Vanessa Gibson

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Vanessa Gibson
A picture of Council Member Gibson.jpg
Member of the New York City Council from the 16th District
Assumed office
January 1, 2014
Preceded by Helen Foster
Member of the New York State Assembly for the 77th District
In office
June 16, 2009 – August 31, 2013
Preceded by Aurelia Greene
Succeeded by Latoya Joyner
Personal details
Born (1979-03-19) March 19, 1979 (age 38)
New York City, New York
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Albany (B.S.)
Baruch College (M.P.A)
Religion Christian
Website Official website

Vanessa L. Gibson (born March 19, 1979) is the Council member for the 16th District of the New York City Council. She is a Democrat. The district includes Claremont Village, Concourse, Concourse Village, Crotona Park, Highbridge, Longwood, Melrose, Morris Heights, Morrisania, Mount Eden and University Heights in The Bronx.

Gibson currently serves as the City Council Member for District 16 and serves as chair of the Public Safety Committee.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Gibson is a lifelong resident of New York City and was raised in The Bronx neighborhood of Morris Heights. She graduated from Murry Bergtraum High School in 1997. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the State University of New York at Albany in May 2001. Gibson then received a M.P.A. from Baruch College (City University of New York) in May 2009.

In her senior year of undergraduate studies, Gibson began interning for Assemblywoman Aurelia Greene. Two years later, in November 2003, Gibson was promoted to the District Manager for Greene's 77th District. She was subsequently elected to the New York State Assembly in a June 2009 special election. Her assumption was in succession of her mentor Greene, who had joined the cabinet of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. earlier that year.

New York City Council[edit]

Gibson with NYPD at Mullaly Pool in Bronx, NY - July 2015

On November 5, 2013, Gibson successfully ran for New York City Council after winning a fairly contentious primary election. Within her district, Gibson is particularly adamant about eliminating homelessness and hunger.[2] Gibson has held Annual Housing Conferences to solidify the relationship between landlords and tenants in District 16.[3] She has held free meal events to feed the children of the South Bronx,[4] and has designated much of her district's budget allocation towards the schools and senior homes within her district.[5]

As the chairperson of the Public Safety Committee, Gibson has worked to mend the tense relationship between New York civilians and the New York Police Department (NYPD).[6] In the wake of public outrage over the sporadic deaths of civilians such as Eric Garner, she assured the public through various media outlets that she would rectify the NYPD transparency system and better equip officers for public service.[7] She then worked closely with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and the Civilian Complaints Review Board (CCRB) to implement the use of body cameras on officer uniforms, GPS tracking devices for officers, and technological advancement funding for the NYPD.[6]

Gibson with Mayor Bill de Blasio during the Legionnaires Bill Signing. Taken August 18, 2015.

Council Member Gibson also addressed the school-to-prison pipeline. On March 31, 2015, Council Member Gibson introduced an amendment to the 2011 Student Safety Act. The bill, Int 0730-2015, was co-sponsored by Council Member Corey Johnson and was designed to mandate the release of school disciplinary activity on the Department of Education website. The amendment would also require statistical data of student arrests to be reported to the NYC Council. Intro 730 was signed into law on October 13, 2015. It is the first New York City law to be introduced to the NYC Council by Council Member Gibson.[8]

Gibson is most widely recognized for her response to the 2015 Bronx Legionnaires' disease outbreaks that primarily plagued her constituents. She worked closely with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), among many other New York City authorities to investigate the cause of the outbreak and implement prophylactic legislation accordingly.[9] On August 18, 2015, Gibson stood alongside the Mayor as he signed Local Law 866 (Int 0866-2015),[10] a historical legislation that mandates cooling tower registration and regulates the maintenance of city-wide towers.[9]

Election History[edit]

Election history
Location Year Election Results
NY Assembly
District 77
2009 Special √ Vanessa Gibson (D) 74.92%
Joel Rivera (Conservative) 21.12%
Barbara Bowland (R) 3.97%
NY Assembly
District 77
2010 General √ Vanessa Gibson (D) 95.83%
Tanya Carmichael (R) 2.83%
Robert Marrero (Conservative) 1.16%
NY Assembly
District 77
2012 Democratic Primary √ Vanessa Gibson 89.94%
Anthony Curry 9.80%
NY Assembly
District 77
2012 General √ Vanessa Gibson (D) 97.74%
Tanya Carmichael (R) 1.73%
Devon Morrison (Conservative) .52%
NYC Council
District 16
2013 Democratic Primary √ Vanessa Gibson 44.15%
Pedro Alvarez 16.77%
Carlos Sierra 14.36%
Daryl L. Johnson 7.70%
Naaimat Muhammed 6.55%
Carlton Berkley 5.87%
Bola Omotosho 4.62%
NYC Council
District 16
2013 General √ Vanessa Gibson (D) 91.06%
Carlos Sierra (Indendence) 4.33%
Walter L. Newsome Jr. (Jobs & Education) 2.83%
Banjamin Eggleston (R) 1.77%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vanessa Gibson - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  2. ^ "CM's Levin, Wills, and Gibson and advocates applaud Cuomo for action on rental assistance program for New York City homeless population". http://stephenlevin33.tumblr.com/. Council Member Steven Levin Tumblr. March 31, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ "Annual Housing Conference, in collaboration with City Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson and the Tenant, Block, & Neighborhood Council" (PDF). http://assembly.state.ny.us/. New York State Assembly. September 8, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ Rocchio, Patrick (September 8, 2015). "Yankee pitcher and councilwoman team up to promote the city's free summer meals program at Mullaly Pool". Bronx Times August 2, 2015: 2015, Issue 31. Bronx Times. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ "THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK FISCAL YEAR 2016 ADOPTED EXPENSE BUDGET ADJUSTMENT SUMMARY / SCHEDULE C" (PDF). THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK. The New York City Government. September 8, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Public Safety Chair Vanessa Gibson & City Council Announce Comprehensive Response to Eric Garner Incident". The New York City Council. The New York City Government. December 10, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ Mayo, Eric (August 6, 2015). "QUART, SQUADRON, ADVOCATES ANNOUNCE BILL ALLOWING PUBLIC ACCESS TO POLICE BODY CAMERA FOOTAGE". NEW YORK STATE SENATOR DANIEL L. SQUADRON (D) 26TH SENATE DISTRICT. The New York State Senate. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ "The New York City Council - File #: Int 0730-2015". legistar.council.nyc.gov. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  9. ^ a b "Mayor Bill de Blasio Signs First-In-Nation Legislation for Cooling Tower Maintenance". Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  10. ^ "Intro 866- Regulation of Cooling Towers". The New York City Council. The New York Government. August 13, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Helen Foster
New York City Council, 16th District
2014–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Aurelia Greene
New York Assembly, 77th District
2009-2013
Succeeded by
Latoya Joyner