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Caitlin Kelly
United States
New York City
New York
Brooklyn, NY

Legislator Profile: Robert Cornegy – New York City Council District 36

by Caitlin Kelly
October 13, 2014
Brooklyn, 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: 36
Term: First
Party: Democratic
Committees and Leadership: Mental Health (chair)

Office Location: 1360 Fulton Street Suite 500 Brooklyn, NY 11216
Phone: 212-788-7354
Email: RCornegy@council.nyc.gov

Focus of 2013 Platform: Expansion of housing and economic development

Vote Results: 87.5% (http://www.nytimes.com/projects/elections/2013/general/city-council/results.html)

Concerns as they relate to dance:

Robert E. Cornegy Jr. is the newly elected New York City Council Member for the 36th District, representing the vibrant communities of Bedford-Stuyvesant and northern Crown Heights. He has spent his career in public service, fighting for policies and services that are vital to the lives of the residents of Central Brooklyn. Cornegy is the son of the late Reverend Dr. Robert E. Cornegy, Sr., pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Bedford Stuyvesant. He learned from his parents at an early age that a community is only as strong as its members.

As the current District Leader of Brooklyn's 56th Assembly District, President of the Vanguard Independent Democratic Association (V.I.D.A.) and former Co-Chair of the Committee on Health and Social Services for Community Board 3, Cornegy demonstrates the importance of community service. A longtime advocate for healthcare, Cornegy has been at the forefront of the efforts to retain the vital healthcare services provided by Interfaith Medical Center. His years of public service are based around his unwavering advocacy and belief in converting promise into channels to unite and empower. He has also championed small businesses, and addressed the health and well-being of seniors and public safety for all district residents.

Before his career in public service, Cornegy attended St John's University, playing backup center for their historic 1984-5 Final Four team. He then went to play for the University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL, on full scholarship where he was drafted by the NBA. For ten seasons after leaving the NBA, Cornegy played professional basketball overseas and honed his own personal value system of discipline, inclusion and teamwork across cultural lines while playing in countries including Israel and Turkey.

Cornegy returned to the United States and went on to earn his Master's Degree in Organizational Management. After observing the effects of drugs on his community, he became a credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) and opened a successful residential treatment center for chemically dependent men. His work leading this service agency propelled him further into a community-organizing role. Cornegy served on several boards and task forces ensuring that numerous area projects benefiting the diverse population were funded. Prior to being elected, Cornegy worked as a legislative policy analyst for the New York City Council serving the Aging and Veterans committees in the Human Services Division. He wrote and developed progressive legislative proposals and served as part of the Gun Violence Task Force. This Task Force's report recommended a shooting incident crisis management system for five New York City neighborhoods. The report also called for working with young people who are most at risk of being involved in gun violence – and giving them the support they need. Council Member Cornegy has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Brooklyn College.

Council Member Cornegy lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant with his wife, Michelle. They are the proud parents of six children.

Source: ( http://council.nyc.gov/d36/html/members/biography.shtml)


News Clippings

The Mission Ahead

My Journey Begins Here

A New Leadership Role

Decide NYC

Parent Group Starts to Petition to Put Alarms on School Exits

Councilman Unveils New Breastfeeding Station in Bed-Stuy

Bill to Put Alarms on School Exits Needed as Pre-K Expands, Councilman Says

Spike Lee Classic Could be Commemorated in Bed-Stuy Street Name

Interfaith Needs to Remain a Full Service Hospital, Supporters Say

Cornegy Tapped to Lead City Council's Small Business Committee

Councilman Hopes to Bring Gifted and Talented Program Back to Bed Stuy

Community Group Demands a Say in Brooklyn Budget Process

Focus is on Jobs, Education at Central Brooklyn Inauguration

City Council Primary Marks Change in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights

Tensions Flare at City Council Education Debate

Opponents Accuse Cornegy of Machine Politics After Petition Objections

Robert Cornegy Jr. comes out on top after recount in race for central Brooklyn City Council Seat

Robert E. Cornegy Wins Testy Race

Cornegy Opens Bed-Stuy Lactation Station
Robert Cornegy (Photo Credit: NYC Council Website)

Robert Cornegy
(Photo Credit: NYC Council Website)

Photo © & courtesy of Unknown

NYC Council District 36 map (Credit: <a href='http://council.nyc.gov/d36/html/members/map.shtml'target='_blank'>http://council.nyc.gov/d36/html/members/map.shtml'target</a>)

NYC Council District 36 map

(Credit: http://council.nyc.gov/d36/html/members/map.shtml'target)

Photo © & courtesy of Unknown

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