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New York City Council Member Kamillah M. Hanks represents the 49th District, which is the North Shore of Staten Island. She was elected to the City Council in 2021 after defeating eight other candidates in a Democratic primary and a Republican opponent in the general election. She serves as the Chair of the Committee on Public Safety in the New York City Council.  Additionally, she serves on the Committees on Finance, Civil Service and Labor, Land Use, Education, Environmental Protection, and the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises. Council Member Hanks advocated for a new Citywide initiative, the Community Safety and Victims Services Initiative, which was instituted by City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams this year.

Council Member Hanks brought over $26 Million to the 49th District in the Fiscal Year 22 City budget and has sponsored or co-sponsored several pieces of impactful legislation.

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"I come from proud a family that has been involved with public service for as long as I can remember. I want to work for you. We need to create more living wage jobs, improve our schools, and make public safety - especially getting guns off the streets, a top priority. With nearly a decade of government experience, I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate the complicated governmental agencies, and get things done."


Budget Highlights

  • Council Member Hanks has brought over $26 Million to her district in her first year in office. Schools, parks, the FDNY, cultural organizations, and local non-profit groups have benefited from Council Member Hanks’ hard work and strong advocacy for her district.


Richmond University Medical Center

  • $7 Million for a new Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Richmond University Medical Center, bringing state-of-the art care to Staten Island.


Concord High School

  • $5.2 Million to schools in our district, including $2.7 Million to complete a culinary kitchen at Concord High School, which will help to train the chefs of the future.



  • $7.5 Million for Parks upgrades in our district, including Skyline and Mahoney playgrounds, so our children have safe and comfortable places to play.


Snug Harbor

  • $3 Million to complete the renovation of the historic Music Hall, and $6 Million for storm water resiliency and anti-flooding measures at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, which will reduce flooding in surrounding neighborhoods.


Staten Island Zoo

  • $2.5 Million for HVAC and systems upgrades and replacements at the Staten Island Zoo, so families can enjoy the zoo experience in safety and comfort.



  • $1.2 Million for a new generator at FDNY Engine 153/Ladder 77 in Stapleton, to ensure the firehouse will stay up and running to serve the community.


Community Safety Initiative

  • A new $5.1 Million Community Safety and Victims Services initiative, providing $100,000 to each council district for public safety improvements and victims services.

Legislative Highlights

  • Provided a property tax rebate for lower and middle income co-op, condominium, and homeowners.Increase transparency and accountability in the real property tax assessment process.

  • Require the NYPD and the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice to study the effects of illegal firearms trafficking into New York City to keep our neighborhoods safe from gun violence.

  • Established the area known as “Times Square” for the purpose of identifying a gun free sensitive area in accordance with State Law.

  • Require the mayor’s office of criminal justice to provide training and operational support to not-for-profit service providers participating in the city’s crisis management system.


  • Create an Office of the Waterfront that will coordinate with City agencies to prioritize the upkeep and development of waterfront areas throughout the City.

  • Provide training for first responders to prevent the unlawful dissemination of sensitive images.

  • Create a Citywide Office of Disaster Recovery to compile and disseminate all disaster resource and relief information.



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