Press Releases

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Ruben Wills Guilty Verdict

“Ruben Wills betrayed the trust of all New Yorkers when he abused his position in the State Senate to steal thousands of dollars from the hardworking taxpayers of New York for his own selfish gain. Serving in elected office requires honesty and integrity and today’s conviction makes clear that Ruben Wills is unfit to be a member of the City Council. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Providing Tenants Facing Eviction with Access to Legal Services and on Requiring Public Reports of Civil Actions Taken Against the Department Of Correction

Council will also vote on Increasing Awareness of SNAP through a Public Campaign and on Providing Means to Tip Drivers of For-Hire Vehicles

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation to establish programs providing tenants facing eviction with access to legal services. The Council will also vote to require public reports to be issued regarding civil actions taken against the Department of Correction. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Assassination of NYPD Officer Familia

“The assassination of Officer Miosotis Familia is an affront to our City and to the courageous men and women of the NYPD who selflessly put their lives on the line each and every day to keep New Yorkers safe. This is a tremendously sad day for our City. Our hearts ache for Officer Familia’s loved ones, the 46th Precinct, and the entire NYPD family as we join together to mourn this senseless and horrific act of violence against one of New York City’s finest.”


Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Independence Day

“On the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we face a significant crossroads in our nation as we grapple with our values and those who represent them. Although these conflicts can be trying, this day serves as a reminder of just how fortunate we are to enjoy the freedoms of this country – of dissent and of individual liberty. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Extension of Mayoral Control

“I am glad that the Assembly, Senate, and Governor did the right thing by granting a two year extension of Mayoral control – a crucial component of our City’s education system that impacts the lives of over 1.1 million students who depend on it. Schools need to remain accountable, and since Mayoral control began, we have seen a dramatic improvement in quality of instruction and student achievement. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez Re: MTA Train Derailment

“This morning’s subway derailment was the latest in a series of distressing events casting doubt on the ability of the MTA to operate efficiently in its current state. Over six million visitors and residents ride the New York City subway system each day, and every one of those individuals deserves to ride in safety. Delays and infrastructure failures are now routine on nearly every line, and this event has further underscored the dangerous point that the system has been allowed to reach. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Supreme Court’s Decision to Allow Parts of President Trump’s Travel Ban to go Into Effect

“The United States Supreme Court’s decision to allow a part of President Trump’s travel ban to go into effect as the litigation proceeds is deeply disappointing. The President’s executive order is a direct affront to the values our nation was founded on, and we hope that the Court will see the Muslim ban for what it really is — an unconstitutional restriction based on religious beliefs.  READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Passing of Gabe Pressman

“Journalists are instrumental in keeping the democratic process honest, and Gabe Pressman was a model for turning this mission into a life calling. His decades of immersion in the happenings of New York City gave us a thorough historical record from an irreplaceable perspective, and his contributions to broadcast news helped shape the medium as we know it. Having seen him perform in the Inner Circle show mere months ago, I am astutely aware of his influence on the industry and the impact of his passing on us all. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Release of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

“The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 is not designed to work for all Americans. Instead, it will steal billions of dollars from the poor and middle class to fund giveaways to the wealthiest among us. Developed without public hearings or the input of a bipartisan team of advocates, an all-male panel of Republicans entrusted themselves to act on behalf of millions of Americans whose demoralizing experiences with the healthcare industry they cannot even begin to fathom. READ MORE

Speaker Mark-Viverito, Finance Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Minority Leader Steve Matteo, Veteran Affairs Chair Eric Ulrich Celebrate Veterans Property Tax Exemption in FY 2018 Budget

Exemption will save over 53,000 veterans across the City hundreds of dollars in taxes each year

City Hall – Today, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito joined Committee on Finance Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Minority Leader Steve Matteo, and Veteran Affairs Chair Eric Ulrich to celebrate the passage of Intros. 1304-B and 1649, which extend the Veterans Property Tax Exemption in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget to include school taxes, and would establish the maximum exemptions allowable under the Exemption for wartime veterans, combat veterans, and veterans with service-related disabilities. READ MORE