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Son of a public school teacher, born and raised in Brooklyn, and now a Queens resident, Anthony Weiner knows the challenges most families face, and has worked hard to make sure that all New Yonkers get their chance at a better life. In his years in the City Council, Weiner has gained a reputation as a thoughtful fighter for New York’s neighborhoods. He initiated programs to tackle quality of life concerns, and spearheaded development plans for historic Sheepshead Bay that led to a revival of the area. And when supermarkets began leaving the neighborhood, Weiner worked night and day to reverse the trend.
He also won much recognition for his efforts as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Public Housing, where on behalf of New York’s most undeserved and underrepresented citizens, he fought to increase federal funding for Public Housing, and on numerous occasions succeeded on a city-wide level in making public housing safer.
Elected to congress in 1998, Weiner became a congressman for the district that includes Brooklyn and Queens. He currently sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has the largest jurisdiction in the U.S. House; overseeing telecommunications, public health, air quality and environmental protection, the nation’s energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce. He also serves on the Judiciary Committee and as a part of the Democratic leadership team.
Weiner’s efforts have brought millions of dollars home to New York City to restore our city’s parks and beaches, to improve the collection of DNA to solve crimes against women, to fund programs for the developmentally disabled, to fund for additional police officers, to improve pedestrian safety, to bring ferry transportation to more New Yorkers, and to even clean graffiti.