Press Releases


Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: 50th Anniversary of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” Speech

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached unity and encouraged change through nonviolent protests. His words and passion are just as true in 2018 as they were in his lifetime. I am honored to be in Memphis today – on the 50th anniversary of his assassination – with so many leaders and patriots marching in his name. Dr. King’s legacy lives on each and every day as we honor and carry the principles he gave his life for; READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: World Autism Awareness Day

“Autism is one of the fastest growing disabilities in our City and our Country, impacting many New Yorkers and their families. Today I urge New Yorkers to “Light It Up Blue” in honor of World Autism Day to increase autism understanding and acceptance across the five boroughs. The New York City Council pledges to continue advocating for our constituents and families with autism, and we support them today and every day in making sure they receive all the services they need and are accepted in their communities. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: Anti-Muslim Flier

“”Punish a Muslim Day” is a hateful attempt to divide us – and it will not succeed. We stand united with our brothers and sisters in the Muslim community, and firm in the knowledge that an attack on one is an attack on all. As New Yorkers, we have a history of banding together in times of crisis and standing up for one another. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: Easter

“Happy Easter to all New Yorkers who celebrate today with their family, friends and neighbors across the five boroughs and around the world. On this important day to Christians, we bring forth renewal and hope while reflecting on all the blessings upon us and our loved ones. I wish all New Yorkers celebrating a happy and healthy Easter.”

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Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: Passover

“This evening marks the beginning of the Passover holiday.  It is a time for family and friends to gather, reflect, and honor sacred traditions. At the Passover Seder, it is said, let all who are hungry come and eat, all who are in need, come and share the Passover meal.  During the Seder ceremony we are reminded that there are those of us still struggling to make ends meet, who live in hardship and face adversity. READ MORE

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Relatives of Bella Abzug and Residents of Greenwich Village Celebrate the Life and Legacy of the Legendary Congresswoman with Street Co-Naming

Greenwich Village, NY – Speaker Corey Johnson joined the friends, relatives and former neighbors of the late former Congresswoman Bella S. Abzug, for a street co-naming in her honor at the southeast corner of Bank Street and Greenwich Avenue in Manhattan,  the intersection closest to her longtime home.

That intersection is now permanently “Congresswoman Bella S. READ MORE

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