Corey Johnson was re-elected in 2017 with 94% of the vote to represent District 3, which includes the neighborhoods of Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Flatiron, West SoHo, Hudson Square, the Meatpacking District, Columbus Circle, Times Square, the Theater District, the Garment District, Columbus Circle and part of the Upper West Side.
Raised in a union household where his mother, a homeless services provider, and his father, a Teamster, instilled in him the values of community service and political engagement, Corey came to national attention in 1999 when, as the captain of his high school football team, he took the courageous step of coming out publicly as gay. Corey’s actions landed him on the front page of the New York Times and he began telling his story to audiences of young people across the country. He would later serve as chairperson of Manhattan’s Community Board 4, working on issues including affordable housing, pedestrian and cyclist safety, schools and education, and more.
Corey has earned a reputation as a tenacious advocate for his constituents and a prolific legislator at City Hall. He has passed 29 pieces of legislation, standing up for tenants, victims of domestic violence, transgender New Yorkers, those involved with our criminal justice system, and more. Corey has also been able to forge consensus on tough issues to achieve long-sought goals in Council District 3. He won the creation of a new public park in Chelsea and negotiated a landmark land-use agreement to save Hudson River Park’s Pier 40 and its athletic fields, while creating nearly 500 units of affordable housing and a new South Village Historic District.
Corey serves on seven committees and is Chair of the Committee on Health. He is a member of the Council’s LGBT Caucus and co-chair of the Manhattan Delegation.