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 Council’s Criminal Justice Committee. In his time in office, Keith has introduced and passed legislation relating to the topics of more affordable housing, government reform, and social issues. Throughout his life, Keith has been committed to his community through his work in government, and as both a tenant leader, and a civic leader.
His first bill signed into law in 2018 expanded sexual harassment protections under New York City Human Rights Law to all employees in New York City. Under previous law, employees of small businesses were not protected under city law against sexual harassment.
In August 2018, Council Member Powers helped negotiate a deal between Waterside Plaza and NYC’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to preserve affordable units at Waterside Plaza through the year 2098. The Waterside Tenants Association voted unanimously to support the proposed deal, which comes with groundbreaking tenant protections and rent relief that will ensure existing tenants can remain in the community despite rising rents.
The Council Member also passed landmark legislation that permits the use of campaign funds for certain childcare expenses.