A Harlem non-profit is criticizing City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for not supporting an asthma protection bill. A Harlem non-profit is criticizing City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for not supporting an asthma protection bill. View Full Caption

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EAST HARLEM — An environmental justice group charges Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has abandoned asthmatic New Yorkers failing to support more stringent regulation against landlords.

The Asthma-Free Homes bill, Int 0385, which would require landlords to remove indoor allergens like mold and rodents in a timely manner or face violations, is languishing in the City Council Health Committee.

Although she is not chair of the committee, as Speaker, Mark-Viverito can set the agenda and force a vote on the