The first step in communicating with the city government is to know your City Council Member.
The search page for New York City Council Member is: http://council.nyc.gov/html/members/members.shtml
Most City Council work is done in committees. These committees discuss proposed laws, receive updates from agency representatives, and hear feedback from New Yorkers.
The Council has thirty-five standing committees that practice oversight of New York City functions, including human services, infrastructure, and government affairs.
Each committee meets at least once a month and is headed by a Council Member (the Chair). Each Council Member also serves on at least three of our standing committees or subcommittees. Council Members are assigned to committees through a process that the entire Council votes on.
A list of City Council Committees is below:
- Committee on Aging
- Committee on Civil and Human Rights
- Committee on Civil Service and Labor
- Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing
- Committee on Contracts
- Committee on Criminal Justice
- Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries, and International Intergroup Relations
- Committee on Economic Development
- Committee on Education
- Committee on Environmental Protection
- Committee on Finance
- Committee on Fire and Emergency Management
- Committee on For-Hire Vehicles
- Committee on General Welfare
- Committee on Governmental Operations
- Committee on Health
- Committee on Higher Education
- Committee on Hospitals
- Committee on Housing and Buildings
- Committee on Immigration
- Committee on Juvenile Justice
- Committee on Land Use
- Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities, and Addiction
- Committee on Oversight and Investigation
- Committee on Parks and Recreation
- Committee on Public Housing
- Committee on Public Safety
- Committee on Rules, Privileges, and Elections
- Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
- Committee on Small Business
- Committee on Standards and Ethics
- Committee on State and Federal Legislation
- Committee on Technology
- Committee on the Justice System
- Committee on Transportation
- Committee on Veterans
- Committee on Women
- Committee on Youth Services
This page is a general introduction to the New York City Council, its committees, and how its meetings are conducted.
You may also watch the informational video, below.
Information for upcoming and past Committee meetings is available on the Calendar page here.
Links to upcoming meetings show Committe Name, Time and Location of Meeting and Details as they are available.
Note that past Committee meetings also show completed agenda, minutes and video of the event.
The NYC OpenData Portal can be used to search for information, complaints and reports on city agencies and issues of your choice.
As of July 2016, there are over 1,500 data sets currently available on the NYC open data portal, more than any other U.S. City. Data for New York City is published on the NYC OpenData Portal. Curious what's out there? Explore the information below, or check out the catalog yourself!
The screenshot below is a result for a search using the term "youth services."