Nine years ago Jumaane Williams, son of Grenadian immigrants, was elected councilman for the 45th Council District in Brooklyn, New York.
Now he has set his sight on higher office, having put his hat in the ring for the next Lieutenant governor of the state of New York.
For those who know him personally and for many of the people who he represents as a council member for Brooklyn, he is a strong social and political activist. While some people may cast his as a trouble maker in New York City Council, his steadfast and unwavering fight for rights of new immigrants, has made this 42 year a guardian angel for those who are marginalize.
Williams has had a great run in New York City council having been re-elected in 2013 and 2017 where he plays an active role. He currently serves as Deputy Leader of the New York City Council, co-chair of the Council’s Task Force to Combat Gun Violence and the Taskforce on City Workforce Equity, a founding member of the Progressive Caucus, and is a member of the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus.
In the video below Williams talks about why he’s chosen to run for Lieutenant Governor, and how he sees the position as a vehicle for furthering social change.