Stand for Tenant Safety Testifies for Passage of Legislative Package, Endorsed by Progressive Caucus, to End Construction as Harassment

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Photo: Council Member Margaret S. Chin at a February 23, 2017 rally at City Hall in support of STS.

New York, NY – Tenants and advocates with the Stand for Tenant Safety (STS) Coalition will testify at a hearing today for five of the twelve bills in the STS legislative package which aims to reform the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB). The STS Coalition is a citywide alliance of grassroots tenant organizations and legal service groups collaborating with the Progressive Caucus and the eleven City Council prime sponsors to push for greater protection for tenants, especially in regards to the use of construction as harassment by landlords.

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Welcoming Bill Perkins into the Progressive Caucus

The Caucus welcomed recently-elected Council Member and Former State Senator Bill Perkins as a member of the Caucus. Bill Perkins, was re-elected to the New York City Council in a Special Election on February 14th, 2017. Perkins brings a breadth of experience – having been elected to the Senate in 2006 after previously serving as deputy majority leader on the City Council for eight years, from 1998-2005.

The council member was a prime sponsor of the Childhood Lead Paint Poisoning Prevention Act of 2004, and a dedicated affordable housing advocate. He also fought tirelessly to reform public authorities like the MTA, and worked to extend unemployment benefits and to make health care more accessible during his Senate tenure. A lifelong resident of Harlem, Bill Perkins started his political career as a community activist and known for his tenacious and unyielding commitment to serving the community.

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Progressive Caucus launches 18 Progressive Policies for 2018

The New York City Council Progressive Caucus and allies gathered today on the steps of City Hall to announce their adoption of a new platform of “18 Progressive Policies for 2018” representing crucial campaigns they are fighting for – especially under the current political climate and the regressive era of the Trump administration.

The policy platform represents crucial campaigns to move the city forward, especially under the regressive Trump administration. As Progressives, we will fight for a more equitable and fair city that is safe for vulnerable New Yorkers – and that stands as an example for the rest of the nation: Progressive Caucus Policy Platform “Resistance & Progress: 18 Progressive Policies for 2018” Progressive Caucus Policy Platform “Resistance & Progress: 18 Progressive Policies for 2018”

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Progressive Caucus Statement on the resignation of NYPD Officer Richard Haste

New York, NY— The New York City Council Progressive Caucus is disappointed and angered by the repeated lack of transparency and accountability from the NYPD, especially now in regards to the resignation of Officer Richard Haste. Through NYPD policy, an officer in a department trial has a right to respond to the hearing officer’s findings and recommendation prior to the Police Commissioner’s review and imposition of a penalty. Because of this policy, Haste, who was informed of his forthcoming termination, was given the opportunity to resign instead of being fired in disgrace. Without termination, it is possible Haste that could secure a job as a police officer in a different county as he is not prohibited from applying as a resigned officer.

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Progressive Caucus Statement on Eric Garner Case Leak

New York, NY— The New York City Council Progressive Caucus is outraged over the abrupt removal of a New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) employee for leaking the disciplinary record of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo. Officer Pantaleo has yet to receive appropriate disciplinary action after putting Mr. Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold that tragically ended Garner’s life. For almost three years, New York City has been shielding these disciplinary records from public eye, perpetuating the lack of transparency and accountability we have become too familiar with from the NYPD.

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