Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

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Jun 5, 2014 In The News
“The senate bill was bi-partisan and did include a pay-for, in terms of the unemployment compensation. Speaker Boehner has indicated that the pay-for was inadequate and he also indicated that he wanted to see some sort of jobs package. The notion that the Speaker of the House is holding up the unemployment compensation legislation based upon his desire to see activity in the area of job creation is phony. It is a false narrative. The President has put forth the American Jobs Act, which would create infrastructure in transportation investment, as well as provide an opportunity for states to hire people in the fields of police protection, via an education. But the House has again failed to bring that bill to the floor. The only thing the House majority seems interested in with respect to job creation is the Keystone pipeline. But as the President has indicated, that project is under environmental review and we’re not in a position to move forward until we can be clear that the health and well being of the American people will not be jeopardized."
Jun 5, 2014 In The News
BROOKLYN — The Pratt Post Office has secured a new location after being forced to leave its former building, which was sold to developers in 2012, local politicians announced.
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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.”

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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.
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.

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