Category: News


Celebrated the groundbreaking of Ranaqua Park

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito celebrated the groundbreaking of Ranaqua Park with New York City Department of Parks & Recreation in the South Bronx this week, where little Serenity shares what she learned about the name Ranaqua.

Teens Take the City 2017

ICYMI- New York City’s YMCA Teens Take the City participants took over City Hall! Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito & Council Member Helen Rosenthal welcomed the young leaders to the People’s House.
In April, teen Council Members and advocates gathered at Brooklyn Borough Hall, presenting 21 proposals, identifying the top ten ideas for a better NYC.
In Chambers, these top ten were presented, debated and voted on, determining which ideas the teens believe should be implemented in NYC. READ MORE

Foster Youth Shadow Day!

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, & Council Members Vanessa L. Gibson Ben Kallos Stephen Levin welcomed foster youth and foster youth advocates at City Hall for our annual Foster Youth Shadow Day! Thank you to everyone who participated & to the youth who are incredible leaders!

May Day 2017 NYC rally

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito & Council Members Carlos Menchaca, Brad Lander & Jumaane D. Williams show their support for immigrants and workers at #MayDay2017 NYC rally.

National Leagues of Cities

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the @National Leagues of Cities, an advocacy group that represents the interests of over 1,600 cities, convened municipal legislative leaders to foster inter-city legislative collaboration and tackle issues ranging from infrastructure to constituent outreach to criminal justice reform.

National League of Cities Convening

Happy Friday!

In my State of the City speech in February, I talked about coordinating a convening with the National League of Cities (NLC) to discuss common challenges that City Councils across the country are facing. That time has arrived. Today and tomorrow, my counterparts from major cities across the country are meeting to exchange ideas about policy issues, from policing and improving public transportation, to administrative matters like managing budgets and using technology to engage constituents. READ MORE

3-K for All

This is another important step in our commitment to improving the lives of residents through the expansion of educational opportunities and the exploration of innovative systems of learning, and I am so thrilled to see this initiative begin right here in the South Bronx, which for so long has gone historically overlooked and underfunded.
This program represents a brighter future for local students, and a welcome option for parents in search of additional school choice. READ MORE