Helen Rosenthal represents the Upper West Side in the New York City Council. She is a leading voice on issues of accessibility, civic engagement, affordable housing, pedestrian safety, the environment, and adequate funding for social service providers. Elected to the City Council in 2013, Helen’s vote total in the general election was the highest of any candidate running for City Council in New York City.
As Chair of the Contracts Committee, Helen is fighting for more funding for social service nonprofit service providers, which are chronically shortchanged. Many nonprofit providers struggle financially because government at all levels pay late and inadequately for the services. These nonprofits provide essential services like job training, early childhood education, and services for seniors, teens, and people with disabilities. Investing in these nonprofits create better jobs for the over 200,000 New Yorkers in this sector and better service for the 2.5 million New Yorkers served by it.
Helen serves on the following Committees: Finance; Housing and Buildings; Education; Cultural Affairs, Libraries, and Intergroup Relations; and Oversight and Investigations. She is also a member of the Council’s 12-member Budget Negotiating Team (BNT) and a Co-Chair of the Women’s Caucus.