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Legislator Profile: Daniel Dromm – New York City Council District 25

by Caitlin Kelly
October 12, 2014
Jackson Heights, NY
Overview of Profiles: Legislator profiles were designed to provide a snapshot of New York legislators, their issues of concern, any legislation they have been integral in passing, and how they might be interested in issues related to dance. This information was gathered through Internet research yielding news articles and through candidate's district and campaign website.
Office held: New York City Council
District: 25
Term: Second
Party: Democratic
Committees and Leadership: Chair-Committee on Education
Office Location: 37-32 75th St. / Jackson Heights, New York 11372
Phone: 718-803-6373
Email: None given
Focus of 2013 Platform: Education, paid sick leave, increased green space

Vote Results: Ran uncontested

Concerns as they relate to dance: Dance and education, education as part of physical education program

Biography:
Daniel Dromm has been a progressive leader in Queens for over 20 years. An award-winning public school teacher, Dromm was elected to the New York City Council in 2009 and represents District 25 (Jackson Heights & Elmhurst). He serves as the Chair of the Education Committee.
In the City Council, Daniel has been a tireless advocate with a proven record of delivering for the community.
• $4 Million to Elmhurst Hospital to create a Cardiac Care Unit and expand the Emergency Room.
• $6 Million to double the size of Travers Park in Jackson Heights, adding much needed green space.
• Led the effort to enact Local Law 6 in 2010, certifying that all undocumented immigrant in City foster care get put on a path to citizenship.
• Reformed Stop and Frisk policies - and implemented real policing solutions.
• Passed 'Paid Sick Leave' defending workers from unfair employers and protecting consumers from the spread of contagious illness.
• Implemented innovative and successful open space initiatives like the 78th Street Play Street and Diversity Plaza (37th Road) to promote local small businesses.
Prior to his election, Dromm was an award-winning New York City public school teacher at PS 199Q in Queens from 1984 to 2009. In 2006, Dromm was chosen as "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" by his school's principal and in 2009 the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside chose him as "Educator of the Year". He has also received the Marsho-Raimo Award from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT).
Dromm is the founder of the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee and organized the first Queens LGBT Pride Parade and Festival, which he still participates in on the first Sunday in June in Jackson Heights. Dromm co-founded the Queens Chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG), as well as the Generation Q Youth Services Program in Astoria. He also helped found the Queens Pride House.
A fluent Spanish-speaker, Daniel has been honored by the Sociedad Puertorriquena de Queens. He is a member of the NAACP - Corona/East Elmhurst branch and has also been honored by the Korean-American Association of Central Queens. Dromm has been honored by DRUM - Desis Rising Up and Moving and by APICHA - Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS. In October of 2006, Dromm received a Community Leadership Award from the TimesLedger newspapers.
Daniel Dromm graduated from Marist College and earned his master's degree at City College. He lives in Jackson Heights
Source: (http://council.nyc.gov/d25/html/members/biography.shtml)

Interests: Education, social and cultural justice, gay rights

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Officials Condemn "Horrific" Alleged Anti-Gay Murder in Elmhurst

New York Lawmakers Push for Medical Marijuana Law

Queens Communities Concerned About Overdevelopment in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

City Councilman Wants to Silence Ice Cream Trucks in Jackson Heights

Civil Liberties Group Charge "Over-Policing" in NYC Schools

City Council Investigates Allegations of Abuse at Immigration Detention Centers

Article from Daniel Dromm

Profile: Daniel Dromm

City Councilman Daniel Dromm Champions Park Space in Jackson Heights
Daniel Dromm Photo Credit: NYC Council Website

Daniel Dromm
Photo Credit: NYC Council Website

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Map of NYC Council District 25

Map of NYC Council District 25

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