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Council to Vote on Comprehensive Environmental Protection Legislation

In honor of Earth Day, Council votes on package confirming New York City’s status as leader in combating climate change

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on an environmental protection bill package implementing wind power and energy efficiency measures. In addition, the Council will vote on a bill amending parts of the recently passed “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act.” Finally, the Council will vote on a number of land use items. READ MORE

Joint Letter from Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor Bill de Blasio to MTA Seeking Accountability in Spending City’s $418 Million for Subway Action Plan

Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor Bill de Blasio today sent the letter below to MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota regarding New York City’s $418 commitment to the MTA’s Subway Action Plan.

Joseph J. Lhota


Metropolitan Transportation Authority

2 Broadway

New York, NY 10004

Dear Chairman Lhota:

We write to you today regarding the crisis in the subway system and the dramatic impact it is having on the lives of millions of New Yorkers. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: Anti-Semitic Attacks in Crown Heights

“I am disgusted and saddened by the vicious attack that occurred on Saturday in Crown Heights, which is being investigated as a potential hate crime. The victim was Jewish and reportedly subjected to anti-Semitic slurs. Unfortunately, Saturday’s attack follows another unprovoked incident of violence on April 13, also in Brooklyn and also towards a Jewish man. This is not what our city is about, and my heart breaks that New Yorkers have endured this kind of abuse and violence. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: Department of Justice Investigation Into the Death of Eric Garner

“Almost four years after the death of Eric Garner, no one has been held accountable for this senseless loss. This is outrageous. Nothing will bring Mr. Garner back, but this city and, most importantly, his family and friends deserve to see justice. According to a new report out today in the New York Times, prosecutors at the Justice Department are calling for civil rights charges to be filed in the case. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: Israel’s Independence Day

“Today I join in celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.  For 70 years the State of Israel has stood as a beacon of hope and opportunity, overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges.  I am honored to be in Israel to mark this historic occasion with my Council colleagues on a mission to learn more about Israeli culture and economic opportunities, as well as to meet with civic, government, and business leaders. READ MORE

New York City Council Announces Chief of Oversight and Investigations Unit

City Hall, NY – Speaker Corey Johnson and Oversight and Investigations Committee Chair Ritchie Torres announced the hiring of Steve Pilnyak as Chief of the new Oversight and Investigations Unit. Pilnyak brings nearly fifteen years of experience in and out of government, including as a prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney’s Office investigating and prosecuting highly sensitive and complex white-collar conduct in the Major Economic Crimes Bureau and as a supervisor of the Financial Intelligence Unit. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson re: Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

“This evening we stand with communities around the world to remember the millions of Jewish men, women, and children, as well as countless others, whose lives were taken during the Shoah, one of the darkest times of human history. Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, teaches us to remember and honor not only the millions we lost, but the bravery and strength of those who survived such senseless acts of brutality.  READ MORE

Council to Vote on Sexual Harassment Legislative Package and the Creation of a Charter Revision Commission

The Council’s “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act” would be among the strictest anti-sexual harassment legislation in the country

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on its “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act,” a comprehensive package of legislation strengthening New York City’s anti-sexual harassment policies and combating sexual harassment in the workplace. READ MORE

Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Finance Chair Daniel Dromm and City Council Release FY 2019 Preliminary Budget Recommendations

Under New Council Leadership, Council Budget Doubles Down on Accountability and Efforts to Provide Resources for all New Yorkers

City Hall, NY- Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Finance Chair Daniel Dromm, Capital Budget Subcommittee Chair Vanessa L. Gibson and the New York City Council released the Council’s Fiscal Year 2019 Preliminary Budget Response. This is the first budget response under the leadership of Speaker Johnson, newly appointed Finance Chair Daniel Dromm and Capital Budget Subcommittee Chair Vanessa L. READ MORE

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