Press Releases


The Food Insecurity Program is part of the Speaker’s plan to combat food inequity

New York, NY – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and City University of New York (CUNY) Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez announce a $1 million pilot to address food insecurity among CUNY students. The program, which starts at CUNY’s seven community colleges, is part of the Speaker’s multi-pronged approach to stemming food inequity in New York.

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New York, NY – NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson
joined Representative Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale A.
Brewer, Senator Brad Hoylman, and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal to protect
seniors at Riverview Senior Independent Living after the owner suddenly decided
to sell the building, which will force the elderly tenants out of their homes.

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The Council will also vote to crack down on unattended vehicles that
create safety hazards

City Hall – The New York City Council on Tuesday will vote on legislation that requires bird friendly glass in buildings throughout New York City. It is estimated that as many as 230,000 birds die each year in New York City because of building collisions.

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The initiative increases financial stability among Human Services providers; New York City becomes the first major city in the country to provide indirect funding

New York, NY – ­­­­ Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that the City has launched the Indirect Cost Rate (ICR) Funding Initiative, a groundbreaking process that will increase financial stability for human services providers, predominately nonprofit organizations.

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Map change will ensure that a correctional facility will never be allowed on Rikers again

New York, NY – As part of its ongoing commitment to close the jail facilities at Rikers Island, today the City began the land use process to officially prohibit the incarceration of individuals there after December 31, 2026, when the borough-based jail system is expected to be in operation.

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New York, NY – In an effort to reduce paper waste and exposure to harmful chemicals on receipts, the City Council will hold upcoming hearings on bills designed to give customers more choice over receiving receipts and phase out the use of BPA-coated receipt paper. 

The Council will consider four bills that will look at providing consumers with the option of declining a paper receipt in exchange for an e-receipt;

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The Council will also vote to ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes

City Hall – The New York City Council on Tuesday will vote on a comprehensive package of legislative measures to crack down on the improper use of City-issued parking permits, known as placards. This legislation is designed to rein in misuse of placards throughout the City and is among the strongest measures ever proposed to tackle this corruption by the Council.

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“Today we take a giant leap closer to reclaiming our streets and making them safer for our residents. The Streets Master Plan, now signed into law, will revolutionize the way New Yorkers use our streets, creating more bus and bike lanes, more pedestrian space and safer street infrastructure. This law helps us make alternative transportation options more viable, which is necessary in our fight against climate change.

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Fulfills commitment made between the Council and Mayor at June budget handshake

City Hall, NY – ­­­­ Speaker Corey Johnson, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Labor Relations Commissioner Renee Campion, and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza today announced that the City has honored the promise to achieve a pathway to pay parity between certified early childhood education teachersand entry-rate Department of Education salaries by October 2021.

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The Council will also vote to expand prevailing wage protections

City Hall – The New York City Council on Thursday will vote to pass a package of legislation that will make New York City’s public burial ground, Hart Island, more accessible for people visiting their loved ones. For far too long, what is known to many as “Potter’s Field,” the world’s largest public burial ground, has made visitors feel as though they were visiting a prison, rather than the final resting place of their loved ones.

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