Jumaane Williams Has Inside Track for Housing Committee Chair, Sources Say

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A number of high-profile New York City Council committee chairmanships are expected to be announced at the Council’s stated meeting Wednesday afternoon, and multiple sources have indicated that Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, a member of the Council Progressive Caucus, is the frontrunner to chair the Housing and Buildings Committee.

New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams

New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams

Several New York City housing sources toldĀ City & State that Williams was a likely pick for the chairmanship, in part owing to his early backing of Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito but also because of his record of advocacy on housing issues. Before running for the Council in 2009, Williams was a housing activist, heading the organization New York State Tenants & Neighbors.

One political source said that Councilman Corey Johnson was also in the running for the Housing chairmanship, but a recent report indicated that Johnson could be named chair of the Health Committee.

Williams’ office did not respond to a request for comment.


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