41st City Council District




Alicka Ampry-Samuel

Royston P. Antoine

William F. Boyland, Sr.*

Essie M. Duggan

Pamela M. Junior

Stanley Kinard

Danny King

Darlene Mealy

David R. Miller

Maryam A. Samad

Stanley Kinard


Party enrolled in: Democratic

Occupation: Executive Director and Founder, Carter G. Woodson Cultural Literacy Project; Founder, Black New Yorkers for Educational Excellence; Education Columnist, Our Times Press

Occupational background: An educator working with youth for over 30 years, Stan Kinard has directed programs educating our children about Black History and culture. As an activist, Kinard organized the coalition that installed Frank Mickens as Principal of Boys and Girls H.S. and was a leader in the fight to stop Edison from privatizing public schools in our community. He is a supporter in the "I Have A Dream" program’s effort to create a charter school at the old P.S. 70 site, and also served as the first Executive Director of Brownsville Heritage House.

Educational background: A graduate of Tilden H.S., Kinard received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and was awarded a prestigious Revson Fellowship from Columbia University

Organizational affiliations: Community Board 16; Board of Directors of the North Star Fund, Citizen Action Committee, After School Corporation; Advisory Board, Bedford-Stuyvesant Youth Task Force

Prior public experience: n/a



1. What is the most important issue in Council District 41 you would address if elected?

Education remains the most important issue in the 41st CD. Our youth are in crisis as never before. Youth have no sense of history or understanding of the obstacles that their parents and grandparents have had to overcome. Currently, Black History is not being taught in our schools. I will work to initiate a cultural literacy curriculum such as mandated by the NYS Legislature in 1997, but never implemented. Most of our youth have no sense of their cultural selves and have embraced values from TV and radio. To reverse this negative trend, I will advocate for a culturally relevant curriculum. In addition, I will work to increase education funds for local schools, and seek to expand after-school tutoring and vocational programs.


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

Bring economic development, and jobs into the community. Create programs to combat asthma, diabetes, AIDS and cancer. Work with the local police precincts to make sure that our community is protected and our rights upheld.


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

I have the clearest vision, the broadest experiences and the most accomplishments of any candidate in the race for this City Council seat. For those reasons, I have been endorsed by Councilman Charles Barron, legendary educator Frank Mickens and youth advocate Greg "Jocko" Jackson. Also, I was recently honored by Boro Pres. Marty Markowitz for leading the 10-year battle that transformed an abandoned lot in Brownsville into the Woodson’s Children’s Park – New York City’s largest playground built through a public-private partnership.


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