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 raising the minimum wage, 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 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:

ROBIN WILT

Brighton Town Councilmember
LPNY Organizing Committee Co-Chair

MICHELE HIRSCH

Kingston Alderwoman
LPNY Organizing Committee Co-Chair

DAN AYMAR-BLAIR

Beacon City Councilmember

CARMEN DE LA ROSA

New York City Councilmember

SAM FEIN

Albany County Legislator

BEAU HARBIN

Cortland County Legislator

KORIN KIRK

Bingahmton School Board Member

MARY LUPIEN

Rochester City Councilmember

JEN MECOZZI

Buffalo School Board Member

JAMAICA MILES

Schenectady School Board Member

SANDY NURSE

New York City Councilmember

VERONICA PILLAR

Tompkins County Legislator

Our Statewide Priorities

HOUSING FOR ALL

Local governments across New York 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. 

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.

CLIMATE JUSTICE

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. 

IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

Every person deserves to be met with care and dignity. That means everything from welcoming new arrivals to making sure they have what they need to thrive in New York.

PUBLIC SAFETY

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

Resources and tools

FEATURED NEWS & stories

As local laws fall, NY leaders call for statewide ‘good cause’ eviction legislation

In a letter to state leaders shared exclusively with City & State, dozens of local leaders pushed for the tenant protections.

Local Progress Members Demand New Approach To Transit Funding In New York

15 Local Progress members across New York sent a letter to Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie, advocating for the passage A4120/S1981. The bills would direct the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) by 20% by 2050.
Photo: Josh Katz| The state should no longer design roads where pedestrians are just an afterthought, like this entrance to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

New York Pols Back Gounardes’s Bill to Cut Driving by 20%

For decades, transit planners have widened roads and expanded highways as cities have grown. But these interventions have only increased traffic and worsened pollution. LP members in New York wrote to legislative leaders demanding state DOT take a new approach to planning.
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Over 50 Local Electeds Across New York Demand Good Cause Now

This week, nearly 60 Local Progress members from across New York sent a letter to Governor Hochul, along with legislative leadership in Albany, demanding the passage of Good Cause Eviction protections (S305/A4454). New York’s housing crisis is at a tipping point, with evictions rising in 40 of the state’s 62 counties and average rents across the state ranking among the top ten in the nation.