Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

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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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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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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.
Jul 20, 2013 In The News

Nearly a week after George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin, President Barack Obama made his feelings about the situation clear: race and racism had a lot to do with Martin’s death, and the country needs to start grappling with what that means.

Jul 20, 2013 In The News
President Obama spoke favorably about New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly as a potential future Department of Homeland Security chief. Chris Hayes and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., explain why they believe Kelly is the wrong choice.
Jul 19, 2013 In The News

It was no surprise that during interviews with Univision and other Spanish-language stations that aired this week, immigration reform was the most discussed issue for President Obama. With the U.S.

Jul 17, 2013 In The News
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) discussed the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case on MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes." He called for the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a thorough investigation into the case and tried in federal court.
Jul 17, 2013 In The News
“Trayvon Martin did not have a gun,” Mr. Jeffries said. “All Trayvon Martin had was a package of Skittles and, as a result of him going to the store to get some Skittles, it set in motion a chain of events that resulted in him being shot dead in cold blood. That should not happen in America. And what’s why there needs to be some accountability.”
Jul 17, 2013 In The News
Two Democratic Congressman from New York, Rep. Gregory Meeks and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, are among several congressman, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, calling on the Department of Justice to intervene in the George Zimmerman case.
Jul 17, 2013 In The News
As more demonstrations are being planned in protest of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, members of New York's congressional delegation said Monday that there are precedents for the federal government to follow up with its own investigation.

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