Press Releases

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca Re: IDNYC Ruling

“Today’s State Supreme Court ruling is a win for all New Yorkers. This decision, which protects New Yorkers’ personal data, validates what we’ve known from the beginning: that all residents — regardless of their gender identity, permanent address, or immigration status – deserve access to all of our City’s critical resources. Over one million New Yorkers have helped make IDNYC the largest and most successful municipal identification card program in the nation. READ MORE

Council to Vote on Legislation to Prevent the Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law and to Prohibit Salary History Inquiries on Prospective Employees

Council will also vote on Developing a Comprehensive Environmental Justice Plan and on Establishing a Task Force on Obstacles for Disconnected Youth

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on legislation to prevent the unauthorized practice of immigration law. The Council will also vote to prohibit prospective employers from requiring salary histories from prospective employees. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Equal Pay Day

“Equal Pay Day is marked on April 4th to represent the additional months a woman must work to match the average annual salary of a man. This amount of time – 93 days – reflects the stark salary discrepancies that continue to exist today, particularly for women of color.  In 2017, our society has not yet institutionalized the simple concept of equal pay for equal work and, while we fight to close the wage gap, individuals and families continue to suffer at the hands of entrenched economic injustice. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: The Puerto Rican Senate’s Move to Revoke Transgender Rights

“The President of Puerto Rico’s Senate, Thomas Rivera Schatz, blatantly violated the Island’s anti-discrimination law by revoking key protections and rights for the Senate’s transgender employees. To ban this community from using the restroom and wardrobe that corresponds to their gender identity is not only immoral and inhumane—it’s dangerous. This deplorable act of cowardice— which merely mirrors President Trump’s hateful and divisive rhetoric— falls in line with the Governor’s recent attempts to roll back the rights of Puerto Rico’s LGBTQ community. READ MORE

Speaker Mark-Viverito, Council Finance Chair Ferreras-Copeland and City Council Release FY 2018 Preliminary Budget Recommendations

Under Current National Political Uncertainty, Council Budget Doubles Down on Efforts to Increase Protection for Vulnerable Communities and Boosts Savings for All New Yorkers

City Hall — New York City. Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Finance Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland and the New York City Council released the Council’s Fiscal Year 2018 Preliminary Budget Response. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Senate’s Vote to Allow States to Withhold Federal Funding from Planned Parenthood

“A day after the President gave a deceiving speech about the importance of empowering women, the Vice President took a major step to roll back women’s reproductive rights. Of course this should come as no surprise given Pence’s long record of enacting some of the most backwards anti- woman policies in the nation as Governor of Indiana. Instead of allowing extremists to push forward an archaic and dangerous agenda that seeks to deprive women of their basic rights and dignity, Congress and the Administration should focus on uplifting them.  READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Severance of Richard Haste from NYPD

“Ramarley Graham’s life was needlessly cut short when Richard Haste fired the fatal shot that killed yet another unarmed black man in our City. While the vast majority of NYPD officers serve our City honorably,  those accused of misconduct must be thoroughly investigated and disciplined accordingly.  The dismissal of Richard Haste from the NYPD is necessary and appropriate and I thank Commissioner O’Neill and the NYPD for convening a disciplinary trial to address this serious matter and for taking this long overdue action.” READ MORE

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and City Council Kick Off 2017 Participatory Budgeting Vote Week

Newly added feature of participatory budgeting will now allow New Yorkers to vote electronically 

Brooklyn, NY – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Members, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams today joined community residents at Grand Army Plaza to celebrate the start of Participatory Budgeting Vote Week.

Now in its 6th year, Participatory Budgeting, or PB, has grown to include 31 Council Members, representing Council Districts across the City. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Withdrawal of the American Health Care Act

“Seven years after the Affordable Care Act was passed, Republican leadership have finally done a service to the American people by withdrawing their reckless attempt at its repeal. Although likely only a temporary stopgap, over 20 million citizens who found healthcare coverage under the original law – many representing vulnerable communities of color or advanced age – will maintain their insurance for another day. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Arrest of James Harris Jackson

“In the two months since the President has taken office, hate crimes in New York City – and across the country – have skyrocketed. The repulsive rhetoric and polarizing actions that have come out of this Presidential Administration are appalling, and have only served to empower the ugly underbelly of racism that still exists in our country. The arrest of James Harris Jackson, a white supremacist who reportedly traveled to New York City intent on ‘murdering black people,’ READ MORE