Press Releases

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: International Women’s Day

“On this International Women’s Day, we honor and celebrate women around the world who have paved the way for us to stand more firmly today. From leaders and activists at the forefront of change to scientists and small business owners revolutionizing innovation, women across the globe continue to break down barriers to advance equality and justice. With each stride of progress, it becomes clearer that empowering us only makes our societies stronger. READ MORE

Joint Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Chair of the Committee on Immigration, Council Member Carlos Menchaca

Re: New Trump Travel Ban Executive Order  

“Over the last week, President Trump has attempted to disguise his harsh and bigoted immigration policies with a populist rhetoric that deceitfully signals a shift in his tone—but don’t be fooled. The Executive Order put forward by the Administration today may use different words to describe a Muslim ban, but their intentions remain the same: to normalize discrimination based on religion and ethnicity. READ MORE

Statement By Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: The Passing of Helen Marshall

“Today, New York City lost a leader who helped improve the lives of countless Queens residents. From fighting to ensure children had quality education to protecting our elderly and helping our libraries thrive, Helen Marshall is leaving behind a legacy that empowered and uplifted New York City communities for decades. My deepest condolences go to her family and friends.”


Council to Vote on Increased Reporting on Citywide Reproductive Health Statistics and on Establishing a Carshare Parking Pilot Program

Council will also vote on the Use of Voluntary Recycling Incentive Programs in Public Housing Developments and on the Online Publishing of Collision Reports by the NYPD

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation to increase reporting on citywide reproductive health statistics. The Council will also vote to establish a carshare parking pilot program through the Department of Transportation. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration Enforcement Memos

“The DHS memos outline the reckless steps this Administration will take to fulfill the President’s campaign promise of dragnet mass deportations. The administration attempts to disguise this xenophobic and bigoted policy as a security tactic. If the Administration were actually concerned about improving public safety in our nation, it would return to immigration enforcement priorities that focus on truly violent and serious criminals. READ MORE

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Delivers 2017 State of the City Address

Pledging to Protect New York City’s Core Values of Diversity, Inclusion, Fairness and Equality, Speaker Mark-Viverito Lays Out her Vision to Lift Up All New Yorkers, Particularly the Most Vulnerable


Speaker Mark-Viverito: “We must make sure all New Yorkers are on equal footing–and that we are providing a pathway for all New Yorkers to be heard and to succeed. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Implementation of the Nuisance Abatement Fairness Act and to Expand Language Access to Government Services for City Residents

Council will also vote on Regulating the Use of All-Terrain Vehicles and Dirt Bikes within City Limits and on Landmark Designation Status for the Sullivan-Thompson Historic District

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation to reform the Nuisance Abatement Law through the implementation of the Nuisance Abatement Fairness Act (NAFA). READ MORE

Joint Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca Re: Reports of Immigration Enforcement Actions in New York City

“Over the last few days, we’ve heard and investigated troubling reports of sweeping immigration enforcement actions throughout the nation, including in our area. Dragnet immigration raids would undermine New York City’s public safety, destabilize communities and devastate families.

In the weeks ahead, the City Council will continue to closely monitor all immigration enforcement activity in our City. During these uncertain times, we remind all New Yorkers that our City’s policies will not change and that contacting the City—including the police department—will not compromise the safety or security of immigrants. READ MORE