Fair Treatment Of Religious Institutions
Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. attended a rally on June 13, organized by Councilmember Fernando Cabrera, supporting the “Right to Worship” resolution #1155. The “Right to Worship” resolution allows religious institutions to rent empty space from public schools during non-school hours. The resolution has 36 co-sponsors out of a possible 51 members in the City Council. Congressmember Charles Rangel, former Mayor Ed Koch, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Comptroller John Liu also support it. Vallone has called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to withdraw his directive ordering religious institutions out of public buildings and supports the resolution calling on Albany to pass this legislation. “Religious institutions have been in the forefront of the fight against discrimination, and now they are being discriminated against,” said Vallone. “We are just asking that they be treated like every other group.”
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