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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

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]. 

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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 

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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,”

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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.

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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].

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News 12 – P.S. 107 is located at one of the busiest morning intersections in the Park Slope neighborhood, and Council Member Shahana Hanif says that parents should not be responsible for the safety of the students.

“A parent from P.S. 107 was struck by a speeding vehicle as they tried to shield students coming into the school building,”

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WBAI – On the April 9, 2023 episode of City Watch on WBAI 99.5 FM, hosts Carlos Menchaca and Jeff Simmons talk with New York City Councilmember Shahana Hanif and then Mohamed Attia, Managing Director of the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center. Listen Here.

City Limits – City Council Sanitation Committee Chair Sandy Nurse and Immigration Chair Shahana Hanif immediately reacted to the news with a joint statement questioning why the decision was made without consulting stakeholders, including vendors themselves, many of whom are working-class immigrant New Yorkers. “This work sector deserves policies that recognize its value and accommodate its distinct needs,” the lawmakers said.

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Gothamist – The news came two days after the City Council held a preliminary budget hearing for the sanitation department. Councilmembers Sandy Nurse and Shahana Hanif, the sanitation chair and immigration chair respectively, called the timing “a missed opportunity to have meaningfully engaged in dialogue to better understand the scope of this change” in a joint statement on Tuesday, and expressed concern over the lack of information about the change.

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