Ruben Wills




PREVIOUS OCCUPATION(S): Small business owner, consultant

EDUCATION: Degree in Social Sciences Sullivan County Community College, NY; Graduate Studies in Political Science and Urban Planning (MPP), Empire State College, NY

ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS: NAACP, Christian Basketball League Inc, New York 4 Life, Inc, Merchants Alliance

PRIOR PUBLIC EXPERIENCE: Chief of Staff; Sen. Shirley Huntley, 10th Senatorial District; Special Assistant to Council Member Leroy Comrie, 27th District

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1. What is the most important issue in Council District 28 you would address if elected?

One of the most important issues that impedes our growth is the lack of sustainable and long term economic development. By addressing the void of economic development and bringing more and better job opportunities, the benefit will result in a decrease in crime and an overall increase in the quality of life enjoyed by everyone.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

Homeless shelters that pop up almost overnight in the district is a concern. This creates an undue burden and over-saturation of shelters in one area and that is not fair. I plan to introduce legislation that would ensure that all districts in the city are assuming the responsibility of protecting our vulnerable homeless population and not just some districts.


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

My history in this community has made me sensitive to the issues. I have been in elected office less than a year and during my short time in office, we have fought the cuts to our senior and daycare centers and won; held the city accountable for failing to inform our neighborhood of a new men’s shelter with registered sex offenders; fought the closures of PS 30 and August Martin High School — and won the fight to keep PS 40 open.


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