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

Robert Jackson was a member of the New York City Council, and represented the 7th District in Manhattan. 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.

Jackson announced in late January 2013 that he was running in the Democratic Primary for Manhattan Borough President.[1] Jackson, the was the only male or black candidate to announce, and received the endorsement of former mayor David Dinkins prior to announcing.[2] 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 19.2% of the vote, compared to Brewer's 39.7%

Before being elected to the Council, 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 February 2013 Jackson sued Fairway Market and New York City, claiming his wife tripped over a downed stop sign in front of the Harlem location of the market in April, 2010.[3]

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.[4]

Jackson is currently running for New York State Senate in the 31st State Senate district, currently held by Adriano Espaillat, who is running for congress.[5]

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]

Jackson, a Muslim,[6] graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1975.