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The first step in becoming an activist is knowing

Who Represents You

Activism is not running around, protesting and getting arrested (most of the time). Activism is being informed, getting involved in your community, and getting to know your neighbors and friends. Activism is taking responsibility for what goes on around you and not leaving those decisions to others. Knowing your local leaders is a good place to start.

Every New York City resident also has four elected representatives that will vary depending on the neighborhood they live in. Those representatives are:
  • City Council Member

  • State Assembly Member

  • State Senator

  • U.S. Congressional Representative

To find your representatives, do the following:

Step 1

You must know your 9 digit postal code or zip code + 4. If you don’t know it, visit the United States Postal Service (USPS) web site. Type in your address and write down your 9 digit zip code.

Step 2

The next step is to visit the "League of Women Voters" web site and type in your zip code +4. (Click the logo or step number to the left) If all goes well, it should return [almost] all your elected representatives. Recently, it seems that a zip code +4 cannot figure out a City Council member. If This web site gave you your officials then just continue with the next step and get your City Council Rep. and you are done. If there were problems finding your representatives on this site, use the links below to get you information from the individual government sites.

Step 3

The New York City Council site is probably the most confusing. Click the logo or step number to the left to go to the Council website. Under the title "Council Members & Districts" click on the blue word "map." It moves the page to the top where you will see a space in the upper right of the map. Type in your address and borough and it will return your City Council Member.

Step 4

The New York State Assembly site is easy. Click the links to the left and the Assembly search page will ask for your address and 5 digit zip code; that’s all.

Step 5

The New York State Senate is similar to the Assembly page. Use the links to the left and enter your address and 5 digit zip code to find your State Senator.

Step 6

The U.S. House of Representatives is the easiest site to use. Use the links to the left or simply type “house.gov” in the address bar of your browser. When the site comes up, you will find a small window in the very top right of your screen for your zip code. If you put your zip + 4 it quickly returns your Congress Member. If you do not have your zip + 4 this becomes a 2 step process. First enter your 5 digit zip. The site will usually return several possible House Members. Another screen will request your street address and return your Representative.

If you live in New York City, there are elected representatives we all share. The following chart lists the Federal, State and local officials that New York City residents have in common. It is important to understand who they are and what their jobs and responsibilities are.

President Trump

Governor Andrew Cuomo

U.S Senator Chuck Schumer

U.S Senator Kirstin Gillibrand

Mayor Bill Di Blasio

There are other citywide elected officials, but they have less influence because their responsibilities have a narrower scope or their offices are not well funded. These officials include:

Public Advocate
Letitia James
City Council Speaker
Corey Johnson
Scott Stringer

New York City is made-up of five boroughs. Each one has a Borough President. These elected officials used to have broad powers and a voice in budget matters, but that has changed. Today the Borough President is largely a ceremonial position. The only actual authority they still retain is to appoint Community Boards, advise the mayor and comment on land usage in their boroughs.

The primary function of the Borough President is to act as public relations representatives and advocates for their boroughs. They also have a small discretionary budget they can use for local events and organizations.

Borough Presidents

Bronx Borough President
Ruben Diaz Jr.

Brooklyn Borough President
Eric Adams

Manhattan Borough President
Gail Brewer

Queens Borough President
Melinda Katz

Staten Island Borough President
James Oddo

For questions, email us at (phil@kermitplace.us).

This page last updated 3/16/2018

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