Council Member Keith Powers represents New York City’s Council District 4, covering Carnegie Hill, Central Park South, Garment District, Koreatown, Midtown East, Midtown West, Murray Hill, Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town, Sutton Place, Times Square, Tudor City, Turtle Bay, Upper East Side, and Waterside Plaza.
He currently serves as Majority Leader of the City Council and Chair of the Rules, Privileges, and Elections Committee.
During his time in office, Council Member Powers has introduced and passed legislation to make it easier to run for office, prevent housing discrimination, broaden sexual harassment protections, and protect small businesses. In his first term, the Council Member chaired the Criminal Justice Committee, where he worked to overhaul the criminal justice system and change the culture in our City’s jails. He played a key role in stewarding the vote to close Rikers Island and has passed legislation to eliminate bail fees.
In the district, Council Member Powers has worked hard on important issues focused on the future of the East Side. In 2019, Council Member Powers helped pass the historic affordable housing deal at Waterside Plaza, which secured affordable units at Waterside Plaza through the year 2098. In addition, he has delivered long-term storm protections on the East River, championed the 14th Street Busway, created hundreds of new supportive housing units for homeless New Yorkers, and secured hundreds of millions of dollars in transit improvements in Midtown.
Council Member Powers graduated from the University of Dayton and The CUNY Graduate Center. He is a lifelong New Yorker and third-generation resident in Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town.