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  Brewer, Gale A.
NameGale A. Brewer
Address29 West 95 Street
New York, New York , United States
Born September 06, 1951 (71 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Mar 20, 2013 10:01pm
InfoCouncil Member Gale A. Brewer has been representing the Upper West Side and Clinton in the New York City Council since 2002. She was re-elected in the November 2005 general election with over 80 percent of the vote, receiving nearly 10,000 more votes than any other incumbent. In the November 2003 election, she received 86% of the vote. Her service in the Council is a continuation of nearly 30 years of public service.

Brewer chairs the Committee on Technology in Government, where she works to make better use of technology to save money, improve City services, and bring residents, businesses and non-profits closer to government and their communities. Other committees on which Gale Brewer serves include: Aging; Finance; General Welfare; Higher Education; Housing & Buildings; Mental Health; Transportation; and Waterfronts. In addition, she co-chairs the Manhattan Delegation, sits on the Council's Budget Negotiating Team and is a member of the Rules Committee Working Group. Brewer has been instrumental in passing numerous laws, including legislation protecting domestic workers; a bill establishing an electronic death registration system; two bills aimed at eliminating graffiti and unwanted stickers; and legislation requiring City publications to be made available via the Web.

In addition, Brewer is a member of the New York State Universal Broadband Initiative’s Digital Literacy and Community Outreach Action Team and served as a member of the New York State Attorney General’s Real Estate Working Group/Subcomittee on Enforcement and Mediation, and of the Information Technology and Communications Committee of the National League of Cities.

Prior to her election, Brewer served as Project Manager for the NYC Nonprofits Project and worked with the Telesis Corporation, a private firm that builds affordable housing. As Deputy Public Advocate for Intergovernmental Affairs (1994-1998), Brewer promoted legislation, wrote policy, and monitored the implementation of the National Voter Registration Act. Her web site, the first in City government, won an award from New York Magazine. As director of the Mayor's Federal Office in New York City (1990-1994), she assisted the Dinkins Administration with its legislative agenda and initiated private funding for a technical assistance program for community-based organizations seeking federal funds. On the West Side she served for over a decade as Chief of Staff to Council Member Ruth Messinger.

Brewer has received numerous awards for her service on over two dozen neighborhood and nonprofit boards as well as her work in the City Council. In 2000, she was cited by the Daily News as "One of 50 New Yorkers to Watch." She has taught urban policy at Barnard, Baruch, Brooklyn, Hunter, and Queens Colleges. Gale has an MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and did her undergraduate work at Columbia University and Bennington College. She is married to Cal Snyder and has raised adopted children.



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