ANDY KING – PEOPLE FIRST/COMMUNITY FIRST
Occupation: Advocate, SEIU 1199
Education: William Paterson University (BA)
Andy King is running for City Council because he believes that his district is in dire need of a strong leader who will foster greater community engagement. King ran for this council seat in 2009, but lost in the primary to Larry Seabrook whose departure related to a corruption conviction created this vacant seat. Since then, King returned to running his Bronx-based youth program, and was an advocate for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199. He agrees with many of Citizens Union’s reform agenda, but doesn’t have a position on a number of issues. If elected, King’s first priority would be to encourage youth involvement in the community by increasing the number of youth programs, and spending more on education. He would also aim to improve the relationship between police officers and youth by encouraging clearer channels of communication between them. King also vows to create partnerships between businesses and government, protect senior programs, establish healthcare education, and implement SAFE neighborhood initiatives. He believes that his lifelong commitment to serving his community sets him apart from his opponents. Citizens Union believes that as a councilmember, King would connect with his constituents, and represent them well in city government. His lack of knowledge on many reform issues, however, prevents him from earning our endorsement.