Bronx, NY – Today, State Senator John Liu announced his endorsement of Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson for Borough President.
“Vanessa Gibson will be an outstanding Bronx Borough President,” said State Senator John Liu. “I’ve seen her career span her time as community activist, legislative intern and then chief of staff, State Assembly Member, and City Council Member — and I can’t wait to see all she will do as Borough President. Vanessa has served The Bronx effectively and enthusiastically in the Council. She always listens to her constituents, she’s brought funding to Bronx public schools and NYCHA developments, and she’s passed landmark legislation protecting tenants, improving access to healthy food, and reforming our criminal justice system. I’m proud to endorse such a talented and dedicated public servant for Borough President.”
“I’m so grateful to have Senator John Liu’s support. Senator Liu is a progressive who gets results, with an impressive track record in the City Council, as Comptroller, and now in the State Senate. He has been a tremendous elected official and advocate for our communities. Senator Liu will continue to be an important partner in Albany as we work to bring our neighborhoods back from the COVID-19 pandemic, create more jobs and opportunities for our residents, and improve our public education system,” said Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson.
In her campaign for Borough President, Gibson is focused on recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing new jobs and opportunities to the borough, and ending the distinction of being the least healthy county in New York State. She has been endorsed by Congressman Ritchie J. Torres and former Congressman José Serrano; Public Advocate Jumaane Williams; Speaker Corey Johnson; Senator José M. Serrano; Assembly Member Latoya Joyner; Council Members Diana Ayala, Laurie Cumbo, Mark Treyger, Adrienne Adams, Carlina Rivera, Daniel Dromm, Farah Louis, and Karen Koslowitz; former Council Member James Vacca; former Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields; District Leaders Lanita Jones, Gene Edwards, Norma Saunders, Shirley Saunders; civil rights leader Dr. Hazel Dukes; the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club; the Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC; NYC Pride & Power; Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Votes PAC; 1199 SEIU; DC37; 32BJ; UFT; CSA; Local 372; Local 371; and the 504 Democratic Club.
Gibson was first elected to the State Assembly in 2009 and City Council in 2013, where she
currently serves. While in office, she has made affordable housing, criminal justice reform and education her priorities. More information can be found on her website: www.gibsonbp2021.
During the 2014-2017 session, Gibson served as Chair of the Council’s Committee on Public Safety, and has the distinction of being both the first woman and first person of color to hold this role. As Chair, she had oversight of the operations and budget of NYPD, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the District Attorneys and the Special Narcotics prosecutor, and Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.
Gibson has been a leader in school safety reform, championed criminal justice reform legislation, and is a vocal proponent of anti-gun violence programs. Under her leadership, the Council was able to secure funds necessary to expand the NYPD’s headcount almost 1300 officers in FY16, and expand the DAs baselined budgetary allocation by over $21 million in FY17, with over half of the money going to the historically underfunded boroughs of the Bronx and Staten Island.
Currently, Gibson is a Deputy Leader, Co-Chair of the New York City Council Women`s Caucus and the second Bronxite to Chair the Committee on Oversight and Investigation. She formally served as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Capital Budget from 2018 – 2020, where she helped oversee the City’s capital investments and changes to the capital process.
Gibson is a life-long New Yorker, proud graduate of the City’s Public School system, a former State Assemblywoman, and an alumna of SUNY Albany (undergraduate) and Baruch College, where she received her MPA.