Press & Statements

City Council Progressive Caucus Welcomes New Members

New York, NY – The Caucus is welcoming five recently-elected Council Members as members of the Progressive Caucus for the 2018-2021 term. Alicka Ampry-Samuel, District 41: Council Member Ampry-Samuel has worked in various capacities with City and State legislators and has spent years sharpening her servant leadership. For Council Member Ampry-Samuel, altruism and empathy for … Continue reading City Council Progressive Caucus Welcomes New Members

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Progressive Caucus Passes Nearly 50 Bills in 2014 – 2017 Council Session

New York, NY – On Tuesday, December 19, 2017, the New York City Council passed several bills endorsed by the Progressive Caucus in its current session policy platform. Including the bills passed today, the Caucus and its members have sponsored and advocated for the passage of nearly 50 bills representing crucial advancements in progressive issues … Continue reading Progressive Caucus Passes Nearly 50 Bills in 2014 – 2017 Council Session

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 … Continue reading Welcoming Bill Perkins into the Progressive Caucus

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 … Continue reading Progressive Caucus launches 18 Progressive Policies for 2018

Progressive Caucus Members Rally to #EndFamilySeparation

  Image: Members Ydanis Rodriguez, Jumaane Williams, and Brad Lander rally at various protests at Laguardia and 26 Federal Plaza.  Yesterday, Members of the Progressive Caucus joined activists and protests at LaGuardia Airport and ICE headquarters (26 Federal Plaza) to rally against the injustices that the Trump Administration has perpetuated through its atrociously harmful immigration … Continue reading Progressive Caucus Members Rally to #EndFamilySeparation

Progressive Caucus Statement on World Refugee Day 2018

Today, as the world observes World Refugee Day, the Members of the Progressive Caucus proudly pledge to support refugees, asylum seekers, and other forcibly displaced persons who've fled their homes for fear of harm and persecution. This includes continuing to resist and highlight the injustices that the Trump Administration has perpetuated through its atrociously harmful immigration policy … Continue reading Progressive Caucus Statement on World Refugee Day 2018

Progressive Caucus Statement on Mayoral Policy Changes & Marijuana Enforcement

New York, NY (Updated)— Yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill unveiled a new NYPD policy on marijuana, which states that individuals found smoking marijuana publicly will largely face summonses instead of arrest, starting September 1, 2018. The Mayor’s Office cites that this effort represents a “continuing shift in overall marijuana enforcement … Continue reading Progressive Caucus Statement on Mayoral Policy Changes & Marijuana Enforcement

Progressive Caucus Response to FY19 Budget

Budget Handshake: Benjamin Kanter/Mayoral Photo Office Every year, the Progressive Caucus works to ensure a fair budget that maintains a commitment to strong core City services while supporting programs that protect the most vulnerable. With these goals in mind, Caucus members identified and advocated for several priority investments earlier this year, many of which were … Continue reading Progressive Caucus Response to FY19 Budget

Progressive Caucus Testimony on Pedal Assist Electric Bikes for DOT Hearing

New York, NY - On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, the Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council submitted testimony to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) on an e-bikes rule change. The proposed rule change will permit pedal assist e-bikes only, not throttle or combination e-bikes, and is an issue has particularly affected immigrant delivery … Continue reading Progressive Caucus Testimony on Pedal Assist Electric Bikes for DOT Hearing