There are 51 Council districts in our city and each is represented by a Council Member. Together, under the leadership of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, we form the New York City Council—the largest municipal legislative body in the nation.
We write and pass laws that relate to nearly every aspect of city life. We also perform a robust oversight function, holding hundreds of hearings each year to evaluate agency performance and examine pressing issues affecting New Yorkers.
Creating laws and serving as an oversight body are two of our chief responsibilities. We also negotiate and pass the nation’s largest municipal budget. Through this process, we work diligently to ensure that public funds are used equitably and reach each one of our neighborhoods.
The growth and development of our city is key to New York’s success. This is why we also make decisions on the way land is used throughout the boroughs.
We also focus on the needs of our local constituents. We are on the ground each and every day in our districts. We respond to the individual concerns and needs of residents and to issues affecting our local communities. From Port Richmond to Sheepshead Bay and from Laurelton to Washington Heights and Soundview, we advocate for our constituents and work with them to solve problems.