Alicka Ampry-Samuel is ‘Showing Up’

Alicka Ampry-Samuel (foreground) at a press conference at City Hall on Feb. 20, putting pressure on NYCHA to fix heat and hot water issues in public housing. (Photo from Council member Ampry-Samuel’s office via Bklyner)

Just two months into her first term, Alicka Ampry-Samuel, the council member for the 41st district (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill-Brownsville, East Flatbush, Crown Heights) has hit the ground running. Bklyner’s Dominic McKenzie writes that she has co-sponsored eight bills and introduced one so far, and is determined to see the growth and opportunities of NYC reflected in her native Brownsville.

“A lot of what is happening in the district is just so critical – so urgent,” she said. “There’s an expectation of me showing up, because my predecessor did not show up.”

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Ampry-Samuel said she is tapping into the expansive network of people she met in her various roles before being voted in, to ensure the district’s issues are fixed. She worked as a child protective specialist with the New York City Department of Children Services before leaving to serve the U.S. Department of State in Accra, Ghana. She returned stateside to work as Chief of Staff to Assemblywoman Walker. Just before taking office, Ampry-Samuel served as senior advisor in the Community Engagement and Partnerships Division at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).

What is one thing Ampry-Samuel is intent on providing Brownsville? Its first traditional high school.

Go to Bklyner to read more on her plans, as well as her views on NYCHA, the street she wants to revitalize, and her thoughts on Speaker Corey Johnson.

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