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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Photo by: WILLIAM ALATRISTE, NYC Council

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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Council Rallies to Eliminate School Lunch Fees

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On the steps of theTweed Courthouse, members of  Lunch 4 Learning Campaign including Council Members Danny Dromm, Chair of the Council’s Committee on Education, Ben Kallos, Brad Lander and Public Advocate Letitia James urged Mayor de Blasio to include universal free lunch for all public school children in the final city budget for 2016. Continue reading

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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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