Elizabeth Crowley

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Elizabeth Crowley
Elizabeth Crowley 2011.jpg
Crowley in 2011
Member of the New York City Council from the 30th District
Assumed office
January 1, 2009
Preceded by Anthony Como
Constituency Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, Woodside (Queens, New York)
Personal details
Born (1977-11-27) November 27, 1977 (age 37)
Queens, New York, United States
Political party Democratic
Children Dennis and Owen
Residence Glendale, Queens
Alma mater Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY) and Pratt Institute Graduate School of Architecture
Website NYC Council: District 30

Elizabeth Crowley (born November 27, 1977, Queens, New York) is a member of the New York City Council and a Democratic Party politician in New York. Crowley was first elected in November 2008, defeating the incumbent Republican, Anthony Como. She was sworn in January 2009 to represent the Queens neighborhoods of Glendale, Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village and Woodhaven.[1] She was re-elected to a second term in November 2013 and currently serves as Chair of the Fire and Criminal Justice Services Committee. [2] [3]


Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley has an M.S. in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute’s Graduate School of Architecture and a B.A. magna cum laude in Restoration and Preservation from SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology where she was a Presidential Scholar.


Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley is the first Democrat and first female to represent the communities of Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood and parts of Woodhaven and Woodside in the 30th Council District. Elected in November 2008, Crowley currently chairs the City Council's Fire and Criminal Justice Services Committee, which oversees the Fire Department, Department of Correction, Department of Probation, Office of Emergency Management, and the Criminal Justice Coordinator’s Office. In addition to also serving as co-Chair of the Women's Caucus, Crowley sits on the committees on Civil Service and Labor; Community Development; Cultural Affairs and Libraries; Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services; and Women's Issues.[4]

Fire and Criminal Justice[edit]

When the Bloomberg Administration’s proposed budget included the closing of up to 20 fire companies, Crowley led the campaign which included 15 rallies and numerous editorials[citation needed]. Ultimately the $37 million needed to save the fire companies was restored.

Elizabeth has been a critic of the $2 billion 911-system upgrade titled the “Unified Call Taking System” and its numerous reported flaws. Elizabeth has called on the administration to make numerous fixes to the 911 system including hiring more operators and updating the software.


Elizabeth has been a strong advocate for public education. Since joining the council in 2009 she has fought for smaller class sizes because her district was home to some of the city's most overcrowded school districts. As a council member she fought to have 4 new schools opened in her district including the most recent Maspeth High School.

While in the Council, Elizabeth has been pushing for state of the art classrooms that provide students with access to computers. $11 million in technology upgrades have been allocated for schools across the district to help provide these resources.

Infrastructure Improvements[edit]

The 30th council district has undergone major renovations in the last four years including major sewer renovations, park renovations, road repaving and public transit upgrades. Two major sewer lines on calumus and penelope ave are currently under construction to help alleviate the area's flooding issues. New athletic fields and playgrounds have opened up in major area parks like Juniper Park. The J train, which was literally crumbling down on its residents has been restored largely due to the work of Council Member Elizabeth Crowley.[5]

First Responder Communications[edit]

When recent reports showed major operational gaps in emergency communication systems, Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley held an oversight hearing with Deputy Caswell Holloway to discuss technological problems within the City’s subway systems and high-rise buildings.[citation needed]

Organized Labor[edit]

Crowley joined D.C. 9 International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Crowley worked to restore and preserve some of New York City’s most historic landmarks such as Radio City Music Hall, Central Synagogue and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.[citation needed]

After working on preservation project, D.C.9 nominated Crowley for a position with the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE) to provide job training services to thousands of New Yorkers with a concentration on the building trades and the local manufacturing sector. After the attacks on 9/11, she worked with CWE and helped administer the $32 million New York City Emergency Employment Grant to businesses negatively impacted by the attack. As part of a small team, Elizabeth helped over 300 businesses stay open.[citation needed]

Women's Health[edit]

In 2010, along with Speaker Christine Quinn and the women of the New York City Council, Crowley hosted the first-ever panel discussion at City Hall to discuss ways to reduce cancer fatalities with early detection tools and preventative lifestyle choices. World-renowned researchers and oncologists joined the panel to offer their expertise and provide effective tools that all New Yorkers could implement toward preventing and diagnosing cancer.[citation needed]

Electoral history[edit]

Congressional Run[edit]

On March 19, 2012, Crowley announced that she would seek the Democratic nomination for New York's 6th congressional district. Crowley faced New York State Assembly members Rory Lancman and Grace Meng in the primary election.[6]

2001 NYC Council District 30 Democratic primary [7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Elizabeth Crowley 3,362 45.94%
Democratic Linda Sansivieri 2,367 32.35%
Democratic Robert Cermeli 1,589 21.71%
Totals 7,318 100%
2001 NYC Council District 30
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dennis Gallagher 13,620 58.89%
Democratic Elizabeth Crowley 9,298 40.20%
Green Sharain Pereira 211 0.91%
Totals 23,129 100%
2008 NYC Council District 30(Non-Partisan Special)[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Anthony Como 2,442 31.64%
Democratic Elizabeth Crowley 2,110 31.11%
Republican Thomas Ognibene 2,442 27.34%
Democratic Charles Ober 766 9.92%
Totals 7,719 100%
2008 NYC Council District 30 Special[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Elizabeth Crowley 19,949 56.15%
Republican Anthony Como 15,580 43.85%
2009 NYC Council District 30[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Elizabeth Crowley 11,779 59.76%
Republican Thomas Ognibene 7,930 40.23%
Totals 19,709 100%
2012 NY Congressional District 6 Democratic primary results [11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Grace Meng 12,580 51%
Democratic Rory Lancman 6,995 28%
Democratic Elizabeth Crowley 3,918 16%
Democratic Robert Mittman 1,265 5%
Totals 36,601 100%
Democratic Elizabeth Crowley 9,403 58.9%
Republican Craig Caruana 6,567 41.1%


  1. ^ New York City Council: District 30 - Elizabeth Crowley
  2. ^ http://www.qchron.com/editions/central/elizabeth-crowley-wins-second-term/article_f53eb31e-f416-5c91-8361-b274b8cbfc0b.html
  3. ^ http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140122/BLOGS04/140129946/city-council-committee-chairs-named
  4. ^ http://council.nyc.gov/d30/html/members/biography.shtml
  5. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/26/nyregion/in-private-quinn-displays-a-volatile-side.html?pagewanted=3
  6. ^ http://queens.ny1.com/content/top_stories/157876/queens-democratic-leaders-back-meng-for-congress
  7. ^ http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/pdf/results/2001/primaryelection/2001p.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/pdf/results/2008/Queens30Council/Queens30CouncilRecap.pdf
  9. ^ http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/pdf/results/2008/general/4.60QueensCouncil30_Recap.pdf
  10. ^ http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/pdf/results/2009/General/7.26Queens30CouncilRecap.pdf
  11. ^ http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/NY_US_House_0626.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Anthony Como
New York City Council, 30th District