2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for 41st City Council District

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Darlene Mealy
Democratic, Working Families

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: Presently, NYC Councilmember, 41st District, Brooklyn, Chair of the Contract Committee, Co-Leader of Brooklyn Delegation, On NYC Budget Negotiation Team To Balance the 73 Billion City Budget. Committee's Finance, Transportation and Youth Services. Passed Legislation for MWBEs & Unions. To make sure the City do not Outsourcing Jobs & Land Use.

Previous Occupation(s): NYC Transit Authority for 17 years.

Education: Boro of Manhattan Community College and Cornell for Labor Women's Studies, High School G.W. Wingate High School, I.S. 271 / P.S. 28.

Organizational Affiliations: Council's Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, the Women's Caucus, Founder & Executive Member of the New Grassroots Dem. Club, Member Pilgrim Church, Arch Bishop Roy E. Brown, Former Board Member Neighborhood Housing Services.

Prior Public Experience: Founder & Past President of 9 Block Associations known as FARR/ Former 81st Pct. Board Member/ Lifetime Community Activists.

1. What is the most important issue in Council District 41 you would address if elected?

IF RE-ELECTED I will continue to focus on Affordable Housing and Jobs, I have created 10,000 real affordable units of housing in the last 8 years, which has lead to hundreds of jobs throughtout the 41st District.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

I will continue to provide & empower Principals & Teachers with the necessary resources to create the best environment for our students. Includes after school program funding like (Arts, Theater, Music and Dance). I will continue to address the need of Child Care Centers as part of all New Affordable Housing Developments. I will continue to explore building more Senior Housing with Adult Day Senior Programs for all Seniors. I will continue to Advocate for Paid Sick Leave.


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

I am the best candidate, I've allocated Millions to Schools for Laptops, Smart Boards, Science Labs, A/C in Classrooms. Millions for Parks in 41st, in Brownsville's Betsy Head Park is the Second "Imagination Playground in the Nation". Passed Historic Living Wage Bill out of Contract Committee, Legislation for MWBEs increase the limit from $1 million to $15 million. Fight to prevent Senior Centers from closing, fund New Senior Housing. Created Affordable Housing Child Care on Premises. I have a proven record of great accomplishments.


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Party Key
  • D = Democratic
  • I = Independence
  • WF = Working Families