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Last updated August 25, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.


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Guide to Giving City Council Testimony

Members of the public can sign up to testify at virtual public hearings via Zoom Web and/or via Phone at least 24 hours in advance of hearing. Written testimony may be submitted up to 72 hours after the hearing has been adjourned.

For questions about accessibility or to request additional accommodations please contact EEO Officer at EEOOfficer@council.nyc.gov or call (212) 788-6936 at least three (3) business days before the hearing.

If you need non-English language interpretation, please email translationservice@council.nyc.gov, at least five (5) business days before the hearing. Please include the following information in your email:

  • Name and date of the hearing
  • Your full name, telephone number, and email address

For all other questions about hearings, email hearings@council.nyc.gov.
 

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How to Register to Give City Council Testimony

  • Visit https://council.nyc.gov/testify/ to register 
  • Choose a required field on how you chose to give testimony 
  • A contact information form will appear including options to select which hearing you plan to testify at, subject of the hearing and whether you are representing an organization or yourself. 
  • Uploading written testimony. You do not have to upload written testimony to register. You can leave this blank. You can upload written testimony at a later time (up to 72 hours after the hearing. Only DOC, DOCX or PDF Files are accepted. 
  • Hit Send Button to Submit 

How City Council Reviews Testimony

  • The Council meticulously reviews all oral and written testimony and often reviews the hearing video. 
  • Testimony is also public and can be reviewed by anyone for any hearing.
  • For future reference, if you search on the hearing site (https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx), you can choose a committee by choosing "Committee on Cultural Affairs (...)" from the drop down box in the upper-middle part of the page.
  • You'll find a list of dates and topics pop up. If you click on blue text that says "Meeting Details" for a specific date, such as 4/20, it'll bring you to the hearing materials. Sometimes you need to click on a link with a code that will look like T2020 [and has 4 digits] to get to the final hearing page, but there you'll find links (in blue, in the middle of the page) leading to the committee report, testimony, transcript and video from each hearing.  

 

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