Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

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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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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.”

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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.
Jul 12, 2013 In The News
Two congressmen introduced legislation Wednesday that would heighten pleading requirements for patent suits and restrict discovery, the latest bill in a slew of proposals aimed at cracking down on so-called patent trolls.
Jul 10, 2013 In The News

Responding to evidence that the United States is falling behind other countries in preparing youngsters in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)–and to President Barack Obama’s recent call for “an all-hands on deck approach to STEM”— the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) today will launch #STEMNOW

Jul 8, 2013 In The News

If the two previous town hall meetings in Howard Beach discussing the neighborhood’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy were any indication, many entered St.

Jul 8, 2013 In The News
U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) addressed the crowd that packed into St. Helen’s for a town hall forum on Hurricane Sandy issues on Sunday.
Jul 1, 2013 In The News
Congressmember Hakeem Jeffries hosted a post-Sandy town hall meeting with Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder for residents still struggling to recover.
Jul 1, 2013 In The News
As 1010 WINS’ Gene Michaels reported, Father Dooley Hall at St. Helen Roman Catholic Church at 157-10 83rd St. in Queens, was the site of a post-Sandy Town Hall meeting hosted by U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), and state Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder (D-Queens).
Jul 1, 2013 In The News
Mayor Bloomberg’s comment about stop-and-frisk on his weekly radio show sparked major backlash from community leaders and politicians — the outrage stemming from hundreds of thousands of stops each year that result in arrests only about 10% of the time.
Jul 1, 2013 In The News
Mr. Jeffries said Mr. Bloomberg's "racially charged comments" last week showed he doesn't recognize the pain caused by the policy and that "the time is now" for its reduction. "The mayor's comments in defense of stop-and-frisk were sad, disrespectful, hurtful, and quite unfortunate," he said.
Jul 1, 2013 In The News
An embattled Mayor Bloomberg stood by his controversial comments on the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy Sunday — and unloaded on his critics.

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