In 2008, New York City Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley became the first Democrat and first woman elected to represent City Council District 30, covering the Queens neighborhoods of Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Woodside and Woodhaven. Since taking office, she has served as the Chair of the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services, which oversees the Fire Department, Department of Correction, Department of Probation, and the Office of Emergency Management. From March 2014 to 2016, Council Member Crowley served as co-chair of the Council’s Women’s Caucus.
As Chair of the Fire and Criminal Justice Services Committee, Council Member Crowley is a powerful voice against cuts to uniformed personnel, and led a citywide effort to save firehouses and improve the city’s 911 call-taking system. She additionally spearheaded the push on the administration to increase tours of Emergency Medical Services at a time when emergency medical calls and response times were higher than ever before.
In an effort to reform the Department of Correction, the Council Member sponsored legislation to reform the city’s criminal justice system and has worked to decrease the culture of violence in city jails. Additionally, she for years has called on the mayor’s administration to remove 16- and 17-year-olds from Rikers Island, and believes more education and job opportunities must be available for at-risk youth.
While serving her two-year term limit as Women’s Caucus co-chair, the Council Member’s work furthered the Caucus as a truly influential voice in the City Council. Elizabeth spearheaded policy changes that address equal pay and equal opportunity in the workplace, and her legislation has pushed for all genders to be welcome in fields from the Fire Department to Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, Council Member Crowley led the successful fight in restoring millions of dollars of women’s healthcare services after the mayor’s administration threatened to make a detrimental budget cut.
Council Member Crowley also sits on the committees on Civil Service and Labor; Community Development; Cultural Affairs and Libraries; Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services; and Women’s Issue.
In City Council District 30, the Council Member has strengthened local infrastructure by improving roads and sewers, securing investments in parks and libraries, building new schools and improving existing ones.
Elizabeth used her city planning experience to work with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to establish the largest historic district in Queens, comprised of three districts in Ridgewood. She also secured landmark status for the Forest Park Carousel in Glendale after a 40-year fight, and is currently a strong presence in the push to make Neir’s Tavern in Woodhaven a true New York City landmark.
Council Member Crowley has worked to enhance her district schools, and recently allocated $2.2 million for 21 Queens schools, allowing each school community to vote on a $100,000 capital project to upgrade their buildings and learning environments. She is additionally a tireless advocate for physical education in all New York City schools, and was proud to see a $20 million commitment from the city to ensure all elementary schools have a certified physical education instructor.
The Council Member has been working to reactivate commuter service along the Long Island Railroad’s Lower Montauk line, aiming to bring a light rail that would run from Jamaica to Long Island City.
Council Member Crowley was born and raised in the district she now represents. She is 14 of 15 children born to Walter and Mary Crowley, who themselves were both dedicated public servants. She most enjoys the time she spends with her sons, Dennis and Owen, who graduated from local public schools and both attend college and New York. Elizabeth and her family live in Glendale.