Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

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Jun 4, 2014 In The News
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and community leaders came together today to call for the deployment of federal law enforcement to nab whoever is responsible for the recent stabbings of two East New York children. “These are unspeakable crimes that have shaken the East New York community, which is a close, tight knit, family oriented community,” Mr. Jeffries declared today in East New York, Brooklyn. “There is a psychopath that is on the loose, who can strike again at any moment. That is why we need all hands on deck.”
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Jun 3, 2014 Press Release
“Time and time again, the Interfaith Medical Center found itself on life support over the last year. The community never gave up, and together we fought for our safety net hospital to be revived. The emergence from bankruptcy is a substantial step toward central Brooklyn finally getting the world class medical institution we deserve."
Jun 3, 2014 Press Release
“There is a psychopath on the loose in East New York who can strike again at any moment. Until the person or individuals responsible for these heinous crimes are apprehended, we need all hands on deck. The FBI should step up to assist the police department and our community during this urgent time of need,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.
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Jun 1, 2014 Press Release
“The violent attack that has left one child dead and another seriously injured has shocked the conscience of an East New York community filled with hard-working residents. We must pray and support the family of Prince Joshua and do all we can to ensure that Mikayla fully recovers. On the heels of a random stabbing that killed an East New York woman on Friday evening, a crime that also remains unsolved, the community is on edge. The New York Police Department and all appropriate law enforcement agencies must deploy the maximum amount of resources necessary to find the person or individuals responsible for these brutal attacks and bring them to justice."
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May 30, 2014 In The News
A Brooklyn congressman says the mayor and police commissioner are coming up short, as there are complaints that people in black and Latino neighborhoods are continuing to be arrested in high numbers for low-level marijuana possession. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and community advocates say the New York City Police Department's promise to reduce low-level marijuana arrests has gone up in smoke. "The new administration promised change, but instead, we got more of the same," Jeffries said.
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May 29, 2014 In The News
On Tuesday, Jeffries, along with members of the Drug Policy Alliance and community advocates, held a press conference outside of One Police Plaza, calling on the police department to address the racial disparity in the number of arrests of people possessing small quantities of marijuana. In the final year of the Bloomberg administration, 28,644 people were arrested for possession of small quantities of marijuana. This amount is 12 times more a year than under Mayor Edward I. Koch, 28 times more than under Mayor David N. Dinkins.
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May 27, 2014 Press Release
“It is deeply troubling that the gaping racial disparity in marijuana arrests in New York City continues to persist. The police department promised change, but instead we have gotten more of the same,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. “The possession of small quantities of marijuana is either a crime or it is socially acceptable behavior. But it cannot constitute criminal activity for one group of people and socially acceptable behavior for another group of people when the dividing line is race. The current policy is unfair, undemocratic and unconscionable and it must end.”
May 16, 2014 In The News
"Serious structural vulnerabilities were exposed when Superstorm Sandy severely damaged areas like Coney Island and other South Brooklyn waterfront communities,” said Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8). “The storm's impact underlined the need to better protect our neighborhoods from extreme weather events, and a tidal barrier in Coney Island Creek could mitigate future flood damage. This feasibility study is a positive step in the right direction toward a more resilient New York City, and we're thankful for the Mayor's leadership.”
May 16, 2014 In The News
“How do you download the power of the federal government into the district you represent?” That’s a key question Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) has been asking himself and trying to answer as he serves his first term in Congress.
May 15, 2014 In The News
Widely regarded as one of the rising stars in city politics, Mr. Jeffries, a mere assemblyman in 2012, managed to intimidate incumbent congressman Ed Towns into giving up his re-election bid after launching his campaign. Mr. Jeffries was also an instrumental backer of his friend Kenneth Thompson’s successful campaign for Brooklyn district attorney last year.
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Sep 20, 2013 In The News
"Jeffries promised to reach out to the city and the Army Corps of Engineers to evaluate conditions along the creek so that homes and foundations remain stable and the damage from potential future storms is minimal."
Sep 16, 2013 In The News
On MSNBC's "Up with Steve Korancki," Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Rep. Alan Grayson, the New Yorker's Amy Davidson and Buzzfeed's political reporter Kate Nocera discussed the evolving narrative of criticism about President Obama and the developments of the Syria situation from the time Obama set the red line to now that the deal has been made.
Sep 16, 2013 In The News
Last Wednesday, two hundred people gathered together at the 12th anniversary memorial. Ross Tisnovsky , whose sister, Helen Belilovsky, lost her life on that day, held the meeting. He said, “ September 11, 2001 will forever be the turning point in the history of mankind and in the history of each family that was affected by this tragedy . But grief unites us... "
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Sep 13, 2013 In The News
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the restoration project for Brooklyn's Plumb Beach is a now model for what can be done to better protect the city's shoreline. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.
Sep 8, 2013 In The News
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries expounded on his reasons for being undecided in the pontential vote to launch military strikes against the Syrian regime for use of chemical weapons....
Sep 6, 2013 In The News
"The people in the district that I represent overwhelmingly have communicated to me that they do not want to see us engaged in another Middle Eastern conflict. There are domestic issues that are still unresolved, there are resources that could possibly be diverted," said Congressman Hakeem Jeffries.
Sep 6, 2013 In The News
Sep 5, 2013 In The News
Rep. Jeffries appeared on MSNBC’s The Cycle to discuss his views on military intervention in Syria and to weigh in on the current debate both in the Democratic Caucus and in his Congressional District.
Sep 4, 2013 In The News

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats, torn over involving the United States in another unpredictable Middle East war, are emerging as a major barrier to President Obama’s plan to strike Syria.

Sep 2, 2013 In The News
The congressman from the 8th District of New York Hakeem Jeffries in the delegation of Congress recently visited Israel. The task of the delegation was to determine the current problems in the Middle East ally, the United States and, above all, support the next peace talks with the Palestinians.

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