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Emergency Town Hall Called in Brownsville to Address NYCHA Housing Violations

Emergency Town Hall Called in Brownsville to Address NYCHA Housing Violations

The town hall was called by Councilwoman Ampry-Samuels to include NYCHA residents and their feedback in the legal process. Alicka Ampry-Samuel addresses the full room and commences the emergency town hall meeting this past Monday.

BP Adams Rejects Rezoning of 80 Flatbush Site, Demands Height Reduction

Adams calls for changes to the 80 Flatbush proposal including a 600-feet cap of the building, the consideration of new public school sites and the creation of a nearby subway entrance.
City Launches Special Task Force to Combat Youth Homelessness

City Launches Special Task Force to Combat Youth Homelessness

A council of experts will coordinate a six-month community process to develop a strategic plan for preventing and ending youth homelessness Photo credit: CityNews NYC's Health and Human Services launched yesterday the first-ever Youth Homelessness Ta

City's New $89B Budget Includes Discounted MetroCards, 3-K for All, Supportive Housing

The Fair Fares program aims to provide half-price transit fares to about 800,000 New Yorkers living under the federal poverty line and is set to launch in early 2019.
NYCHA Accused of Endangering Tenants, City Settles to Spend $2B to Address Health and Safety Issues

NYCHA Accused of Endangering Tenants, City Settles to Spend $2B to Address Health and Safety Issues

The U.S. Attorney's Office accuses NYCHA of misleading malpractices and failure to provide safe housing due to lead-paint violations, lack of heat, infestations, chronic elevator outages.
City Passes Councilmember Williams's Bill to Combat Opioid Crisis

City Passes Councilmember Williams's Bill to Combat Opioid Crisis

The package pushes for tracking the use of opioid overdose antidotes such as naloxone, referrals to drug treatment, a syringe exchange program and an opioid awareness education campaign.
State Passes Comprehensive Bill to Combat Discrimination in the Workplace

State Passes Comprehensive Bill to Combat Discrimination in the Workplace

The bill, sponsored by Brooklyn Assemblymember Tremaine Wright, expands the existing state sexual harassment law and demands a model training program to prevent all forms of discrimination.
De Blasio Pushes for More Diversity at 'Elite Eight' High Schools, Calls for End to Admissions Test

De Blasio Pushes for More Diversity at 'Elite Eight' High Schools, Calls for End to Admissions Test

NYC's Specialized High Schools have a diversity problem: Only 10 percent of their current students are Black or Latino, compared to nearly 70 percent citywide -- and city officials want to fix it.

State Senator Hamilton Announces 185K in Immigrant Assistance Funding

Senator Hamilton will be allocating the funding to three local groups which are part of the state's Immigrant Defense Coalition that launched in 2017. NYS Senator Jesse Hamilton.

One First Step Closer to Prison Reform? House Passes Brooklyn Rep. Jeffries's Bill

The bipartisan prison reform bill aims to develop new programs, including education, vocational training and mental health counseling, to improve public safety and reduce recidivism. U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, photo credit: Jeffries.house.gov The U.