In 2008, New York City Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley became the first Democrat and first woman elected to represent City Council District 30, covering the Queens neighborhoods of Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Woodside and Woodhaven. Since taking office, she has served as the Chair of the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services, which oversees the Fire Department, Department of Correction, Department of Probation, and the Office of Emergency Management. From March 2014 to 2016, Council Member Crowley served as co-chair of the Council’s Women’s Caucus.
As Chair of the Fire and Criminal Justice Services Committee, Council Member Crowley is a powerful voice against cuts to uniformed personnel, and led a citywide effort to save firehouses and improve the city’s 911 call-taking system. She additionally spearheaded the push on the administration to increase tours of Emergency Medical Services at a time when emergency medical calls and response times were higher than ever before.
In an effort to reform the Department of Correction, the Council Member sponsored legislation to reform the city’s criminal justice system and has worked to decrease the culture of violence in city jails. Additionally, she for years has called on the mayor’s administration to remove 16- and 17-year-olds from Rikers Island, and believes more education and job opportunities must be available for at-risk youth. READ MORE
- Committee on Civil Service and Labor
- Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries, and International Intergroup Relations
- Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services (Chair)
- Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services
- Committee on Women’s Issues