Office of Council Member Tish James
67 Hanson Place
The New York City Council is the lawmaking body of the City of New York. It comprises 51 members from 51 council districts throughout the five boroughs. The Council serves as balance of power against the mayor in a "strong" mayor-council government model. The council monitors performance of city agencies and makes land use decisions as well as legislating on a variety of other issues. The City Council also has sole responsibility for approving the city budget and each member is limited to two consecutive terms in office. Council Member Letitia "Tish" James is the representative for the 35th City Council District, and is an attorney who’s worked with elected officials, and as a public defender. She is well-known for her tenacity and support of fair and affordable housing and development, contract oversight, and social justice.
As a member of the New York City Council, James introduced the Safe Housing Act, which became City law in 2007. This ground-breaking bill ensured that thousands of families in rental buildings receive prompt and full repairs to their apartments. This bill represented a $50 million investment in housing code reform and is a major victory for all New Yorkers living in substandard buildings. She is considered an early whistleblower of the Office of Payroll Administration’s CityTime contract, a payroll system that she criticized as being overly costly and difficult to manage in numerous committee hearings. Poor management of the project led to hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen by corrupt consultants. In 2012, her legislation addressing oversight of high-cost service contracts with the City of New York was passed into law.
The 35th District covers Fort Greene- Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Vinegar Hill (north of DUMBO), and parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights.