Press Releases

Speaker Mark-Viverito Announces Annual Report

The Annual Report, “Building a Stronger NYC,” highlights the Council’s key accomplishments of 2016

City Hall – With less than two weeks until Speaker Mark-Viverito delivers her State of the City address, the Council released its Annual Report, “Building a Stronger NYC,” to highlight some of the major work the Council achieved in 2016. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Legislation to Provide Protections to Residents of Three-Quarter Housing and to Extend SCRIE/DRIE Income Eligibility Requirements

Council will also vote on Reporting on the Role of Smoke Detectors in Fire-Related Fatalities and on Landmark Designations for 12 Buildings in Greater East Midtown

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation to provide protections and information to residents of three-quarter houses. The Council will also vote to extend income eligibility requirements for those who qualify for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption and Disability Rent Increase Exemption programs. READ MORE

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Urges El Barrio/East Harlem Developer to Comply with Court Order

Sends Letter Calling on Local Landlord to Uphold Buyout Agreement with Sole Remaining Tenant

City Hall – Today, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito released a letter imploring an El Barrio/East Harlem landlord to make good on a buyout agreement struck between their organization and a longtime tenant of their 3rd Avenue and 109th Street residential holding. READ MORE

Speaker Mark-Viverito Announces The Launch Of New Council Website

Redesigned website geared to be more user friendly, interactive, and transparent 

NEW YORK, NY– Today, Speaker Mark-Viverito announced the launch of a new Council website that will help strengthen engagement with diverse New Yorkers. While the domain remains the same ——, the site adopts the design of Council Labs, an experimental site created with the aim of increasing accessibility and transparency about the Council’s work. READ MORE

Statements by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member I. Daneek Miller Re: Executive Order on U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said: “After Wednesday’s blatant attacks on our immigrant communities, President Trump just doubled down on his divisive policies by putting forward an Executive Order that does nothing but exacerbate worldwide humanitarian crises and further the racial divides in our nation by fueling Islamophobia. Restricting refugees isn’t just an abstract mandate—it means depriving families fleeing persecution and violence of their basic human rights. READ MORE

Statements by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Immigration Chair Carlos Menchaca Re: Executive Orders on Immigration and Sanctuary Cities

Access NYC’s immigrant resources

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said: “If there was ever any doubt about whether Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric truly reflected his intentions, today’s Executive Orders affirm that his agenda will take our country down a dangerous and divisive path. Instead of finding solutions for our broken immigration system, President Trump’s reckless decisions to build a costly wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, attack Sanctuary Cities, persecute immigrants, and restore the deeply flawed Secure Communities program, will only fuel division and foster unfounded fears. READ MORE

Joint Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Finance Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland Re: Mayor de Blasio’s Preliminary Budget for FY 2018

“During these uncertain times, when federal funding levels remain unclear, it is critical that the City adopts a budget that is fair, balanced and forward looking. While we are pleased that the Preliminary Budget put forward by Mayor de Blasio today includes some of the programmatic savings and increase in reserves the Council has long called for, more must be done to find additional, lasting savings across all City agencies. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Legislation to Enhance Provisions for Citywide Public Art Initiatives and Establish Reporting Requirements for Economic Development Tax Expenditures

Council will also vote on Reauthorizing the Lien Sale Program and Reforming the Commuter Van Industry

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation to enhance and establish reporting requirements for citywide public art initiatives and cultural institutions. The Council will also vote to establish reporting requirements for economic development tax expenditures, and to reauthorize the lien sale program. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Passing of the Reproductive Health Act

“The New York State Assembly deserves immense credit for passing the Reproductive Health Act tonight. This important measure will guarantee local women access to quality health services while protecting and preserving their right to choose. As this bill reaches their desk, I urge the New York State Senate to follow the Assembly’s lead and approve this vital legislation.”


Statement By Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a central figure in the most courageous movement for civil rights of the 20th century. Today, we celebrate his life and his legacy for the progress it has inspired throughout decades of social change. As our country faces difficult questions, it becomes more important than ever to commit ourselves entirely to the fight for equality for all – regardless of gender, race, ethnic background, religion or sexual orientation. READ MORE