Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

Media

Latest News

Feb 11, 2015 In The News

Democrats hailed a Brooklyn grand jury’s decision today to reportedly indict the NYPD officer who killed Akai Gurley last year–a stark contrast to reactions

Feb 11, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON –– The Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday submitted an amicus brief in the Wisconsin voter I.D. case, BuzzFeed News has learned.

Feb 10, 2015 Press Release

Brooklyn, NY – Today, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) released the following statement in response to the indictment of NYPD officer Peter Liang in the death of unarmed Brooklyn man Akai Gurley:

Issues:
Feb 10, 2015 In The News

U.S. Sens. Chuck E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries on Tuesday announced $16.2 million in federal funding to the New York City School Construction Authority for permanent work of P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School of Coney Island, as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

Feb 3, 2015 In The News

“I work in an immigrant community, so it’s a challenge [for anyone]to touch on things that affects everyone, but he did: on police, housing, employment and immigration,” said Lovly, a Canarsie mom and community advocate. “It isn’t all talk [either]because he is very practical and has worked with us on social needs and real life issues that Brooklyn residents face.”

Issues:
Feb 3, 2015 In The News

House Democrats on Tuesday will unveil a new task force that party leaders hope will reboot their messaging strategy ahead of 2016.

Democrats lost 13 seats on Election Day, and there has been strong criticism from within the Democratic Caucus that the party’s message was badly out of step with the American public.

Feb 3, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON -- The deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and other African-American men who have died at the hands of law enforcement in recent months were on the minds of the black lawmakers who gathered Tuesday morning in the U.S. Capitol for the start of the new Congress.

Feb 2, 2015 Press Release

"In the face of unprecedented GOP obstruction, President Obama has led a successful rescue of the American economy. The President took office at the outset of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Today, our country is experiencing a sustained period of economic growth and job creation, the unemployment rate has drastically declined and the stock market is way up.

Jan 13, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – On the heels of his recent election as Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus, U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) has been selected to serve on the powerful U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee.

Pages

In The News

Jun 7, 2014 In The News
After a weekend of deadly stabbings in East New York, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries requested assistance from the FBI to assist the NYPD with apprehending a vicious killer that brutally attacked two children at 845 Schenck Avenue, a 6-story building in the Boulevard Houses development.
Issues:
Jun 5, 2014 In The News
U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), who represents the area, also issued a statement praising police. “I commend the police department for its work leading to this arrest,” he said in the statement. “Prince Joshua and Tanaya are in heaven. Let’s hope the police have apprehended a killer who is on his way to hell. “The hard-working people of East New York have been on edge since the brutal knife attacks that took place over the weekend. The arrest provides a measure of comfort, but this chapter will not be closed until this cold-blooded killer is tried, convicted and put away for life,” he continued.
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.
Issues:
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.”
Issues:
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.
Issues:
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.
Issues:
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.
Issues:

Pages

Videos

Aug 18, 2014 Video

Congressman Jeffries discusses gridlock in Washington and the failure of House Republicans to address the needs of the American people. He also addresses the situation in the Gaza Strip and Israel's right to defend itself.

Aug 18, 2014 Video

Congressman Jeffries discusses P.J.'s Act, a bill named after P.J. Avitto, the Brooklynite who was tragically killed in an elevator that lacked the proper safety equipment. The bill is designed to boost security-related funding for public housing organizations. He also addresses the NYPD's inept broken windows policing policy.

Pages