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Is your Council member a fan of the status quo or willing to do something about it? Common Cause New York supports effective legislative functioning at all levels of government, working for best practices and rules that encourage legislators to be effective advocates for creative solutions to the problems we all face as well as for their constituents.


Currently, the Council Speaker has a lock on which bills get committee hearings and, more importantly which bills actually get voted on by the Council.

When a bill is held back and doesn’t get to the floor, New Yorkers are prevented from:

  • Learning about the issue through the Council’s floor debate
  • Knowing their Council Member’s official position on the bill


Too many important bills supported by a majority of Council Members never get voted on by the full Council.


Find out where your council stands on these important reforms including:

  • Bills that have the majority support of the City Council will receive a floor vote
  • When a majority of council members co-sponsor a bill, it will automatically receive a floor vote within 3 months
  • Giving the Right to Know Act a vote this session

Find out where your council member stands!

Margaret Chin
District 1
Manhattan
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(Right To Know)
Rosie Mendez
District 2
Manhattan
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(CCNY Solution)
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(Right To Know)
Corey Johnson
District 3
Manhattan
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(CCNY Solution)
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(Right To Know)
Daniel R. Garodnick
District 4
Manhattan
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(Right To Know)
Ben Kallos
District 5
Manhattan
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(Right To Know)
(1) Do you believe that bills with majority support of the City Council should receive a floor vote? Yes. I support this concept and would vote in favor if it were before me in the Council. I would however propose that a simple majority sponsorship by Council Members trigger a hearing within sixty days, while a veto-proof supermajority would trigger a committee vote within sixty days followed by a floor vote at the next stated session. (2) Do you support Common Cause/NY’s proposed procedural solution to the majority bill issue, as outlined above? Yes. I support this concept and would vote in favor if it were before me in the Council. However, I would also propose that a bill with a veto-proof supermajority sponsorship by Council Members is likely to be a citywide issue affecting thousands, if not millions. No single Council Member -- even the author -- should be able to stall or stop that bill. When a bill reaches a veto-proof supermajority sponsorship by Council Members following a hearing it should be voted on in committee within sixty days. If more than sixty days is necessary to improve the legislation, a substantive amendment of the bill would have to be introduced in order to gain up to sixty additional days prior to a vote by the committee followed by a floor vote at the next stated session. (3) Do you believe that the Right to Know Act deserves to receive a vote this session? Yes.
Helen Rosenthal
District 6
Manhattan
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(Right To Know)
Mark Levine
District 7
Manhattan
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(Right To Know)
Melissa Mark-Viverito
District 8
Bronx, Manhattan
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(Right To Know)
Inez E. Dickens
District 9
Manhattan
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(Right To Know)
Ydanis Rodriguez
District 10
Manhattan
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(Right To Know)
Andrew Cohen
District 11
Bronx
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(Right To Know)
Andy King
District 12
Bronx
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(Right To Know)
James Vacca
District 13
Bronx
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Fernando Cabrera
District 14
Bronx
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(Right To Know)
Ritchie J. Torres
District 15
Bronx
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(Right To Know)
(1) Do you believe that bills with majority support of the City Council should receive a floor vote? The ultimate progress of a bill, regardless of the support it commands, lies in the hands of the prime sponsor, who reserves the right to discharge. Since a mechanism exists for advancing a bill over the objections of the Speaker and the Committee Chair, a new rule mandating a vote would seem to be a solution in search of a problem. Far from empowering prime sponsors, a mandatory vote could create more problems than it solves, stripping members of their ability to advance legislation strategically, at a time and in a manner of their careful choosing, after amassing maximum support. Impeding the movement of legislation could either be obstruction or deliberation, depending on the circumstances. In the case of the Right to Know Act, it is obstruction; in the case of bills with unfunded mandates, deliberation. If there were a widely sponsored bill with a prohibitive price tag--a budget item masquerading as legislation--then the Council would have every right to subject it to a more deliberative process of review and approval, not only from the applicable legislative committee but also from the Finance Committee. Even if majority support did exist, it would be irresponsible for the Council to vote on a hidden budget item outside the normal process of budgeting and to legislate a costly mandate without allocating the funds to pay for it. The Council should put in place rules to impede attempts by members to use the legislative process to bypass budget deliberations. ‎ (2) Do you support Common Cause/NY’s proposed procedural solution to the majority bill issue, as outlined above?I question the need for the proposal. Discharge is a battled-tested mechanism for forcing bills to the floor for a vote, and it is the right of every prime sponsor. If a member is so spineless as to forfeit that right, then the problem is the person, not the process. Members who surrender leverage by surrendering the right to discharge should resign from the City Council for lacking both competence and courage. (3) Do you believe that the Right to Know Act deserves to receive a vote this session? The Council should and will vote on the Right to Know Act in this session.
Vanessa L. Gibson
District 16
Bronx
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(Right To Know)
Rafael Salamanca Jr
District 17
Bronx
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(Right To Know)
Annabel Palma
District 18
Bronx
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Paul Vallone
District 19
Queens
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Peter Koo
District 20
Queens
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Julissa Ferreras
District 21
Queens
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Costa Constantinides
District 22
Queens
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Barry Grodenchik
District 23
Queens
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Rory I. Lancman
District 24
Queens
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(Right To Know)
Daniel Dromm
District 25
Queens
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James G. Van Bramer
District 26
Queens
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I. Daneek Miller
District 27
Queens
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Ruben Wills
District 28
Queens
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(Right To Know)
Karen Koslowitz
District 29
Queens
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(Right To Know)
Elizabeth S. Crowley
District 30
Queens
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Donovan J. Richards
District 31
Queens
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Eric A. Ulrich
District 32
Queens
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Stephen T. Levin
District 33
Brooklyn
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Antonio Reynoso
District 34
Brooklyn, Queens
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(Right To Know)
Laurie A. Cumbo
District 35
Brooklyn
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(Right To Know)
Robert E. Cornegy Jr.
District 36
Brooklyn
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(Right To Know)
Rafael L. Espinal Jr.
District 37
Brooklyn, Queens
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Carlos Menchaca
District 38
Brooklyn
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(Right To Know)
Brad Lander
District 39
Brooklyn
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(Right To Know)
(1) Do you believe that bills with majority support of the City Council should receive a floor vote? I support (and helped to author) the Council's current rule, adopted in 2014, that bills with super-majority support should automatically be heard in committee. And I support the right of Members to insist on a vote, either in committee through Sponsor's Privilege, or on the floor through Discharge (I have signed Discharge Petitions in the past, and am glad to have the right to do so again in the future). However, I believe that a rule that automatically forced all bills with majority co-sponsorship to a floor vote would not help the Council engage in the deliberative process that makes for good legislation. There are too many bills that receive majority co-sponsorship without rigorous attention. Members rely on a deliberative process, which I believe would be undermined by the automatic nature and time constraints of the proposal.(2) Do you support Common Cause/NY’s proposed procedural solution to the majority bill issue, as outlined above? No (3) Do you believe that the Right to Know Act deserves to receive a vote this session? I support the Right to Know Act, and believe it should receive a floor vote this session.
Mathieu Eugene
District 40
Brooklyn
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(Right To Know)
Darlene Mealy
District 41
Brooklyn
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(Right To Know)
Inez Barron
District 42
Brooklyn
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(Right To Know)
(1) Do you believe that bills with majority support of the City Council should receive a floor vote? Yes (2) Do you support Common Cause/NY’s proposed procedural solution to the majority bill issue, as outlined above? No not in it’s entirety. While I believe that bills which have a majority of 50% of Council Members signed on as co-sponsors, I don’t think a hearing should be heard in 60 days. I would extend that to within 90 days as the Chair of the committee might have important topics scheduled to be heard and this might interfere in the timing. If they are willing to schedule the hearing sooner than that would be welcomed and encouraged. (3) Do you believe that the Right to Know Act deserves to receive a vote this session? Yes
Vincent Gentile
District 43
Brooklyn
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(Right To Know)
David G. Greenfield
District 44
Brooklyn
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Jumaane D. Williams
District 45
Brooklyn
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Alan N. Maisel
District 46
Brooklyn
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Mark Treyger
District 47
Brooklyn
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Chaim M. Deutsch
District 48
Brooklyn
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Deborah Rose
District 49
Staten Island
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Steven Matteo
District 50
Staten Island
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Joseph Borelli
District 51
Staten Island
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