NEW YORK, NY – Yesterday City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced that Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. (D-36, Brooklyn), would assume additional responsibilities as Chair of the Council’s Democratic Conference, which comprises 48 of the 51 member body. The Speaker made the announcement during a meeting of the conference yesterday afternoon.
Initially, Speaker Johnson created the role of Democratic Conference Chair to serve as a liaison to Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature. New responsibilities of the role will include carrying the voices of the individual members to leadership in an effort to facilitate greater inclusion of member’s priorities in the Council’s agenda. To facilitate this function, a member of staff will dedicated to help collect, track, and transmit the policy priorities of the membership to the chair.
“From day one of his tenure, Speaker Johnson has been committed to ensuring the voices of the various constituencies represented in this body are heard and amplified in the work of the Council,” said Council Member Cornegy. “This announcement is further testament to his steadfast belief that our diversity is our strength and that the work of this Council must be informed by the priorities of the individual members and the New Yorkers they represent. I am grateful for the Speaker’s trust in carrying out these new responsibilities and look forward to helping make the body even more responsive to and reflective of the needs of the people it represents.”
“I am proud to expand Council Member Cornegy’s role as Chair of the Democratic Conference and under his leadership, I look forward to the conference keeping up the good work,” said Speaker Corey Johnson.
Cornegy plans to work closely with his colleagues in the conference to advocate on behalf of issues germane to the members. One of the first issues he plans to push the Council to address is the outcry from several members of the Council regarding the City’s Third Party Transfer program and the Mayor’s plan to transfer additional properties as announced during his recent State of the City.