Council Bike to Work Day

May is National Bike Month and midway through Bike to Work Week, the Progressive Caucus hosted colleagues and bike allies for the 2nd Annual Council Bike to Work Day. Two groups rode from meeting spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn to City Hall. Council Members joined constituents and leaders in the biking community for a celebration of the many benefits of cycling including transportation, fitness and recreation.  Continue reading

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Caucus Responds to FY16 Executive Budget

IMG_1558Progressive Caucus members sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio outlining fiscal priorities for this term under the eleven-point ADVANCEMENT agenda. With a steadfast commitment to a more equal and more just New York, the response to the FY16 Executive Budget announcement acknowledges some critical investments from the Administration and identifies some additional areas of need. Continue reading

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Progressive Caucus stands in solidarity with Ayotzinapa Families

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New York, NY—This week, Carlos Menchaca, Chair of the Committee on Immigration of the New York City Council, and members of the Progressive Caucus welcomed the Ayotzinapa Caravana 43 to New York City, and to the City Council. The Caravana—a coalition of affected persons, allies, and advocates—is in New York to bring attention to the disappearance of 43 Mexican students in the early fall of 2014. The investigation that followed the kidnappings was widely covered and debated in Mexico, across much of Latin America, and here in New York City.

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NYC Council Passes Strongest Employment Credit Check Ban in the Nation

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Members of the NYC Coalition to Stop Credit Checks in Employment joined with working New Yorkers and City Council members in support of the passage of the “Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act,” a bill that will eliminate the unfair and discriminatory use of credit checks by employers in New York City. Continue reading

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Progressive Caucus Endorses Port Ambrose Veto

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Council Members in the City Council Progressive Caucus are committed to advancing environmental justice to all communities of New York City and supporting opportunities to execute sustainable policies and renewable practices. Today we join a coalition of over 140 advocacy organizations, business leaders, and many of our colleagues in State government urging Governor Cuomo to reject an environmentally detrimental proposal for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility several miles off the shore of Long Island.  Continue reading

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