Press Releases

Speaker Corey Johnson, Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger and Council Members Announce Student Transportation Oversight Package

The “STOP” legislation includes mandatory disclosure of DOE’s Office of Pupil Transportation procedures and implementing GPS technology on school buses

City Hall, NY – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger and Council Members today unveiled the Student Transportation Oversight Package (STOP), a comprehensive package of legislation to increase transparency around the Department of Education’s Office of Pupil Transportation operations, increase oversight over bus activity, and increase efficiency in bus services, including by requiring GPS tracking for yellow school buses transporting New York City’s students. READ MORE

Statement By Speaker Corey Johnson On Violent Attacks in New York City

“New York City needs to send a message that violence and bigotry are not welcome anywhere in America and certainly not here in the five boroughs. I am grateful the NYPD has said they are looking into the vicious and cowardly attacks caught on video Friday night, and urge them to quickly bring the perpetrators to justice. New York is the most proudly diverse city in the world, and the ‘Proud Boys” and their loathsome brand of intolerance represent the opposite of everything we stand for.”



Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson on the Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court

“Today I traveled to Washington D.C. along with members of the City Council’s Women’s Caucus to protest the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to our Supreme Court.

When the vote went down, I was outside the U.S. Supreme Court with Council Members Helen Rosenthal, Karen Koslowitz, Adrienne Adams, Vanessa Gibson, Alicka Ampry-Samuel along with thousands of Americans at a rally condemning the injustice of this appointment. READ MORE

Statement by Council Speaker Corey Johnson on Arrest of Suspect in Anti-LGBTQ Attack

“I am relieved to learn that the NYPD has apprehended a suspect in the brutal anti-LGBTQ assault that was committed last weekend in Brooklyn. This attack is yet another sad reminder that even though the LGBTQ community has made advances in recent years, there are people who will hate us – and act on that hatred – for no reason other than who we love. READ MORE

Council Will Vote to Regulate Sightseeing Bus Industry to Monitor Congestion and Traffic

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation to regulate the sightseeing bus industry. The Council will also vote to restrict vending in certain zones around the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan and downtown Flushing in Queens in response to safety and congestion concerns. The Council will vote to codify the advisory opinions of the Conflicts of Interest Board. READ MORE

Hartley House, 121 Year Old Settlement House in Hell’s Kitchen, is Saved for Future Generations

NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, elected officials, local non-profits and advocates announce that historic buildings, previously listed for sale, will now remain in the community

Hell’s Kitchen, NY – One of New York’s most historic settlement houses, which had been in danger of closing, will be reborn as a modern community center with supportive housing after NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, elected officials, Clinton Housing Development Company, Hudson Guild, Community Board 4 and other stakeholders worked together to devise a turnaround plan for the organization. READ MORE

Speaker Corey Johnson, Black, Latino/a and Asian Caucus and Council Members Mark Hurricane Maria One-Year Anniversary by Calling for an Independent Commission to Investigate the Federal Response to the Disaster

Forty-one council members issued a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to support a bipartisan group to provide a transparent account of the response of the federal government to the tragedy      

City Hall, NY – City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and 40 council members sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to establish an independent, bipartisan commission to fully investigate the inadequate response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson on the Occasion of Yom Kippur

“Tonight, Jewish families all across our great city will gather for the Kol Nidre service to begin their holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur.  On this Day of Atonement I wish all who observe an easy and meaningful fast.  May you all be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life. G’mar Chatimah Tovah.”



Council to Vote on Comprehensive School Planning and Siting Package

Council will also vote on the Speaker’s legislation allowing individuals to change the sex designation on their birth records by self-attestation

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on a comprehensive school planning and siting legislation package, which would aim to eliminate overcrowding at city schools by increasing transparency about the process. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson on the Occasion of Rosh Hashanah

“As the sun sets and Rosh Hashanah begins, I want to wish all those celebrating, a Happy New Year.  May you have a year filled with joy, meaning, good health, prosperity, and contentment.  The High Holy Days are a time for repentance, reflection, and prayer.  They are an opportunity to look back on the year just past and the promise of the year ahead.  READ MORE