Subway Therapy with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

During these uncertain times we must remind ourselves of who we are as a city and hold steadfast to the values that we cherish and hold dear. The values of hard work, respect and coming together during times of adversity define us as New Yorkers. That will not change, no matter who is President.

Applications for the Communities of Color Non-Profit Stabilization Fund are now open

Organizations can now apply for the Communities of Color Non-Profit Stabilization Fund. This Council initiative seeks to strengthen organizations that serve African American, Latino and Asian communities. Created by the Council in partnership with five founding organizations, it has funded critical capacity building for more than 80 community groups.

To determine eligibility and submit application materials, visit the New York Urban League’s CCNSF page. READ MORE

An update on the Unaccompanied Minors initiative

The Unaccompanied Minors Intiative was created by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca in 2014 with the Robin Hood Foundation and the New York Community Trust to prevent the detention and deportation of children who arrived in the United States to flee violence from Central America.

In its first year of operation, the program has won 60 asylum cases and helped 47 children obtain lawful permanent residency. READ MORE

Introducing the Community Media Initiative

New York City has a rich network of community news outlets that span print, television, and radio. Over 4.1 million New Yorkers rely on these local publications for news about their neighborhood, a specific community or interest group, or local, national, and international news coverage in a language other than English. Approximately 271 outlets comprise this sector, including 134 that are published in 35 languages and English and serve the City’s 3.8 million immigrant residents, among them 1.8 million who speak little or no English. READ MORE

Introducing Council 2.0

Read the full report (PDF) and the press release.

Today, the Council released Council 2.0, a technology roadmap to increase transparency, accountability, and inclusion for our constituents.

Council 2.0 includes this new website, an integration of more open-source tools, and steps to meet people where they are (on the platforms they’re already using) so that we become more open and digitally responsive to the people we are entrusted to serve. READ MORE