|Member of the New York City Council|
from the 6th district
|Assumed office |
January 1, 2022
|Preceded by||Helen Rosenthal|
January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2013
|Preceded by||Ronnie Eldridge|
|Succeeded by||Helen Rosenthal|
|27th Borough President of Manhattan|
January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2021
|Preceded by||Scott Stringer|
|Succeeded by||Mark Levine|
|Born||September 6, 1951|
|Education||Bennington College (BA)|
Columbia University (BA)
Harvard University (MPA)
Gale Arnot Brewer (born September 6, 1951) is an American Democratic politician from the state of New York who has represented the 6th New York City Council District since January 2022. From January 2014 to December 2021, Brewer served as the 27th Borough President of the New York City borough of Manhattan. Brewer previously represented the 6th District on the New York City Council from 2002 to 2013.
Brewer graduated from the Winsor School in Boston in 1969, and then obtained her undergraduate degrees from Bennington College in 1973 and Columbia University in 1997. She then earned her Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
From 1975 to 1978, Brewer served as director of scheduling for Mary Anne Krupsak, the former Lieutenant Governor of New York. From 1978 to 1990, she was chief of staff to then-New York City Council member Ruth Messinger. From 1990 to 1994, Brewer was director of the New York City Office of Federal Relations in New York in the administration of David Dinkins. From 1994 to 1998, she was Deputy Public Advocate for Intergovernmental Affairs under Mark J. Green.[better source needed]
Brewer then served as Project Manager for the NYC Nonprofits Project and worked with the Telesis Corporation, a private firm that builds affordable housing. She was a member of Manhattan's Community Board 7 and Chair of the New York State chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus.[better source needed] In 2000, she was cited by the New York Daily News as #20 of "50 New Yorkers to Watch".
New York City Council (2002-2013)
Brewer began serving on the New York City Council in 2002. She represented the 6th district. In each re-election vote in 2003, 2005, and 2009, she received over 80% of the votes cast.[better source needed]
Brewer has helped to pass legislation protecting domestic workers, establishing the New York City Broadband Advisory Committee, establishing an electronic death registration system and requiring New York City publications to be made available via the Internet, as well as two bills aimed at eliminating graffiti and unwanted stickers.[better source needed]
Brewer chaired the Select Committee on Technology in Government (now the Committee on Technology) from 2002 to 2009 In June 2004, in conjunction with a graduate student Digital Opportunities Team at CUNY Hunter College departments of Urban Affairs and Planning supervised by Professor Lisa Tolliver, the committee published a study and recommendations titled Expanding Digital Opportunity in New York City Public Schools: Profiles of Innovators and Leaders Who Make a Difference. The report was one of numerous initiatives and events implemented by the Select Committee, which included roundtables, conferences, hearings, and collaborative partnerships.
Manhattan Borough President (2014-2021)
Brewer was ineligible to run for re-election to the City Council in 2013 because of term limits. In February 2013, Brewer announced she would run for Manhattan Borough President. On September 10, 2013, Brewer won the Democratic primary, taking nearly 40% of the vote in a four-way race. Brewer won the general election on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, and assumed office in January 2014.
New York City Council (2022-present)
In December 2020, Brewer announced her candidacy for her former City Council seat in the 2021 New York City Council election. On November 2, 2021, Brewer defeated Republican Nancy Sliwa (wife of Curtis Sliwa) with over 82% of the vote.
Brewer chairs the City Council's Committee on Governmental Operations. Other committees on which she serves include: Aging; Finance; General Welfare, Higher Education; Housing & Buildings; Mental Health; Technology; Transportation; and Waterfronts. In addition, she co-chairs the Manhattan Delegation, sits on the council's Budget Negotiating Team, and is a member of the Rules Committee Working Group.
|Dump the Dump Party (New York)||David Casavis||976|
|Working Families||Gale Brewer||16,495||6.51|
|Total||Gale Brewer (incumbent)||210,732||83.15|
|Green||Daniel Vila Rivera||7,373||2.91|
|Total valid votes||253,430||93.14|
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- Select Committee on Technology in Government of the New York City Council (June 2004). "Thanks and Acknowledgements". Expanding Digital Opportunity in New York City Public Schools: Profiles of Innovators and Leaders Who Make a Difference (PDF). p. 19.
the graduate student Digital Opportunities Team at CUNY Hunter College departments of Urban Affairs and Planning was comprised of Danisa Dambrauskas, Kazu Hoshino, Gavin O'Donoghue, and Jennifer Vallone and supervised by Professor Lisa Tolliver.
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