New York, NY — New York City Council Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Shahana Hanif and Lincoln Restler and Vice-Chairs Carmen De La Rosa and Jennifer Gutiérrez today issued the following statement:
“Over the past few months, the Progressive Caucus has undertaken a deliberative and democratic process to produce rule changes to make the Caucus more cohesive, effective, and strategic. These new reforms define what it means to be a champion for working-class New Yorkers. If you won’t fight hard to protect tenants, keep 3-K universal, or ensure Wall Street isn’t profiting off of City dollars, you cannot call yourself a progressive in New York City.
“In his proposed budget, Mayor Adams is slashing $5 billion more in city spending — cutting universal 3-K, CUNY funding, new housing development, and other city services that help working class New Yorkers afford to live in this city. If enacted, the Mayor’s budget would dramatically reduce the City’s ability to expand housing, tackle homelessness, keep our communities safe and deliver quality education.
“The best vehicle to fight against Mayor Adam’s cuts to housing, public education and social services is a strong and disciplined Progressive Caucus. We look forward to working with our colleagues and the Speaker to make our city affordable and livable for all New Yorkers.”