Progressive Caucus Alliance
The Progressive Caucus Alliance (aka “Progressive NYC”) is the political arm of the New York City Council's Progressive Caucus. We work together to elect progressive champions to the City Council, and to build a more just and equal NYC. The following Council Members are members of Progressive Caucus Alliance. Please note that endorsements by the PCA do not imply endorsements by each individual member.
Council Member Brad Lander,
Brad Lander is a New York City Council Member representing Brooklyn’s 39th District. A leader on issues of affordable housing, livable communities, the environment, and public education, Lander was the founding co-chair of the Council’s Progressive Caucus. Brad has fought successfully to reform discriminatory practices in the NYPD, win living wage jobs and paid sick days for low-wage employees, protect workers in the “gig economy” and bring climate-change responsive policies to NYC. Brad was also one of the first councilmembers to bring participatory budgeting to NYC. Brad is a founding board member and current board chair of Local Progress, a national network of progressive municipal elected officials. Brad lives in Park Slope with his wife, Meg Barnette, Chief of Staff at Planned Parenthood NYC, and their children, Marek and Rosa.
Council Member Carlos Menchaca,
Carlos Menchaca was elected to the New York City Council in 2013, as the representative for District 38. Menchaca is the first Mexican American elected to public office in New York City. The first in his family to graduate from college, Menchaca’s early experiences in political activism led him to New York to join the Coro Fellows Program. As a council member, Menchaca introduced participatory budgeting in Sunset Park. As Chair of the Committee on Immigration and member of the LGBT Caucus, Menchaca sponsored the 2015 launch of IDNYC, a municipal identification card offered to New Yorkers and undocumented immigrants. Councilman Menchaca also serves on the committees for Recovery & Resiliency, Small Business, Standards & Ethics, General Welfare, and Transportation.
Council Member Ben Kallos,
Ben Kallos is a third generation Upper East Sider who represents Manhattan’s District 5. Born and raised in the neighborhood, he attended New York public schools and went on to become Executive Director of a leading good government group, a public interest lawyer, an entrepreneur and former Chief of Staff to a local Assembly Member. In City Council, Kallos has become a leading advocate for education, affordable housing, public health, sustainable development and transportation improvements and safety.
Council Member Antonio Reynoso,
Antonio Reynoso represents the 34th district in Brooklyn, where he aims to create an environment conducive to a better quality of life for his constituents. During his first term, Antonio has proactively tackled the most pressing issue affecting his constituency by developing housing task forces in North Brooklyn and Ridgewood. His implementation of the Housing Task Forces brings tenant organizers together with City agencies to address buildings where residents are threatened with displacement. With this he hopes to discourage landlords from displacing tenants, and therefore preserving affordable housing.
Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland
Julissa Ferreras-Copeland has represented the 21st District in the New York City Council since first elected in 2009. Her story is a quintessentially New York story - a working-class upbringing in a strong family with immigrant parents, hard work and education as the means to achieve prosperity, and a conviction that public service is a noble endeavor. In 2013, Ferreras-Copeland was elevated by her colleagues to serve as the chair of the Finance Committee, the council’s most powerful committee, with oversight over the city’s $82 Billion dollar budget and taxing authority. She is the first woman and first person of color to chair the Finance Committee.
Council Member Corey Johnson
Corey Johnson represents District 3 in the Manhattan, which covers the neighborhoods of Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, the West Village, and parts of Flatiron, SoHo and the Upper West Side. Johnson has passed legislation to protect seniors, expand civil rights, enhance public health and safeguard the welfare of animals, and established a reputation as a fierce advocate for his constituents. Chair of the Council’s Committee on Health, Corey also serves on the Contracts, Finance, General Welfare, Waterfronts and Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services committees. Corey is Co-Chair of the Manhattan Delegation to the City Council with Council Member Margaret Chin and serves as Facilitator for the LGBT Caucus.
Council Member Stephen Levin
Stephen Levin was elected in 2009 to represent Brooklyn’s District 33 in the New York City Council, which includes the diverse communities of Greenpoint, parts of Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill and parts of Park Slope. During his first term in the City Council, Stephen has proven to be a leader on education and early childhood issues, and an advocate for increased open space in our communities and transportation safety initiatives. Stephen has passed legislation requiring the City to notify families and teachers about PCB contamination, a first-in-the-nation ban on the use of fracking and oil drilling waste byproducts, and required reporting to ensure first responders receive life-saving CPR and AED training. Council Member Levin serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions, and is a member of the Progressive Caucus.
Council Member Mark Levine
Mark Levine is a New York City Councilmember representing the 7th District in Northern Manhattan. He is a progressive policy leader on housing, education, economic justice, transportation, and environmentalism, and has been a strong advocate for addressing inequality in New York City. Levine has fought for safer streets, faster bus service, better schools, cleaner parks, more affordable housing, legal representation for all tenants in housing court, and development which fits the scale and context of the neighborhood. He chairs the City Council’s Committee on Parks and Recreation, and serves as the chair of the City Council’s Jewish Caucus. Levine is Vice Chair of the Progressive Caucus Alliance. He resides with his wife and their two sons in Washington Heights.
Council Member Donovan Richards
Donovan Richards, a lifelong resident of Southeast Queens and the Rockaways, represents District 31 in Queens. Richards grew up Southeast Queens and the Rockaways, and became active in local politics to combat gun violence in his community. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, he has helped to lead the effort to provide disaster relief in the Rockaways and Southeast Queens. Richards secured more than $1.5 billion to help fill the enormous sewer infrastructure hole in Southeast Queens as the chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection. As the chair of Zoning and Franchises, Richards helped negotiate a stronger, more inclusive affordable housing plan and made history when the Council passed the most aggressive affordable housing policy in the nation.
Council Member Ritchie Torres
Ritchie Torres is the youngest member of the City Council, representing the 15th Council District in the Central Bronx. He is a Deputy Leader of the City Council, making him the only Freshman Council Member to hold a leadership position. As Chair of the Council’s Committee on Public Housing, Torres oversees the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) the largest provider of affordable housing in the country. He has introduced and enacted legislation on a wide range of issues including expanding job opportunities for public housing residents; protecting the City’s affordable housing stock; improving mental health resources for the LGBT community; and establishing work standards for industrial laundromats. Torres is a leading voice on issues related to affordable and public housing, police reform, school integration and youth civic engagement.
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer
Jimmy Van Bramer, a lifelong resident of Western Queens, was elected to the New York City Council in 2009, and elected as Majority Leader of the New York City Council in 2015 – the second highest ranking member in the 51 member body. In 2013, as an active member of the New York City Council’s budget negotiating team, he helped secure $106 million for capital funding projects that will continue to help our City remain a world-class destination. During his first term as Chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee, Bramer fought hard to restore over $575 million for our City’s libraries and the arts. Council Member Van Bramer also plays a key role is working with all members of the City Council, serving as a bridge between colleagues and the Speaker.
Council Member Jumaane D. Williams
Jumaane D. Williams is a first-generation Brooklynite of West Indian parentage representing the 45th Council District in Brooklyn. Williams currently serves as Deputy Leader of the New York City Council, and chair of the council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings. He is also co-chair of the Council’s Task Force to Combat Gun Violence, and a founding member of the Progressive Caucus, and is a member of the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus. Council Member Williams is an advocate for affordable housing, anti-gun violence measures, fair policing, equity, and social justice. His major successes as Council Member include; the Community Safety Act, which created the Office of Inspector General for the New York Police Department, the Fair Chance Act and co-chairing the taskforce, which created New York’s Crisis Management System and Cure Violence Groups to combat gun violence.