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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

New York Times – Young Bangladeshi Americans are making inroads into politics, most notably with the election of Shahana Hanif, a daughter of Kensington, to the City Council in 2021. Ms. Hanif’s victory, at age 30, made her the first woman to represent the district, as well as the first Muslim woman and one of the first two South Asians on the council.

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City Limits – The legislation’s passage came as New York City grapples with its latest climate change crisis,  with smoke from hundreds of Canadian wildfires creating hazardous air across the five boroughs this week, prompting the city to cancel outdoor events and urge residents to remain indoors.

“[As this] package passes every New Yorker is experiencing this air quality issue.

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New York Times – The composting mandate encompasses all New York City residents, in buildings big or small, with the exception of the roughly 400,000 New Yorkers who live in public housing, because the public housing authority is “characterized as a federal agency,” and is not subject to such city mandates, said Shahana Hanif, who, with Keith Powers, are the other two lead sponsors of the legislative package [Read More].

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Documented – City Councilmember Shahana Hanif, City Comptroller Brad Lander led a rally in City Hall Park on Thursday morning to demand that the New York City government administration allocate “at least $70 million” for legal services for asylum seekers. Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso and Immigrant rights advocacy groups — Immigrant Arc, Make The Road NY, Win, New York Immigration Coalition, and others — were there to support their effort.

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News 12 – Officials and lawmakers are calling for $70 million for migrant assistance in the upcoming city budget for the 2024 fiscal year. This push comes after City Comptroller Brad Lander and Council Member Shahana Hanif sent a letter to the Adams administration last month, calling for additional funds to ramp up outreach and legal immigration services.  

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Gothamist – The withholding of more granular and precise information comes amid scrutiny over the reporting and accuracy of the city’s data on migrants. It also raises questions over how Mayor Eric Adams has managed the crisis, which is being overseen by at least three city agencies.

City Councilmember Shahana Hanif, who chairs the council’s immigration committee, also attested to the change in the updates.

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AM NY – I was 17 years old when I was diagnosed with Lupus.

It was the first time I was hospitalized as a teen, and it was the first time my family had to intimately navigate our City’s healthcare system. We were uninsured and unfamiliar, a reality for so many working-class families and working New Yorkers in our City.

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Gotham Gazette – Last week, City Comptroller Brad Lander and Council Member Shahana Hanif, who chairs the Council’s immigration committee, wrote a letter to the mayor, calling on him to invest an additional $70 million in the city budget for immigration legal services. That would include $10 million to scale up pro se legal clinics that help immigrants apply for asylum, work authorization, and Temporary Protected Status;

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New York Post – “We also believe it is critical – not only for those seeking asylum, but also for the City’s long-term fiscal stability – to significantly ramp up outreach and legal immigration services to help asylum seekers navigate the paperwork that will enable them to live, work, and contribute to our city,” wrote City Comptroller Brad Lander and Councilwoman Shahana Hanif in a letter to Adams on May 9.

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Daily News – Brooklyn Councilwoman Shahana Hanif, a Democrat who chairs the Council’s Immigration Committee, raised particular alarm about how Adams’ policy shift could impact migrant children.

“The last time families were in congregate settings, there were cases of child sexual abuse,” tweeted Hanif. “Right-to-shelter exists to protect families and ensure all New Yorkers have their rights respected in our shelter system,” she added.

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