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District 22

Tiffany Cabán

Astoria, Rikers Island, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Woodside

Yesterday, New York City Council Members Tiffany Cabán and Sandy Nurse made an unannounced visit to Rikers Island. The visit came amid a sweltering heatwave, about which advocates have been sounding the alarm, and in the immediate wake of reporting that Dashawn Carter, one of 11 New Yorkers to die in DOC custody so far this year, missed nearly 100 clinic appointments at Rikers before dying in May.

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Ahead of the introduction at today’s City Council Stated Meeting of a resolution 257 declaring solidarity with workers organizing unions across the city, resolution lead sponsor Council Member Tiffany Cabán and colleagues joined the courageous worker-leaders spearheading New York’s current surge of union organizing for a rally under the banner “New York Is A Union Town.”

In addition to Cabán, speakers included worker-leaders from Starbucks Workers United, Amazon Labor Union, 32BJ SEIU, the Association of Legislative Employees (the NYC Council Union), Laborers Local 79, New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), and Council Members Carmen De La Rosa (Chair, Committee on Civil Service and Labor), Rita Joseph, Alexa Avilés, Sandy Nurse and Jen Gutiérrez.

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Today, NYC Council Member Tiffany Cabán gave the following statement as she cast her vote against adopting the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2023.

Comparing this final budget to its preliminary and executive predecessors, it is clear that we as a Council have much to be proud of.

Today, a brand new coalition of elected officials and advocates are launching “Care For All Families,” a campaign to win at least $10 Million in New York City’s FY23 budget to expand access to publicly-subsidized early childhood education and care for undocumented children excluded from the City’s contracted programs and vouchers.

Elected officials in the coalition include Council Members Tiffany Cabán, Chair of the Committee on Women and Gender Equity and Shahana Hanif, Chair of the Committee on Immigration, and Comptroller Brad Lander, and their organizational partners include Advocates for Children of NY, the Day Care Council, Alliance for Quality Education, and the New York Immigration Coalition.

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At today’s Stated Meeting of the New York City Council, District 22 Council Member Tiffany Cabán introduced the first part of the “Light of Day” package of legislation, consisting of two reporting bills aimed at bringing transparency and accountability to the criminal legal system.

“All too often, we give our institutions of policing and incarceration unquestioning deference, even when they conceal the outcomes of programs they claim are data-driven,” said CM Cabán.

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Neary 3,000 total District 22 residents or students, ages 11 and up, cast votes as part of the 2022 Participatory Budgeting effort led by the office of Council Member Tiffany Cabán.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the thousands of neighbors who came together in this inspiring exercise of direct democracy,” said CM Cabán. “No one knows the needs and hopes of our community better than the community itself, and the winning initiatives could not be more worthy, exciting, and meaningful.”

With $1 Million in capital funding and $50,000 in expense funding at stake, Cabán announced that the following initiatives received the most votes, and would be receiving the funding they need from her City Council office.

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Joined by Deputy Speaker Diana Ayala at today’s New York City Council Stated Meeting, Council Member Tiffany Cabán introduced a bill designed to remove bureaucratic impediments to homeless New Yorkers finding housing, and save the city money in the process.

At issue is the “shopping letter” that New Yorkers receive once the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) deems them eligible for a housing voucher to rent an apartment or single-room occupancy (SRO).

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At today’s Stated Meeting, District 22 Council Member Tiffany Cabán, who serves as Chair for the Committee on Women and Gender Equity, introduced the “Support Survivors” legislative package – three items related to services and protections for survivors of violence, particularly domestic, intimate partner, sexual, and gender-based violence.

Two local laws would establish a housing stability program of low-barrier, urgently accessible 

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Tomorrow, Saturday April 2nd, begins Vote Week for the Participatory Budgeting (PB) process organized by the office of Council Member Tiffany Cabán.

Anyone age 11 or older who lives or attends school in New York City Council District 22 can vote on how the office spends over $1 Million – “the people’s budget.” They’ll have until Sunday, April 10th to cast their vote.

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At today’s Stated Meeting of the New York City Council, Council Member Tiffany Cabán (District 22), introduced a Resolution calling on Albany not to renew the “Free Billions for Developers” 421-a Tax Credit, a program which is slated to expire this year.

Created in 1971, the program cost New York City $1.7 Billion in forgone revenue in 2021, making it the single biggest tax break in the New York State budget.

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