About the Council Member

Council Member Gale A. Brewer has been representing the Upper West Side and the northern part of Clinton in the New York City Council since 2002. She was re-elected in the November 2009 general election with over 80 percent of the vote, receiving nearly 5,000 more votes than any of the other 50 Council Members who ran. In the November 2003 and 2005 elections, she received 86% and 80% of the vote, respectively. Her service in the Council is a continuation of nearly 30 years of public service.

Brewer currently chairs the Committee on Governmental Operations. The Committee on Governmental Operations, consistent with its mandate, will review governmental structure and organization with an eye toward increasing both efficiency and accountability, particularly in the delivery of services and the use of technology.

Brewer chaired the Committee on Technology in Government (now the Committee on Technology) from 2002-2009, where she worked to make better use of technology to save money, improve City services, and bring residents, businesses and non-profits closer to government and their communities. Council Member Brewer looks forward to integrating many of the practices of the Technology in Government to the Governmental Operations Committee.

Other committees on which Council Member Brewer serves include: Aging; Finance; General Welfare, Higher Education; Housing & Buildings; Mental Health; Technology; Transportation; and Waterfronts. In addition, she co-chairs the Manhattan Delegation (MD), sits on the Council’s Budget Negotiating Team (BNT) and is a member of the Rules Committee Working Group. Brewer has been instrumental in passing numerous laws, including legislation protecting domestic workers; a bill establishing the Broadband Advisory Committee; a bill establishing an electronic death registration system; two bills aimed at eliminating graffiti and unwanted stickers; and legislation requiring City publications to be made available via the Web.

In addition, Brewer was a member of the New York State Universal Broadband Initiative’s Digital Literacy and Community Outreach Action Team and served as a member of the New York State Attorney General’s Real Estate Working Group/Subcommittee on Enforcement and Mediation, New York Foundation Center Library Advisory Committee, and the Information Technology and Communications Committee of the National League of Cities.

Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee; she also sits on Advisory Committees to CUNY/John Jay College and CUNY Macauley Honors College. Gale also sits on the Academy of Medicine’s Age-Friendly Board.

Prior to her election, Brewer served as Project Manager for the NYC Nonprofits Project and worked with the Telesis Corporation, a private firm that builds affordable housing. As Deputy Public Advocate for Intergovernmental Affairs (1994-1998), Brewer promoted legislation, wrote policy, and monitored the implementation of the National Voter Registration Act. Her web site, the first in City government, won an award from New York Magazine. As director of the Mayor’s Federal Office in New York City (1990-1994), she assisted the Dinkins Administration with its legislative agenda and initiated private funding for a technical assistance program for community-based organizations seeking federal funds. On the West Side she served for over a decade as Chief of Staff to Council Member Ruth Messinger.

Brewer has received numerous awards for her service on over two dozen neighborhood and nonprofit boards as well as her work in the City Council. Previously to being elected to office, she was a member of Manhattan’s Community Board 7 and Chair of the New York State chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus. In 2000, she was cited by the Daily News as “One of 50 New Yorkers to Watch.” She has taught urban policy at Barnard, Baruch, Brooklyn, Hunter, and Queens Colleges. Gale has an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and did her undergraduate work at Columbia University and Bennington College. She is married to Cal Snyder and has raised adopted children.

Find out more at Gale A. Brewer’s City Council Site

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