|Name||James Sanders, Jr.|
|Address||1490 Egmont Pl |
Far Rockaway, New York , United States
|| 00, 1967
Jan 16, 2019 01:23am
U.S. Marine Corps -
|Info||New York City Council Member James Sanders, Jr. is in his third and final term representing the people of the 31st City Council District, composed of Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, Edgemere, Bayswater, Arverne, Rosedale, and Far Rockaway. |
He attended Far Rockaway High School and earned his Bachelors Degree from Brooklyn College in 1984 after three years of service in the United States Marine Corps.
A proven fighter for his constituents and a tireless community organizer, Councilman Sanders was driven to public service in the mid 1980’s, working on issues affecting the youth of Queens as a member of School Board 27. After ten years as a member of the board, he was elected to serve as the Board’s first Africa-American President.
Mr. Sanders was first elected to the City Council in 2001, and was unanimously voted the first African-American Chair of the Economic Development Committee in the history of New York City. As Chair, Sanders was in charge of a disparity study that became the basis upon which NYC reinstated affirmative action. As Chairman, Sanders had oversight of the Economic Development Corporation, and the Department of Small Business Services.
Throughout his career, Councilman Sanders has led battles against some of the worst influences affecting the South Eastern Queens community. He is the author of the toughest anti-predatory lending bill in the country, and has passed legislation criminalizing the sale of ammunition to minors. He has rebuilt and updated many of the parks and libraries in his 31st Council District, and hosts a yearly music concert series, the Garvey-Tubman Series, in conjunction with the Margert Community Corporation of Far Rockaway.
Along with the NYPD, he sponsored a gun buy-back program that removed more than 900 guns from the streets, and has led the charge against sexual assaults throughout Queens, his office having formed a women’s coalition of community activists to champion safety and other issues effecting women.
A lifelong champion of public education, he has vigorously supported the expansion of science and technology in schools in his district, and allocates $50,000 per school per year for the purchase of new technologies.
Councilman Sanders is currently Chair of the Civil Service and Labor committee, and is a member of the Land Use, Economic Development, Community Development, Veterans and Juvenile Justice Committees.