Press Releases

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Mayoral Control

“The numbers speak for themselves. Mayoral control works and it’s inconceivable that Majority Leader Flanagan and the Republican-led State Senate would risk jeopardizing the quality education of New York City’s 1.1 million students by prioritizing politics over public education. Test scores are up, graduation rates are on the rise, and our education programs have never been stronger, all because New York City has been empowered to demand accountability from our local schools. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Reports of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents Inside Human Trafficking Intervention Court

“ICE has sunk to new lows of moral depravity. Contrary to their repeated claims that they pursue only those who are a threat to public safety, ICE agents are now targeting survivors of human trafficking, some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers. Stationing ICE agents inside New York’s courthouses is a shameful, predatory tactic that will make our City less safe and devastate the trust we have worked so hard to build in the immigrant community. READ MORE

New York City Council to Vote on Enhancing Oversight of In-School Food Service Facilities

Multiple State Legislation Resolutions and a Communication from the Mayor Will Also Receive a Vote

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote to enhance oversight of in-school food service facilities through the publication of cafeteria inspection results. The Council will also vote on multiple state legislation resolutions – or ‘home rules’ – related to benefits for relatives of deceased state workers, real property tax law, and parkland alienation, as well as a Communication from the Mayor regarding the use of speed cameras in school zones. READ MORE

New York City Council Adopts FY 2018 Budget

Progressive and Fiscally Responsible $85.2 Billion Agreement Invests in Vulnerable New Yorkers and Uplifts Neighborhoods Across the 5 Boroughs

New York – Today, the New York City Council voted to adopt the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, a balanced and responsible agreement reflecting progressive ideals and focused on protecting the vulnerable while uplifting all New Yorkers. READ MORE

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Finance Committee Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland and Mayor Bill de Blasio Announce Agreement for FY 2018 Budget

Fair and Balanced Budget Invests in Vulnerable Populations, Young People and Immigrants While Strengthening Savings and Preparing for the City’s Future

New York – Today, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Finance Committee Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council announced a fair, responsible, balanced and timely budget agreement for the 2018 Fiscal Year. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: US Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

“Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement is simply the latest in President Trump’s long streak of actions that will have a devastating impact on future generations of Americans. The President’s decision today will set our country back while the rest of the world continues to fight climate change through the Paris Climate Agreement, and turn a blind eye to the very real effects of environmental damage – which are already being felt in the City and many other parts of our country. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Fair Work Week Legislative Package and on Assigning Department of Health Letter Grades to Mobile Food Vendors

Council will also vote on Reforms to the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals and on Increasing the Minimum Nighttime Heating Temperature Required in Residential Buildings

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on the Fair Work Week legislative package, aimed at regulating scheduling for fast food and retail employees, and on legislation to require mobile food vendors to display health inspection grades. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Trump Budget

“The repercussions of the Trump administration’s dangerous and unrealistic budget will be felt in New York and across the country, especially in our most vulnerable communities. Cutting  public assistance programs across public housing, Medicaid, and SNAP all while providing massive tax cuts for the rich is nothing short of a disgraceful attack on students, the aging, and the disabled who will suffer the consequences. READ MORE

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Elected Officials Commend National Puerto Rican Day Parade Board for Recognition of Activist Oscar López Rivera

New York – Today, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and 35 elected officials released a letter to the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Board commending them for their resolve and support of Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera. López Rivera is one of dozens of individuals being honored at the 60th Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. The Puerto Rican Day Parade has been a landmark event for decades, acting as a symbol of the meaningful role the Puerto Rican community has played in New York City history. READ MORE

Statement from Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Deadly Times Square Collision

“The collision in Times Square this morning was a horrific and tragic incident that appears to have been carried out by a lone and compromised driver. New Yorkers must keep assured that they are secure and protected as officials work to determine the timeline behind this shocking accident. In the interim, the City Council extends its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased, and our thoughts for a quick recovery are with the remaining victims. READ MORE