Robert Jackson (politician)
|Former member of the New York City Council from the previously configured 7th District|
January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2013
|Preceded by||Stanley Michels|
|Succeeded by||Mark D. Levine|
|Born||New York City, New York, USA|
|Residence||New York City, New York, USA|
|Alma mater||SUNY New Paltz|
|Profession||Unemployed Perennial Candidate|
In 1993 he was one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit by the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, of which he was a co-founder. The lawsuit argued that the State of New York's method of allocating funds for public education did not provide adequately for children in New York City, and therefore violated the New York State Constitution and the federal Civil Rights Act. On June 26, 2003, the New York State Court of Appeals (the state's highest court) ruled in favor of plaintiffs, and gave the State until July 30, 2004 to implement changes. 
Robert Jackson was elected to the New York City Council, in the 7th district, in 2001. Before it was redistricted in 2013, the district included portions of the neighborhoods Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood. He served parts of his three terms as Education Committee Chair and Co-Chair of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus with Council Member Fernando Cabrera. Jackson, first elected in 2001, is a Democrat. He was term limited in 2013, and succeeded by Mark D. Levine. Jackson is currently unemployed.
2013 Manhattan Borough President Campaign
Jackson announced in late January 2013 that he was running in the Democratic Primary for Manhattan Borough President. Jackson, the only male or black candidate to announce, received the endorsement of former mayor David Dinkins prior to announcing. His opponents in the Democratic Primary were former city council members Jessica Lappin and Gale Brewer, as well as small business owner and former Chair of Community Board 1, Julie Menin. Jackson lost the Democratic Primary election to Gale Brewer, coming in third place with 19% of the vote, compared to Brewer's 40% and Lappin's 25%.
2014 New York State Senate Campaign
Jackson ran for New York State Senate in the 31st State Senate district against the incumbent, Adriano Espaillat. On election night, after learning of his loss, he reflected by saying he would not be "going to deal with this bullshit for another two years."
Bill Thompson Heckling
On February 1st, 2013 during a Democratic mayoral debate, former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson was heckled by Jackson. Jackson shouted, in a room full of hundreds of people, "Am I black enough for you, brother?" when he incorrectly thought that Bill Thompson had ignored him during the opening moments of a time limited candidate speech. Thompson politely corrected Jackson, acknowledged him, and continued his speech.
Fairway Market Law Suit
In February 2013 Jackson, and his wife Faika Jackson, sued Fairway Market and New York City. Jackson claimed his wife tripped over a downed stop sign in front of the Harlem location of the market in April, 2010. In July, 2014 more details of the 2013 lawsuit were uncovered. Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Margaret Chan admonished the Jacksons for "non-compliance with Fairway's repeated discovery demands." The Jacksons had failed to provide evidence on Faika's stop sign tumble. It was also revealed that Robert Jackson said he joined his wife's lawsuit as a co-plaintiff due to the fact that his wife's injuries prevented her from providing "services, society and companionship."
In August 2013 it was revealed that Jackson had travelled to the Dominican Republic with Friends for Lead Free Children. Stephen Null, director of the organization, joined Jackson on the trip after Null had plead guilty to possession of child pornography in 2002.
- Robert Jackson, the only Muslim council member, is OK with NYPD surveillance, conditionally
- District 7 West Harlem/Washington Heights/Inwood
- "Jackson Launches Campaign". Retrieved 2013-03-13.
- "David Dinkins backing Robert Jackson". Retrieved 2013-03-13.
- ""Bring it on, mi hermano!" Former Harlem City Councilman Robert Jackson will run for Espaillat’s state Senate seat". Retrieved 2014-05-25.
- "Espaillat re-elected to State Senate in slight majority over Jackson".
- "Bill Thompson Speaks at Northern Manhattan Mayoral Forum". Retrieved 2014-10-21.
- "Jackson, to Thompson: ‘Can you see? Hello? Am I black enough for you, brother?’". Retrieved 2014-10-21.
- "Christine Quinn Downplays Bloomberg Link at Tumultuous Mayoral Forum". Retrieved 2014-10-21.
- "Councilman Robert Jackson Sues City After Wife's Fall at Fairway". Retrieved 2014-05-25.
- "Judge slams Robert Jackson, wife for omissions in lawsuit". Retrieved 2014-10-20.
- "Report: Manhattan BP Candidate Travels With Convicted Sex Offender". Retrieved 2014-05-14.
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