New York City Council Member Shaun Abreu represents Manhattan’s 7th District, which spans north from the Upper West Side through Morningside Heights, West Harlem, Manhattan Valley, Manhattanville, Hamilton Heights, and Washington Heights. He is the first Latino to represent the district.
Shaun was born and raised in Northern Manhattan, where his family experienced good times and bad. When he was a child, his parents lost their jobs, and his family was evicted from their home. But the community was there for him. Neighbors provided a place to live, teachers gave him time and attention, and his parents were fortunate enough to find good jobs—his mother as a bookkeeper at Zabar’s and his father as a janitor for the Port Authority, where they both still work today. With their support, he became the first in his family to graduate from college and established a career as a tenant rights attorney representing families like his own.
Now, Shaun is fighting to build a stronger community in the district that he has always called home. He is a steadfast advocate for truly affordable housing, worker rights, universal access to after school programs, and environmental sustainability.
Prior to his election, Council Member Abreu worked for the New York Legal Assistance Group, the National Labor Review Board, and the Natural Resource Defense Council. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Tulane Law School.
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