Press Releases


Speaker Corey Johnson, Finance Committee Chair Daniel Dromm and Capital Budget Subcommittee Chair Vanessa Gibson Release Fiscal Year 2020 Preliminary Budget Response

City Hall, NY— Today, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Finance Committee Chair Daniel Dromm, Capital Budget Subcommittee Chair Vanessa Gibson and the City Council released the Council’s response to the Mayor’s Fiscal 2020 Preliminary Budget, a fiscally responsible plan that safeguards the city’s financial future and secures the city’s social safety net for New Yorkers. READ MORE

Council Votes to Prohibit Employers from Requiring Drug Testing for Marijuana as a Condition of Employment

The Council will also vote on legislation to add protections for individuals on probation and incarcerated individuals 

The New York City Council on Tuesday will vote on legislation prohibiting drug testing for marijuana as a condition for hiring. The Council will also vote on legislation that will implement protections for incarcerated individuals, including prohibiting the Department of Probation requiring drug testing in most cases, notifying incarcerated individuals and their lawyers of extremely low bail amounts and removing fees from credit card bail payments.  READ MORE

Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Member Carlos Menchaca and the City Council Kick Off 2019 Participatory Budgeting Vote Week

Today, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Member Carlos Menchaca and the City Council announced that Participatory Budgeting Vote Week will kick off on Saturday, March 30, and run until Sunday, April 7. In its eight consecutive year, Participatory Budgeting (PB) has grown to include a total of 32 Council Members, representing council districts from across each of the five boroughs. READ MORE

Speaker Johnson and Council Member Menchaca Announce a $1.6 Million Emergency Allocation to Fund the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project

 The Speaker and the Council Member recently visited the
Varick Street Immigration Court to learn the ongoing casework at the facility

New York, NY – Today, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Member Carlos Menchaca, Chair of the Immigration Committee, along with Mayor Bill de Blasio, announced an emergency $1.6 million allocation through a transparency resolution to fund the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), the nation’s first government-funded legal representation program for detained and non-detained immigrants. READ MORE

City Council Votes to Set Nutritional Standards for Beverages in Children’s Meals

The Council will also vote to increase oversight into the City’s cooling towers to prevent Legionnaires’ Disease

City Hall – The New York City Council on Thursday will vote to set nutritional standards for the default beverages offered with children’s meals by restaurants throughout the city. The legislation would make water, low-fat milk, or 100% fruit or vegetable juice the default beverage option instead of beverages with added sugar. READ MORE

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson Completes Tenure as Acting Public Advocate

New York, NY – On January 1st, 2019, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson assumed the duties of the Office of the Public Advocate in accordance with the New York City Charter. In his time as Acting Public Advocate, Speaker Johnson focused on issues constituents brought to his attention, including monitoring the operation of city public information and service complaint programs, reviewing complaints of systemic problems with city services and programs, making proposals to improve the city’s response to such complaints, and attempting to resolve complaints from individuals concerning city services and other administrative actions. READ MORE

City Council Votes to Strengthen Lead Testing and Reporting Requirements

The Council will vote on a package of bills expanding the scope of the city’s lead contamination testing and reporting  

City Hall – The New York City Council on Wednesday
will vote on a package of bills that will ensure the city is using the most
up-to-date federally recommended standards when testing for lead contamination. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson on International Women’s Day

“Today, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate and honor the women in our lives and around the world. I consider myself lucky to have been surrounded by incredible women throughout my life, including my mother, Ann Richardson. She is a constant source of inspiration to me. New Yorkers are fortunate to have a host of brilliant women serving in New York City government. READ MORE