District 45 - Council Member - Democrat
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Jumaane D. Williams

Jumaane D. Williams

District 45 - Council Member - Democrat
Chair - Committee on Housing and Buildings
Entered City Council: 01/01/2010
Re-elected: 11/05/2013
Represents: Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, parts of Midwood and Canarsie
Council Member Williams is co-chair of the Gun Violence Task Force, a member of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus and a founding member of the Progressive Caucus.

Background Information

New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) represents the people of the 45th Council District in Brooklyn, having originally been elected in 2009, and re-elected in 2013. Williams serves as Deputy Leader of the New York City Council, and chair of the council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings. Williams is co-chair of the council’s Task Force to Combat Gun Violence, a co-founding member of the Progressive Caucus, and a member of the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus.

Council Member Williams, is a first-generation Brooklynite of West Indian parentage and a proud product of our city’s public school system, including the Philippa Schuyler Middle School for the Gifted and Talented and Brooklyn Technical High School. It was while earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Brooklyn College that Jumaane realized civic engagement and community empowerment would be his professional focus. He received a Master’s Degree, also from Brooklyn College, in Urban Policy and Administration. While there, he served as Graduate Student Body President.

Immediately after college, Jumaane was hired as the assistant director for the Greater Flatbush Beacon School where he provided leadership for its first successful summer. Subsequently, he became the interim executive director of East Flatbush Community Development Corporation. As a community organizer, Jumaane worked in the buildings of Vanderveer Estates, now known as Flatbush Gardens, and successfully secured city funding for a new youth program. He continued fighting for affordable housing as the Housing Director for the Flatbush Development Corporation, where he reconstituted a defunct housing program. Jumaane then became the Executive Director of the New York State Tenants & Neighbors, a statewide organization that stands for tenants’ rights and affordable housing through organizing and advocacy.Read More

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