Four years ago, after my election to the City Council, I joined Melissa Mark-Viverito and nine of our colleagues to form the Council’s first ever Progressive Caucus. I am proud of what we were able to accomplish during that term – banning discriminatory policing, extending paid sick days to more New York workers – but we always knew that the Caucus would be more powerful if it had more members.
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Thanks to a big election, smart organizing, and a lot of help from New York progressives like you, that day has come.
A little over a year ago, several Caucus members and I formed Progressive NYC, in the hopes that we could help elect some progressive candidates to the Council and grow our ranks. Our goals seemed ambitious at the time, but we thought that if we elected 5 or 6 more progressives, to add to the Progressive Caucus’ 11 members, we could ensure that progressives had a seat at the table when forming the new Council, setting priorities, and choosing a Speaker.
So we marshalled volunteers and hosted house parties for a slate of fresh-faced community activists from neighborhoods like Bushwick, Far Rockaway, and the Bronx, who were ready to make an impact at City Hall. And as you know by now, we far surpassed our original goal, and have had a transformative impact on New York City government. We have doubled the size of the Progressive Caucus and played a role in electing Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Melissa Mark-Viverito as the new Speaker. Read more »