Press Releases


New York, NY – Below is a letter that Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Members Daniel Dromm and Vanessa Gibson, Chairs of the Committee on Finance and Subcommittee on Capital Budget, respectively, sent to Mayor de Blasio late Friday on behalf of the City Council and the Council’s Budget Negotiating Team requesting that the Administration identify meaningful savings among city agencies to address the $9 billion budget gap. 

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Council will also vote to ban term “alien” and “Illegal immigrant” from local laws and other city documents

City Hall – The New York City Council on Thursday will vote on legislation to require reporting on the City of New York’s contact tracing efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the city plans for a phased reopening, there must be a robust regular testing system in place and a means to trace the spread of this deadly virus.

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New York – Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Member Antonio Reynoso, and Council Members announced the Council will introduce legislation requiring opening up spaces throughout the five boroughs for outdoor dining amid the COVID-19 pandemic. NYC Hospitality Alliance, NYS Latino Restaurants, Bars, & Lounges Association and restaurant owners joined the Council in a press conference announcing the legislation.

The legislation will require the City to identify open spaces (including sidewalks, streets, and plazas) where restaurants and bars can follow social distancing measures and safely serve customers outside.

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New York – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Members representing neighborhoods with city beaches released guidelines and recommendations for the city to open beaches safely this summer. The guiding principle is to allow New Yorkers access to city beaches while providing for proper social distancing, both at the destination and on the way to and from beaches.  

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New York – Speaker Corey Johnson and the New York City Council Women’s Caucus are joining with women from across the city in demanding an apology from SBA President Ed Mullins for his use of derogatory and misogynistic language in referring to Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. The use of such language is offensive, inappropriate, and demeaning, and its implications are serious.

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New York – Speaker Corey Johnson and the New York City Council Women’s Caucus are joining with women from across the city in demanding an apology from SBA President Ed Mullins for his use of derogatory and misogynistic language in referring to Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. The use of such language is offensive, inappropriate, and demeaning, and its implications are serious.

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New York – Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Member Peter Koo and Flushing Chinese Business Association (FCBA) today announced FCBA donated 200,000 KN95 face masks and 2,000 infrared thermometers to the New York City Emergency Management Department (OEM). This donation has been delivered to the warehouse of OEM in Brooklyn today and will increase the City’s supply amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The Council will also vote to protect residential tenants against COVID-19 related harassment

City Hall – The New York City Council on Wednesday will vote on legislation to protect small businesses impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. This package of five bills is designed to help small businesses survive the fiscal impacts of the loss of business and limited food service due to efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

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New York, NY – Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Member Francisco Moya released the below statements in response to the de Blasio Administration’s initiative to increase funds to pay for final resting arrangements for low-income COVID-19 victims. The Administration has expanded eligibility to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status. Speaker Johnson and Council Member Moya had last month called for an emergency fund for low-income New Yorkers who couldn’t afford final arrangement costs, and for the fund to be open to all.

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