Press Releases

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

Statements by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member I. Daneek Miller Re: Executive Order on U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said: “After Wednesday’s blatant attacks on our immigrant communities, President Trump just doubled down on his divisive policies by putting forward an Executive Order that does nothing but exacerbate worldwide humanitarian crises and further the racial divides in our nation by fueling Islamophobia. Restricting refugees isn’t just an abstract mandate—it means depriving families fleeing persecution and violence of their basic human rights. READ MORE

Statements by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Immigration Chair Carlos Menchaca Re: Executive Orders on Immigration and Sanctuary Cities

Access NYC’s immigrant resources

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said: “If there was ever any doubt about whether Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric truly reflected his intentions, today’s Executive Orders affirm that his agenda will take our country down a dangerous and divisive path. Instead of finding solutions for our broken immigration system, President Trump’s reckless decisions to build a costly wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, attack Sanctuary Cities, persecute immigrants, and restore the deeply flawed Secure Communities program, will only fuel division and foster unfounded fears. READ MORE

Joint Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Finance Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland Re: Mayor de Blasio’s Preliminary Budget for FY 2018

“During these uncertain times, when federal funding levels remain unclear, it is critical that the City adopts a budget that is fair, balanced and forward looking. While we are pleased that the Preliminary Budget put forward by Mayor de Blasio today includes some of the programmatic savings and increase in reserves the Council has long called for, more must be done to find additional, lasting savings across all City agencies. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Legislation to Enhance Provisions for Citywide Public Art Initiatives and Establish Reporting Requirements for Economic Development Tax Expenditures

Council will also vote on Reauthorizing the Lien Sale Program and Reforming the Commuter Van Industry

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation to enhance and establish reporting requirements for citywide public art initiatives and cultural institutions. The Council will also vote to establish reporting requirements for economic development tax expenditures, and to reauthorize the lien sale program. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Passing of the Reproductive Health Act

“The New York State Assembly deserves immense credit for passing the Reproductive Health Act tonight. This important measure will guarantee local women access to quality health services while protecting and preserving their right to choose. As this bill reaches their desk, I urge the New York State Senate to follow the Assembly’s lead and approve this vital legislation.”


Statement By Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a central figure in the most courageous movement for civil rights of the 20th century. Today, we celebrate his life and his legacy for the progress it has inspired throughout decades of social change. As our country faces difficult questions, it becomes more important than ever to commit ourselves entirely to the fight for equality for all – regardless of gender, race, ethnic background, religion or sexual orientation. READ MORE

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Housing And Buildings Committee Chair Jumaane Williams, And Council Members Announce Construction Safety Act

The Construction Safety Act will make construction sites safer by reducing safety violations and strengthening crane regulations

City Hall – Today, Speaker Mark-Viverito, Housing and Buildings Committee Chair Jumaane Williams and Council Members announced that they will introduce the Construction Safety Act, a comprehensive package of legislation to strengthen construction and crane safety regulations in New York City. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Passing of NYPD Detective Steven McDonald

“I join all New Yorkers in mourning the loss of NYPD Detective Steven McDonald. Detective McDonald will forever be remembered as a hero who exemplified the best of our City.  After being shot multiple times in the line of duty, Detective McDonald harnessed tragedy into an opportunity to spread a universal and worldwide message of forgiveness. His compassion and empathy over the last 30 years has left a lasting impact on all New Yorkers, and Detective McDonald’s legacy will continue to inspire the City he so courageously and gracefully served. READ MORE

Statement By Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Proposed Defunding of Planned Parenthood

“Over four million Americans benefit from the critical health services Planned Parenthood provides each year.  For many, particularly those already facing the greatest health care disparities, Planned Parenthood is their only source of health care.  Any attempt to defund Planned Parenthood would set reproductive rights back by decades. We cannot allow the Republican Congress to undermine the Medicaid reimbursement system and deny 55 million women access to free, comprehensive preventative care, birth control and cancer screenings. READ MORE