District 23 - Council Member - Democrat
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Mark Weprin

Mark Weprin

District 23 - Council Member - Democrat
Mark Weprin was elected to the New York City Council in 2010, as the representative for District 23, covering Bayside Hills, Bellerose, Douglaston, Floral Park, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Hollis Hills, Hollis Park Gardens, Holliswood, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, Oakland Gardens, and Queens Village.

Background Information

Mark S. Weprin was elected to the New York City Council on November 3, 2009.  Prior to his election to the Council, Mark Weprin represented the 24th Assembly District in the New York State Assembly for fifteen years.  He was elected to the Assembly in a special election in 1994 to fill the seat left vacant by the death of his father, Assembly Speaker Saul Weprin.

In the City Council, Mark Weprin is Chair of Zoning and Franchises; he serves on the Land Use, Education, Economic Development, Oversight & Investigations, and Technology Committees.  During his tenure on the City Council, he authored the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, which strengthened the City’s Human Rights Law with respect to religious practices in the workplace.  For the 2010 census, Council Member Weprin partnered with the United States Census Bureau, chairing a Complete Count Committee.  The committee worked to increase census participation and to address the past undercounting of the Asian community.

As the representative of a community with a large population of cooperative and condominium residents, Mr. Weprin is the founder of the New York City Council Co-op and Condo Caucus.  The caucus draws attention to the unique challenges facing those who live in co-op and condo housing units and advocates for equity in legal status for co-ops and condos.

Mark Weprin is a leader for children and adults with special needs.  In the City Council, he is the lead proponent of the Autism Initiative, which provides much-needed funding for autism services for children and families.  Through his efforts, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) initiated a program of tennis instruction for autistic children.  He was also involved in supporting the National Autism Walkathon in New York and was a creator of the New York Mets Annual Autism Awareness Day.  Mr. Weprin led the fight to save the Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center and has advocated for the rights of the mentally ill.

While serving in the Assembly, Mark Weprin authored sixty-three laws that improved life for all New Yorkers.  He was Chair of the Small Business Committee, and advocated for small business owners.  During his time in the Assembly, Mr. Weprin served on the Standing Committees of Aging, Codes, Education, Insurance, Judiciary, and Ways and Means.  He was one of the state’s leading advocates for open government and the public’s right to be informed of how its government works.  Mr. Weprin was an adjunct professor at Queens College for five years, teaching The Legislative Process.

As a proud father of New York City public school students, Mark Weprin deals with real issues in our public schools every day.  He knows what our children need to succeed in school.  Mr. Weprin is an outspoken critic of the extreme emphasis on standardized testing and the overreliance on test preparation in City schools.  He believes that every City school should provide a supportive environment, a wide range of engaging experiences, and access to the rich cultural offerings of New York City.  Mark Weprin has said that schools and teachers should not be evaluated solely on the basis of standardized test scores.  Additionally, he has been combating the disturbing trend of cyberbullying among our youth.  Council Member Weprin wrote a law that facilitates instruction on bias-related harassment.

Mark Weprin has received statewide acclaim for his work on behalf of our seniors.  He championed increased funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Social Adult Day Care, Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Program, and Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Program.  He also held hearings to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS in the elderly population. Mark Weprin won the battle to get the MTA to extend Access-A-Ride service into Nassau County.

On issues affecting our environment, Mr. Weprin has long been a prominent supporter.  He was the highest scoring New York State Legislator in a survey by Environmental Advocates, a non-partisan group that monitors the environmental voting records of New York lawmakers.

Before he was elected to public office, Mark Weprin was an associate with the law firm of Shea & Gould in Manhattan, representing labor unions and their members.  Prior to attending law school, he worked in the office of former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch as a legislative representative for the City of New York.  Before joining the Koch administration, Mark Weprin was an account executive in public relations and marketing.

Mr. Weprin received his undergraduate degree in Communications from the State University of New York at Albany, where he was selected to give the student commencement address. He received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.  Mark Weprin resides in Queens with his wife Jennifer and their three children.