Council Member Darlene Mealy has been a proven voice of the community. For more than a decade, she has worked for the well-being of working families, women, seniors, and the youth of New York City Council District 41. Her passion for the people of her district is displayed through her focus on legislation that reflects core community values which include: equality, fairness and non-discrimination in the workplace.
Local Law 33 of 2015, authored by Council Member Mealy, entrusted the NYC Commission on Human Rights with pursuing employment discrimination investigations. This law ensured that constituents seeking jobs across the city truly have a fair shot during the job application process. In conjunction with Local Law 33, Mealy also authored Local Law 29 of 2015, which ensures that the Commission on Human Rights regularly reports its work combating unlawful discriminatory practices.
As the former Chair of the Committee on Contracts, Mealy used her power over the City’s annual multi-billion dollar contracting budget to lift up Minority and Women-owned Businesses (MWBEs). She contributed to the passing of Local Law 1 of 2013, a pivotal MWBE legislation that helped underpin the MWBE program that the city still offers today. Her leadership has been prominent in later New York State and City Council legislation that adjusted procurement rules to allow for MWBEs to have real pathways to secure government contracts. Focusing on the challenges MWBEs has face ensures that small businesses across New York City, and in District 41, realize opportunities to secure the stability and growth that a city contract secures.
Using her expertise in navigating the city’s departments, Council Member Mealy secured a roster of results for her community. From Housing Preservation and Development, and the Department of Buildings to the Department for the Aging and the Department of Youth and Community Development, Mealy has worked directly with the alphabet soup of City agencies that make decisions that impact daily lives of local constituents. The number of community resources that include the placements of senior programs, community workshops, funding for community-based organizations have all benefitted from her guidance and experience.
Council Member Mealy is truly BACK and BETTER THAN EVER.