Press Releases

Statement by Council Speaker Corey Johnson on the Tragic Death of Police Officer

“I was saddened to learn about the tragic
death of police officer Brian Kessler, who was killed during a horrific car
crash early today in the Bronx on his way home from work. My heartfelt
condolences go out to his family, friends and the entire NYPD community, who
are all suffering the loss of someone who was committed to serving the city and
was taken too soon.”

Statement by Council Speaker Corey Johnson on Federal Judge’s Decision to Block Citizenship Question from 2020 Census

is a major win in the ongoing battle against the Trump administration’s efforts
to intimidate immigrant communities. The census affects political representation
and determines how $700 billion is distributed for critical services such as
education and infrastructure improvements. Fifty-three billion dollars is at
stake for New York State. This was another blatant attack on our valued
immigrant communities and on our democracy itself. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Student Transportation Oversight Package Regulating City School Buses. Increased Oversight Measures to Include GPS Tracking Of Bus Locations

City Hall – The New York
City Council on Wednesday will vote on the Student Transportation Oversight
Package (STOP), which will strengthen oversight and increase safety measures on
the Department of Education’s school bus system. One of the safety measures
under this package of bills is a requirement that all school buses be equipped
with a two-way communication device and GPS tracking devices. READ MORE

City Council To Require Office Of Data Analytics To Study Pay Equity Across Gender, Racial And Ethnic Lines

City Hall – In an effort to eliminate pay disparities among city workers, the New York City Council on Thursday will vote on legislation that will require the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA) to issue public reports on pay disparities in the municipal workforce. The legislation requires the reports to be issued annually. It also gives the Council direct access to the underlying employment data in order to perform its own analysis and independently verify the report. READ MORE

Council to Vote to Create Office of Diversity and Inclusion to Study Equal Employment in City Agencies

City Hall – The New York City Council on Tuesday will vote to create an Office of Diversity and Inclusion within the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). The Council will also vote to require DCAS to study and report on diversity within city agencies.

In addition, the Council will vote to create a task force to study and make recommendations on Department of Education spending and school funding

The Council will also vote on legislation to clarify the format in which data is present in City reports. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: Incident Involving the NYPD at HRA Office in Brooklyn

“The disturbing video of New York Police Department (NYPD) officers arresting Jazmine Headley and prying her son from her arms speaks for itself. However, the problems with this incident are hardly isolated to the NYPD. It is unacceptable that Human Resources Administration (HRA) has such little capacity to handle its core functions that folks seeking their assistance must sit on the floor with their children while waiting for an appointment. READ MORE

City Council Submits Public Comment Against Proposed Rule Change to Public Charge

New York, NY – Council Speaker Corey Johnson, on behalf of the New York City Council, submitted a public comment to oppose changes to the public charge rule proposed by the Trump Administration. If the proposal is enacted, it would bar many immigrants who access services from getting a green card or a visa, and it could lead to more poverty and homelessness in New York City. READ MORE

New York City Council and Manhattan Borough President Brewer File Lawsuit to Force Public Review of Two Bridges Proposal

New York, NY – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, and Council Member Margaret S. Chin announced a joint lawsuit to force public review of three proposed development sites in Manhattan’s Two Bridges neighborhood. The Council and Borough President Brewer are suing the City, the Department of City Planning and its Director, the City Planning Commission and its Chair, and the Department of Buildings to stop construction on the site until the proposal goes through the public review process it legally requires. READ MORE

Statements From Speaker Johnson, Borough President Brewer, and Council Member Chin on City Planning Commission’s Two Bridges Vote

New York, NY – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Council Member Margaret S. Chin issued the below statements following the City Planning Commission’s vote to approve three proposed development projects in Manhattan’s Two Bridges neighborhood.

“Today’s decision to permit the construction of close to 3,000 units of housing – as many housing units as are being produced by neighborhood re-zonings – even though there are significant environmental impacts to schools, open space, transportation and on and on without City Council review undermines the very basic notions of public process laid out in the City Charter and has no precedent,” said City Council Speaker Corey JohnsonREAD MORE

Council to Vote to Expand Voter Protection Services For Incarcerated Individuals.

City Hall – The New York City Council on Wednesday will vote on a package of legislation aimed at protecting voting rights for formerly incarcerated individuals and persons sentenced to probation by mandating that such individuals be given written notice of their voting rights. Additionally, the council will require that a voter assistance guide be created and distributed to advise formerly incarcerated individuals on their voting rights. READ MORE