Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The 21 New City Council Members

  As of today there are 21 new City Council members who will have a limit of two terms or 8 years to serve their constituents should they get re-elected in 2017. There are 17 men and 4 women, and they are listed in alphabetical order.
  17 of the 21 new council members have replaced 17 council members who have been "term limited" out of office. Only 1 defeated an incumbent council member.

1 - Inez Barrons. District 42 Brooklyn. She takes over for her "term limited" husband Charles who will be running for her vacant assembly seat, and wants to continue in her husbands legacy in the council.

2 - Andrew Cohen. District 11 Bronx. Readers of this blog and my column in the Bronx News should be familiar with Mr. Cohen who takes over for "term limited" Oliver Koppell, and Cohen is looking to get his new office up and running so he can serve his constituents.

3 - Costa Constantinides. District 22 Queens. Succeeded "term limited" Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. He was the Deputy chief of staff, to Councilman James Gennaro of District 24 who was also "term limited" out of office. 

4-  Robert Cornegy Jr. District 36 Brooklyn. Succeeded "term Limited" Councilman Al Vann. He was the District Leader of the 56th Assembly District in Brooklyn, and at 6'10" played college basketball at St. Johns and the University of Alabama.

5- Laurie Cumbo. District 35 Brooklyn. Succeeded Letitia James who went on to become the Public Advocate of the city.

6 - Chaim Deutsch. District 48 Brooklyn. Succeeded "term limited" Councilman Michael Nelson, and was on the staff of Councilman Nelson.

7 - Raphael Espinal. District 37 Brooklyn. Succeeded "term limited" Councilman Erik Martin Dilan, and was the assemblyman from the 54th Assembly district in Brooklyn.

8 - Vanessa Gibson. 16th District Bronx. Succeeded "term limited" Councilwoman Helen Diane Foster, and was the assemblywoman from the 77th Assembly District in the Bronx.

9 - Corey Johnson. District 3 Manhattan. Succeeded "term limited" former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and was the Chair of Community Board #4 in Manhattan.

10 - Ben Kallos. District 5 Manhattan. Succeeded Councilwoman Jessica Lappin who ran for the vacant seat of Manhattan Borough President. He ran against Micah Kellner for the council seat and won.

11 - Rory Lancman. District 24 Queens. Succeeded "term limited" Councilman James F. Gennaro, and was a member of the state assembly for 6 years from the 25th assembly district.

12 - Mark Levine - District 7 Manhattan. Succeeded "term limited" Councilman Robert Jackson, and was the District Leader from the 71st assembly district.

13 - Alan Maisel. District 46 Brooklyn.  Succeeded :"term limited" Councilman Lew Fidler, and was also a former state assemblyman from the 59th assembly district in Brooklyn.

14 - Steven Matteo. District 50 Staten Island. Succeeded "term limited" Councilman James Oddo who became Staten Island Borough President. Matteo was Oddo's Chief of Staff.

15 - Carlos Menchaca. District 38 Brooklyn. Defeated incumbent Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez in the Democratic primary, and went on to win in the general election. First council member of Mexican heritage.

16 -  Daneek Miller. District 27 Queens. Succeeded "term limited" Councilman Leroy Comrie, and was the President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056 and co-chair of the MTA Labor Coalition.

17 - Antonio Reynoso. District 34 Queens. Succeeded "term limited" Councilwoman Diana Reyna, and was her Chief of Staff from 2009. 

18 - Helen Rosenthal. District 6 Manhattan. Succeeded "term limited" Councilwoman Gale Brewer who was elected as Manhattan Borough President. Rosenthal was Chair of Manhattan Community Board #7.

19 - Ritchie Torres. District 15 Bronx. Succeeded "term limited" Councilman Joel Rivera, and served as housing director and chief of staff for Bronx Councilman Jimmy Vacca. 

20 - Mark Treyger. District 47 Brooklyn. Succeeded "term-limited" Councilman Domenic Recchia, and worked for Assemblyman William Colton.

21 - Paul Vallone. District 19 Queens. Succeeded former Councilman Dan Halloran who did not run for re-election amid federal corruption charges. Vallone's father Peter was council Speaker from 1986 to 2001.


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