Jumaane D. Williams

Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, Midwood, Canarsie

A Good Start

By Councilman Jumaane Williams
Today, the New York State Legislature made a good start in tackling the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our communities. I want to thank Governor Cuomo who has championed this and the members of the Assembly and State Senate who voted for its passage. The urgency expressed in this effort was warranted, and it will be just as necessary going forward considering the lives that are at stake.

Public Safety for All?

By Councilman Jumaane Williams
Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave an address to the senior NYPD brass that was billed to be about public safety. Unfortunately, he did not offer New Yorkers a speech on public safety, at least not public safety for all. Instead, he gave us a glimpse into a room at One Police Plaza which is entrenched in his skewed reality of policing and unreflective of the communities most affected by his policies. What the mayor offered New Yorkers Tuesday was a pep rally for his failing proposition that our city has to choose between better policing and safer streets, between saving lives and protecting our Constitutional rights. New Yorkers, civilians and police officers alike, know better.

What the Mayor’s Housing Plan Should Include and Why

By Councilman Jumaane Williams
The word “affordable housing” is virtually meaningless to the vast majority of New Yorkers. In the past 10 years, rent has increased at twice the rate of household incomes citywide. The number of rent-regulated apartments continues to vanish, while most new housing construction has been geared towards wealthier New Yorkers. On the forgotten end are those who are considered “low” and “moderate” income, and New York City’s homeless population, which has soared to the highest levels since the Great Depression.

A Network Dedicated to Ending Gun Violence in Our Communities

By Councilman Jumaane Williams
Historically, as temperatures rise, gun violence follows. Although we don’t have to accept this as inevitable, that claim remains true in many areas of our city this year. So far, gun violence is up 8 percent, with 611 people shot within the five boroughs. Cities across the nation struggle with this pandemic — Chicago has lost dozens of residents to gun violence this month alone. But these shootings aren’t simply statistics. Some of these gun violence victims are my constituents; all of them are our neighbors and friends.

Treat Gun Violence Crisis With Same Urgency as Ebola Scare

By Councilman Jumaane Williams
It pains me to hear the news that so many New Yorkers were shot — some fatally — within recent days. My prayers for comfort, peace and healing are with the family of each of the victims of these horrific incidents. I’m also curious about the national response to Ebola with a passionate, intentional and political will to combat this potential danger. My prayers are also with the families dealing with the deadly disease. At the same time, I must contrast that with the complete lack of national political will to deal with a very real and present pandemic: the public health crisis of gun violence.

In Light of Michael Brown, We Must Connect the Dots

By Councilman Jumaane Williams
First and foremost, my continued prayers for peace and comfort go to the family and friends of Michael Brown, as well as the parents of every child our nation has lost due to gun violence. As we learned about the grand jury’s decision last night, the results for most of us were not surprising, but disheartening nonetheless. It disturbed me that instead of deciding whether or not there was enough evidence existing to support an indictment, the jury essentially conducted a full trial. That was not the charge of a grand jury, as I understood it.

Strong Rent Regulation Is Needed to Address Crisis of Affordability

By Councilman Jumaane Williams
New York City is facing an unprecedented crisis of affordability. Skyrocketing costs of living citywide threaten to price working families out of their longtime homes and communities. At the same time, thousands of affordable housing units, created as a safeguard against demanding market forces, lapse out of rent regulation laws. New development gleams in almost every corner of our city, promising housing for a fortunate few; meanwhile, nearly 60,000 men, women and children rely on our homeless shelters every night. Another 3,000 face the elements on the street.