New York City Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland has since 2009 proudly represented Council District 21 in Queens which includes East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Corona including most all of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Lefrak City and LaGuardia Airport.
She is the first woman, first person of color and the youngest to chair the Council’s powerful Committee on Finance. Appointed to lead the Committee in 2014, she oversees the City’s $78.3 billion budget as well as the Department of Finance, Comptroller’s Office, Banking Commission, Tax Commission, Department of Design and Construction, and the Independent Budget Office.
In addition, Council Member Ferreras-Copeland is a member of key Council Committees, including Committees on Consumer Affairs; Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations; Economic Development; Public Safety; and Standards and Ethics. She has also served as chair of the Committee on Women’s Issues where she drew national attention to such issues as domestic violence and human trafficking in New York City.
Prior to joining the Council, Mrs. Ferreras-Copeland held positions as president of the Corona-East Elmhurst NAACP Youth Council; director of the Beacon Program at P.S. 19, one of the nation’s most over-crowded schools; and the New York Director of NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials).
Council Member Ferreras-Copeland is a pro-active leader with a powerful voice that is focused on advocating for the needs of New York City’s most vulnerable citizens. Her recent victories include the establishment of the first and only pedestrian plaza in Corona, Queens, the heart of the immigrant community in New York City; spurring a historic, multimillion dollar agreement with the Willets Point development group on behalf of local businesses for a renovated 84,000 square foot facility as well as the construction of the first public housing units in District 21; and most recently, reversing cuts to funding for middle school summer programs by the Department of Education and the Mayor’s Office.