A Lifetime of Activism
Corey Johnson was elected in 2013 with over 86% of the vote to represent District 3 in the New York City Council, which covers Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, the Meatpacking District, the Garment District, Hudson Square, and parts of Flatiron, SoHo and the Upper West Side.
Corey was raised in a union household where his mother, a homeless services provider, and his father, a Teamster, instilled in him the values of community service and political engagement. Corey first came to national attention in 2000 when he became a trailblazer for LGBT youth. As the captain of his high school football team, he took the courageous step of coming out publicly, and kept not only his position of leadership, but also the support of his school and teammates. Corey’s bravery landed him on the front page of the New York Times, and he began telling his story to audiences of young people across the country.
In 2005, Corey joined Community Board 4, where he quickly gained the respect and trust of local leaders for his tireless work ethic and ability to build consensus. Corey volunteered countless hours in the community and worked hard to make Community Board 4 more responsive, organized, and effective. In 2011, after 6 years of service on Community Board 4, Corey was elected Chairperson by his peers, becoming the youngest Community Board Chair in New York City.
In the City Council, Corey has passed more legislation than nearly any other Council Member, focusing on safeguarding tenant rights, enhancing public health, safeguarding the welfare of animals, and more. Whether it’s by addressing discrimination against transgender New Yorkers or by confronting substandard healthcare delivery at Rikers Island, these laws have made a real difference in people’s lives.
Corey is relentless in bringing resources to his constituents and forging consensus on tough issues to achieve long-sought community goals. In Chelsea, he compelled the City to transform a vacant lot into a new public park. In the Village, he successfully negotiated a landmark land-use agreement that provided $114 million to save Hudson River Park’s Pier 40, while creating nearly 500 units of affordable housing. Corey has shown that through perseverance and smart leadership, government and communities can work closely together to achieve true public value.
Corey serves on seven committees and is Chair of the Committee on Health. He is a member of the Council’s LGBT Caucus and Co-Chair of the Manhattan Delegation.
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