Press Releases


Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Elected Officials Commend National Puerto Rican Day Parade Board for Recognition of Activity Oscar López Rivera

New York – Today, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and 35 elected officials released a letter to the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Board commending them for their resolve and support of Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera. López Rivera is one of dozens of individuals being honored at the 60th Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. The Puerto Rican Day Parade has been a landmark event for decades, acting as a symbol of the meaningful role the Puerto Rican community has played in New York City history. READ MORE

Statement from Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Deadly Times Square Collision

“The collision in Times Square this morning was a horrific and tragic incident that appears to have been carried out by a lone and compromised driver. New Yorkers must keep assured that they are secure and protected as officials work to determine the timeline behind this shocking accident. In the interim, the City Council extends its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased, and our thoughts for a quick recovery are with the remaining victims. READ MORE

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council Announce Results of the 2016-2017 Participatory Budgeting Cycle

Over 102,000 New Yorkers voted to for locally-developed capital projects across the city

New York – Today, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council announced the voting results and winning proposals of the 2016-2017 Participatory Budgeting cycle. During the voting period of March 25th through April 5th, 102,800 New Yorkers voted to allocate over $40 million in capital funding for locally-developed capital projects across 31 Council Districts in New York City. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Mother’s Day

“This Mother’s Day, as we take a moment to appreciate the mothers in our lives, we should also remember to consider how to make our city a better place for working women and families. Although the current Administration has launched a relentless assault on women’s rights, New Yorkers believe in these deeply entrenched rights – and we will do everything in our power to defend them. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Legislation to Establish a Sexual Health Education Task Force and to Implement and Enforce Environmentally Sound Stormwater Management Practices

Council will also vote to Require the Disclosure of Automobile Recalls in Secondhand Sales and to Extend Commercial Bicycling Regulations to Independent Contractors

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation to establish a sexual health education task force, a proposal made in the Speaker’s 2017 State of the City address. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Passage of the American Health Care Act

“Shame on the President and House Republicans for once again putting profits and tax breaks for a wealthy few over the health of millions of Americans. Instead of receiving more affordable and accessible healthcare, Americans across the country will now face spiking premiums and reduced overall coverage. This hastily drafted, toxic legislation will destroy healthcare equality, forcing thousands of families to bear the costs of pre-existing conditions and exacerbating the financial burden of healthcare on low and middle-income families. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Government of Puerto Rico’s Decision to File for Title III Under PROMESA

“Faced with an unelected Fiscal Control Board and a complicit Governor who is seeking to destroy unions, workers’ rights and the public education system on the Island, the people of Puerto Rico are confronting one of our gravest moments in recent memory. Right now, Puerto Ricans need support and courageous leadership, yet the Island’s government continues to find ways to weaken the people. READ MORE

Joint Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Finance Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland Re: FY2018 Executive Budget

“We applaud the Administration for incorporating several of the recommendations outlined in our Fiscal 2018 Preliminary Budget Response. We commend Mayor de Blasio for identifying City savings, increasing the City’s capital investments and funding key services to protect and support our communities.

While we are pleased with the Mayor’s commitment to expand capital support for NYCHA, include air conditioners in every classroom, and bolster legal services for immigrants—efforts the Council has long advocated for— we call on the Administration to take additional steps to strengthen vital City services. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Construction Safety Legislation and on Requiring the Public Disclosure of Bedbug Infestations in Residential Buildings

Council will also vote on a 311 Complaint Notification Service for Business Owners and on Commissioning a Study of City Transportation Deserts

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation to make construction sites safer. This legislation is part of the Construction Safety Act, a larger package of legislation focused on construction safety. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Threats to Withhold Funding from Sanctuary Cities

“It’s sad but not surprising that once again, the Trump Administration has chosen fear mongering over facts. The truth is, New York is the safest big city in the nation precisely because we protect and support our immigrant communities. Jeff Sessions’ ridiculous comments to the contrary are dangerously out of touch and do a disservice to our City and our entire country. READ MORE