Press Releases

New York City Council Announces Chief of Oversight and Investigations Unit

City Hall, NY – Speaker Corey Johnson and Oversight and Investigations Committee Chair Ritchie Torres announced the hiring of Steve Pilnyak as Chief of the new Oversight and Investigations Unit. Pilnyak brings nearly fifteen years of experience in and out of government, including as a prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney’s Office investigating and prosecuting highly sensitive and complex white-collar conduct in the Major Economic Crimes Bureau and as a supervisor of the Financial Intelligence Unit. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson re: Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

“This evening we stand with communities around the world to remember the millions of Jewish men, women, and children, as well as countless others, whose lives were taken during the Shoah, one of the darkest times of human history. Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, teaches us to remember and honor not only the millions we lost, but the bravery and strength of those who survived such senseless acts of brutality.  READ MORE

Council to Vote on Sexual Harassment Legislative Package and the Creation of a Charter Revision Commission

The Council’s “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act” would be among the strictest anti-sexual harassment legislation in the country

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on its “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act,” a comprehensive package of legislation strengthening New York City’s anti-sexual harassment policies and combating sexual harassment in the workplace. READ MORE

Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Finance Chair Daniel Dromm and City Council Release FY 2019 Preliminary Budget Recommendations

Under New Council Leadership, Council Budget Doubles Down on Accountability and Efforts to Provide Resources for all New Yorkers

City Hall, NY- Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Finance Chair Daniel Dromm, Capital Budget Subcommittee Chair Vanessa L. Gibson and the New York City Council released the Council’s Fiscal Year 2019 Preliminary Budget Response. This is the first budget response under the leadership of Speaker Johnson, newly appointed Finance Chair Daniel Dromm and Capital Budget Subcommittee Chair Vanessa L. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: 50th Anniversary of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” Speech

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached unity and encouraged change through nonviolent protests. His words and passion are just as true in 2018 as they were in his lifetime. I am honored to be in Memphis today – on the 50th anniversary of his assassination – with so many leaders and patriots marching in his name. Dr. King’s legacy lives on each and every day as we honor and carry the principles he gave his life for; READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: World Autism Awareness Day

“Autism is one of the fastest growing disabilities in our City and our Country, impacting many New Yorkers and their families. Today I urge New Yorkers to “Light It Up Blue” in honor of World Autism Day to increase autism understanding and acceptance across the five boroughs. The New York City Council pledges to continue advocating for our constituents and families with autism, and we support them today and every day in making sure they receive all the services they need and are accepted in their communities. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: Anti-Muslim Flier

“”Punish a Muslim Day” is a hateful attempt to divide us – and it will not succeed. We stand united with our brothers and sisters in the Muslim community, and firm in the knowledge that an attack on one is an attack on all. As New Yorkers, we have a history of banding together in times of crisis and standing up for one another. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: Easter

“Happy Easter to all New Yorkers who celebrate today with their family, friends and neighbors across the five boroughs and around the world. On this important day to Christians, we bring forth renewal and hope while reflecting on all the blessings upon us and our loved ones. I wish all New Yorkers celebrating a happy and healthy Easter.”


Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: Passover

“This evening marks the beginning of the Passover holiday.  It is a time for family and friends to gather, reflect, and honor sacred traditions. At the Passover Seder, it is said, let all who are hungry come and eat, all who are in need, come and share the Passover meal.  During the Seder ceremony we are reminded that there are those of us still struggling to make ends meet, who live in hardship and face adversity. READ MORE

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Relatives of Bella Abzug and Residents of Greenwich Village Celebrate the Life and Legacy of the Legendary Congresswoman with Street Co-Naming

Greenwich Village, NY – Speaker Corey Johnson joined the friends, relatives and former neighbors of the late former Congresswoman Bella S. Abzug, for a street co-naming in her honor at the southeast corner of Bank Street and Greenwich Avenue in Manhattan,  the intersection closest to her longtime home.

That intersection is now permanently “Congresswoman Bella S. READ MORE