AT A GLANCE

Local Progress New York (LPNY) organizes local elected officials across the state to share best practices and policy solutions across our counties, cities, towns, and villages. Since becoming an official state chapter in 2018, we have united local officials in advocacy to support the Fight for $15, progressive taxation, and automatic voter registration at the state level.

LPNY currently has 211 members across the state, representing 85 jurisdictions.

Our Work & Priorities

Each year, we outline a multi-issue agenda to advance state and  local policies, coordinate trans-local campaigns, and inform advocacy at the state level.

Our key issue areas include housing, community safety, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice.

Organizing Committee

As a member-led network, our state work is led by an incredible state organizing committee – a group of LPNY members that meet regularly to weigh in on policy priorities, propose statewide campaigns, and drive the strategic vision for our work:

Co-chairs:

  • Robin Wilt, Brighton Town Councilmember
  • Jen Mecozzi, Buffalo School Board Member
 
Members:
  • Dan Aymar-Blair, Beacon City Councilmember
  • Carmen De La Rosa, New York City City Councilmember
  • Tara N. Gaston, Saratoga County Supervisor
  • Michele Hirsch, Kingston Alder
  • Korin Kirk, Bingahmton School Board Member
  • Mary Lupien, Rochester City Councilmember
  • Sandy Nurse, New York City Councilmember

Our Statewide Priorities

HOUSING

Local governments across NY have been working to meet the needs of their residents and stabilize communities by expanding renter protections like good cause eviction and right to counsel. 

COMMUNITY SAFETY

In New York, we can build real safety by investing in community needs, violence prevention strategies, and alternative response programs.

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

Economic justice policies are necessary to ensure that every New Yorker has the opportunity to live and thrive. That includes worker protections, universal childcare, public power and public banking.

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE

From clean water to recycling and solar power, local governments must take action locally and at the state level in building climate justice for our communities. 

Resources and tools

FEATURED NEWS & stories

Standing in solidarity with Buffalo, NY

A white supremacist invaded our city and killed 10 people in a murderous rampage that was rooted in and emflamed by white supremacy and anti-Blackness.

The Network Download: Abortion rights, worker protections, and more. | Sept 2022

Here’s a look at some of what’s happening across the Local Progress network this month.

The State Download: What LPNY Has Been Up To

Our Summer 2022 edition of our LPNY newsletter, which includes a summary of the state legislative session, info about some upcoming regional housing strategy sessions, and a spotlight of one of our LPNY members!

New York Can Lead in Reimagining Public Safety. Here’s How.

Reimagining public safety means reorienting ourselves to community needs and community-led safety solutions. In short, public safety is a matter of investment.