Part of the ongoing Politicians Making a Food Difference series
The Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center is excited to recognize the politicians who are working to make NYC a model for smart, fair food policy. This week we honor the work of City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.
Name: Corey Johnson [D-NY]
Political title: Speaker of the New York City Council; New York City Council Member, District 3
Hometown: Beverly, Massachusetts
Educational Bio: Masconomet Regional High School in Massachusetts
What he cares about: Public health, mental health, general welfare, affordable housing, tenants’ rights, LGBT rights, seniors, animal welfare and public transportation.
What he’s done: In partnership with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, administers the Fresh Foods for Seniors Program. With Council Member Helen Rosenthal, introduced a resolution proclaiming all Mondays as “Meatless Mondays” to encourage residents to eat more plant-based meals once a week in an effort to protect the environment and public health.
Recent food-related policies he’s supported: Mobile food vendor reporting, fast food restaurant closings and openings.
Official website http://www.coreyjohnson.nyc
City Council website https://council.nyc.gov/district-3/
Fresh Food for Seniors: http://www.coreyjohnson.nyc/food-bag-program/
Resolution for Meatless Mondays: http://helenrosenthal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/2015.01.22-Meatless-Monday-Press-Release.pdf