Today, the New York City Law Department filed a notice of appeal on behalf of the City Council, indicating its intention to seek a ruling from the New York State Court of Appeals in response to the recent decision invalidating Local Law 11 of 2022 by the Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. In response to the filing, the Council issued the following statement from spokesperson, Rendy Desamours.

“The Council passed Local Law 11 of 2022 to enfranchise 800,000 New Yorkers who live in our city, pay taxes, and contribute to our communities. Today’s filing to appeal the Second Department’s recent decision seeks a determination from the state’s highest court that the law is consistent with the State Constitution, Election Law, and the Municipal Home Rule Law. Empowering New Yorkers to participate in our local democratic process can only strengthen New York City by increasing civic engagement. We look forward to the Court of Appeals’ consideration of the Council’s appeal.”