Elected to the City Council in 2001, David Yassky has emerged as a rising leader in New York government. Yassky chairs the Council’s Committee on Waterfronts and is a prominent advocate for education reform, affordable housing, and gun control. Earlier this year, Yassky was included in the Democratic Leadership Council’s nation-wide list of “100 New Democrats to Watch.”
Working under Representative Chuck Schumer, Yassky helped enact the Brady Law, the Assault Weapons Ban, the Violence Against Women Act, and more than a dozen other significant anti-crime statutes. Immediately prior to joining the Council, Yassky taught full-time at Brooklyn Law School.
In his last election, Yassky won the endorsement of The New York Times. Michael Tomasky of New York Magazine called Yassky “the textbook definition of the sort of person who can change the council for the better.” and Tom Robbins of The Village Voice has written that Yassky is “one of the council’s ablest members.”
Yassky authored the “Waterfront Planning Act of 2002,” which the New York League of Conservation Voters called “the most important piece of waterfront legislation adopted by the City in recent years.” He also authored Local Law 44, which prohibits anyone with a record of domestic violence from obtaining a firearms permit.
Yassky’s other legislative proposals include the “Clean Air Cabs Act” which would require New York City taxi operators to phase in zero emissions vehicles; the “Gun Industry Responsibility Act,” and the “Junk Food and Soda Free Schools Act.”
Yassky lives in Brooklyn Heights with his wife Diana Fortuna, and their daughters Susan and Margaret.
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