What You Need to Know - Important Information Regarding Potential ICE Immigration Raids for July 14th-18th

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With the news that Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are planning potential immigration raids for July 14th-18th in New York City, we recognize that many immigrant families are worried about what these could mean for their themselves, their families, and their friends.

It is important for immigrant families to know they have rights and resources they can use to gain assistance if they are targeted in these raids. 

Please find important information including fact sheets, phone hotlines and other NYC resources available to you, your family or friends if you are targeted below.  

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City's $92.8B budget funds mental health, abortion care

Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council members on Friday afternoon announced an agreement on the city's $92.8 billion budget for fiscal 2020, with initiatives to improve health care access at its forefront.

The budget includes $26 million to place 200 additional social workers—including 85 working within the city's mental health initiative, ThriveNYC—in public schools to help students experiencing crises and mental health issues.

The mayor's office said ThriveNYC will undergo a redesign of its mental health training program. The so-called Mental Health Service Corps., it said, will partner with New York City Health + Hospitals to streamline its operational efficiency. As a result, the city expects to save $20 million, starting in fiscal 2020, and $11 million of that amount will be reinvested in the social worker program.

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Council WTC Bill Would Notify DOE Staff, Pupils

Under legislation drafted by the City Council, the de Blasio administration would have to report on its efforts to notify school staff and the students who attended dozens of public schools during the 2001-02 school year that were not far from the World Trade Center site about programs available for people at risk for contracting a WTC-related disease or cancer.

According to the United Federation of Teachers, there were 2,500 Teachers and support staff and 19,000 students who attended 29 public schools within the portion of lower Manhattan that is covered by the World Trade Center Health Program. Several colleges, including the City University of New York’s Borough of Manhattan Community College, are also located in the covered area.

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Council Member Levine Celebrates Victory for Community Public Health Programs, City Parks in Budget

Article 6 Funding Cut by State Restored; City Park Workers FInally Given Employment Stability

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Contact: Win Roosevelt 917-842-5748// wroosevelt@council.nyc.gov

City Hall, NY -- Today, City Council Health Committee Chair Mark Levine and public health advocates from across the city are celebrating $6 million in funding in the 2020 city budget that will restore “Article 6” programs recently cut out of the New York State Budget. Article 6 funds programs that support immigrant health, city public health outreach, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, child and maternal health, viral hepatitis, and more.

“Article 6 funds are critical to New York City’s ability to wage a wide range of public health battles and it was completely indefensible that Albany only eliminated our city's funds while targeting no other place in the state,” said Council Member Levine. “Restoring this funding will keep intact essential public health programs focused on improving health outcomes for vulnerable New Yorkers. If we had allowed the Albany cuts to stand, it would have been a major setback for health equity in our city.”


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City Leases Could Push Relatives Out If Tenants Die: Officials

New York City Local News

Councilman Mark Levine is among those concerned about the new leases for the Tenant Interim Lease program.

The city is trying to have tenants sign new leases that only list one official occupant.

By Noah Manskar, Patch Staff

NEW YORK — New York City is forcing tenants of beleaguered buildings that it owns to sign new leases — and the conditions have raised hackles among lawyers and lawmakers.

The city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development is requiring residents of the 115 buildings in the Tenant Interim Lease program to sign new leases by June 30. The program, created in 1978, involves once-dilapidated buildings that the city took over with the goal of turning them into low-income cooperatives.

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Inquiries Into Reckless Loans to Taxi Drivers Ordered by State Attorney General and Mayor

By Brian M. Rosenthal

The New York attorney general’s office said Monday it had opened an inquiry into more than a decade of lending practices that left thousands of immigrant taxi drivers in crushing debt, while Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered a separate investigation into the brokers who helped arrange the loans.

The efforts marked the government’s first steps toward addressing a crisis that has engulfed the city’s yellow cab industry. They came a day after The New York Times published a two-part investigation revealing that a handful of taxi industry leaders artificially inflated the price of a medallion — the coveted permit that allows a driver to own and operate a cab — and made hundreds of millions of dollars by issuing reckless loans to low-income buyers.

The investigation also found that regulators at every level of government ignored warning signs, and the city fed the frenzy by selling medallions and promoting them in ads as being “better than the stock market.”

The price of a medallion rose to more than $1 million before crashing in late 2014, which left borrowers with debt they had little hope of repaying. More than 950 medallion owners have filed for bankruptcy, and thousands more are struggling to stay afloat.

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Levine reveals participatory budgeting winners

Manhattan Times News

City Councilmember Mark Levine has announced the 2019 winners of participatory budgeting in his district, which includes parts of the Upper West Side, Morningside Heights and Washington Heights.

The projects to receive funding are:

  • $250,000 for air conditioning upgrades and new water fountains at P.S. 165 Robert E. Simon School
  • $250,000 for new computers at the Community Health Academy of the Heights
  • $250,000 for gymnasium upgrades at P.S. 153 Adam Clayton Powell School
  • $200,000 for bus countdown clocks

Voting for participatory budgeting took place between March 30 and April 7.

Projects selected as finalists are typically efforts designed to improve schools, housing and parks.

For more information, go to www.marklevine.nyc/pb.

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Council passes 17 bills to protect tenants from bad landlords

By Sabrina Mallot

Last fall, the City Council introduced a package of 18 bills aimed at preventing tenants from being displaced due to aggressive tactics from landlords like exploitative buyout agreements or nuisance construction. On Wednesday, May 8, all but one passed.

They still require the mayor’s signature, but he has indicated his support for them.

A spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio, Jane Meyer said, “From free access to legal services in housing court to the new Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants, this administration has been fighting for tenants from day one. These bills will help bolster our efforts to protect all New Yorkers.”

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Inside the Fight to Revamp Right to Counsel

Bronx Housing Court and City Councilman Mark Levine 

By Eddie Small

The hallways of Bronx Housing Court are crowded and chaotic on a typical weekday morning.

Lawyers and tenants scurry across the white tile floors and lounge on the worn-down benches of the Grand Concourse building, where occasionally the sound of one person shouting out a name will rise above the chatter.

The elevated discussion is usually from an attorney trying to find a tenant facing eviction who they want to assist. Even though New York City passed its Right to Counsel law two years ago guaranteeing that those tenants have the right to legal representation, lawyers still don’t have a better way of contacting the people they’ve been enlisted to help.

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Landlord Housing Reforms Set to be Passed by Council

Council Member Levine also calls on the State Legislature to increase transparency as part of Rent Reform package

CONTACT: Win Roosevelt // wroosevelt@council.nyc.gov

City Hall, New York -- Two bills introduced by Council Member Mark Levine to strengthen protections for renters are set to be passed by the City Council tomorrow, May 8th.

Introduction 1274 will require landlords of rent stabilized units to provide individuals with active tenancies four years of rental history. Armed with rent history, tenants are able to see if they are overcharged for their homes. It will also help prevent landlords from illegally removing units from stabilization while making it easier for the City to enforce existing laws that protect and preserve stabilized units.

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