Albany, New York , United States
Jul 28, 2009 08:14pm
|Info||A son of Albany, Corey Ellis’s life has been a testament to hard work, community and getting results. Now an Albany Common Council member, Corey believes government performs best when it listens to its citizens and works to create opportunity for all. |
Corey grew up in Albany’s South End and Arbor Hill neighborhoods. His family came to Albany from Mississippi to build a better life for their family. Both parents worked at St. Peter’s Hospital, his mother as a housekeeper and his father as a maintenance man. They didn’t have much financially to give Corey, but his mother instilled in him a belief that education would open doors of opportunity, and make just about anything possible.
With the help of dedicated teachers, his ministers and librarians, and good people in the community, Corey achieved in the classroom and in sports, starring in football, basketball and baseball. He went to Cathedral Academy, graduated from Bishop Magin High School and became the first member of his family to graduate from college, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Fordham University.
After graduation, Corey passed up other opportunities and returned to Albany to work as a union community organizer campaigning to improve the lives of hospital employees. He also served as Commissioner of the Arbor Hill Men’s Softball League, the same league he watched his father and uncles play in when he was younger.
In 2004, Corey entered local politics, working as Political Director for David Soares, helping Soares overcome the odds and win the Albany County District Attorney campaign.
The next year, Corey ran a grassroots campaign for the Common Council promoting “common sense for a change,” and defeated a 12-year incumbent. On the Council, Corey is a consistent voice for reform, speaking out for investing in our neighborhoods, fighting crime and blight, and creating opportunity and a more responsive and transparent city government.
Corey has always believed real change starts in the community. He served on the Community Accountability Board of the District Attorney’s office, and helped organize the “Bring it to the Courts” program in partnership with the DA’s office, and worked as one of many volunteer coaches in the program. He also sat on the Board of Directors for Albany County Opportunity Inc. and participated in Catholic Charities’ mentoring program for young people.
In addition, since 2006, Corey serves as Director of the Trinity Institution’s Family and Neighborhood Resource Center, which serves the South End and Arbor Hill neighborhoods, and where he creates and manages programs to improve the local community including parenting classes, GED classes and anger management youth.
And Corey was an early and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama’s bid for the presidency. From the start, he chaired Albany for Obama, pounded the pavement here in Albany as well as in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and was elected as an Obama Delegate to the National Convention. In January, he celebrated Obama’s historic victory at the Inauguration in Washington.