Speaker Corey Johnson and Rules Committee Announce Council Leadership and Committee Chairs

City Hall ‒ Speaker Corey Johnson announced the New York City Council committee chairs and leadership today, citing an inclusive and democratic process to structure the City’s legislative body. In addition, the Speaker announced the Chairs of task forces and members of the Budget Negotiating Team.

In a statement, Speaker Johnson said: “After many active conversations with Council Members, stakeholders, city leaders and advocates, we are proud to appoint the leadership and committee chairs that reflect the diversity and priorities of New York City. These committees will be critical to strengthening oversight, negotiating the City budget, examining and debating legislation, engaging the public and asserting the Council’s independence. Our commitment is to empower committees and members to ensure all voices are heard within the Council.”

AGING

Chin, Chair

Ayala

Deutsch

Diaz, Sr.

Dromm

Eugene

Rose

Treyger

Vallone

“As Chair of the Committee on Aging, I joined advocates and community members across New York City to fight to give our City’s fastest growing demographic, our seniors, an opportunity to age with dignity in the very neighborhoods they helped to build. Together, we expanded the SCRIE and SCHE program, fought for transparency for Social Adult Daycares to provide relief to caregivers, started the dialogue about how to support and expand NORCs, and led the historic Year of the Senior campaign to secure the largest amount of permanent senior funding the City has seen in ten years. I am proud to begin a new term as Chair and build on the progress we have made together,” said Council Member Margaret Chin, Chair of the Committee on Aging.

 

CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Eugene, Chair

Dromm

Kallos

Lander

Perkins

Rodriguez

Rosenthal

 

CIVIL SERVICE AND LABOR

Miller, Chair

Adams

Dromm

King

Maisel

Ulrich

Williams

 

“I thank my fellow Members, especially Speaker Johnson, for affording me the opportunity to continue to serve as Chair of the Committee on Civil Service and Labor. More importantly, I thank the voters of the 27th District for having bestowed their trust in me as their Council Member for a second term. Through our work these past four years, we passed laws that regulate our City’s workplaces, protect employees from unjust practices and promote the upward mobility and security of working families,” said Council Member I. Daneek Miller. “We will continue to be vigilant in safeguarding these time-honored principles as we strive to build on the gains we’ve made, and look forward to working with organized labor throughout the city to ensure employers adhere to the basic tenets of organizing and collective bargaining.”

 

CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND BUSINESS LICENSING

Espinal, Chair

Chin

Koo

Koslowitz

Lander

“The Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing will allow us to have more oversight over businesses including the hospitality and nightlife industry and other commercial businesses so to better support our city’s entrepreneurs, workers and their consumers. As community boards also play a major role in recommending businesses for licenses, I look forward to having hearings to oversee the processes for making these recommendations. I also look to work on consumer and business related habits and issues that contribute to climate change and global warming. We will seek to raise awareness of issues that affect all communities, especially millennials; businesses who are struggling, and change our city’s consumer habits to fight climate change. I am extremely grateful to Speaker Johnson and look forward to working with him over the next four years,” said Council Member Rafael Espinal, Chair of the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing.

 

CONTRACTS

Brannan, Chair

Barron

Perkins

Rosenthal

Yeger

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

Powers, Chair

Ampry-Samuel

Holden

Lancman

Rivera

“I’m honored to be named the Chair of the Committee on Criminal Justice that will be tasked with big challenges in the coming years, including closing Rikers Island and instituting policies that ensure fairness in the system,” said Council Member Keith Powers, Chair of the Committee on Criminal Justice.

 

Cultural Affairs, Libraries AND International Intergroup Relations

Van Bramer, Chair

Borelli

Cumbo

Koslowitz

Moya

“I’m thrilled to be able to continue to serve as the Chair of the Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee, the only committee I asked to chair when I was first elected eight years ago. I love this committee and am so proud to be the champion of culture, the Arts and libraries in this City. And it means so much to me that I will serve out all 12 years in the Council chairing this important committee. I look forward to working with Speaker Johnson and my colleagues to fight for culture, the arts, and public libraries in the City Council this term. I also am grateful to be serve the Speaker’s leadership team and the Budget Negotiating Team and I look forward to working with the Speaker and my colleagues to fight on behalf of all New Yorkers,” said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Vallone, Chair

Adams

Barron

Cornegy

Koo

Lander

Levine

Menchaca

Powers

Richards

Rivera

Rosenthal

Williams

“I am excited to begin this legislative session as Chair of the Committee on Economic Development. It is a great honor to oversee a committee that has played a substantial and integral role in the New York City Budget. I look forward to working with our new Speaker and my fellow colleagues to sculpt NYCEDC’s vision to drive growth in our city and improve our quality of life. I’m also proud that the Queens Delegation is once again united and strongly represented in our Speaker’s vision for the upcoming legislative session. This will be a wonderful new opportunity for District 19 to finally have a seat at the table on true economic development for the City of New York,” said Council Member Paul Vallone, Chair of the Committee on Economic Development.

 

EDUCATION

Treyger, Chair

Ampry-Samuel

Barron

Borelli

Brannan

Cohen

Cornegy

Deutsch

Dromm

Grodenchik

Kallos

King

Lander

Levin

Levine

Rodriguez

Rose

Salamanca

Ulrich

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Constantinides, Chair

Espinal

Levin

Menchaca

Richards

Ulrich

Yeger

“I am excited to continue as Chair of the Council’s Environmental Protection Committee.  Making our city greener and more environmentally-friendly will remain our priority.  Climate change is perhaps one of our planet’s greatest dangers and I remain committed to implementing policies that will combat its effects.   We will continue to be global leaders on sustainability by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, increasing use of renewable energy, and encouraging environmentally-friendly habits.  I am proud of the legislative work we have done over the past few years to reduce our carbon emissions, expand solar and geothermal energy, and generate cleaner power.  I look forward to working with Speaker Johnson and my Council colleagues on these issues throughout the next legislative session,” said Council Member Costa Constantinides, Chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection.”

 

FINANCE

Dromm, Chair

Adams

Cohen

Cornegy

Cumbo

Gibson

Grodenchik

Lancman

Matteo

Moya

Powers

Rosenthal

Van Bramer

“Being Finance Committee Chairperson gives me the opportunity to set priorities for the city using the vast resources that are available to us. I intend to use this position to move a progressive budget forward working closely with Speaker Corey Johnson who I thank for giving me this opportunity to serve,” said Council Member Daniel Dromm, Chair of the Committee on Finance.

 

FIRE

Borelli, Chair

Ampry-Samuel

Brannan

Cabrera

Maisel

 

FOR-HIRE VEHICLES

Diaz, Sr., Chair

Borelli

Constantinides

Moya

Rose

Rodriguez

Vallone

 

GENERAL WELFARE

Levin, Chair

Adams

Ayala

Gibson

Gjonaj

Grodenchik

Lander

Reynoso

Salamanca

Torres

Treyger

“It is my honor to continue building on the progress we have made strengthening the safety net that protects New Yorkers everywhere. Though our City is home to great wealth, it means nothing if we cannot feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and protect the vulnerable. Let’s renew our commitment to one another and address our most pressing challenges head-on. Serving on this committee has been one my life’s greatest privileges. I look forward to forging ahead with our new Speaker and my Council colleagues,” said Council Member Stephen Levin, Chair of the Committee on General Welfare. 

 

GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS

Cabrera, Chair

Kallos

Maisel

Perkins

Powers

Rodriguez

Yeger

“I’m proud and honored to continue serving the people of the 14th Council District and all New Yorkers.  As chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations, I will be a dependable and constant voice for fairness, integrity, transparency, effectiveness and efficiency in City operations,” said Council Member Fernando Cabrera, Chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations.

 

HEALTH

Levine, Chair

Ampry-Samuel

Barron

Eugene

Powers

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

Barron, Chair

Cumbo

Holden

Kallos

Rodriguez

 

HOSPITAL SYSTEM

Rivera, Chair

Ayala

Eugene

Levine

Maisel

Moya

Reynoso

 

HOUSING AND BUILDINGS

Cornegy, Chair

Cabrera

Chin

Espinal

Gjonaj

Grodenchik

Perkins

Rivera

Rosenthal

Torres

Williams

 

“This Council truly embodies the strength and diversity of this city. It is an honor to be part of such a distinguished body, and I look forward to working alongside my colleagues in the term ahead.  As Chair of the Housing & Buildings Committee, Democratic Conference Chair, Chair of the Council’s M/WBE Task Force, and member of the Budget Negotiating Team, I am excited at the opportunity to use these roles as platforms to amplify the voice of our minority community,” said Council Member Robert Cornegy. “There is much work to be done to ensure the needs of all New Yorkers are met, and I am confident that with the appointments voted on today, this Council is in a very strong position to get the job done.”

 

IMMIGRATION

Menchaca, Chair

Dromm

Eugene

Holden

Gjonaj

Miller

Yeger

“I am honored to continue for a second term as Chair of the City Council Committee on Immigration. I will work to keep New York the national leader upholding civil rights and supporting immigrant communities. I thank Speaker Johnson and my colleagues for entrusting me with leadership of the new special task force that will focus on transportation needs and solutions in the BQX corridor. Each of my committee assignments offers distinct opportunities to serve the residents of District 38 and the entire City. I look forward to using the next four years to promote better public housing, economic development, environmental justice and public safety,” said Council Member Carlos Menchaca, Chair of the Committee on Immigration.

 

JUSTICE SYSTEM

Lancman, Chair

Cohen

Maisel

Rose

Ulrich

“An equitable and efficient justice system is the cornerstone of civil society, and now more than ever New York City’s criminal and civil legal system deserves close scrutiny and serious reform. As Chair of the Committee on the Justice System, I look forward to working with the Mayor, our district attorneys, public defenders and civil legal services providers, and the Office of Court Administration to make our justice system fairer, more transparent, more efficient and more accountable,” said Council Member Rory Lancman, Chair of the Committee on the Justice System.

 

JUVENILE JUSTICE

King, Chair

Gjonaj

Holden

Levine

Perkins

Rose

Williams

“As city leaders, it’s vital that we have a system in place that works on behalf of our city’s children.  The City Council’s Committee on Juvenile Justice plays an important role in ensuring justice for our city’s young people and their families. Knowing my work efforts for children and their development over the years, I wish to thank Speaker Johnson for choosing me to head this important committee. I am honored to serve in this new leadership position and I look forward to working diligently on behalf of our city’s youth as the chair of the Committee on Juvenile Justice,” said Council Member Andy King, Chair of the Committee on Juvenile Justice.

 

LAND USE

Salamanca, Chair

Adams

Barron

Constantinides

Deutsch

Diaz, Sr.

Gibson

Grodenchik

Kallos

King

Koo

Lancman

Levin

Miller

Moya

Reynoso

Richards

Rivera

Torres

Treyger

“I’m incredibly proud to have the confidence of the Speaker and my colleagues to serve as the Land Use Chair for this session. Our city is at a crossroads, including my community in the South Bronx. This body, led by a Speaker who understands the importance of having a strong, independent Council, should be on the front lines on shaping the planning, development and all other land use actions in a way that listens to and addresses the concerns of all New Yorkers. I believe we can and will do that. After seeing much development in my district and working to approve over 4,000 units of affordable housing in under two years, I believe I am ready to work with each and every member of the Council to ensure the needs of their constituents are met with any given land use action. With that said, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves, visit as many neighborhoods as I can and most importantly, listen on how I can help to shape land use for the five boroughs over the next four years. Let’s get to work,” said Council Member Rafael Salamanca, Chair of the Committee on Land Use.

 

Mental Health, developmental disability, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse AND Disability Services

Ayala, Chair

Ampry-Samuel

Cabrera

Holden

Van Bramer

 

“I want to thank Speaker Johnson for his trust and support in appointing me Chair of the Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services Committee. This committee represents issues that are of great personal importance to me, and to my East Harlem / South Bronx district,” said Council Member Diana Ayala, Chair of the Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services Committee. “I look forward to working collaboratively with my distinguished colleagues on these challenging issues; and together making impactful contributions.”

 

OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS

Torres, Chair

Kallos

Lancman

Powers

Salamanca

Treyger

Yeger

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

Grodenchik, Chair

Borelli

Brannan

Cohen

Constantinides

Gjonaj

King

Koo

Moya

Ulrich

Van Bramer

“I am honored to have been elected by my colleagues as chair of the parks committee. As a lifelong New Yorker who grew up in city parks and the current representative of a district with over a thousand acres of parkland, I welcome the opportunity to work to improve the parks that are vital to every community in the city.  I thank Speaker Corey Johnson for his support and look forward to working with my colleagues on the committee as well as with Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver and his staff,” said Council Member Barry Grodenchik, Chair of the Committee on Parks and Recreation.

 

PUBLIC HOUSING

Ampry-Samuel, Chair

Ayala

Cumbo

Diaz, Sr.

Gjonaj

Menchaca

Richards

Salamanca

Torres

Treyger

Van Bramer

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Richards, Chair

Brannan

Cabrera

Cohen

Deutsch

Gibson

Lancman

Menchaca

Miller

Powers

Rodriguez

Vallone

Williams

 

RULES, PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS

Koslowitz, Chair

Adams

Chin

Cornegy

Espinal

Gibson

Johnson

Lancman

Matteo

Torres

Treyger

“I am so proud to become the Chair of the NYC Council Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections. I am also very humbled that our great new Speaker Corey Johnson would consider me for this very important position.  I pledge to work together, hand in hand with my committee members to improve, strengthen and enhance the Council’s internal structure for the benefit of the people of our great City, and work to create a more efficient and equitable workplace for all Council staff,” said Council Member Karen Koslowitz, Chair of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections.

 

SANITATION AND SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT

Reynoso, Chair

Cabrera

Deutsch

Espinal

Vallone

 

“I would like to extend my gratitude to Speaker Johnson and his team on my re-appointment to the Sanitation and Solid Waste Committee at the City Council. As Chair in my last term, I   took on issues such as waste equity, waste collection zones, working conditions at waste transfer stations, and reusable bags,” said Council Member Antonio Reynoso. “This Chairmanship is particularly important to me because I will once again highlight the overburden of waste transfer stations my district has historically endured along with other low income communities of color. I look forward to working with my committee to bring about more trash efficiency and equity to our City.”

 

SMALL BUSINESS

Gjonaj, Chair

Ayala

Levin

Perkins

Rivera

“I am looking forward to working with my colleagues and Speaker Corey Johnson, as I proudly represent the 13th Council District in the Bronx. I am excited to chair the Small Business Committee and be part of several other important committees. Coming from a background in small business, I am eager to get to work, so that we can fight for small business owners across our city, help them prosper, create more jobs and make our commercial corridors a viable part of our neighborhoods,” said Council Member Mark Gjonaj, Chair of the Committee on Small Business.

 

STANDARDS AND ETHICS

Matteo, Chair

Chin

Gibson

Koslowitz

Levin

 

STATE AND FEDERAL LEGISLATION

Cohen, Chair

Cornegy

Espinal

Koslowitz

Rodriguez

“I am honored to take over the chairmanship of the Committee on State and Federal Legislation. This committee gives us the ability to analyze how laws made in other legislative bodies will affect the city we all call home.  I look forward to pushing back on any policies passed at the federal and state level that might harm New Yorkers,” said Council Member Andrew Cohen, Chair of the Committee on State and Federal Legislation.

 

TECHNOLOGY

Koo, Chair

Holden

Lander

Ulrich

Yeger

“I see endless potential in the Committee on Technology, and I look forward to maximizing this important resource to bring fresh ideas and innovation to the Council. There are many challenges facing New York City that can be addressed through technology ‒ from a lack of high speed internet in our schools to expanding access to Wi-Fi. Many thanks to Speaker Johnson for committing to work me on this effort,” said Council Member Peter Koo, Chair of the Committee on Technology.

 

TRANSPORTATION

Rodriguez, Chair

Cabrera

Constantinides

Deutsch

Diaz, Sr.

Espinal

Koo

Levin

Levine

Menchaca

Miller

Reynoso

Richards

Rose

Salamanca

 

VETERANS

Deutsch, Chair

Brannan

Eugene

Maisel

Vallone

 

WOMEN

Rosenthal, Chair

Ayala

Cumbo

Kallos

Lander

“It is an incredible honor to serve as Chair of the Committee on Women and I look forward to working with my colleagues to tackle some of the most pressing challenges for women in our city head-on. We are seeking to empower women at every level — in the workplace, in the economic arena, in social interactions, and in politics. This Committee’s priority will be to demonstrate that when ‘women’s issues’ are prioritized, society wins. By fighting for workplace protections, fair wages, putting assault survivors first, and more equitable representation in leadership and government, we will make this city a better place for all New Yorkers,” said Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Chair of the Committee on Women.

YOUTH SERVICES

Rose, Chair

Brannan

Chin

Eugene

King

 

FINANCE SUBCOMITTEEE

CAPITAL BUDGET

Gibson, Chair

Grodenchik

Matteo

Rosenthal

Powers

Land Use Subcommittees 

Landmarks, Public Siting AND Maritime USES

Adams, Chair

Barron

Koo

Miller

Treyger

Planning, Dispositions and Concessions

Kallos, Chair

Deutsch

Diaz, Sr.

King

Gibson

“Affordable housing remains out of reach for too many New Yorkers. As the administration continues to announce progress preserving and building new housing, we will watch every deal closely to ensure New Yorkers are actually getting the affordable housing we need. I look forward to continuing to fight for affordable housing alongside our Speaker Corey Johnson in my new role by ensuring every hard-earned tax dollar is maximized to drive a hard bargain and generate significantly more affordable housing,” said Council Member Ben Kallos, Chair of the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions.

ZONING AND FRANCHISES

Moya, Chair

Constantinides

Grodenchik

Lancman

Levin

Reynoso

Richards

Rivera

Torres

TASK FORCES

BQX

Menchaca, Chair

Constantinides

Levin

Reynoso

Van Bramer

CITY WORKFORCE EQUITY

Williams, Chair

MWBE

Cornegy, Chair

LEADERSHIP

Johnson (Speaker)

Cumbo (Majority Leader)

Cabrera (Majority Whip)

Cornegy (Democratic Conference Chair)

Espinal (Deputy Leader for Digital Communications)

Lander (Deputy Leader for Policy)

Matteo (Minority Leader)

Chin

Deutsch

Gibson

Koslowitz

Reynoso

Richards

Rivera

Rodriguez

Rose

Treyger

Torres

Van Bramer

Williams

“I’m looking very forward in continuing to serve as Deputy Leader for Policy & chairing New York City Council’s Policy Group under Speaker Johnson’s leadership. Last term, we advanced policy for workers, neighborhoods, the environment, affordability, and more. There’s still a lot more to do and I’m looking forward to working with the Speaker to continue to advance a progressive agenda,” said Council Member Brad Lander, Deputy Leader for Policy.

Council Member Menchaca will serve as the lead on Participatory Budgeting.

BUDGET NEGOTIATING TEAM

Adams

Cornegy

Constantinides

Cumbo

Deutsch

Dromm

Gibson

Grodenchik

Johnson

Koslowitz

Lancman

Levin

Matteo

Menchaca

Moya

Reynoso

Rose

Rosenthal

Salamanca

Van Bramer

 

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