New York City Council Member, representing Queens County communities Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood and Woodhaven.
Place of Birth: Brooklyn Hospital, New York
Where you live: Glendale, NY
First Job: After graduating with a college degree in Art restoration, I landed my first job during the restoration of Radio City Music Hall.
It was at that time I became a member of DC 9 International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. I continued to restore and preserve some of New York City’s most historic landmarks such as Central Synagogue, Empire Theater and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
What it taught me: While I will always work to preserve our City’s jewels, my time with DC 9 taught me to deeply understand the importance of having a strong voice in government for our working families. My background in organized labor is what drives many of my decisions today in City government and why I remain determined to be an advocate for the needs of our working New Yorkers.
Family: I am blessed with two sons, Dennis and Owen O’Hara.
Three things people would be surprised to know about me:
1. I’m the 14th of 15 children of Mary and the late Walter Crowley.
2. Bono from U2 was and is one of my inspirations to follow a career path to improve the world.
3. I wrote my graduate thesis on reducing waste and how alternative energy sources will save the environment and money.
Best advice you could give someone starting out: Work hard, be persistent and have a positive attitude.
Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley is the first Democrat and first female to represent the communities of Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood and Woodhaven.
Elected in November 2008, Elizabeth serves on the committees of Environmental Protection, Housing and Buildings, Parks and Recreation, State and Federal Legislation, Cultural Affairs and Chairs the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services.
As Chair, Elizabeth works closely with both City agencies and the uniform unions to provide oversight and to improve our city’s departments of Fire, Corrections and Probation.
Within Council District 30, Elizabeth has been widely published for her leadership in improving public education, public safety and transportation infrastructure and advocating for better access to quality health care.