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Robert Jackson (D)

Robert Jackson (D)

Political Party: Democrat
Office Seeking: Manhattan Borough President
Opponents: Gale Brewer (D)  Jessica Lappin (D)  Julie Menin (D)
Currently: City Council Member for District 7, Chair of the Council’s Education Committee, and Co-Chair of the Council’s Black, Latino & Asian Caucus
Previously: President of the Board of Education, Founder of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Director of Field Services at the NYS Public Employees Federation
Education: SUNY New Paltz (BA)
Endorsements: The Public Employees Federation (PEF), former Mayor David Dinkins, Congressman Charles Rangel, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., Former Democratic Mayoral Candidate Fernando Ferrer, State Senator Bill Perkins, Assemblyman Denny Farrell, New York Communities for Change, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA), CWA (Communication Workers of America) Local 1180, the Sandhogs Union, Local 147, Stagehands Union, IATSE Local One, the Frederick E. Samuel Community Democratic Club, the Tioga Carver Democratic Club, Concerned Democratic Coalition of Northern Manhattan, The Audubon Reform Democratic Club, the Barack Obama Democratic Club, the Sojourner Truth Democratic Club, the Muslim Democratic Club of New York, TWU 100

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About the Candidate:

Jackson founded the Campaign for Fiscal Equity which sued the State of New York for “cheating” students out of proper funding and consequently, out of a sound education. Before the trial, in order to bring attention to his cause, Jackson walked 150 miles from NYC to Albany and as a result, was honored as NY1’s “New Yorker of the Year.”

 

According to his campaign website:

 

“Councilman Jackson has worked to make sure every child has the best education that we have to offer — from the day they are born to the day they graduate from college. He’s fought to reduce class sizes, helped create more than 4,000 new openings for pre-k and helped prevent teacher layoffs, and in response to the dismal graduation rate, worked to start the Drop-Out Prevention Initiative that services students in public schools citywide.”

 

“Councilman Jackson has worked to make our neighborhoods safer by getting guns off the street through working with community groups, sponsoring Buy Back Programs and advocating for stronger state and federal legislation. And Jackson has fought for affordable housing and tenants rights, providing support to build the innovative, exemplary Sugar Hill affordable housing development and sponsoring a bill that would require every apartment building in New York City to have a summary of basic tenants’ rights posted in the lobby and handed to every tenant along with their lease.”

 

 

Previous Work: Elected to the Community School Board 6 in 1986 before being selected to serve as its President. As CSB6 President, he founded the Campaign for Fiscal Equity which sued the State of New York for “cheating” students out of proper funding and consequently, out of a sound education. Before the trial, in order to bring attention to his cause, Jackson walked 150 miles from NYC to Albany and as a result, was honored as NY1’s “New Yorker of the Year” (2003). Also was Director of Field Services for the New York State Public Employees Federation, a union with over 55,000 members.

 

Current Work: Elected to represent District 7 (Morningside Heights, West Harlem & Hamilton Heights, Central Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood) on the City Council in 2001, Jackson is the current Chair of the Education Committee. He also is the Co-Chair of the City Council’s Black, Latino & Asian Caucus. Additionally, Jackson is a member of the Contracts; Finance; Housing & Buildings; Land Use-Zoning & Franchises; Rules, Privileges & Elections; Sanitation & Solid Waste Management; and Standards & Ethics Committees.

 

Previous Focus Issues:

• “Worked to make sure every child has the best education that we have to offer.”

• founded the Campaign for Fiscal Equity for the NYC Public School System

• “Worked to increase jobs and opportunity.”

• led a community agreement to approve the Columbia University expansion

• sponsored legislation to help small business growth

• “Worked to make our neighborhoods safer.”

• sponsored buyback programs to get guns off the streets

• “Fought for affordable housing and tenants’ rights.”

• supported the building of the “innovative, exemplary” Sugar Hill affordable housing development

• sponsored a bill requiring every apartment building to post a summary of basic tenants’ rights in their lobby

 

Campaign Focus Issues:

• “Making sure every child receives the best education possible.”

• lower class size

• increase availability of full-day Pre-K

• provide greater parental involvement

• “Strengthening our economy and creating opportunities.”

• create higher paying jobs

• protect workers’ conditions

• build a strong, diversified and vibrant economy

• “Protecting our seniors, and making sure Manhattan stays affordable.”

• “Fighting for justice and equality for all.”

• advance immigrant rights

• revitalize the Human Rights Commission

• make government more transparent and accessible

• “Above all, protecting the safety and security of our people, both from crime on the street and from natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy.”

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