’t exist. 

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City + State – In 1979, the New York State Supreme Court ruled in Callahan v. Carey that New York City had a legal mandate to provide shelter under Article XVII of the state’s constitution. Brought as a class action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of unhoused individuals, this landmark ruling established that homeless New Yorkers have a fundamental right to a bed and basic standards within the shelter system. 

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Muslim Girl – Not long ago I joined hundreds of New Yorkers to celebrate O’Shae Sibley’s life. We surrounded the Brooklyn Mobil Gas Station at the intersection of Coney Island Avenue and Avenue P, where O’Shae Sibley’s murder occurred when he was stabbed to death. With trans leader and activist Queen Jean on the megaphone, we repeated O’Shae Sibley’s name over and over. 

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Gothamist – City councilmembers have complained they have been kept out of the loop on the initiative, the subject of a Council Committees on Immigration and General Welfare oversight hearing, at 1 p.m. in City Hall.

Councilmember Shahana Hanif, Immigration Committee chair, said the only details she’s heard have come from media coverage, and piecemeal conversations with city officials while touring the city’s temporary 

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City Limits – City Hall defended its practices at the time, saying a housing placement for a street homeless person can require time-intensive trust building and casework—trust advocates say is eroded by the sweeps themselves. 

Under Nurse and Hanif’s legislation, the city would also have to start tracking how many people were arrested per removal, or brought involuntarily to a hospital for a mental health assessment. 

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City Limits – A DOC spokesperson told City Limits the agency monitors water temperatures at its facilities. The agency did not respond to queries about how many AC outages its jails have experienced so far this season.

On July 14, members of the City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus (BLAC), including Councilmember Shahana Hanif who oversees District 39, toured parts of RNDC, which houses adolescent and adult men.

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