Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York


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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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
May 13, 2014 In The News
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is pushing to make the Prison Ship Martyr's Monument into a national monument. The 149-foot-tall monument stands atop a crypt holding the remains of some soldiers who were kept in horrific conditions on British prison ships during the Revolutionary War. More than 11,500 soldiers died in captivity on the British prison ships.


In The News

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.
Aug 26, 2013 In The News
Ray Baker talked with Brooklyn, NY Rep. Hakeem Jeffries during the August recess. This August recess was particularly busy for Jeffries. The freshman Congressman traveled, dealt with the issue of stop-and-frisk and held several events in his district. On the video below Baker talks to Rep. Jeffries on several issues.
Aug 23, 2013 In The News

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, New York Assembly Member Annette Robinson and community leaders called for the preservation of health care services at the Interfaith Medical Center on Wednesday morning. Feelings are running high as a coalition of community members and elected officials, including the Rev.

Aug 9, 2013 In The News
“The founding fathers set forth a House of Representatives that was designed to reflect the mood of the public and the passions of the people at the moment,” Jeffries explains. “And in 2010, the American people were angry. I believe the anger was manipulated in ways that allowed the Tea Party crowd to win elections. As a result, there were a whole lot of angry members elected all across the country.”
Aug 9, 2013 In The News
Jeffries called it "an important step in the right direction toward fundamentally changing our approach to rehabilitation and successful reentry into society."
Aug 7, 2013 In The News
Thirty of some of the most influential black New Yorkers for 2013-2014 – as recommended by a committee consisting of representatives from the NAACP, 100 Black Men, the Delta’s, New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, New York City Council Black Latino and Asian Caucus, New York Urban League, Association of Black Journalists and Harlem Arts Alliance:
Aug 5, 2013 In The News
The survey also counts the number of people who identify as “Hispanic or Latino,” but add that this category can be “of any race.” The largest concentration of Latinos, 129,696, is found in Jeffries’ 8th C.D. The smallest, 87,723, is found in Clarke’s neighboring 9th C.D.
Aug 5, 2013 In The News
Two freshmen, Reps. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) announced they were joining this week’s tour, which will include meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as well as tours of U.S.-funded defense systems, including the short range Iron Dome anti-missile program.
Jul 26, 2013 In The News
Residents had a chance to bring quality of life issues to one of the community’s elected officials Saturday morning when Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and his staff were stationed outside the Canarsie Post Office.