Council Member Jessica Lappin, Chair of the Aging Committee, was elected to the City Council in November 2005 and re-elected in 2009. She represents the 5th District of Manhattan, which includes the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island. Praised by the New York Times for her "steely resolve, dedication and energy," Lappin is recognized as a strong advocate for seniors, education reform, affordable housing, and equal rights for all New Yorkers.