Press Releases


Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson on the Passing of Firefighter Michael R. Davidson

“This is a tragic day for New York City. Michael R. Davidson was a 15-year FDNY veteran whose service for our city included four separate instances in which he was cited for bravery. My deepest condolences to his wife, Eileen, and their four children. They lost a husband and father, and New York lost a true hero whose life was dedicated to keeping us safe.”

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Council to Vote on Extending Rent Regulation Laws

Council to vote on Speaker’s bills enabling the State Legislature to expand rent regulations for all New Yorkers

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote to extend rent regulation laws in New York City.  The Council will also vote to require the Department of Education (DOE) to provide school-level data regarding students receiving special education services. READ MORE

Speaker Corey Johnson, Finance Committee Chair Daniel Dromm, Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger, Land Use Committee Chair Rafael Salamanca, Zoning and Franchises Subcommittee Chair Francisco Moya, and Capital Budget Subcommittee Chair Vanessa Gibson Release Report and Recommendations on School Planning and Siting

Council’s recommendations outline strategies to improve school planning and siting, and reduce overcrowding.

 

City Hall, NY ‒ New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Finance Committee Chair Daniel Dromm, Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger, Land Use Committee Chair Rafael Salamanca, Zoning and Franchises Subcommittee Chair Francisco Moya, and Capital Budget Subcommittee Chair Vanessa Gibson released the Council’s 2018 report, Planning to Learn: The School Building Challenge. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson on Report of Kushner Cos. Filing False Paperwork on New York City Housing

“There are few things more despicable than placing tenants at risk in order to make a buck. Allegations that Kushner Cos. filed false paperwork claiming it had zero rent stabilized tenants in its buildings are serious. If true, the company potentially removed important protections for those tenants, likely enriching itself at their expense. These allegations are particularly disturbing given the city’s affordability crisis. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Expanding Services for Runaway and Homeless Youth

Council to vote on first pieces of legislation under Speaker Corey Johnson’s leadership

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on a package of legislation to better serve the needs of runaway and homeless youth. In addition, the Council will vote on legislation that clarifies the requirements for becoming construction site safety providers. READ MORE

Speaker Corey Johnson, Women’s Committee Chair Helen Rosenthal, and Council Members Announce the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act

Legislation will strengthen New York City’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Training and Expand Sexual Harassment Protections to All Employees

City Hall, NY – Taking action to further protect employees against sexual harassment, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Women’s Committee Chair Helen Rosenthal, and Council Members today unveiled the “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act,” a comprehensive package of legislation to strengthen New York City’s anti-sexual harassment policies and combat sexual harassment in the workplace. READ MORE

Speaker Corey Johnson, Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca, Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Borough Presidents, and Council Members Send Letter to Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to Ban ICE from New York Courthouses

New York courthouses have seen a 900% increase in reports of ICE arrests or attempted arrests over the last year

 

City Hall, NY – Today, Speaker Corey Johnson, Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca, Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., and Council Members issued a letter to call on Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to ban U.S. READ MORE

Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Member Mark Treyger, and Public Safety Committee Chair Donovan Richards Call on the State Senate to Pass Leigslation to Prohibit Sexual Contact Between Police and People Held in Custody

Renewed Call Comes After State Assembly Passes Bill Closing Consent Loophole

City Hall, NY – Taking action to protect the rights of individuals who come into contact with law enforcement, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Member Mark Treyger, and Public Safety Committee Chair Donovan Richards today renewed their call for the State Senate to prohibit sexual contact between police officers and individuals in their custody. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson and Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca Re: Federal Government’s Decision to Stay Ravi Ragbir’s Deportation Temporarily

“There is no doubt that the Trump Administration’s racist, anti-immigrant agenda has wreaked havoc on hard working immigrants and their families. Now, it is becoming increasingly clear that ICE may be targeting immigrant rights activists like Ravi Ragbir in an effort to silence and intimidate them. While we are relieved that the federal district court has stayed Ravi’s deportation while the court examines whether he was unlawfully targeted by ICE, we recognize that he remains at risk of deportation. READ MORE