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

SPEAKER JOHNSON, PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS, WOMEN’S CAUCUS, BLAC AND ADVOCATES DEMAND #JUSTICEFORJAZMINE

New York, NY -- On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, Speaker Corey Johnson and Public Advocate Tish James joined the New York City Progressive Caucus, as well as the Women’s Caucus, members of the Black, Latino/a and Asian Caucus (BLAC), Brooklyn Defender Services, and Communities United for Police Reform, to express outrage at the arrest of … Continue reading SPEAKER JOHNSON, PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS, WOMEN’S CAUCUS, BLAC AND ADVOCATES DEMAND #JUSTICEFORJAZMINE

Progressive Caucus Statement on Jazmine Headley

The Progressive Caucus is outraged by the actions of the NYPD and HRA leading to the arrest of Jazmine Headley, a woman of color and a mother that was seeking the City’s services at a Human Resources Administration (HRA) center. There is no excuse for the behavior of officers arresting Headley and prying her 1-year … Continue reading Progressive Caucus Statement on Jazmine Headley

Progressive Caucus Statement on Amazon HQ2

The Progressive Caucus is outraged by the ‘bad deal’ for Long Island City, and the greater New York City area, that New York State and the City of New York brokered with Amazon, with little to no transparency, community engagement, or discussion of community benefits or labor standards. Amazon should not be given special subsidies … Continue reading Progressive Caucus Statement on Amazon HQ2

New York City Council Passes Landmark Legislation to Permit Campaigns to Cover Childcare Costs, with the Support of All 22 Progressive Caucus Members

New York, NY -- On October 31, 2018, the New York City Council passed landmark legislation, endorsed by the Progressive Caucus, to allow candidates to use campaign funds to pay for childcare expenses, thus breaking down a common barrier for parents, particularly women, to run for office. The legislation was introduced by Progressive Caucus Vice-Chair … Continue reading New York City Council Passes Landmark Legislation to Permit Campaigns to Cover Childcare Costs, with the Support of All 22 Progressive Caucus Members

Progressive Caucus Sends Letter to Mayor, Recommending Policies to Reduce Racial Disparities in School Suspensions

In response to the Independent Budget Office (IBO) Report “When Students of Different Ethnicities Are Suspended For the Same Infraction Is the Average Length of Their Suspension the Same?,” which revealed racial disparities in the length of suspensions for similar infractions, the Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council joined a rally today on … Continue reading Progressive Caucus Sends Letter to Mayor, Recommending Policies to Reduce Racial Disparities in School Suspensions