Press Releases


Council to Vote on Prohibiting Conversion Therapy and Amending the Commercial Rent Tax

Council will also vote on criminal justice legislation addressing criminal warrants and erroneous rap sheets as well as the rezoning of El Barrio/East Harlem and zoning application at Bedford-Union Armory site

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation prohibiting conversion therapy in New York. The Council will also vote to amend the commercial rent tax (CRT). READ MORE

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Bill Perkins and New York City Council Announce Historic Agreement to Rezone East Harlem and Advance Community Plan

The Council’s modified plan secured $222 million in new investment including support for public housing, new affordable units, open space, and balanced economic development all while preserving the character and vibrancy of El Barrio/East Harlem

El Barrio/East Harlem, NY – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Bill Perkins and the New York City Council today announced an agreement to rezone El Barrio/East Harlem and secure investments for many priorities of the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Legislation to Protect Personal Information and Create a Comprehensive Privacy Policy for the City of New York

Council will also vote to Prohibit the Nonconsensual Distribution of Sexually Explicit Media and to Create a Website and Mobile Application to Facilitate Online Voter Registration

 

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation announced during Speaker Mark-Viverito’s 2017 State of the City address creating a system to protect personal information held by the City, as well as to protect locations where New Yorkers receive services by limiting access. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: 16th Anniversary of Flight 587 Crash

“Today marks the 16th anniversary of the tragic crash of American Airlines 587. This horrific incident occurred a mere two months after the somber events of September 11, 2001, as New Yorkers grappled with significant loss once more when 265 innocent lives were taken far too soon. We continue to mourn with the families, friends, and first responders whose courage and strength in the face of strife brought hope to us all in a darkened time. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Veteran’s Day

“This Veteran’s Day, we continue to honor and remember those who are currently serving or have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Veterans have dedicated years of their lives to protect the ideals that we live by, and the Council remains committed to making their needs a top priority – especially through the much-needed tax relief that our recent extension of the veterans property tax exemption will provide. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Guilty Verdict on Murder of Detective Brian Moore

“Detective Brian Moore was murdered in cold blood two and half years ago as he selflessly served our City and the people of New York. I commend the jury for rightfully finding Demetrius Blackwell guilty and hope today’s verdict will bring a small measure of peace to the Moore family and Detective Moore’s friends and colleagues at the NYPD. New Yorkers will remember this day as the day justice has finally been served to one of our City’s finest heroes. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Terrorist Attack In Lower Manhattan

“Today is a horrific and tragic day for our City. I am appalled and horrified at this deliberate act of terrorism. I am saddened of the innocent lives lost and pray for the injured. I commend the courageous men and women of the NYPD, the FDNY and first responders for their swift response to this incident and for quickly apprehending the perpetrator.   READ MORE

Council to Vote on Legislation to Restrict the Use of City Resources for Federal Immigration Enforcement

Council will also vote to Require the Distribution of Injury Warning Materials to Firearm License and Permit Applications and to Repeal the New York City Cabaret Law of 1926

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on a package of legislation to protect immigrant New Yorkers from President Trump’s mass deportation efforts, and to require the NYPD disclose gun violence information to applicants for firearm licenses and permits. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Legislation to Provide Safe Time for Victims of Family Offense Matters and to Enhance Department of Homeless Services Reporting and Practices

Council will also vote to Expand Reporting from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development and to Increase Transparency from the Department of Small Business Services

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation to provide safe time for victims of family offense matters. The Council will also vote to enhance Department of Homeless Services (DHS) reporting and practices, and to expand reporting from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Trump Administration Birth Control Mandate

“Rolling back federal requirements to provide no-cost birth control to women covered by employer-sponsored insurance plans is another move by this administration to seriously undermine the rights of women in the United States. Impeding access to birth control directly targets more than 55 million women across the country, and avoidance of a formal review before unilaterally imposing such a catastrophic change risks the health and safety of too many of them. READ MORE