Deputy Majority Leader Leory Comrie Addresses MCNY Community for Urban Dialogue Speaker Series

On the heels of Bloomberg’s blocked soda ban and his move to hide cigarettes from view, the role of government is a hot topic.  Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie, who lobbied against the inclusion of toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals, will speak to the MCNY community on Tuesday, March 26.

Does Comrie’s viewpoint on the government role mirror Mayor Bloomberg’s?   Is it saving people from themselves, or just promoting healthy options?   Comrie has a personal connection to the calorie issue, as he has battled his way through diet trials and triumphs for years.  The Deputy Majority Leader is no stranger to using his personal experiences as a way to humanize issues and better serve his public.

Leroy Comrie represents the 27th District, his hometown Southeast Queens District.  He was elected to City Council in 2001 and has been popular amongst his constituents ever since, re‑elected overwhelmingly in 2005 and again in 2009.  As evidenced by his politics, the Deputy Majority Leader has a personal stake in the well-being of those he serves.  His top issues are on providing quality education, guidance and support for youth and ensuring quality healthcare and services for seniors.  He is committed to economic development projects that create additional jobs and affordable housing for New Yorkers, and has proposed and passed legislation to improve quality of life, support cultural institutions and strengthen public safety.

Comrie is a strong advocate for his community.  Three terms and 12 years later, he has more than proven his dedication to serving the people.    Now, in the influential position of Deputy Majority Leader, he must walk the sometimes blurred line of determining government’s role in the lives of individuals.

Deputy Majority Leader Comrie will be joining the Metropolitan College of New York’s Urban Dialogue Series, which is hosted by MCNY’s School for Public Affairs and Administration on an ongoing basis.  The series is a dynamic forum in which scholars, legislators, policy makers, students and citizens exchange ideas and discuss issues and trends that affect New York City and other urban centers across the nation.   Past Dialogues include NYC Comptroller John Liu, Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union, and Ronald E. Richter, Commissioner of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services.

“We are particularly excited to have Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie come join us for our next Urban Dialogue,” stated Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of MCNY’s School for Public Affairs and Administration. “Comrie has been able to balance his ability to remain greatly liked by his voters while understanding what it is that they need, and most importantly stands by issues that he truly believes in.”w

MCNY’s Urban Dialogues with Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie will take place at the Metropolitan College of New York (431 Canal Streetm NY, NY) on March 26, 2013 from 6:00 – 7:30 in the 11th Floor Conference Room.