District 31 - Council Member - Democrat
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Council Member Richards

Donovan Richards Jr.

District 31 - Council Member - Democrat Chair - Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises

The 31st Council District encompasses the communities of Laurelton, Rosedale, parts of Springfield Gardens, Bayswater, Hammels, Arverne, Edgemere, and Far Rockaway.

Appointed by Special Election: 3/13/13
Current Term Ending: 12/31/17

Greetings from CounCil Member Donovan Richards

First and foremost, I would like to thank you for sending us back to City Hall after 3 gruesome elections last year. What doesn’t kill us surely makes us stronger. This year is gearing up to be one of my most exciting years of public service. The election of Mayor Bill de Blasio and my vote to help catapult Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito into position as leader the New York City Council has reshaped NY politics for years to come. For far too long our government has not done enough to ensure that the low-income and middle class residents of our city could prosper. Instead, it seemed as if New York found tax-breaks and subsidies for millionaires far more important than ensuring our children access to Universal Pre-K. This is why it is imperative that we seize this progressive opportunity to ensure that New York City moves in a different direction, post-Bloomberg era.

I want to be very clear that this will not be a walk in the park. There are special-interest groups who are far more concerned with padding their pockets than seeing everyday New Yorkers succeed. This is why we need you out there with us, beating the drum against inequality and injustice. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”    WE NEED YOU TO STAND WITH US!

As we rebuild post-Hurricane Sandy and improve our infrastructure in Rosedale, Springfield Gardens, and Laurelton, starting with the expansion of our libraries, there’s always more work for us to do. My goals include an additional precinct that encompasses the 105th Precinct vicinity and ensuring that our schools are functioning at a level where our children can succeed. As the new chairman of the council’s Environmental Protection Committee, I am taking the lead on the fight to ensure our quality of life is protected. I will examine the noise, air quality and flood mitigation codes and amend them to better protect our district.

I once again would like to thank you for your support. As we move forward in our 1st official term, my staff and I look forward to serving you! 

Yours truly,
Council Member Donovan Richards