Robert Jackson (politician)

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Robert Jackson
Former member of the New York City Council from the previously configured 7th District
In office
January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2013
Preceded by Stanley Michels
Succeeded by Mark D. Levine
Personal details
Born New York City, New York, USA
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence New York City, New York, USA
Alma mater SUNY New Paltz
Profession Unemployed Perennial Candidate

Robert Jackson was a member of the New York City Council, and represented the 7th District in Manhattan. Currently he is a perennial candidate in northern Manhattan.

Early Life[edit]

Jackson, a Muslim,[1] graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1975.

In the early 1990s Jackson was employed by the Public Employees Federation, a labor union. He was also the president of the Parents' Association for Community School Board 6.

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. [1]

City Council[edit]

Robert Jackson was elected to the New York City Council, in the 7th district, in 2001.[2] 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.

Perennial Candidate[edit]

2013 Manhattan Borough President Campaign[edit]

Jackson announced in late January 2013 that he was running in the Democratic Primary for Manhattan Borough President.[3] Jackson, the only male or black candidate to announce, received the endorsement of former mayor David Dinkins prior to announcing.[4] 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[edit]

Jackson ran for New York State Senate in the 31st State Senate district against the incumbent, Adriano Espaillat.[5] 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."[6]


Bill Thompson Heckling[edit]

On February 1st, 2013 during a Democratic mayoral debate, former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson was heckled by Jackson.[7] 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.[8] Thompson politely corrected Jackson, acknowledged him, and continued his speech.[9]

Fairway Market Law Suit[edit]

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.[10] 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."[11]

Dominican Republic[edit]

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.[12]