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The New York City Council Press Office provides timely and accurate information about the City Council's latest events and public statements.

Photos are available for many Council press events. Please call for details.
Press Calls: 212-788-7116

Here you'll find photos, video, our blog, as well as press releases and reports. You can find an archive of older press releases here.

July

07/30/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re; First Day of Paid Sick Leave. Read more.

07/24/14
Council to Vote on "Avonte's Law" Requiring DOE to Evaluate Need for Alarms on NYC School Facility Exits. Read more.

07/23/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Announcement From Governor Cuomo and CBS That  Late Show Will Remain in New York City . Read more.

07/23/14
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and New York City Council Announce Expansion of Participatory Budgeting for 2014-2015 Cycle. Read more.

07/21/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito and City Council Release New York City Council Federal Agenda
Priorities include Workforce Protection, Housing, Hurricane Sandy Recovery, Public Safety, Education, Environmental Protection, and Immigration. Read more.

07/18/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the LGBT Caucus Re: Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. Read more.

07/18/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito re: Death of Eric Garner. Read more.

07/15/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Release of Jose Antonio Vargas. Read more.

07/15/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito re: Detainment of Jose Antonio Vargas. Read more.

07/08/14
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Paul Vallone, and Council Member Inez Barron Announce Cuny Merit-Based Scholarship Program. Read more.

07/07/14
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council member Mathieu Eugene, and City Council Kick Off First Day of Expanded Summer Youth Employment Program. Read more.

07/06/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Passing of Former Council Member Herbert Berman. Read more.

07/06/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Passing of Lt. Gordon Ambelas. Read more.

07/04/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Independence Day. Read more.

June

06/26/14
Council Votes on Legislation to Create Municipal Identification Program. Read more.

06/25/14
City Council Adopts Fiscal Year 2015 Budget. Read more

06/25/14
Joint Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez Re: Port Authority agreement to offer free wi-fi access in tri-state area airports. Read more.

06/23/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Rent Guidelines Board Vote to Increase Rents. Read more.

06/20/14
Statements by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez Re: Passage of Legislation to Authorize NYC To Reduce the Speed Limit to 25 Miles Per Hour. Read more.

06/19/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito, Mayor de Blasio and City Council Announce FY 2015 Budget Agreement to Increase Policing on City Streets And Extend Free Lunch to City Students. Read more.

06/18/14
Council Passes Home Rule Message Pertaining to Establishment of Lower Speed Limit. Read more.

06/16/14
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Calls for Rent Freeze for 1.2 Million New Yorkers in Rent Stabilized Homes. Read more.

06/11/14
Council to Vote on Increasing Transparency in Schools. Read more.


06/10/14
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, LGBT Caucus and City Council Announce 2014 Pride Celebration Honorees. Read more.

May

05/29/14
Council to Vote on Comprehensive Package of Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Measures. Read more.

05/28/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Passing of Maya Angelou. Read more

05/14/14
Council to Vote on Landmark Rules Reform Package. Read more.

05/08/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito, Finance Committee Chair Ferreras And City Council Release FY 2015 Executive Budget Response. Read more.

05/06/14
Statements by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Passing of Jack Agüeros. Read more.

05/06/14
Statements by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Jewish Caucus Chair Mark Levine Re: Israeli Independence Day. Read more.

05/04/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Anti-Semitic Hate Crime in Borough Park

April

04/29/14
Council to Vote on Building Reforms to Promote Energy Efficiency and Health. Read more.

04/29/14
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Announces Council Reform Package. Read more.

04/23/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito, Finance Committee Chair Ferreras and City Council Release FY 2015 Preliminary Budget Recommendations. Read more.

04/21/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Rick Perry's Visit to NYC. Read more.

04/21/14
Fiscal 2015 Preliminary Budget Recommendations. Read more.

04/20/14
Statement by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Celebration of Easter. Read more.

04/17/14
Statement by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Passing of Cheo Feliciano. Read more.

04/14/14
LGBT Advocates Express Support for Council's Newly Introduced Municipal ID Legislation. Read more.

04/11/14
Advocates Express Support for Council's Newly Introduced Municipal ID Legislation. Read more.

04/11/14
Rep. Yvette Clarke Announces Support for City Council Municipal ID Legislation. Read more.

04/10/14
Council to Introduce Municipal Identification Legislation. Read more.

04/09/14
Statement by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Passing of NYPD Housing Officer Dennis Guerra. Read more.

04/08/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito, Immigration Committee Chair Menchaca, and Council Member Dromm Announce Legislation to Provide New York City Residents with Municipal Identification Cards. Read more.

04/08/14
Statement by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Re: Equal Pay Day. Read more.

04/04/14
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Urges CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves to Keep the Late Show in New York City. Read more.

04/02/14
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and City Council Launch 2014 Participatory Budgeting Voting. Read more.

04/01/14
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and City Council Members Alert New Yorkers to New Paid Sick Time Regulations. Read more.

March

03/28/14
Statement By City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Inspector General Appointment. Read more.

03/27/14
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Announces Policy Working Group. Read more.

03/26/14
Council Votes to Protect Interns Against Discrimination. Read more.

03/21/14
New Restaurant Inspection Rules Developed by New York City Council and Health Department Will Reduces Fines by Nearly 25 Percent. Read more.

03/18/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: City Settlements With Vulcan Society. Read more.

03/17/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Guinness, Sam Adams and Heineken Dropping Sponsorship of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Read more.

03/13/14
Joint Statement by Speaker Mark-Viverito and Education Comittee Chair Daniel Dromm And Statement by Council Member Ben Kallos Re: State Senate Budget Resolution to Fund Universal Pre-K and After School Programs. Read more.

03/11/14
Memo to Media, Members of the Public re: Broadcast of Events in the City Hall Red Room. Read more.

03/10/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito Announces Erica Gonzalez to Serve as Senior Advisor. Read more.

03/05/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito, Council Members Williams And Lander Praise De Blasio Administration For Announcing Intent To Withdraw City's Suit Against New Law Prohibiting Bias-Based Profiling. Read more.

03/05/14
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s Fiscal Year 2015 Preliminary Budget Hearing Opening Statements. Read more.

03/04/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito, Council Member Koslowitz,  Council Member Ferreras and Council Member Van Bramer Announce 35 State Budget and Legislative Priorities For NYC Council. Read more.

February

02/28/14
Statement by Council Speaker Mark-Viverito Re: Mayor’s Co-Location Plan. Read more.

02/26/14
City Council Votes to Expand Earned Sick Time Act. Read more.

02/25/14
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Approval of DREAM ACT in the State Assembly. Read more.

02/25/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito Announces NYC Council Will Not Participate in St. Patrick's Day Parade. Read more.

02/21/14
Statements By Speaker Mark-Viverito, Council Member Levin, Council Member Lander, Council Member Menchaca And Council Member Johnson Re: Long Island College Hospital Settlement Read more.

02/18/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito Announces Elizabeth De Leon Bhargava As First Deputy Chief Of Staff. Read more.

Statements By Speaker Mark-Viverito, Transportation Committee Chair Rodriguez, Public Safety Chair Gibson And Council Members Rosenthal And Levine Re: Vision Zero Action Plan. Read more.

02/12/14
Joint Statement By Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito And Finance Committee Chair Julissa Ferreras. Read more.

02/11/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito, Council Members, Advocates And Parents Unite In Support Of Universal Pre-K And After-School Plan. Read more.

02/10/14
Council Members React to Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos Remarks on Universal Pre-K. Read more.

02/06/14
Joint Statement By Speaker Melissa Mark-viverito, Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez, Council Member Debi Rose, Council Member Steven Matteo And Council Member Vincent Ignizio
Re: Governor Cuomo’s Plan To Reduce Tolls On The Verrazano Bridge. Read more.

02/06/14
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Civil Service and Labor Committee Chair I. Daneek Miller and Council Member Margaret Chin Announce Hearing On Legislation To Expand Earned Sick Time Act. Read More.

02/05/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito Announces Hearing an Resolution Supporting Universal Pre-K and After-School Plan. Read More.

January

01/30/14
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer And Council Members Brad Lander And Jumaane Williams Statements On Dropping Of Stop And Frisk Appeal. Read more.

01/30/14
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Members And Women’s Rights Leaders Herald The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Read more.

01/28/14
Speaker Mark-Viverito Announces Transition Team. Read more.

01/27/14
Broad And United Coalition Of New York City Council Members Visit Albany To Fight For NYC. Read more.

01/27/14
Testimony Of Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council Speaker At The Joint Hearing Of The Senate Finance And Assembly Ways And Means Committees. Read more.

01/22/2014
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Rules Committee Chairman Brad Lander Announce Council Leadership and Committee Chairs. Read more.

01/21/2014
Statement By Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Governor Cuomo's Proposal for Universal Pre-Kindergarten. Read more.

01/20/2014
Speaker Mark-Viverito Statement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read more.

01/18/2014
Speaker Mark-Viverito Statement on Nomination of Mark Peters as Commissioner of the Department of Investigation. Read more.

01/17/14
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Praise Plan to Significantly Expand Earned Sick Time Act. Read more.