New York City Council Member I. Daneek Miller is the representative for Council District 27 in Southeast Queens and its communities of Cambria Heights, Hollis, Jamaica, St. Albans, Queens Village, and Springfield Gardens.
Prior to beginning his tenure at the Council in 2014, Daneek was a prominent figure in the labor movement, fighting for both public transit commuters and working families as the President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056.
A student of collective bargaining under the tutelage of transit labor icons such as Roger Toussaint and the late Lawrence Hanley, Daneek achieved victories that preserved the bargaining unit and delivered improved wages, benefits, and services such as paid family leave and health care for transit workers.
As co-chair of the 29 member MTA Labor Coalition that represented over 60,000 workers, Daneek successfully negotiated a first-in-the-nation effort to secure child-care for municipal workers. He is also recognized for his work to restore and enhance the Q27, Q44 and Q77 bus lines, as well as protecting transit riders and workers from assaults.
Since his election to the Council, Daneek has been a leading advocate for the creation of the Long Island Railroad’s ‘Atlantic Ticket’ discount fare for Southeast Queens and East Brooklyn commuters. He has also spearheaded the City’s Community Restoration Fund to buyback distressed mortgages of homes in jeopardy of foreclosure, and overseen the continued residential and commercial revitalization of Downtown Jamaica. At City Hall he has passed legislation to preserve the jobs of retail workers, strengthen commuter van industry regulations, and address unlawful dumping and commercial truck quality-of-life abuses.
The legislative body’s lone practicing Muslim, Council Member Miller is currently the co-chair of the New York City Council Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus, as well as a member of its Progressive Caucus. Since 2014 he has chaired the Committee on Civil Service and Labor.
Daneek’s educational background includes programs at Cornell University’s Institute of Labor Relations, the City University of New York’s Transportation Research Institute at City College and the National Labor College; and among his affiliations are the Southern Queens Park Association, LIFE Camp, Inc., United Black Men of Queens, and the Guy R. Brewer, United for Progress, and Douglass-King Democratic Clubs.