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The New York City Council Press Office provides timely and accurate information about the City Council's latest events and public statements.

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Here you'll find photos, video, our blog, as well as press releases and reports.

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 Recent Press Releases


April

04/28/15
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Marriage Equality. Read more.

04/23/15
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: US Army Corps of Engineers Approval of Viability Study on the Dredging of Cano Martin Pena in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Read more.

04/23/15
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Confirmation of Loretta Lynch As U.S. Attorney General. Read more.

04/22/15
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Elected Officials and Community Groups Announce Formation of East Harlem Neighborhood Steering Committee. Read more.

04/22/15
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Earth Day. Read More.

04/20/15
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Micorsoft Corporation, The City University of New York, and the Partnership for NYC Announce Collaboration to Provide Free Access to Software for CUNY Students. Read more.

04/16/15
Council to Vote on Legislation Limiting Use of Employer Credit Checks. Read more

04/14/15
Speaker Mark-Viverito, Council Finance Chair Ferreras and City Council Release FY 2016 Preliminary Budget Recommendations. Read more

04/13/15
Speaker Mark-Viverito and New York City Council Unveil Council's Public Technology Plan. Read more

04/10/15
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery: New York Law School Legislative Breakfast. Read more

04/09/15
Speaker Mark-Viverito and New York City Council Members Kick Off Voting for 2014-2015 Participatory Budgeting Cycle. Read more

04/08/15
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery: Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's Keynote Address, Homeless Policy Forum 2015 with Care for the Homeless and Baruch College. Read more.

04/07/15
Speaker Mark-Viverito, Council Members and Food Bank NYC Encourage New Yorkers to Utilize Earned Income Tax Credit. Read more

04/06/15
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Homophobic Remarks By Dominican Republic President Hipolito Mejia During a Visit to NYC. Read more

04/05/15
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Passing of Victor Gotbaum. Read more.

04/02/15
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: New York State Budget. Read more.

04/01/15
Joint Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and LGBT Caucus of the City Council Re: Religious Freedom Restoration Acts in Indiana and Arkansas. Read more.

March

03/31/15
Council to Vote on on Bills Strengthening Human Rights Commission. Read more.

03/27/15
NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Statement on Senator Schumer . Read more.

03/26/15
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: East Village Building Collapse. Read more.

03/24/15
New York City Council Intitiative Ensuring All Unaccompanied Minors in NYC Have Lawyers. Read more

03/21/15
Statements By Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member Chaim Deutsch  Re: Fire in Midwood, Brooklyn. Read more

03/20/15
Joint Statement by Speaker Mark-Viverito and LGBT Caucus of the City Council Re: Puerto Rican government decision to stop defending the prohibition of marriage rights for LGBT people. Read more.

03/18/15
Speaker Mark-Viverito, State and Federal Legislation Committee Chair Koslowitz, Finance Chair Ferreras and Majority Leader Van Bramer Announce State Budget and Legislative Priorities For NYC Council. Read more.

03/12/15
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and New Yorkers Commemorate One Year Anniversary of East Harlem Explosion. Read more.

03/11/15
Council to Vote on Legislation Increasing Consumer Affairs Outreach and Education to Young New Yorkers. Read more.

03/08/15
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito Re: Re: International Women’s Day. Read more.

03/07/15
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito Re:50th Anniversary of March in Selma, Alabama. Read more

February

02/26/15
Council to vote on reforms to Veterans Advisory Board. Read more.

02/17/15
Statement from Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on St Pats Parade. Read more.

02/17/15
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Federal Judge’s Block of President Obama’s Immigration Order Read more

02/11/15
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's Remarks as Prepared for Delivery at 2015 State of the City. Read more

02/11/15
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Gives 2015 State of the City Address. Read more

02/10/15
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Indictment in Shooting Death of Akai Gurley Read more.

02/09/15
Joint Statement by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Finance Chair Julissa Ferreras Re: Re: Mayor De Blasio’s FY 2016 Preliminary Budget. Read more.

02/09/15
Speaker Mark-Viverito, LGBT Caucus and City Council Celebrate Respect for All. Read more.

02/03/15
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Election of Carl Heastie As Speaker of the Assembly Read more.

January

01/22/15
Speaker Mark-Viverito, LGBT Caucus of City Council Announce LGBTQ Youth Summit. Read more

01/22/15
Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito's Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Re: City Council Vote on Street Co-Naming for Detectives Liu and Ramos. Read more

01/22/15
Council to Co-Name Streest for Fallen Detectives Liu and Ramos. Read more

01/21/15
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Govenor Andrew M. Cuomo's State of the State Address Read more

01/19/15
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: The Pope's Visit to New York City. Read more

01/19/15
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Read More

01/15/15
Speaker Mark-Viverito, Immigration Committee Chair Menchaca, Council Member Dromm And City Council Members Sign Up For IDNYC Card To Mark The Launch Of The Largest Municipal ID Card In The Nation. Read more.

01/15/15
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Vincent Gentile, Finance Chair Julissa Ferreras, Public Safety Committee Chair Vanessa Gibson And New York City Council Propose Funding For New Bulletproof Vests. Read more

01/13/15
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Partners with Doe Fund to Bring Cleanup NYC Initiative to East Harlem and South Bronx. Read more.

01/09/15
Statement by Speaker Mark-Viverito Re: Proposal by President Obama to Fund Two Free Years of Community College Read more.

01/06/15
Statement by Speaker Mark-Viverito Re: Shooting of Two NYPD Officers in the Bronx. Read more.

01/01/15
Statement by Speaker Mark-Viverito Re: Passing of Former New York State Governor Mario Cuomo. Read more.

December

12/17/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Decision to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing in New York State. Read more.

12/17/14
Council to Vote on Regulations for Social Adult Day Care Programs. Read more.

12/16/14
Join Statement by Speaker Mark-Viverito and NYC Council LGBT Caucus Re: Expanded Health Care Access for New York State Transgender Community . Read more

12/16/14
Joint Statement By Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Jumaane Williams, Council Member Costa Constatinides, Council Member Mark Weprin, Council Member Daniel Dromm, Council Member Chaim M. Deutsch, Council Member Mathieu Eugene, And Council Member Rory Lancman Re: School Attack in Pakistan Read more.

12/10/14
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer and Finance Chair Julissa Ferreras Announce the Initiation of the Cultural Immigrant Initiative. Read more.

12/10/14
NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Public Safety Chair Vanessa Gibson & City Council Announce Comprehensive Response to Eric Garner Incident . Read more.

12/08/14
Council to Vote on New Procedure for Changing Marker on Birth Certificates. Read more.

12/04/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Passing of Herman Badillo. Read more.

12/03/14

Statements by Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, BLAC Caucus and Progressive Caucus re: Re: Grand Jury Decision on Eric Garner Death. Read more.

12/03/14
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and NYC Council Announce $2M for Ohel Children's Home and Family Services Expansion. Read more.

12/01/14
Joint Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Health Committee Chair Corey Johnson Re: World AIDS Day. Read more.

November

11/25/14
Council to Vote on Approval of Affordable Housing Project at Queens' Astoria Cove. Read more.

11/21/14
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member Eric Ulrich Mobilize Citywide Food Drive for New York City Military Veterans. Read more.
11/21/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito's Immigration Speech at Cardozo Law School. Read more.

11/20/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Immigration Administrative Relief. Read more.

11/19/14
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and NYC Council Announce Comprehensive Platform to Reinvigorate NYC's Industrial and Manufacturing Sectors. Read more.

11/18/14
Jewish Caucus and Speaker Mark-Viverito Denounce Deadly Terrorist Attack Against Synagogue in Jerusalem. Read more.

11/18/14
NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Urges Executive Action on Immigration in Letter to Obama. Read more.

11/13/14
Council to Vote on Legislation Mandating 80 Percent Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050. Read more

11/12/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Astoria Cove Development. Read more

11/11/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Veterans Day. Read more.

11/10/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Release of New York City Ebola Patient. Read more.

11/08/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Nomination of Loretta E. Lynch as US Attorney General. Read more.

11/05/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Appointment of Ben Tucker as NYPD First Deputy Commissioner. Read more.

11/05/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Immigration Reform. Read more

October

10/28/14
Joint Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Fire and Criminal Justice Committee Chair Elizabeth Crowley. Re: Retirement of Department of Correction Chief of Department William Clemons. Read more.

10/25/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito and NYC Council Announce Family Science Program with American Museum of Natural History and NYC Housing Authority. Read more.

10/22/14
Council to Vote on Legislation Banning Warrentless ICE Detainers. Read more.

10/21/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Puerto Rico Federal Court Dismissal of Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit. Read more.

10/21/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito re: Passing of iconic designer Oscar de la Renta. Read more.

10/16/14
Statement by New York City Council's LGBT Caucus Re: Spirit Day. Read more.

10/14/14
Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau Declares Support for Speaker Mark-Viverito's ICE Legislation. Read more.

10/07/14
Council to Vote on 25 Mile-Per-Hour Citywide Speed Limit. Read more.

10/02/14
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Members Daniel Dromm, Rafael Espinal and Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca Announce New Legislation That Will Prohibit New York City From Honoring Civil Immigration Detainers Unless A Warrant is Issued by A Federal Judge. Read more.

September

09/24/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Rosh Hashanah. Read more.

09/23/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito and Council Members Koslowitz, Weprin and Lancman Prepare Food for Hungry New Yorkers at Masbia Soup Kitchen in Queens. Read more.


Council to Vote on Legislation to Curb Tenant Harassment. Read more.

09/23/14
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Robin Hood Foundation and New York Community Trust Announce New $1.9 Million Unaccompanied Minor Initiative. Read more.

09/21/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito re: People's Climate March. Read more.

09/19/14
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council Announce Comprehensive Platform to Combat Climate Change. Read more.

09/10/14
New York City Council Announces Formation of Committee on Courts & Legal Services. Read more.

09/10/14
Council to vote on Foster Care Reporting Requirements. Read more.

09/04/14
Statements by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Members Miller, Richards, Crowley and King Re: Fast Food Workers' Strike. Read more.

09/03/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Ban Lifted from LBGT Groups Marching In St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Read more.

09/01/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Labor Day. Read more.

August

08/31/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s Comments About the Bronx. Read more.

08/27/14
New York City Council to Convene Oversight Hearing on NYPD Plan to Enhance Officer Trainings. Read more.

08/26/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito, Council Member Garodnick and Council Member Greenfield Condemn Manhattan Anti-Semitic Attack. Read more.

08/26/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito and City Council Announce Reforms to Board of Elections Appointment Process. Read more.

08/26/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito, Council Member Vacca, Council Member Levin, and New York City Council Kick Off Citywide Food Drive and $1.32 Million Food Pantry Initiative. Read more.

08/22/14
Statement From Chair Of City Council Jewish Caucus On Recent Manhattan Bridge Flag Incident. Read more.

08/21/14
Council to vote on Campaign Finance Disclosure Legislation. Read more.

08/19/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Staten Island District Attorney to Convene Grand Jury on Eric Garner’s Death. Read more.

08/11/14
New York City Council Members Express Strong Support for #DNCNYC. Read more.

08/07/14
New York State and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Announce Revitalization of La Marqueta. Read more.

08/05/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viveirto Re: National Night Out Against Crime . Read more

08/01/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: OCME Ruling on Death of Eric Garner. Read more.