City Council Speaker Corey Johnson: A Food Difference

by Justin Taylor
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

City Council website

Fresh Food for Seniors:

Resolution for Meatless Mondays:

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