|Name||Darryl C. Towns|
Brooklyn, New York , United States
|| July 21, 1961
|Last Modifed||e. dantes|
Mar 08, 2012 12:26am
Black - Married - Convicted - Straight -
|Info||Born and raised in the district he now serves, Assemblyman Darryl C. Towns (D-Brooklyn) understands the needs of his large and diverse constituency. Since his election to the New York State Assembly in 1992, he has worked diligently on their behalf to advance local commercial revitalization and community improvement projects, promote job creation, support youth and senior citizen programs and activities, and enhance the quality of education. Some of these efforts include: |
* further development of the Fulton Street shopping area in Cypress Hills;
* providing an array of youth programs and activities at community-based organizations such as the YMCA of Greater New York and Boy Scouts of America;
* supporting nutrition programs for the elderly, including the Diana H. Jones Senior Center “Meals on Wheels” program; and
* sponsoring an annual weekend retreat to provide senior residents with an opportunity to address social, economic, community and legislative issues that directly impact them.
Most notably, Assemblyman Towns spearheaded efforts to create the Bushwick Neighborhood Based Alliance – a coalition of community-based organizations, government agencies and community advocates working to improve local social and economic conditions.
The Brooklyn legislator has received numerous honors in recognition of his unwavering support and service to the community, including the PROGRESS Community Leadership Award, the East New York Development Corporation Community Service Award, and the New York City Housing Authority Outstanding Service Award. In recognition of his legislative efforts, he has also been presented with the Margaret Sanger Award, the 1997 Black Man of Distinction Award, as well as being a member of the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center Advisory Board.
In 1997, the Kings County lawmaker was one of 45 candidates selected from a pool of 1000 applicants to participate in the American Council of Young Political Leaders’ Foreign Study Program
During his tenure in the State Assembly, Towns has championed a variety of measures. In fact, ten of the bills he has introduced have been signed into law. His ANCHOR Program legislation, which was unanimously supported in both houses of the State Legislature, will help bolster commercial revitalization in residential communities throughout the boroughs of New York City and support the increase of newly constructed housing developments. Towns is an avid supporter of the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises and sponsored legislation for these contractors. Other legislation include: Juneteenth Day of Commemoration, Rosa Parks Day as well as Military Relief Fund legislation.
He is Chair of the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Banks and the New York State Black, Puerto Rican/Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus. He also serves on several Assembly Committees, including Economic Development, Health, and Mental Health. Additionally, he is an active member of the National Black Caucus for State Legislators, and a member of the New York State Assembly and Senate Hispanic/Puerto Rican Task Force.
A graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, Towns served in the United States Air Force. Prior to his election, he was the Director of Community Affairs at Brooklyn's Interfaith Hospital.
The son of veteran Congressman Ed Towns, the Kings County lawmaker lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Karen Boykin-Towns, and their daughters, Jasmine and Trinity.