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Council to Vote on Right to Know Act

In final session under Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito’s leadership, Council will have voted on a record of over 700 bills

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on what is commonly known as the Right to Know Act, requiring officers to identify themselves to the public and requiring the New York police department to develop and provide guidance for its officers on obtaining consent to search individuals. READ MORE

Speaker Mark-Viverito Joins the Vito Marcantonio Forum, Relatives of Vito Marcantonio, and East Harlem Residents at “Lucky Corner” Street Co-Naming

El Barrio/East Harlem – Today, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito joined the Vito Marcantonio Forum, relatives of Vito Marcantonio, and East Harlem residents at the official co-naming ceremony of the “Lucky Corner” at the northeast corner of East 116th Street and Lexington Avenue.

East 116th Street and Lexington Avenue became known as the “Lucky Corner” because Vito Marcantonio often held rallies at this location and went on to win elected office. READ MORE

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Land Use Committee Chair David Greenfield, Small Business Committee Chair Robert Cornegy and Zoning And Franchises Subcommittee Chair Donovan Richards Release Retail Diversity Plan to Support New York City’s Businesses

Council’s recommendations outline strategies to ensure communities have access to the basic goods and services they need 

City Hall, NY ‒ New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Land Use Committee Chair David Greenfield, Small Business Committee Chair Robert Cornegy and Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises Chair Donovan Richards released the Council’s 2017 report, Planning for Retail Diversity: Supporting NYC’s Neighborhood Businesses. READ MORE

Council to Vote to Improve Access to Resources to Help Families Report Incidents of Bullying and Amend the Definition of Harassment

Council will also vote on amendment to change definition of sexual orientation, NYPD reporting bills and diaper changing accommodations requirement

City Hall – Today, the Council will vote on bills implementing reporting requirements and improving access to resources to help prevent bullying, including requiring the Department of Education to post contact information for each school related to reporting incidents of bullying, harassment, intimidation and discrimination and to report information on student-to-student bullying, harassment, intimidation and discrimination. READ MORE

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