Press Releases

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Queens Deadly Crane Accident

“The Council is deeply concerned by the recent spate of crane and construction related accidents which have taken the lives of far too many New Yorkers. Two more workers died yesterday and our hearts go out to their families. The City can, and must do a better job at preventing these needless and devastating deaths, which too often, may be prevented by stronger enforcement and regulations. READ MORE

Sixteen Schools To Get New Food Pantries Funded By The New York City Council Through Pilot Program

The City Council’s School Food Pantry Initiative will provide New York City students and their families with access to food and basic personal and feminine hygiene items at their schools through a one year pilot program

CITY HALL – Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council today announced $595,000 in funding for sixteen new school food pantries across all five boroughs, to continue the Council’s investment in combating food insecurity in New York City. READ MORE

Join Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Finance Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland Re: November Plan

“Strengthening the City reserves and refocusing on savings has been a consistent priority of the City Council. Given the uncertainties facing the State and the Federal budgets and in anticipation of slowing economic growth in the City and across the world, it is now more important than ever to carefully plan for the City’s future. The November Plan outlined by the Administration incorporates sound cost saving measures advocated by the Council, however, we remain concerned about rising shelter costs and pension obligations. READ MORE

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca and Council Member Daniel Dromm Release Open Letter to New York City Immigrant Communities

Urge Those Affected to Remain Calm and Make Use of Available City Services

City Hall – Today City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca and Council Member Daniel Dromm released a letter addressing New York City immigrant communities. The letter comes in the wake of fears expressed by immigrant communities about their future in the country, and is intended to assuage concerns that many immigrant New Yorkers have in light of the upcoming presidential administration. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Legislation to Overhaul Safety Standards for Gas Piping Infrastructure and to Establish a Permanent Monitor for the Department of Correction

Council will also vote to Establish a Task Force to Study the Feasibility of Returning to a Tuition-Free Model for the City University of New York System

City Hall – Today the New York City Council will vote on establishing a task force to review the feasibility of returning to a tuition-free model for the City University of New York (CUNY) system. READ MORE

New York City Council Announces New Communications Director

NEW YORK – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced today that Press Secretary Robin Levine has been promoted to Communications Director. As Communications Director, Levine will oversee all media relations for the Speaker and the Council and will serve as point of contact for local, state and national press.  Levine has worked for the Council since 2011 and has been Press Secretary since January 2015.  READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on the 15th Anniversary of the Flight 587 Crash

“As our city reeled from the horror of a devastating terrorist attack only two months prior, we experienced a renewed sense of loss on November 12, 2001, as American Airlines Flight 587 crash landed in the neighborhood of Belle Harbor. 265 people – individuals, each with their own unique dreams and experiences – lost their lives that day, and 15 years later we continue to remember the heartbreaking damage that occurred. READ MORE

Statement from New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Veterans Day

“As we honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who are currently serving overseas, let us not forget that the commendable achievements our military they have made to this country.  From our Veterans Property Tax Exemption legislation, to standing with our vets to defend the GI bill, and creating the nation’s largest standalone Department of Veteran Services, the City Council has been a long-time advocate and staunch supporter of our veterans.  READ MORE

Statement by New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Murder of Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo and Wounding of Sgt. Emmanuel Kwo in the Bronx

“Today is a terrible and tragic day for our City. I am appalled and saddened at the murder of Sgt Paul Tuozzolo and the wounding of Sgt Emmanuel Kwo in the Bronx. Every day, the courageous men and women of the NYPD risk their lives to keep New Yorkers safe and this deadly shooting is a stark reminder that gun violence remains prevalent in our City. READ MORE

Statement By Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Domestic Violence Charges Against Jeurys Familia

“I am deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jeurys Familia and call on MLB to launch an immediate and thorough investigation. We created #NotAFan so fans can communicate that domestic violence is absolutely unacceptable and to give a voice to fans who didn’t have one before. I will be reaching out to the Mets and the Familia ads will be removed from the campaign. READ MORE