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Op-ed: An urgent call for revising NY’s criminal justice reforms to protect public safety


Apr. 11, 2024 By Council Member Robert Holden In 2019, the State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo embarked on a controversial overhaul of New York’s criminal justice system by enacting several laws, including cashless bail and sweeping changes to discovery laws. Simultaneously, the New York City Council passed laws that compounded these challenges, notably the…
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City budget talks: Council gives Mayor Adams’ team an earful on potential impact of Parks Department cutbacks


Mar. 21, 2024 By Ethan Stark-Miller City Council members on Thursday grilled Adams administration officials over the potential impact that roughly $50.5  million in cuts to the Parks Department could have on the Big Apple’s green spaces, while excoriating Hizzoner for not fulfilling his campaign promise of committing 1% of the city’s annual spending plan…
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Community divided over migrant shelter at Maspeth synagogue

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Mar. 20, 2024 By Anthony Medina A dueling rally was held in Maspeth Saturday outside a synagogue turned migrant shelter where about 50 opponents and 20 supporters stood their ground on opposite sides of Grand Avenue. The Maspeth Jewish Center, located at 66-64 Grand Ave., which began operating as a 15-bed temporary housing facility for migrant men earlier this month, sparked controversy among some residents both in-person and through social media. Demonstrators at Saturday’s protest made their voices heard through chants and signage that clearly stated their stance on the migrant shelter and the crisis as a whole. Protesters against…
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Maspeth Synagogue turned migrant shelter receives backlash from community members


Mar. 12, 2024 By Anthony Medina Maspeth Jewish Center, located at 66-64 Grand Ave., is the latest house of worship to join others in the city’s efforts to provide housing for migrants in Queens. The synagogue began operating as a 15-bed shelter for migrant men on Thursday, Mar. 7, according to information shared  by Council Member Robert Holden.  Holden, who represents the neighborhoods of Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale, Elmhurst, Rego Park and parts of Ridgewood, made it clear on Facebook and X that he and the community he serves are against the site.  “I find this completely unacceptable. The community should…
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New bill targets RV and mobile home removal from residential streets in NYC


Feb. 14, 2024 By Rachel Butler Recreational vehicles (RV’s) and mobile homes may soon be forcibly removed from residential streets at certain times if a new senate bill introduced by council members Robert Holden and Kamillah Hanks becomes law. Holden, who represents Ridgewood and surrounding areas and Hanks who represents Staten Island have introduced a new bill to combat the recent surge of RV’s and mobile homes permanently parked on streets in residential areas. Holden said that as New York’s housing crisis deepens, there has been an increase in people using RV’s and mobile homes as permanent housing, while paying…
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Queens council member calls for relocation of live animal slaughter markets from NYC amid allegations of animal mistreatment


Jan. 31, 2024 By Rachel Butler A Queens council member is calling for live animal slaughter markets to be moved outside of New York City following unannounced visits to a market in Ridgewood and another one in Bushwick on Jan. 17.  Council Member Robert Holden, who represents Glendale, Middle Village and surrounding areas, is pushing for the change after visiting the Tiba Live Poultry Slaughter market, located at 905 Wykoff Ave. in Ridgewood, and the Kikiriki Live Poultry market, located at 334 Linden St. in Bushwick, where he alleges the animals are being mistreated. He said that sheep and goats…
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Several mental health bills to support veterans passed by City Council 


Dec. 26, 2023 By Iryna Shkurhan Several pieces of legislation geared towards supporting veterans—two of which were introduced by Queens city council members—were passed by the council last week.  The Council put forward the Mental Health Roadmap in April as part of an effort to expand prevention and support services to those in need of mental health resources. It also sought to increase interagency coordination, address the shortage of mental health workers and limit the intersection with the criminal justice system, all while increasing awareness.  The second phase of the plan, unveiled in November, focused on the mental health needs…
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