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Council Member Jumaane D. Williams represents the 45th Council District, which covers Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, and parts of Midwood and Canarsie. He is the chair of the Oversight and Investigations Committee and the Co-Vice Chair of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus. He was first elected to office in 2009.

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(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 6:16 PM

A year ago this past Friday, Eric Garner was strangled to death for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. He was unarmed, non-violent, and standing on a sidewalk in broad daylight. He pleaded with his attacker to loosen his grip, saying repeatedly - 11 times, in fact - that he could not...

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In Light of Michael Brown, We Must Connect the Dots

(15) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 10:03 AM

First and foremost, my continued prayers for peace and comfort go to the family and friends of Michael Brown, as well as the parents of every child our nation has lost due to gun violence. As we learned about the grand jury's decision last night, the results for most of...

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Treat Gun Violence Crisis With Same Urgency as Ebola Scare

(4) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 6:39 PM

It pains me to hear the news that so many New Yorkers were shot -- some fatally -- within recent days. My prayers for comfort, peace and healing are with the family of each of the victims of these horrific incidents. I'm also curious about the national response to Ebola...

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A Network Dedicated to Ending Gun Violence in Our Communities

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 9:33 AM

Historically, as temperatures rise, gun violence follows. Although we don't have to accept this as inevitable, that claim remains true in many areas of our city this year. So far, gun violence is up 8 percent, with 611 people shot within the five boroughs. Cities across the nation struggle with...

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What the Mayor's Housing Plan Should Include and Why

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 2:37 PM

The word "affordable housing" is virtually meaningless to the vast majority of New Yorkers. In the past 10 years, rent has increased at twice the rate of household incomes citywide. The number of rent-regulated apartments continues to vanish, while most new housing construction has been geared towards wealthier New Yorkers....

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Public Safety for All?

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 2:09 PM

Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave an address to the senior NYPD brass that was billed to be about public safety. Unfortunately, he did not offer New Yorkers a speech on public safety, at least not public safety for all. Instead, he gave us a glimpse into a room at One...

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A Good Start

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 10:55 AM

Today, the New York State Legislature made a good start in tackling the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our communities. I want to thank Governor Cuomo who has championed this and the members of the Assembly and State Senate who voted for its passage. The urgency expressed in this effort...

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An Open Letter to Occupy Wall Street

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 4:02 PM

Dear Occupy Wall Street (OWS),

Hope you enjoyed a well-deserved anniversary!

I have been a supporter of yours since the early days. In fact, I was the first elected official to publicly support the movement. In that vein, please accept this letter in the...

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NYPD's Stop and Frisk Practice Needs Reform

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 12:00 PM

Stop, question and frisk is an acceptable policing tool, as the Supreme Court held in Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968). That is not the question at hand, despite how many have attempted to frame the debate in that way. Indeed, the question is whether the NYPD's...

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My Response to the State of the City

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2012 | 4:42 PM

There are some aspects of Mayor Bloomberg's State of the City address which resonated with me and correspond with the needs of our community, but on other aspects he either fell short or chose to completely ignore key issues.

By far, the biggest problem I had with this...

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Mayor Bloomberg's Cowardice and Occupy Wall Street

(16) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 6:25 PM

Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD acted with cowardice by trying to use the cloak of night, while people slept, as a shield from the highly questionable tactics they engaged in during their raid on Zuccotti Park. I deeply appreciate the concerns of the surrounding community, including issues of health and...

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A Call to Action: Support Occupy Wall Street

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 12:09 PM

When I first made the decision to visit the Occupy Wall Street encampment, I was skeptical. What was this movement really saying? Could real change result from this protest? I walked down to Zuccotti Park with no real sense of what to expect.

Many are criticizing the fact that the...

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The Human Price of Our Budget

(5) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 10:14 AM

Summertime in Brooklyn should be a carefree time, a time for rest and relaxation with family and friends. Tragically, it has become a season of bloodshed for too many of our young people, and fun has been replaced with funerals for young people like Dequan Mercurius, a fifteen-year old fatally...

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Tenants' Rights Are Human Rights: A Response to Critics' Misrepresentation of Rent Regulation

(4) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 12:21 PM

It is indeed a privilege to live in the greatest city in the world. As a lifelong Brooklynite and a former community organizer, I know this from living and working with the diverse men and women that make up the fabric of New York City.

At the same time, it...

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