Kamillah Hanks has been sworn in as North Shore’s next NYC councilwoman

STATE ISLAND, NY – Councilwoman Kamillah Hanks took an honorary post on Monday during a ceremony at City Hall to serve as North Shores’ next city councilwoman.

“I am extremely honored to have the privilege of serving my community as your councilor,” Hanks said.

“I look forward to using my many years of experience in our community to deliver results to the people of the North Shore, especially as we continue to navigate the pandemic that has devastated so many lives and livelihoods across our neighborhood, city and I’m excited to represent the people in the 49th District of the City Council – let’s get started.

Democrat Debi Rose represented the 49th City Council District from 2010 until the end of her term in 2021. District 49, which includes the North Shore of Staten Island, is one of the most democratic and diverse city council districts on Staten Island.

Hanks is a native Staten Islander who has been a leader in his community for over 20 years who has advocated for smart growth and positive economic development on the North Shore of Staten Island. Hanks pioneered several initiatives for economic growth, cultural development and job creation on Staten Island, including the Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership and Staten Island’s first YouthBuild program.

Hanks said she looks forward to bringing well-paid, high-quality jobs to the district and providing the necessary funds and resources to improve health care, transportation and school systems.JMT Media

Hanks has said that her top priorities as a member of the City Council and an advocate for truly affordable, high-quality housing are integrating solid infrastructure and encouraging sensible development, while respecting and preserving the historic districts and neighborhoods of the North Shore. She said she also hopes to work with necessary partners and stakeholders to create educational initiatives that build career paths through union apprenticeship programs.

Hanks said she looks forward to bringing well-paid, high-quality jobs to the district and providing the necessary funds and resources to improve health care, transportation and school systems.

“The North Coast made the right choice by choosing Kamillah Hanks to be the next city councilwoman. Kamillah’s extensive experience and commitment to her community prepares her to lead on Day 1. I was delighted to attend her official oath at City Hall, and “I look forward to having her as a partner in government. I know Kamillah will accomplish great things for her district,” said State Senator Diane Savino (D-North Shore / Brooklyn).

Hanks is the founder of the Staten Island Minority Women in Business Association (MWBASI), which is a diverse team of professional minority women seeking to advocate, educate, and mentor colored women who do business on Staten Island.

“As the governing body of MWBASI, we were proud to witness her swearing-in at City Hall, and we look forward to realizing the benefits that Kamillah’s city council leadership will bring to Staten Island,” said Kimiko Avilez, president of Staten Island Minority Women in Business Association, said.

Hanks will take office on January 1, 2022, with his first day at City Hall on January 5th. Her district office will be located at 130 Stuyvesant Place. Her inauguration was originally scheduled for January 15, but due to the recent increase in cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), the inauguration will be postponed to a later date, with a media announcement following.

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