Press Releases


Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: DACA Renewal Deadline

“DACA has been an essential lifeline for close to 1 million young people; many whom have only known the United States as their home. DREAMers are an invaluable asset to our country and their work ethic and leadership is truly inspiring.  Today’s DACA renewal deadline only reinforces what we already know – we must amplify our voices and demand the passage of a clean DREAM Act.  READ MORE

Speaker Mark-Viverito, Elected Officials Across the Nation Demand President Trump, Federal Government Deploy Additional Resources, Extend the Jones Suspension Period for the Humanitarian Crisis in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and 65 Elected Officials Call on the President To Increase the Relief Efforts that are Afflicting the Over 3.4 Million Americans on the Islands

City Hall – Today, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and a coalition of elected officials from New York City and across the country released a letter imploring the Trump Administration and the federal government to do more to aid in the relief to the millions of Americans suffering from the effects of Hurricane Maria which destroyed the islands on September 19th. READ MORE

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Safety Chair Vanessa Gibson Announce Council Hearing on Legislation to Strengthen Gun Safety and Focus on Accountability in the Criminal Justice System

City Hall – Today, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Public Safety Chair Council Member Vanessa Gibson announced the Committee on Public Safety will convene a hearing on October 16th in Council Chambers to review a package of legislation that includes bills and resolutions relating to accountability in the criminal justice system and strengthening gun safety.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. READ MORE

Speaker Mark-Viverito, Education Committee Chair Dromm, and the New York City Council to Hold Hearing on Bullying

Oversight Hearing Comes on the Heels of the Fatal Stabbing in the Bronx

City Hall – Today, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Education Committee Chair Daniel Dromm and the New York City Council announced the Council will hold an oversight hearing to examine the effectiveness and implementation of the Department of Education’s anti-bullying efforts in City schools

The hearing comes in the wake of a deadly stabbing at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx where two students were stabbed, one of them fatally, as early reports indicate the act may have been in retaliation of repeated bullying. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Establishing Construction Safety Training Requirements and Programming

Council will also vote to Enhance HPD Practices Related to 421-a and Affordable Housing Development and to Create a Real Time Enforcement Unit in the Department of Buildings

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation to establish construction safety training requirements and programming. The Council will also vote on enhancing Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) practices related to 421-a and affordable housing development, and on creating a Real Time Enforcement Unit (RTEU) in the Department of Buildings. READ MORE

Joint Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Housing and Buildings Chair Jumaane Williams, and Council Member Carlos Menchaca Re: Intro 1447-C Safety Training Requirement and Funding Agreement

“Throughout negotiations on Introduction 1447-C, we have remained committed to working with advocates and stakeholders on developing legislation that both educates and protects the scores of construction site laborers working around the city. Establishing site safety training requirements and mandating the creation of an equal access informational program goes far in accomplishing that mission, and we am proud of the collaboration between the City Council and the administration that saw $4 million contributed toward the realization of this goal. READ MORE

Speaker Mark-Viverito, Housing and Buildings Chair Jumaane Williams, and Council Member Carlos Menchaca Announce Construction Safety Training Legislation

Bill would require training to ensure that construction sites are safe for everyone

City Hall – Today, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Housing and Buildings Committee Chair Jumaane Williams, and Council Member Carlos Menchaca joined advocates to announce a conclusion to lengthy negotiations over construction safety training legislation. The result is a bill shaped by extensive feedback from the public and stakeholders from every quarter, and one that will make construction sites safer for everyone – from the people who live and work near those sites to the workers who build them. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Rosh Hashanah

“This evening, Jewish New Yorkers across the five boroughs and throughout the world will usher in 5778 years of health and prosperity. I am very proud of the Council’s far-reaching partnerships with local organizations that serve our city’s Jewish communities and all New Yorkers in need. The Council created and expanded the Elie Wiesel Holocaust Survivors Initiative, providing critical resources for the tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors who are living in poverty throughout the five boroughs. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Expanding the Role of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) and on Establishing a MOIA-led Interagency Task Force

Council will also vote on Enhancing the Inclusivity of the Tenant Harassment Statute and on Reporting on Certain City-Provided Programs and Services for the Disabled

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation to expand the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) and to establish a MOIA-led interagency task force. READ MORE

Joint Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Immigration Chair Carlos Menchaca

Re: Trump Administration’s Termination of DACA

 

“The termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an unconscionable step backwards that will destabilize communities and tear families apart. Repealing DACA would hurt hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, many of whom have spent the majority of their lives in the United States, and sends a dangerous message to DREAMers that their lives, contributions to the economy and vibrancy of our great nation are inconsequential to this White House. READ MORE