City Hall – The New York City Council on Wednesday will vote on the Student Transportation Oversight Package (STOP), which will strengthen oversight and increase safety measures on the Department of Education’s school bus system. One of the safety measures under this package of bills is a requirement that all school buses be equipped with a two-way communication device and GPS tracking devices. READ MORE
City Hall – In an effort to eliminate pay disparities among city workers, the New York City Council on Thursday will vote on legislation that will require the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA) to issue public reports on pay disparities in the municipal workforce. The legislation requires the reports to be issued annually. It also gives the Council direct access to the underlying employment data in order to perform its own analysis and independently verify the report. READ MORE
City Hall – The New York City Council on Tuesday will vote to create an Office of Diversity and Inclusion within the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). The Council will also vote to require DCAS to study and report on diversity within city agencies.
In addition, the Council will vote to create a task force to study and make recommendations on Department of Education spending and school funding
The Council will also vote on legislation to clarify the format in which data is present in City reports. READ MORE
“The disturbing video of New York Police Department (NYPD) officers arresting Jazmine Headley and prying her son from her arms speaks for itself. However, the problems with this incident are hardly isolated to the NYPD. It is unacceptable that Human Resources Administration (HRA) has such little capacity to handle its core functions that folks seeking their assistance must sit on the floor with their children while waiting for an appointment. READ MORE
New York, NY – Council Speaker Corey Johnson, on behalf of the New York City Council, submitted a public comment to oppose changes to the public charge rule proposed by the Trump Administration. If the proposal is enacted, it would bar many immigrants who access services from getting a green card or a visa, and it could lead to more poverty and homelessness in New York City. READ MORE
New York, NY – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, and Council Member Margaret S. Chin announced a joint lawsuit to force public review of three proposed development sites in Manhattan’s Two Bridges neighborhood. The Council and Borough President Brewer are suing the City, the Department of City Planning and its Director, the City Planning Commission and its Chair, and the Department of Buildings to stop construction on the site until the proposal goes through the public review process it legally requires. READ MORE
New York, NY – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Council Member Margaret S. Chin issued the below statements following the City Planning Commission’s vote to approve three proposed development projects in Manhattan’s Two Bridges neighborhood.
“Today’s decision to permit the construction of close to 3,000 units of housing – as many housing units as are being produced by neighborhood re-zonings – even though there are significant environmental impacts to schools, open space, transportation and on and on without City Council review undermines the very basic notions of public process laid out in the City Charter and has no precedent,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. READ MORE
City Hall – The New York City Council on Wednesday will vote on a package of legislation aimed at protecting voting rights for formerly incarcerated individuals and persons sentenced to probation by mandating that such individuals be given written notice of their voting rights. Additionally, the council will require that a voter assistance guide be created and distributed to advise formerly incarcerated individuals on their voting rights. READ MORE
During Transgender Awareness Week, the Council announces historic funding of two brand-new Council Initiatives: LGBT Community Services and Trans Equity Programs
The Trans Equity Program is the first Council initiative solely benefiting the transgender community.
Queens, NY – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and the Council’s Finance Committee Chair Daniel Dromm on Thursday announced $3.8 million of Council allocations in Fiscal Year 2019, for LGBTQ initiatives across the city. READ MORE
City Hall – The New York City Council on Wednesday will vote on a package of bills to help the for-hire vehicle industry, including legislation that will require a task force to study taxicab medallion values, financial education for drivers, driver assistance centers and the creation of an Office of Inclusion to address issues of racism and discrimination. READ MORE