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Speaker Series Recap: Council Member Corey Johnson

Last Thursday, March 6th, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership kicked off the 2014 Speaker Series. The event was hosted by TD Bank at 655 Sixth Avenue at 21st Street. Corey Johnson, newly elected New York City Council Member of District 3 and Chair of the Committee on Health, appeared as the guest at the 90-minute breakfast with a Q&A session for local business owners and residents.


"We launched this series six years ago in an effort to inform businesses, property owners, and residents about issues affecting our community," said Jennifer Brown, BID Executive Director. Added Johnson, "I look at the work that this organization does as a real public-private partnership between local government and an organization that's able to better the community in many ways. The transformation that we have seen since the Flatiron BID was founded in 2006 has been dramatic and very encouraging."


Elected to the Council in November 2013 with over 86% of District 3 votes, Johnson is also an advocate for the LGBT community. At the age of 18 in Middleton, Massachusetts, Johnson became the first high school football team captain to publicly proclaim his homosexuality. In May 2000, he told The New York Times, "After I graduate next month, I'd like to travel, check out some colleges for the year after and think about the book and movie.''


Johnson's decade-long journey in community service, however, has led him to the platform of progressive politics. Last week's BID Speaker Series offered Johnson the ideal forum to address his Flatiron constituents about his support for a number of social issues. Topics included the campaign for universal pre-k and an increase in the minimum wage. "It's pretty staggering that 49% of all New Yorkers, that's about four million people, are living at or near the poverty line," declared Johnson. "If you put in 40 hours a week, show up to work, you do your job, there should be a basic promise and premise that you can support yourself and your family."


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