Council Member Barry S. Grodenchik represents the twenty-third council district in Eastern Queens; he was elected to the council in November 2015. During his first year in the council, Barry successfully advocated for sixteen million dollars in funding for emergency food assistance and helped lead the fight against an ill-conceived co-location proposal, which was ultimately withdrawn, for Intermediate School 109Q in Queens Village. Barry has partnered with Assemblymember Andrew D. Hevesi and Council Member Stephen Levin to push for home stability support, a new statewide rent supplement for families and individuals facing eviction, homelessness, or loss of housing. In cooperation with other local elected officials and community leaders, Barry helped secure funding in the city budget for a new precinct, the 116th, to serve southeast Queens and alleviate pressure on the overburdened and geographically extensive 105th Precinct; the announcement came after forty years of community and political activism on the issue.
A lifelong Queens resident, Barry grew up in NYCHA’s Pomonok Houses in Flushing, where he developed a deep understanding of the concerns that working and middle class families face in New York. Barry attended Queens public schools before earning his degree in Economics and History at Binghamton University. READ MORE