Press Releases


Map change will ensure that a correctional facility will never be allowed on Rikers again

New York, NY – As part of its ongoing commitment to close the jail facilities at Rikers Island, today the City began the land use process to officially prohibit the incarceration of individuals there after December 31, 2026, when the borough-based jail system is expected to be in operation.

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New York, NY – In an effort to reduce paper waste and exposure to harmful chemicals on receipts, the City Council will hold upcoming hearings on bills designed to give customers more choice over receiving receipts and phase out the use of BPA-coated receipt paper. 

The Council will consider four bills that will look at providing consumers with the option of declining a paper receipt in exchange for an e-receipt;

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The Council will also vote to ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes

City Hall – The New York City Council on Tuesday will vote on a comprehensive package of legislative measures to crack down on the improper use of City-issued parking permits, known as placards. This legislation is designed to rein in misuse of placards throughout the City and is among the strongest measures ever proposed to tackle this corruption by the Council.

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“Today we take a giant leap closer to reclaiming our streets and making them safer for our residents. The Streets Master Plan, now signed into law, will revolutionize the way New Yorkers use our streets, creating more bus and bike lanes, more pedestrian space and safer street infrastructure. This law helps us make alternative transportation options more viable, which is necessary in our fight against climate change.

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Fulfills commitment made between the Council and Mayor at June budget handshake

City Hall, NY – ­­­­ Speaker Corey Johnson, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Labor Relations Commissioner Renee Campion, and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza today announced that the City has honored the promise to achieve a pathway to pay parity between certified early childhood education teachersand entry-rate Department of Education salaries by October 2021.

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The Council will also vote to expand prevailing wage protections

City Hall – The New York City Council on Thursday will vote to pass a package of legislation that will make New York City’s public burial ground, Hart Island, more accessible for people visiting their loved ones. For far too long, what is known to many as “Potter’s Field,” the world’s largest public burial ground, has made visitors feel as though they were visiting a prison, rather than the final resting place of their loved ones.

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New York, NY – In anticipation of new State bail reform measures, New York City will launch an expansion of its successful Supervised Release program as a proven alternative judges will be able to assign in lieu of bail. As part of the commitment made to justice reform during the passage of the borough-based jail plan, the City Council will dedicate $7 million more in additional funding for the program.

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The Council will also vote to establish commercial waste zones throughout the City

City Hall – The New York City Council on Wednesday will vote to pass Speaker Johnson’s historic streets master plan legislation. The legislation will require the Department of Transportation to issue and implement a transportation master plan every five years.

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NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez, Council Members, and transportation, accessibility, environmental, and safe streets advocates rallied in advance of the City Council passing Speaker Johnson’s historic streets master plan legislation. The legislation will be voted on in committee on Tuesday and then go to the full Council for a vote on Wednesday, October 30th.

The legislation will require the Department of Transportation to issue and implement a transportation master plan every five years.

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The resolution calls for suspension, fine and independent monitor

City Hall – The New York City Council on Monday will vote on disciplinary actions against Council Member Andy King. The resolution, which calls for a 30-day suspension, a $15,000 fine and an independent monitor, is the result of months of investigation, meetings, hearings and deliberations on the allegations.

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