Press & Statements

Progressive &Women’s Caucus Send Letter To Mayor, Demanding Policy Changes after Layleen Polanco’s Death at Rikers

New York, NY -- On Wednesday, June 26, Progressive Caucus and Women’s Caucus sent a letter to the Mayor’s office, Department of Corrections, Board of Corrections, and the Bronx District Attorney’s office demanding answers around the death of Layleen Polanco, a 27-year-old transgender woman who died earlier this month while in solitary confinement at Rikers … Continue reading Progressive &Women’s Caucus Send Letter To Mayor, Demanding Policy Changes after Layleen Polanco’s Death at Rikers

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Albany: Protect trans & immigrant New Yorkers this session

New York State has a critical opportunity to protect trans & immigrant communities as the Trump administration erases their very existence. The state MUST pass S2253/A654 to repeal #WalkingWhileTrans & S4981a/A6983a to protect trafficking survivors this session! The walking while trans ban allows police to profile, harass and arrest women of color and TGNC communities … Continue reading Albany: Protect trans & immigrant New Yorkers this session

BLAC and Progressive Caucuses Send Letter to Mayor, Supporting Racial Integration Policies

In response to a letter written last week by several elected officials expressing concerns over Chancellor Richard Carranza’s leadership and efforts to integrate the New York City public school system, the members of the Black Latino Asian Caucus (BLAC) and Progressive Caucus, joined by Education Chair Mark Treyger, jointly sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio, … Continue reading BLAC and Progressive Caucuses Send Letter to Mayor, Supporting Racial Integration Policies

Progressive Caucus Calls for Criminal Justice Reform before end to State Legislative Session

New York, NY — The Progressive Caucus is deeply distrubed by the deaths of Jose Rivera and Layleen Polanco, whose deaths occurred within a few days of one another while they were both separately in the custody of the Department of Correction (DOC). In addition to a need for investigation by the DOC, the deaths … Continue reading Progressive Caucus Calls for Criminal Justice Reform before end to State Legislative Session

Progressive Caucus Celebrates Budget Agreement to Achieve Salary Parity, Increase Funding to Human Service Contracts in FY20 Budget

New York, NY - On Friday, June 14, 2019, Council Progressive Caucus Members joined Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Corey Johnson as the City reached an agreement on the FY20 budget which included critical investments in Progressive Caucus priorities such as a path to salary parity to be achieved by the summer, and a minimum … Continue reading Progressive Caucus Celebrates Budget Agreement to Achieve Salary Parity, Increase Funding to Human Service Contracts in FY20 Budget