Press Releases


Statement by Council Speaker Corey Johnson on Pablo Villavicencio

“Finally – some good news! Tonight a federal judge ordered the release of Pablo Villavicencio from Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention (ICE) detention, which will pave the way for him to secure valid immigration status. I am so happy for his family, especially his wife Sandra and his daughters Luciana and Antonia. I know this has been beyond painful for all of them. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: Anniversary of the Death of Former New York City Council Member James E. Davis

“It’s always important to remember those who came before you, and today the City Council remembers one of our own, Council Member James Davis. James was taken from us 15 years ago today in a shooting inside City Hall. His death is tragic for so many reasons, and the fact that it happened inside our city’s seat of government is a reminder that senseless gun violence can occur anywhere. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: New York Daily News Layoffs

“The New York Daily News’ latest round of layoffs is a huge loss to New York City. It has a special place in my heart ‒ and the hearts of my Council colleagues ‒ because it shines a light on city government in a way that appeals to all New Yorkers, including those who are impacted by our policies but often shut out of power. READ MORE

Council to Vote to Provide No-Cost Telephone Services for Incarcerated Individuals

Council will also vote on bills reporting the use of Department of Corrections’ staff administering electric shock and regulating short term residential rentals

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on providing no-cost telephone services for incarcerated individuals. The Council will also vote to require the Department of Correction to report when Correction Officers administering an electric shock to inmates and detainees. READ MORE

New York City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio Appoint Members to the Nightlife Advisory Board

The 14-member body will advise the City Council and the Mayor on issues affecting the nightlife industry

CITY HALL — Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Member Rafael Espinal and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the appointment of the 14 members of the City’s first-ever Nightlife Advisory Board. As a complement to the newly formed Office of Nightlife, the all-volunteer board is charged with making recommendations to the City Council and the Mayor on ways to improve regulations and policies that impact nightlife establishments. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Legislation Making Affordable Housing Fairer for All New Yorkers

Council will also vote on several bills establishing penalties for littering

City Hall — Today, the Council will vote on legislation that will make affordable housing fairer for all New Yorkers. The Council will also vote to co-name 95 thoroughfares and public places, based on requests of Council Members whose district includes the location, and on several bills establishing penalties for littering. READ MORE

Statement by Council Speaker Corey Johnson on School Zone Speed Cameras

“The New York State Senate failed the City of New York by not extending and expanding speed cameras in school zones. Playing political games with the safety of children is completely unacceptable and I urge Republicans in the Senate to follow the Assembly’s lead and fix this before heading home for the year. We need to protect our children. We need to extend and expand school zone speed cameras.”

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Statement by Council Speaker Corey Johnson on Detention of Pablo Villavicencio

“Pablo Villavicencio did not deserve to be detained by ICE – he deserves to be with his family. I fully support his wife Sandra in her call to immediately free Pablo from this unjust, unfair, and unnecessary detainment.

I have no idea how detaining a hardworking family man just for doing his job makes this country any safer, but I do know that until there is change in Washington DC, New York City will continue to fight against an overzealous ICE and against any federal policies that unjustly break families apart.  READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: Xiu Qing You

“As the Speaker of the New York City Council, I stand in support of Xiu Qing You and his family to demand his release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention. Mr. You is part of a sad and frankly un-American trend that has seen many people who are just trying to make a life in the U.S. end up behind bars. READ MORE

The New York City Council Votes to Adopt the FY 2019 Budget

The $89 billion agreement reaffirms the Council’s commitment to maintaining and bolstering the City’s central services helping the most vulnerable New Yorkers 

City Hall, NY – Speaker Corey Johnson, Finance Committee Chair Daniel Dromm, Capital Budget Subcommittee Chair Vanessa Gibson and members of the New York City Council today voted to adopt the Fiscal Year 2019 budget. READ MORE