SEVERE WEATHER ALERT

SEVERE WEATHER ALERT

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT (2/8) THROUGH THURSDAY (2/9)  AFTERNOON…

The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Winter Storm  Watch…which is in effect from late Wednesday night through Thursday afternoon.
* Accumulations…Snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches…locally higher.
* Locations…Long Island…New York City…Northeast New Jersey…the Lower Hudson Valley of New York…and Southern Connecticut.
* Hazard types…Heavy snow.
* Timing…Late Wednesday night through Thursday.
* Impacts…Hazardous travel due to snow covered roads and poor visibility. Blowing and drifting snow is possible.
* Temperatures…In the 30s.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
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COUNCIL MEMBER RUBEN WILLS RESPONSES TO THE GRAND JURY’S DECISION

Council Member Wills releases statement concerning the Grand Jury decision not to indict officers in the Eric Garner Case

“It is unconscionable that in the 21st century, New Yorkers of color continue to live under occupation in their own communities. The system entrusted to serve and protect the people instead serves to breed more distrust and discontent towards law enforcement, and reverses whatever gains have been achieved towards improving police-community relations,” said Councilman Wills. “From Eleanor Bumpers in 1984 to Mr. Eric Garner in …

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Preventing Teen Dating Abuse At The Source

BY JORDAN GIBBONS

The recent incidents of domestic abuse in the NFL has placed a spotlight on an issue that has been tolerated for too long and Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) is hoping to help build a support system for New York teenage athletes.

Wills recently had a teenage member of the community come into his office in District 28 with a domestic violence case but the Councilman said that the major barrier was the person did not want to report it.

“The need for help was there, …

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NYC COUNCIL MEMBER WILLS INTRODUCES BILL TO CURB DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AMONG CITY YOUTH

Initiative urges NYDOE to establish pilot program to reduce risk of violence among students, particularly athletes

For Immediate Release

October 21, 2014 – New York, NY – Today New York City Council Member Ruben Willsintroduced the Intimate Partner Abuse Primary Prevention Act, an initiative that calls on the Department of Education to establish a domestic abuse awareness and prevention pilot program for students enrolled in the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL). The act — which also proposes increased funding towards the Human Resources Administration’s (HRA) successful Teen …

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City could track paid sick leave under proposed bill

City could track paid sick leave under proposed bill

Councilman Ruben Wills introduced a bill to track the city’s effort to require paid sick leave.
BY ERIN DURKIN 

Councilman Ruben Wills — who expressed fears about the expanded paid sick leave mandate’s effects on small businesses but voted for it anyway — introduced a bill to require the city to track those effects.

Under the bill introduced Wednesday by the Queens Democrat, the Independent Budget Office would have to prepare annual reports tracking job numbers and wages at affected businesses and failure rates for small businesses.

The expanded bill, …

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COUNCIL CALLS ON STATE LEGISLATURE TO REMOVE RESTRICTIONS

COUNCIL CALLS ON STATE LEGISLATURE TO REMOVE RESTRICTIONS

For Immediate Release

Contact: Angelica Toussaint

718 206 2068 (Office)

646 532 9381

atoussaint@council.nyc.gov

 

City Hall, NY – On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, the City Council voted on and unanimously passed Resolution 123 which calls for the passage of a state budget that does not bar New York City from using State reimbursement for rental subsidy programs for the homeless. The passage of the resolution is only a day after a delegation from the Department of Homeless Services, Council Members Wills, author of the bill and Levin, Chair of City …

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COUNCIL MEMBER WILLS INTRODUCES BILL TO HELP HOMELESS FAMILIES FIND PERMANENT HOUSING

City Hall, NY – On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, Council Member Ruben Wills introduced a resolution co-sponsored by Council Member Stephen Levin, Chair of the General Welfare Committee and Council Member Vanessa Gibson to call for the passage of a state budget that does not bar New York City from using State reimbursement for rental subsidy programs for the homeless.

As of January, the homeless population has exceeded 53,000 in the Department of Homeless Services’ (DHS) shelters throughout New York City.  With the loss of vital federal services …

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Council Member Ruben Wills with Bill Cosby

Council Member Ruben Wills with Bill Cosby

Queens politician Ruben Wills goes homeless for three days to understand the experience

Queens politician Ruben Wills goes homeless for three days to understand the experience

Councilman navigates life on the streets, in the city’s shelter system and in hospitals without IDs to highlight the plight. He also made $14 in tips!
By Clare Trapasso / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

 

Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News

Councilman Ruben Wills made $14 in tips pumping gas at the Gulf station on N. Conduit Ave. on Tuesday, the first day of his three-day odyssey as a homeless man.

That raggedy guy earning tips by pumping gas at the Gulf station on North Conduit Ave. on Tuesday was …

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CITY COUNCIL HEARS BILL ON ADDRESSING THE RISE OF VIOLENCE

CITY COUNCIL HEARS BILL ON ADDRESSING THE RISE OF VIOLENCE

New York, NY – On Friday, December 6, 2013, the City Council’s Economic Development Committee held a hearing for the Community Violence Prevention Act. This legislation introduced by Council Member Ruben Wills will establish a commission that will take a holistic approach to the study of the root causes of violence. The study will be based on several socioeconomic factors including but not limited to addressing the increase in poverty; the lack of education and educational resources; the absence of accessible, affordable and sufficient …

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