|New York City Council Member|
Hon. Andy L King
NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL MEMBER
DISTRICT 12/NORTHEAST BRONX
New York City Council Member Andy King was first elected to serve the people of the 12th Council District (C.D.) in November 2012, when the voters issued out a landslide of 80 percent of the vote to King as their new City Council Member. And, he was re-elected by the majority to his first four-year term in November 2013.
Council Member King currently serves as the co-chair of Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus and he sits on the Civil Rights Committee, Cultural Affairs, Libraries & International Intergroup Relations Committee, Sanitation & Solid Waste Management Committee, Education Committee, Community Development Committee and Youth Services Committee.
In addition, in October 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Council Member King to the Community Action Board (CAB) for the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). And, in 2014, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito appointed Council Member King to her Budget Negotiating Team, which determines the Council's priorities as it relates to restoring cuts and asking for funding in the mayor's spending plan each year.
COMMITTED TO DISTRICT 12
A lifelong resident of the Northeast Bronx, Council Member King has always committed himself to the 12th District -- which includes Wakefield, Olinville, Edenwald, Eastchester, Williamsbridge, Baychester, and Co-op City. In his first year in office, Council Member King allocated nearly $400,000 in discretionary funding and more than $3 million in capital funding to assist non-profits, schools and government agencies to create, renovate and enhance building infrastructure and technology in the district.
In his second year in office, Council Member King allocated $710,000 in discretionary funding and $5 million in capital funding in the district. And, from their own pockets, Council Member King and his wife, Neva Shillingford-King, an executive vice president at 1199 SEIU, gave money to local groups as a part of District 12 Community Award Day. Said Council Member King, “Every year, people come to my office to ask for donations for events in the way of journal ads, dinners, tickets and block parties. My wife and I decided to give a portion of our own personal income to several charitable groups – once a year.”
ADVOCATE FOR YOUTH
A steadfast advocate for youth, Council Member King and his wife founded the Bronx Youth Empowerment Program in 2005, a program that challenges the youth in the community to be positive and productive youth. Its motto, "building mind, body, and community," is the foundation of the program.
In just one year after he was elected to office, Council Member King made his first contribution to the New York City Charter when Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill Council King authored requiring that the NYC Department of Education develop materials containing information regarding college savings plans. And, in early 2014, Mayor Bill De Blasio signed into law Council Member King’s second bill requiring the Department of Education to report on demographic and academic information on co-located schools. In February of this year, Council Member King saw passage of his piece of legislation Int. No. 74-A, which creates a protocol for removing trees damaged by severe weather.
Since becoming Council Member, King has advocated for a number of community and workers causes, including introducing a new Costume Individuals Bill, which calls for a simple licensing and regulatory structure regarding the commercial activity conducted by the individuals; introducing a resolution in the City Council Stated Meeting, which demands that the New York State Legislature repeal Criminal Procedure Law 240 and enact Criminal Procedure Law 245 to make the judicial process fairer; and calling on construction subcontractors to stop practices of wage theft, discrimination, and unsafe work conditions.
FORMER ORGANIZER FOR 1199/SEIU
Prior to running for office, in 2007, King was the Bronx Lead Organizer for 1199SEIU/GNYHA Healthcare Education Project (HEP) fighting to protect healthcare, and educating his community on the disparities in healthcare. As a community activist, King was out spoken and organized his community on critical issues such as senior services and education funding cuts, overdevelopment of property, NYPD and youth relations, and overall people and community development.
As an undergraduate, King attended Midwestern State University in Texas on a basketball scholarship. He then transferred to William Paterson College in New Jersey where he led the Pioneers Men’s Basketball Team to three consecutive Conference Championships and a Final 8 NCAA appearance. Moreover, he served on the Student Government Association and was a chairperson of the Student Activity Program Board. For his commitment to the campus community, King received the Most Valuable Service Award prior to graduating from William Paterson University.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Communications, King returned to the Northeast Bronx and worked as a NYC Child Protective Caseworker. At that time, because of the passion he has for the youth, he co-founded the Bronx Youth Uptown Developers Coalition where he organized, coached and counseled the youngsters in the Instructional Basketball Camps.
Becoming a father enhanced King’s interest in mentoring and guiding the youth within his community. As a devoted father to his daughter Victoria, King was also the president of the Parent Advisory Committee for Crawford Memorial Church Early Childhood School Program in 1991.
A firm believer in Christ and a community servant, King’s spirituality guides him to teach, lead and inspire our youth and community to find solutions to the challenges that face us in todays’ society.
Says the Honorable Andy L King, “Our Perseverance In The Future Lies in the Resiliency of Our Past.”
His motto is: “People Pay Attention to People Who Participate”