Progressive Caucus Victory on Increased Funding to Combat Illegal Hotels

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Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Deputy Leader and Chair of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee and Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Chair of the Council’s Contracts Committee, joined their progressive colleagues to applaud the allocation of nearly double the amount of funding to target illegal conversions of residential units to hotel rooms, known as illegal hotels, in the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget for the City of New York. Continue reading

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Adopted FY16 Budget Response

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New York, NY—The New York City Council Progressive Caucus applauds Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Finance Chairwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland and Mayor Bill de Blasio for proposing and adopting a fiscally responsible and socially inclusive budget for the upcoming year.  Continue reading

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Calls to Pass Right to Know Act Police Reforms Grow Louder at Hearing

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Following the FY16 adopted budget in which City Council added 1,300 new positions within the NYPD, community groups and elected officials called for passage of the Right to Know Act at a Council Public Safety Committee hearing on several pieces of policing legislation.  Continue reading

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Progressive Members Applaud Marriage Equality Decision

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Council Members expressed support of the United States Supreme Court 5-to-4 ruling in Obergefell et al. v. Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Health, et al. This historic decision extends the constitutional right to marry to same-sex couples in all 50 states of the Union. Continue reading

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Victory: Council Passes Fair Chance Act

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New Yorkers with records and their advocates celebrated City Council’s passage of Intro 318, the Fair Chance Act. Introduced in April 2014 by Progressive Caucus Council Members Jumaane D. Williams, Corey Johnson, and Ritchie Torres, at the request of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, this legislation is designed to help ensure that people with conviction histories have a fair chance at employment and are not unlawfully shut out of the job market.  Continue reading

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