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District 45

Jumaane D. Williams

Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, Midwood, Canarsie

By Councilman Jumaane Williams
Over the next few months, the New York City Council will consider two proposals that could have a real impact on our city’s severe housing crisis and dramatically affect the lives of millions of New Yorkers: Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Zoning for Quality Affordability.

By Councilman Jumaane Williams
The growth of the technology sector in New York City is a wonderful development. It brings jobs, innovation and tax revenue. But technology is not such a good thing when it is used by people to break the law.

By Councilman Jumaane Williams
As I went to watch the video, I initially decided not to open it. I was tired of looking at footage of what now looks like reruns or copycat videos taking place over and over again.

By Councilman Jumaane Williams
Given where we are in the policing discussion in this city and country, and the acknowledgement of how deeply systemic the problems lie, focusing on the departure or hiring of any one Commissioner has always simplified a complex problem. I have never known a time when people were not calling for the removal of an NYPD Commissioner as the solution to policing issues in our city.

By Councilman Jumaane Williams
Of course we want the NYPD — and other law enforcement agencies — to engage in robust efforts to prevent terrorist attacks, monitor websites that recruit and investigate genuine leads. But we must also make sure that those investigations don’t overreach. As Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither.”

By Councilman Jumaane Williams
Homelessness, like most crises, is a complex problem that requires a multifaceted approach to spur a viable solution for New York City’s roughly 62,000 homeless New Yorkers – a census that includes almost 24,000 children. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to fight homelessness is commendable in that it creates reasonable expectations about what it will take to address this problem, and how long it will take to get us there.

By Councilman Jumaane Williams
It’s been months since I sat at the Democratic National Convention and proudly cast my vote for Bernie Sanders. I still feel and miss the Bern with each passing day of this election cycle. Oh, and lest I forget, I must mention the coordination—in violation of protocol—between Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The attempts to derail my candidate’s chances of being named the Democratic nominee for president are pretty well documented. It is in that framework I write this.