Where Does Your Council Member Stand On Your Right to Know?

The Right To Know Act is a legislative package that aims to protect the civil and human rights of New Yorkers while promoting communication, transparency and accountability in everyday interactions between the NYPD and the public. New Yorkers want to live in a safe city where the police treat all residents with dignity and respect, and where police are not considered to be above the law. 

Does your New York City Council Member support the legislation?

_BKNAACP__RightToKnowAct.pngThe Right To Know Act includes the following legislation:

Requiring NYPD officers to identify themselves to the public and explain the reason for the interaction (Intro 182)
New Yorkers should have the right to know the identity of police officers that interact with them, and the reason for law enforcement activity that prompts those interactions. Intro 182 would:

  • Require officers to identify themselves and provide the officer's name, rank, command and a phone number for the Civilian Complaint Review Board at the end of police encounters that do not result in an arrest or summons.
  • Require officers to provide the specific reason for their law enforcement activity (e.g. vehicle search, stop-and-frisk)

Protecting New Yorkers against unconstitutional searches (Intro 541)
New Yorkers should have the right to know that under the US constitution, searches without any legal basis (such as probable cause or a warrant) do not have to be agreed to, and they should have the assurance that this right will be respected and upheld by police. Intro 541 would:

  • End the practice of the NYPD deceiving New Yorkers into consenting to unnecessary and unjustified searches
  • Require officers to explain that a person has the right to refuse a search when there is no legal justification for a search
  • Require officers to obtain objective proof that an individual gave informed and voluntary consent to a search, when there is no legal justification for the search


Does your Council Member support the Right to Know Act? (not sure who represents you, click here)

Council Member District/Neighborhoods Intro 182 Intro 541 Contact Information
Stephen T. Levin    Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, Fulton Ferry, Greenpoint, Vinegar Hill, Williamsburg.  YES  YES

District: 718-875-5200
City Hall: 212-788-7348
Twitter: @StephenLevin33
Email: slevin@council.nyc.gov

Antonio Reynoso Williamsburg, Bushwick, Ridgewood YES 


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District: 718-963-3141
City Hall:
Twitter: @CMReynoso34
Email: areynoso@council.nyc.gov

Laurie A. Cumbo Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant YES  YES 

District: 718-260-9191
City Hall: 212-788-7081
Twitter: @cmlauriecumbo
Email: LCumbo@council.nyc.gov

Robert E. Cornegy Jr. Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Weeksville. YES   YES

District: 718-919-0740
City Hall: 212-788-7354
Twitter: @RobertCornegyJr
Email: RCornegy@council.nyc.gov

Rafael L. Espinal Jr. Cypress Hills, Bushwick, City Line, Ocean Hill, Brownsville, East New York YES   YES

District: 718-642-8664
City Hall: 212-788-7284
Twitter: @RLEspinal
Email: REspinal@council.nyc.gov

Carlos Menchaca Red Hook, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace. YES  YES 

District: 718-439-9012
City Hall: 212-788-7372
Twitter: @cmenchaca
Email: info38@council.nyc.gov

Brad Lander Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Kensington YES   YES

District: 718-499-1090
City Hall: 212-788-6969
Twitter: @bradlander
Email: lander@council.nyc.gov

Mathieu Eugene Ditmas Park, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Prospect Park South. YES   YES

District: 718-287-8762
City Hall: 212-788-7352
Twitter: @CMMathieuEugene
Email: mathieu.eugene@council.nyc.gov

Darlene Mealy Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill-Brownsville, East Flatbush, Crown Heights YES   YES

District: 718-953-3097
City Hall: 212-788-7387
Twitter: @CMDarleneMealy

Inez Barron East New York, New Lots, Remsen Village, Spring Creek, Starrett City. YES  YES 

District: 718-649-9495
City Hall: 212-788-6957
Twitter: N/A

Vincent Gentile Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Fort Hamilton  NO  NO

District: 718-748-5200
City Hall: 212-788-7363
Twitter: @VGentile43
Email: vgentile@council.nyc.gov

David G. Greenfield Borough Park, Midwood, Ocean Parkway.  NO NO 

District: 718-853-2704
City Hall: 718-853-2704
Twitter: @NYCGreenfield
Email: dgreenfield@council.nyc.gov

Jumaane D. Williams Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, Midwood, Canarsie  YES  YES

District: 718-629-2900
City Hall: 212-788-6859
Twitter: @JumaaneWilliams
Email: JWilliams@council.nyc.gov

Alan N. Maisel Bergen Beach, Canarsie, Flatlands, Georgetown, Gerritsen Beach, Marine Park, Mill Basin, Mill Island, Sheepshead Bay NO  NO 

District: 718-241-9330
City Hall: 212-788-7286
Twitter: N/A
Email: AMaisel@council.nyc.gov

Mark Treyger Bensonhurst, Coney Island, Gravesend, Sea Gate YES   NO

District: 718-373-9673/718-307-7151
City Hall: 212-788-7045
Twitter: @MarkTreyger
Email: MTreyger@council.nyc.gov

Chaim M. Deutsch Brighton Beach, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, Manhattan Terrace, Sheepshead Bay. NO  NO 

District: 718-368-9176
City Hall: 212-788-7360
Twitter: @ChaimDeutsch
Email: cdeutsch@council.nyc.gov

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