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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

Gothamist – The City Council excoriated Mayor Eric Adams’ response to the city’s ongoing migrant crisis on Wednesday amid mounting concerns over the growing number of arrivals.

“Now that we are over a year into the situation, we must be building the long-term infrastructure needed to help recent arrivals succeed,” said Councilmember Shahana Hanif, who represents the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, during a budget hearing on immigration and youth services on Wednesday.


Gothamist – The city needs to invest more resources toward resolving the underlying problem areas — shrinking the perennially high shelter population by fast-tracking residents into long-term housing, said Lander and Councilmember Shahana Hanif, the head of the immigration committee.

They also argue that the city needs to invest more money, $70 million by Lander’s estimate, into legal services to clear the biggest hurdle now for many to get a work permit: filing an asylum application.


ABC 7 – Neely had a long history of mental illness, and many leaders believe he slipped through the cracks, a story that’s all too common in New York City. Now, lawmakers want to change that.

“Tragic deaths like Jordan Neely’s are the inevitable result of our city refusing to acknowledge the basic dignity that all of us have as human beings,”


Gothamist – “As someone who grew up as a young Muslim in post-9/11 New York, I am all too familiar with this city’s overreliance on surveillance technology to harass communities of color,” Councilmember Shahana Hanif, the sponsor of the first bill, said in a written statement. “It’s time our Council takes action to protect our communities from the constant overreaches of the expansive surveillance state [Read More].”

The City – In an unusual show of solidarity by elected officials, Councilmembers Chi Ossé, Sandy Nurse, Alexa Aviles and Shahana Hanif of Brooklyn and Queens Councilmember Tiffany Cabán led the stage takeover along with a couple dozen supporters. The Council members also spoke to the crowd, which quieted its roar to hear them read testimonies from renters around the city who say their housing situations would be upended by any increase in rent [Read More]. 


City + State –

These issues, which have long plagued the city’s labor market, are among what New York City Council Members hope to address through the creation and dissemination of an “immigrant workers’ bill of rights.” While there are already existing federal, state and local laws that protect immigrant workers regardless of status, many immigrants aren’t aware of this, according to Council Member Shahana Hanif, who sponsors 


Fox 5 – This comes as the New York City Council’s Committees on Immigration and Government Operations held a joint oversight hearing Friday afternoon to better meet the needs of the newly arriving asylum seekers. “With numbers increasing every day as we prepare to welcome more asylum seekers to NY at the end of Title 42, we must ensure that our services and infrastructure are sturdy enough to provide quality care for new arrivals,”


New York Times – Councilwoman Shahana Hanif, a co-chairwoman of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus and chairwoman of the Immigration Committee, said she agrees with the mayor that the Biden administration must speed up work authorizations for migrants. But she cautioned that the city must not demonize asylum seekers.

“I think it is a real mistake for this mayor to navigate welcoming asylum seekers as a crisis instead of focusing his attention on building an infrastructure that says, New York City is a safe city for you and a sanctuary city for all of us,” Ms.


Bloomberg Law – City Council Member Shahana Hanif is spearheading the proposal that would make it “unlawful” for places of public accommodation like MSG to use any biometric recognition technology to identify customers. Council Member Jennifer Gutiérrez is also sponsoring the measure.

“My experience as a Muslim New Yorker raised in the post 9/11 era of Muslim surveillance has forced me to be attuned to how excessive surveillance and invasive technology can be used to discriminate against Black and brown New Yorkers,” Hanif wrote in a statement to Bloomberg Law [Read More].