Press Releases

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration Enforcement Memos

“The DHS memos outline the reckless steps this Administration will take to fulfill the President’s campaign promise of dragnet mass deportations. The administration attempts to disguise this xenophobic and bigoted policy as a security tactic. If the Administration were actually concerned about improving public safety in our nation, it would return to immigration enforcement priorities that focus on truly violent and serious criminals. READ MORE

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Delivers 2017 State of the City Address

Pledging to Protect New York City’s Core Values of Diversity, Inclusion, Fairness and Equality, Speaker Mark-Viverito Lays Out her Vision to Lift Up All New Yorkers, Particularly the Most Vulnerable


Speaker Mark-Viverito: “We must make sure all New Yorkers are on equal footing–and that we are providing a pathway for all New Yorkers to be heard and to succeed. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Implementation of the Nuisance Abatement Fairness Act and to Expand Language Access to Government Services for City Residents

Council will also vote on Regulating the Use of All-Terrain Vehicles and Dirt Bikes within City Limits and on Landmark Designation Status for the Sullivan-Thompson Historic District

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation to reform the Nuisance Abatement Law through the implementation of the Nuisance Abatement Fairness Act (NAFA). READ MORE

Joint Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca Re: Reports of Immigration Enforcement Actions in New York City

“Over the last few days, we’ve heard and investigated troubling reports of sweeping immigration enforcement actions throughout the nation, including in our area. Dragnet immigration raids would undermine New York City’s public safety, destabilize communities and devastate families.

In the weeks ahead, the City Council will continue to closely monitor all immigration enforcement activity in our City. During these uncertain times, we remind all New Yorkers that our City’s policies will not change and that contacting the City—including the police department—will not compromise the safety or security of immigrants. READ MORE

Speaker Mark-Viverito Announces Annual Report

The Annual Report, “Building a Stronger NYC,” highlights the Council’s key accomplishments of 2016

City Hall – With less than two weeks until Speaker Mark-Viverito delivers her State of the City address, the Council released its Annual Report, “Building a Stronger NYC,” to highlight some of the major work the Council achieved in 2016. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Legislation to Provide Protections to Residents of Three-Quarter Housing and to Extend SCRIE/DRIE Income Eligibility Requirements

Council will also vote on Reporting on the Role of Smoke Detectors in Fire-Related Fatalities and on Landmark Designations for 12 Buildings in Greater East Midtown

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation to provide protections and information to residents of three-quarter houses. The Council will also vote to extend income eligibility requirements for those who qualify for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption and Disability Rent Increase Exemption programs. READ MORE

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Urges El Barrio/East Harlem Developer to Comply with Court Order

Sends Letter Calling on Local Landlord to Uphold Buyout Agreement with Sole Remaining Tenant

City Hall – Today, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito released a letter imploring an El Barrio/East Harlem landlord to make good on a buyout agreement struck between their organization and a longtime tenant of their 3rd Avenue and 109th Street residential holding. READ MORE

Speaker Mark-Viverito Announces The Launch Of New Council Website

Redesigned website geared to be more user friendly, interactive, and transparent 

NEW YORK, NY– Today, Speaker Mark-Viverito announced the launch of a new Council website that will help strengthen engagement with diverse New Yorkers. While the domain remains the same ——, the site adopts the design of Council Labs, an experimental site created with the aim of increasing accessibility and transparency about the Council’s work. READ MORE