Veteran Upper West Side Councilwoman Gale Brewer is jumping into the race for Manhattan Borough President.
“I’m going to definitely do it I. haven’t gotten myself organized, because I’m working on so many different issues, but I will,” Ms. Brewer told The Politicker last night at a public forum hosted by Police Reform Organizing Project at the LGBT Community Center.
Ms. Brewer is entering a crowded field. With current Borough President Scott Stringer gearing up to run for mayor next year, Councilman Robert Jackson, Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin and Councilwoman Jessica Lappin have all already begun campaigning for the position.
Ms. Brewer, who’s been in the City Council since 2002, said she’d love to remain in that role, but term limits forced her to make a move.
“I think, to be very honest with you, I would love to stay where I am. I love my neighborhood, but it’s term limits, I got 12 years and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” Ms. Brewer said. “I do love my borough and I think there’s still projects to work on right now. I’m working on retail, paid sick time, open data. Should I go on? You know, a lot of different things.”
Prior to entering the City Council, Ms. Brewer worked in the nonprofit sector and in a variety of political positions including; Deputy Public Advocate for Intergovernmental Affairs, director of the Mayor’s Federal Office in New York City and as chief of staff to former Councilwoman Ruth Messinger. Ms. Brewer said she thinks her experience sets her apart from the other candidates planning to run for Manhattan Borough President.
“I think I have this amazing long history. I mean, I’ve worked all the way back to John Lindsay, so I have worked on non-profit sector, affordable housing, education,” Ms. Brewer said. “There’s nothing that I haven’t really worked on and I think that’s what I bring to the table, a wide knowledge of many different issues.”
Ms. Brewer is confident about her chances.
“I’m always optimistic. I have a great district and I’ve been working on all these different issues from women to affordable development for a very long time,” she said. “So, I think I just bring a long history and, in the last twelve years, I’ve been able to pass legislation I think helps people. It’s something that I’d love to do on a larger scale, but I do love my neighborhood .”