Last week, I spoke with Governor Cuomo, supporting the proposal of a new law that would define hate-fueled mass violence as domestic terrorism. In New York City, our diversity is our strength. An attack on our diversity is an attack on our entire country. We must continue to fight domestic terrorism with all our might.
Last week, I was I honored at the 45th anniversary of #HarlemWeek with the #Pride50 award. Harlem has had a huge role in the history of this city, and it was humbling celebrating Harlem’s past, present and future.
Had the best time with Council Member Stephen Levin at National Night Out at Brooklyn Bridge Park!
I’m so thrilled to have been able to participate at the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Gansevoort Pedestrian Plaza. New York City is striving to better use public space and the transformation we are celebrating today in the Meatpacking District is a shining example of how to do so. This area is attracting more and more people to work, shop and dine. And that’s great But with that uptick in pedestrians, we need to offer them places to rest, more public squares. Today we move one step closer to the New York we want to be, one with fewer cars and more outdoor seating for pedestrians.
Today, I spoke at Cypress Hills Community School P.S./I.S. 89 in Brooklyn to share my vision for food policy for NYC. #foodgoalsnyc
I was so thrilled to open Chelsea Green this past week over on 20th St. This new park includes play equipment, a sprinkler, a synthetic turf lawn, benches, and a raised area that can be used as a stage for performances or readings. Summer just got a little better for Chelsea kids 😎
Last week, the FDNY lost their 200th member to a 9/11 related illness & today the US Senate voted on the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. So yesterday, at our Stated hearing, I read every single name of the 200 lost members of the FDNY.
Fire Pantaleo NOW. It’s time to finally do the right thing for Eric Garner and his family.
This weekend, it’s expected to get as high as 100 degrees! As this heat wave continues, cooling centers will be open across the city from 7/17 - 7/21. To find the nearest cooling center location near you call 311 or go to: https://t.co/xHhnm2ploh
These are dark times for our country, and I want to tell all those who are living in fear right now because of the actions of the Trump administration: your city and I have your back. Today, we gathered in front of the Statue of Liberty to inform our friends and neighbors of their legal rights if they are approached by ICE. I have a hope for a different future, and I intend for New York City to continue to set an example of how to stand up to hatred and divisive policies. This New York City Council will continue to speak out for and give voice to our immigrant New Yorkers.
Reflecting back on last week, I still can’t believe how incredible World Pride was. It was an honor to be able to walk in not one, but two marches: the Queer Liberation March and the Heritage of Pride March. Now let us translate this momentum into action and press forward in the fight for equality!
This week, the City Council and hundreds of New Yorkers came together to celebrate Pride month. Thank you to everyone who joined us for a fabulous night!
Happy Birthday Walt Whitman. I was proud to read “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” today at the @bklynlibrary to celebrate his bicentennial. This poem celebrates how humans are more alike than different, a message that was true then and is true now #WaltWhitman200
With June approaching, time is running out in Albany to strengthen rent laws. Today is #TenantTuesday and this is a reminder that we will keep on fighting until every tenant across New York gets the protections they deserve.
Thank you to everyone who came out today to testify! After listening to hours of testimony, I am inspired by the passion New Yorkers have for our City. Your words will inform our negotiations going forward.
I support the full legalization of marijuana. The reality is that the use of marijuana has already been legal in this city, if you’re white. It’s time to legalize marijuana for everyone else. #FixTheSystem
The era of locking people up because they are mentally ill must come to an end. #FixTheSystem
Today I’m speaking about how our criminal justice system should function in the 21st century. We’ve made great strides in reforming our system, but we still have a LONG way to go. #FixTheSystem
Happy Mother’s Day to you and your family! This is my Mom, my sister Melissa (who is now a Mom to my nephew Van!) and me. My Mom is my best friend and I hope she has the BEST day.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by the subway ads. 🙋🏻♂️ Happy Monday, from my morning commute! I hope everyone is having a great day.
I was so proud to pitch in at @masbiask of Queens this morning to help with food-packaging for Passover. Organizations like Masbia are on the front lines fighting the war on poverty, on hopelessness and despair, and we in the Council are proud to provide support to enable Masbia to do what they do best.
We are on the precipice of a climate catastrophe, which is why the @NYCCouncil is acting. We rallied this week with activists and unions in preparation for next week when we will vote on historic municipal climate legislation.
Happy #NationalSiblingDay to my sister Melissa! 💙
Don't throw away your shot! Voting for Participatory Budgeting in 2019 closes at 11:59pm TONIGHT. This is your shot at deciding how real money is spent in your neighborhood. You can vote at at pbnyc.org/vote. #pbnyc
Check out the newly renovated Jackson Square Park!
I joined 100’s of New Yorkers last night who are ready to confront our climate crisis. True, lasting, impactful change always comes from the grassroots. The power always rests in the people. This is the fight of our times, and I will be beside you in this movement.
Beginning in 1960, New York City banned the use of lead-based paint in residential buildings. The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act (2004) requires, in part, that building owners investigate units and common areas where lead-based paint may be present, specifically focusing on units with a child under six years old. Any lead-based paint hazards or violations must be fixed using safe work practices and detailed records of investigation and remediation efforts must be maintained. Despite these existing requirements, tenants in both public and private housing are frequently unaware of lead hazards and can unknowingly be at risk. Exposure to this toxic substance, which is especially harmful to children, has continued. As a result, the City Council just passed a package of legislation to protect our children from lead. Learn more at link in bio.
Last week we kicked off #WomensHistoryMonth at the @NYCCouncil by unveiling a new installation in City Hall celebrating eight iconic New York women and their contributions to our City. These women are an inspiration!
My Mom Ann is my rock, and my best friend. I feel really lucky she could be at my State of the City speech today to introduce me.
The women and men who work for the MTA, who run our subways and buses, clean our stations, and keep us safe underground - they are not the reason your commute is awful. Never forget that, no matter how frustrated we get with our commute.
Today I am calling for municipal control of the City’s mass transit system. New York City should control its destiny. Are you with me?
I’m giving my first State of the City address today at noon at @laguardiacc. I hope you’ll tune in! You’ll be able to find the livestream on my Twitter, Facebook and the NYC Council website.
I am calling on the NIH to #BreakThePatent on the HIV prevention drug Truvada. The out-of-pocket cost can be $1,600 or more for a 30-day supply of this live-saving medication. That same supply costs as little as $6 to produce. It’s time to put people over profits and ensure access to affordable PrEP. 📸: #BreakThePatent
“Born with cerebral palsy and identifying as a gender-non-conforming trans woman, @aaron___philip wants to change fashion forever.” (- @cnn). This is an incredible story of a New Yorker. Can’t wait to see what you accomplish, Aaron! 📸: Bryan Whitley
A serious #TBT! Happy Thursday everyone!
Today is national #LoveYourPetDay. I love my cat Mousse – not much is better than quality time on the couch in my studio apartment with this guy.
As an HIV+ elected official, I have a responsibility to do everything in my power to end this epidemic once and for all. Proud to rally at the NYC AIDS Memorial with elected officials and advocates to call for access to affordable PrEP (HIV prevention medication).
Shirley Chisholm was a New Yorker, the first black woman elected to Congress, and the first black candidate for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States. She famously said: “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” #BlackHistoryMonth 📸: US Library of Congress
"Hope will never be silent." I keep this photo of Harvey Milk in my City Hall office as a reminder to always fight on. When Harvey was elected one of the first gay officials in the country he gave hope to so many. 40 years after his death Harvey's legacy still inspires me daily.
On Election Day I was shocked, then appalled, at the lines people had to wait in to vote. The Board of Elections has all year to prepare for a few crucial days and they failed to be ready. New Yorkers deserve better, more smoothly run, elections. Thank you to my colleagues @ritchietorrescd15 and @councilman.cabrera for calling this hearing.
I was deeply honored to be given the Transit Champion Award by the incredible grassroots powerhouse Riders Alliance for what we, together, achieved with Fair Fares. Initiatives like Fair Fares are why I got into public service – to do the most good for the most people. I am the Speaker of the New York City Council, but I think like most New Yorkers, first and foremost – I am a straphanger! I will always be on the side of subway and bus riders. On Monday night, we celebrated what we’ve achieved. Since then, it’s been right back to work to fix the subways, get our buses going again, and face our public transportation crisis head on, together.
Congratulations to all the graduates of the @NYPD academy today. I also have a special congratulations for a member of my security detail, Pat Nath, on her promotion to Detective 2nd Grade. Pat is an exemplary member of the NYPD and there’s no one I'd rather have watching my back.
I will always stand with our immigrant communities. President Trump’s proposed change to the #publiccharge rule puts those communities in jeopardy. The public comment period to prevent that rule change ends in 24 days. This week at the City Council we had a hearing to oppose this change, you can add your voice to ours here: ouramericanstory.us