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Council to Vote on Expanding Services for Runaway and Homeless Youth

Council to vote on first pieces of legislation under Speaker Corey Johnson’s leadership

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council will vote on a package of legislation to better serve the needs of runaway and homeless youth. In addition, the Council will vote on legislation that clarifies the requirements for becoming construction site safety providers. READ MORE

Speaker Corey Johnson, Women’s Committee Chair Helen Rosenthal, and Council Members Announce the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act

Legislation will strengthen New York City’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Training and Expand Sexual Harassment Protections to All Employees

City Hall, NY – Taking action to further protect employees against sexual harassment, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Women’s Committee Chair Helen Rosenthal, and Council Members today unveiled the “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act,” a comprehensive package of legislation to strengthen New York City’s anti-sexual harassment policies and combat sexual harassment in the workplace. READ MORE

Speaker Corey Johnson, Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca, Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Borough Presidents, and Council Members Send Letter to Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to Ban ICE from New York Courthouses

New York courthouses have seen a 900% increase in reports of ICE arrests or attempted arrests over the last year

 

City Hall, NY – Today, Speaker Corey Johnson, Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca, Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., and Council Members issued a letter to call on Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to ban U.S. READ MORE

Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Member Mark Treyger, and Public Safety Committee Chair Donovan Richards Call on the State Senate to Pass Leigslation to Prohibit Sexual Contact Between Police and People Held in Custody

Renewed Call Comes After State Assembly Passes Bill Closing Consent Loophole

City Hall, NY – Taking action to protect the rights of individuals who come into contact with law enforcement, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Member Mark Treyger, and Public Safety Committee Chair Donovan Richards today renewed their call for the State Senate to prohibit sexual contact between police officers and individuals in their custody. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson and Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca Re: Federal Government’s Decision to Stay Ravi Ragbir’s Deportation Temporarily

“There is no doubt that the Trump Administration’s racist, anti-immigrant agenda has wreaked havoc on hard working immigrants and their families. Now, it is becoming increasingly clear that ICE may be targeting immigrant rights activists like Ravi Ragbir in an effort to silence and intimidate them. While we are relieved that the federal district court has stayed Ravi’s deportation while the court examines whether he was unlawfully targeted by ICE, we recognize that he remains at risk of deportation. READ MORE

Statements by Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Finance Chair Daniel Dromm, and Chair of the Subcomittee on the Capital Budget Vanessa L. Gibson Re: FY 2019 Preliminary Budget

Council Speaker Corey Johnson:

“Even as we experience sustained economic growth, our city is facing challenges and we need a city budget that adequately responds to those challenges. More than ever, federal and state cuts are threatening the City’s fabric as we know it. In this current climate, agencies and the administration as a whole must be held to a higher standard to ensure we are doing all we can to protect our most vital social safety net programs by boosting our reserves and streamlining resources for the long term. READ MORE

Speaker Corey Johnson’s Remarks as Prepared for Delivery: Association for a Better New York (ABNY) Power Breakfast Keynote Address

Good Morning!

Thank you so much for having me today. I also want to thank all the first responders with us today for their bravery. Too often we take these folks for granted, but they are always there when we need them. I also want to acknowledge that we’re joined this morning by two former City Council Speakers – Peter Vallone Senior and Christine Quinn. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: Trump Administration’s Formation of Division That Allows Healthcare Employees to Refuse Services to Women and LGBT Americans

“The Trump Administration created the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the sole purpose of discriminating against and denying people healthcare. Unfortunately, this dangerous and downright un-American act is unsurprising from President Trump and Vice President Pence, the sexists and homophobes-in-chief. Instead of dividing our country, the President should be focused on bringing unity and ending these discriminatory policies his administration chooses to uphold. READ MORE

Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“Today is a day to reflect upon the contributions of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the thousands of Americans who advocated – and continue to advocate – for equality in our country. The gains of the civil rights movement were made possible through the great sacrifice of thousands who protested injustice and made their voices heard – frequently putting their own lives at risk. READ MORE

Joint Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Member Mathieu Eugene Re: President Trump’s Comments on Haiti and Africa

Re: President Trump’s Comments on Haiti and Africa

“President Trump’s racist and incendiary comments about Haiti and Africa are an affront to the very values of our nation and of the American dream. The country is deeply divided, and the President should be focused on bringing unity by creating the spirit of trust and respect and putting an end to the cruel and senseless immigration raids that are tearing families apart. READ MORE