Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

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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.
May 9, 2014 In The News
Jeffries said Nadler had worked for 20 years to get the beaches restored. “The devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy is indicative of the desperate need to restore and strengthen the South Brooklyn shoreline and surrounding infrastructure. I applaud Rep. Nadler for his relentless commitment to getting this project underway for the last 20 years and I am pleased that funding from the Sandy relief compensation package will be used to construct T-groin structures, replenish the Coney Island beachfront and mitigate damage from future storms,” Jeffries said.
May 5, 2014 Press Release
“The devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy is indicative of the desperate need to restore and strengthen the South Brooklyn shoreline and surrounding infrastructure,” said Representative Jeffries (NY-8). “I applaud Rep. Nadler for his relentless commitment to getting this project underway for the last twenty years and I am pleased that funding from the Sandy relief compensation package will be used to construct T-groin structures, replenish the Coney Island beachfront, and mitigate damage from future storms.”
May 5, 2014 In The News
A 149-foot-high shrine to American Revolutionary War POWs that stands majestically over Fort Greene Park could be on its way to becoming a national monument to be maintained by the U.S. Department of the Interior if a bill approved by the House on April 28 is passed by the senate and signed into law by President Obama.
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May 2, 2014 In The News
“Ken Thompson should be commended for his forward-looking policy to focus the law enforcement resources of his office on more serious crime,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. “The time has long past to stop criminalizing young men of color for possession of small amounts of marijuana, when affluent college students regularly evade prosecution. We should have one standard for everyone, and that is what this change in policy will help bring about.”
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May 2, 2014 In The News
“It is clear, and no one in Washington, DC doubts that the primary purpose of that bill was to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy,” Jeffries said at the press conference when asked about the bill’s actual language by the Queens Chronicle, the only media outlet to ask any questions at the event. “What HUD appears to be considering is the notion that, let’s have a resiliency competition all across the country. Why do that when we have resiliency needs in New York? Until those resilency needs are met ... there’s no need for a resiliency competition around the country.”
May 2, 2014 In The News
Members of the media were treated to a special session hosted by Canarsie’s congressman - Hakeem Jeffries (8th Congressional District). Congressman Jeffries gave editors and reporters of the City’s weekly publications a unique opportunity, in an informal setting, to discuss local issues at a roundtable discussion held last week.
May 1, 2014 In The News
The CBC budget, unfortunately, is one of those passed over and pitifully neglected pastimes of Capitol Hill culture.
Apr 29, 2014 In The News
“The monument is largely used as a skate park and a destination for people engaging in their morning physical activities,” said Jeffries of the 116-year-old landmark, which houses some of the remains of 11,500 colonists who perished aboard British prison ships on the East River during the American Revolution. “That was not the intention of the monument.”
Apr 29, 2014 In The News
"This is a substantial step toward making sure these American Revolutionary War heroes will have their stories and their legacies told, preserved and respected," Jeffries said.

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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.
Jul 25, 2013 In The News
“We’ve come a long way in this country, as President Obama acknowledged in his remarks a few days ago,” said Jeffries, a New York Democrat, on MSNBC Tuesday. “But we, of course, still have a ways to go. And we should use this moment not to talk at each other, but to talk witheach other.”
Jul 20, 2013 In The News
The Road to City Hall's Errol Louis discussed the congressional farm bill that eliminates funding for food stamps with Joel Berg, the executive director of New York City's Coalition Against Hunger, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens.

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