Council Member Keith Powers represents New York City’s District 4, covering the East Side of Manhattan and Midtown, and serves as Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee. Throughout his life, Keith has been committed to his community as a tenant leader, community leader, and working in government.
In 2006, Keith was the tenant organizer for the “Preserve Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village” campaign during the sale of the neighborhood to Tishman Speyer. In this role, Keith worked alongside Council Member Dan Garodnick on his tenant-led bid to purchase the property.
As Chief of Staff to Assembly Member Jonathan Bing, Keith drafted and worked on legislation to:
- Create an Equal Rights Amendment in the New York State Constitution to prevent discrimination based on gender;
- Institute ‘no fault divorce’ in New York State, ending the State’s reputation as the only state in the nation without it;
- Protect Mitchell-Lama and rent stabilized apartments;
- Establish Select Bus Service (SBS) on First and Second Avenues;
- Prevent discrimination based on a tenant’s source of income (e.g. Section 8 vouchers or Social Security Disability Insurance);
- Create a small business grants program for businesses affected by Second Avenue subway construction;