New York City Council Passes Bill to Require Reporting on Illegal Conversions of Dwelling Units

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On May 30, the New York City Council and Mayor Bill De Blasio took an important step to hold landlords of affordable housing units accountable by passing Intro 823-A, a law that will require the Department of Buildings to submit an annual report to the Council on illegal conversions of dwelling units for purposes other than permanent residence. The bill, introduced and sponsored by Progressive Caucus Member Ydanis Rodriguez, will bring attention to existing affordable housing units that are illegally converted into short-term hotels. The landlords are of these buildings will now be held accountable by yearly reporting.

This bill was supported by the Progressive Caucus as a part of their ADVANCEMENT Agenda, aiming to make New York City safer and more affordable for residents, and protecting the rights of tenants.

New York City Council Passes Fair Work Week Legislative Package, Sponsored by Progressive Caucus Members, to Protect Low-Wage Workers

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New York, NY – The New York City Council Progressive Caucus applauds today’s passage of the Fair Work Week bills by the New York City Council. The five bills, sponsored by three Progressive Caucus Members, Council Members Brad Lander, Corey Johnson, and Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, aim to protect vulnerable low-wage fast-food and retail workers in New York City. The bills, included in the Progressive Caucus’ policy platform, will provide workers an opportunity to secure advance notice, stable schedules, a pathway to full-time hours, and a new way to work together.

The five bills that passed today by New York City Council encompass:

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New York City Council Progressive Caucus and Allies Host Policy Convening  Focused On 2018 Resistance & Progress Policy Platform and Ambitious Progressive Vision for New York City

New York, NY — The New York Progressive Caucus brought together members, allies, and the public, to address and discuss their new adopted platform, “Resistance & Progress: 18 Progressive Policies for 2018.” Programming for the event centered around crucial campaigns and legislative priorities the Caucus has been and is invested in fighting for — especially under the current political climate and the regressive era of the Trump administration.

Sessions included:

  • Protecting & Creating Affordable Housing in Livable Neighborhoods
  • Building a More Equal Economy
  • Public Education to Give Every Child a Real Chance
  • Reforming Policing & the Criminal Justice System
  • Aggressively Combating Climate Change & Accessible Transportation for All

The Progressive Policy Convening provided much lively discussion and insight especially during this period of influx in the country. The Progressive Caucus will continue its work for New Yorkers as it fights for a more equal and just New York. Expect further events, meetings, and actions as we gear up with our allies as we continue to fight for resistance and progress.  Continue reading “New York City Council Progressive Caucus and Allies Host Policy Convening  Focused On 2018 Resistance & Progress Policy Platform and Ambitious Progressive Vision for New York City”

Progressive Caucus Promotes Bike Safety and Education through Bike to Work Day

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New York, NY – The Progressive Caucus, in partnership with Transportation Alternatives, Streets Pac, Citi Bike, Bike New York, and Get Women Cycling, participated in its fourth annual Bike to Work Day today with group rides and a rally at City Hall to promote cycling advocacy and engagement. This event aims to bring attention to the need for resources to support bike safety, education, and infrastructure throughout the city. Caucus members support cycling because it promotes a healthy lifestyle, environmentally sustainable behavior, and a viable transportation option within a congested and overburdened system.

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Progressive Caucus and Lunch4Learning Coalition Rally for Universal Free School Lunch

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New York, NY – Members of the Progressive Caucus joined Lunch 4 Learning advocates, along with DC37, UFT, CSA, and the Black Latino Asian Caucus, to rally on the City Hall steps today to urge Mayor Bill De Blasio to honor his campaign promise to provide Universal Free School Lunch to all 1.1 million New York City public school students. Universal free and healthy school lunch for all 1.1 million NYC public school students is the most effective way to encourage greater participation by eliminating the poverty stigma associated with the program.

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