CM Cornegy & Mayor Bill de Blasio (William Alatriste)
A few months into his first term as a member of the New York City Council, Brooklyn's Robert Cornegy Jr. has tapped into his experience in city government and community activism to embrace his role as chair of the Council's small business committee and pursue legislation to help those in his district and around the city. Recently, the council member, who represents Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights neighborhoods, sat down with Gotham Gazette to discuss a wide range of issues, including two new pieces of legislation he has introduced to the Council, his role as committee chair, gentrification, public safety, and more.
Here, in the fifth and final part of the interview (see below for links to parts 1-4), Cornegy discusses his take on NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton, police-community relations, and policing of public housing with Gotham Gazette's executive editor Ben Max:
In part one of the interview, Cornegy discusses his proposed amendment to the new paid sick leave law and his audible alarms bill.
In part two, Cornegy outlines his expectations of the new Department of Education leadership and several aspects of his approach to chairing the Council's small business committee.
In the third installment, the council member goes into greater detail about efforts to help small businesses and reduce unemployment and underemployment, including looking at what the City Council can do regarding contracts for women and minority owned businesses (WMBEs); the work of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in appointing committee chairs; and more.
And in the fourth segment of our interview, CM Cornegy discusses his public lactation station, what it means to be progressive, and the issue of gentrification in his district and beyond.
[Related: See our video interview with Public Advocate Letitia James on a wide range of topics including her efforts to push more women into politics]
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