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Stated Meeting: Council Unveils Domestic Violence Stats

by Courtney Gross, Oct 28, 2010
 

After a string of hate crimes targeting gay men, the City Council unanimously approved legislation Wednesday to require hate crime statistics be posted online.

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The bill would also require the city post statistics on domestic violence.

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Council leaders championed the measures, saying shedding light on crime could help avert it.

"In light of the recent hate crimes increase in our city, any additional data to help understand and fight hate crimes and domestic violence is incredibly important," said Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Hate Crimes Online

The data will be posted on the city's "My Neighborhood Statistics" site, which already tracks other block-by-block data, like noise complaints or 311 calls.

Specifically the site will also now track murders, felony assaults or rape related to domestic violence or hate crimes.

The legislation's approval (Intros 373 and 393) follows a string of particularly brutal hate crimes across the city. Most recently, a gang in the Bronx held three men against their will, beat them and sodomized two of them.

Officials hope awareness might be one step toward preventing these types of crimes.

New Yorkers can expect the data to be up on the site 30 days after the bill goes into effect, said city officials. The mayor is expected to sign the legislation.

Queens Largest Rezoning

The City Council also unanimously approved the largest rezoning of Queens ever to preserve the character of Auburndale, Oakland Gardens and Hollis Hills, council officials said.

The rezoning, which affects 418 blocks, will preserve the low-density character of the neighborhoods, which are largely comprised of one to two family detached homes.

The rezoning will allow "modest" multi-family residential development along major thoroughfares, but also prevent commercial buildings from seeping onto residential streets.

The rezoning is the 40th in the borough under the Bloomberg administration.




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