Press Releases

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and City Council Kick Off 2017 Participatory Budgeting Vote Week

Newly added feature of participatory budgeting will now allow New Yorkers to vote electronically 

Brooklyn, NY – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Members, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams today joined community residents at Grand Army Plaza to celebrate the start of Participatory Budgeting Vote Week.

Now in its 6th year, Participatory Budgeting, or PB, has grown to include 31 Council Members, representing Council Districts across the City. READ MORE

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

“Seven years after the Affordable Care Act was passed, Republican leadership have finally done a service to the American people by withdrawing their reckless attempt at its repeal. Although likely only a temporary stopgap, over 20 million citizens who found healthcare coverage under the original law – many representing vulnerable communities of color or advanced age – will maintain their insurance for another day. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Arrest of James Harris Jackson

“In the two months since the President has taken office, hate crimes in New York City – and across the country – have skyrocketed. The repulsive rhetoric and polarizing actions that have come out of this Presidential Administration are appalling, and have only served to empower the ugly underbelly of racism that still exists in our country. The arrest of James Harris Jackson, a white supremacist who reportedly traveled to New York City intent on ‘murdering black people,’ READ MORE

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Food Bank For New York City Highlight Successful Launch of Citywide School Food Pantry Initiative

16 Schools Across NYC Participate in Effort to Combat Food Insecurity and Provide City Students with Necessary Food and Hygiene Items

Bronx, NY – Today, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, joined by Food Bank For New York City President and CEO Margarette Purvis, Department of Education Executive Director of Community Schools Chris Caruso and District 17 Council Member Rafael Salamanca, visited the East Bronx Academy for the Future High School to bring attention to the successful launch of the School Food Pantry Initiative. READ MORE

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and New York City Housing Authority Kickoff Renovations at Betances Senior Center

South Bronx, NY – Today, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Housing Authority Chair, Shola Olatoye, kicked off the start of renovations of Betances Houses Senior Center and Community Center in the South Bronx.  Building on the Speaker’s commitment to protecting seniors, the Council allocated $1.8 million in capital investments to revitalize this beloved and renowned senior center in the community. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: President Trump’s “America First” Budget Proposal

“President Trump’s budget proposal once again reflects his agenda to benefit the wealthy at the expense of low-income and middle class families in this country. President Trump may claim this proposal strengthens our country’s safety—yet the reality is that it fuels economic insecurity, weakens the foundation of key social services and destabilizes our communities. His proposal would undermine New Yorker’s safety, eradicate federal funding to the NYPD for counterterrorism and limit the City’s ability to effectively serve and protect its constituents. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Establishing a Municipal Drug Strategy and Advisory Council and on Mandating the Inclusion of Assistive Listening Systems in City Assembly Areas

Council will also vote on the Removal of Barriers to Investment in the Taxi Industry and on Publishing a Comprehensive Plan for Flood Mitigation in Southeast Queens

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation to establish a municipal drug strategy and advisory council aimed at combatting the rising numbers of overdose deaths. READ MORE

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

“On this International Women’s Day, we honor and celebrate women around the world who have paved the way for us to stand more firmly today. From leaders and activists at the forefront of change to scientists and small business owners revolutionizing innovation, women across the globe continue to break down barriers to advance equality and justice. With each stride of progress, it becomes clearer that empowering us only makes our societies stronger. READ MORE

Joint Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Chair of the Committee on Immigration, Council Member Carlos Menchaca

Re: New Trump Travel Ban Executive Order  

“Over the last week, President Trump has attempted to disguise his harsh and bigoted immigration policies with a populist rhetoric that deceitfully signals a shift in his tone—but don’t be fooled. The Executive Order put forward by the Administration today may use different words to describe a Muslim ban, but their intentions remain the same: to normalize discrimination based on religion and ethnicity. READ MORE

Statement By Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: The Passing of Helen Marshall

“Today, New York City lost a leader who helped improve the lives of countless Queens residents. From fighting to ensure children had quality education to protecting our elderly and helping our libraries thrive, Helen Marshall is leaving behind a legacy that empowered and uplifted New York City communities for decades. My deepest condolences go to her family and friends.”