New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres
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The New York City Council is New York City's legislative body. It is comprised of 51 Council Members representing neighborhoods in all five boroughs.
Council Member Ritchie Torres was elected in November 2013 to represent the 15th Council District in the Central Bronx. He is a Deputy Leader of the City Council, making him the only Freshman Council Member to hold a leadership position. As Chair of the Council’s Committee on Public Housing, Council Member Torres oversees the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) which is the largest provider of affordable housing in the country. He has introduced and enacted legislation on a wide range of issues including expanding job opportunities for public housing residents; protecting the City’s affordable housing stock; improving mental health resources for the LGBT community; and establishing work standards for industrial laundromats. Council Member Torres is a leading voice on issues related to affordable and public housing, police reform, school integration and youth civic engagement.