New York State Senator Leroy Comrie was elected to represent the 14th Senatorial District of Queens (encompassing portions of Jamaica, Cambria Heights, Queens Village, Hollis, St. Albans, Laurelton, Jamaica Estates, Briarwood, Hillcrest and Kew Gardens) in November 2014, officially taking office January 1, 2015. He grew up in the South Queens communities that he now represents attending P.S. 116, I.S. 8, Jamaica High School and the University of Bridgeport, where he developed his passion for politics and government. He is a lifelong member of Saint Albans the Martyr Episcopal Church and was President of his local Community School Board.
For the 2015-16 legislative term, his committee assignments include: Consumer Protection; Elections; Civil Service and Pensions; Judiciary; Racing, Gaming & Wagering; Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs; and Infrastructure & Capital Investment.He currently serves as the Ranking Member of both the Senate Consumer Protection and Elections’ Committees.
Senator Comrie believes that government must be responsive to the needs of all people. His office will be the conduit through which access to quality education, healthcare and services for seniors; programs and resources for youth; avenues to enhance small business growth; increased public safety measures; and smart sustainable economic development that provides living wage jobs in the community are provided.
Senator Comrie served twelve years as the Deputy Majority Leader of the New York City Council, as well as the Chairman of the Queens Delegation; and as chair of Rules; Consumer; and the Land Use Committees, giving him broad oversight and detailed working knowledge of the budget process and the city’s legislative agenda.
Senator Comrie’s positive impact in government is evident with his long track record of legislative accomplishments such as increasing tax and property exemptions for seniors, instituting the city’s first foreclosure prevention program, curtailing “pay-day” loans, improving the criteria for safety on construction sites, reducing truck traffic emissions, improving electrical and building codes, advocating for the containment of waste transfer stations and increasing job opportunities by establishing direct-to-work training programs.
Senator Comrie looks forward to taking his decades of experiences to Albany, where he will continue to serve the public and work tirelessly with his colleagues in government to ensure that residents of the 14th Senatorial District and indeed, all New York State residents, have the very best possible opportunities and quality of life.
Leroy Comrie Jr. is the son of Ruby Frith-Comrie and the late Leroy Comrie Sr., immigrants from Jamaica. He is the brother of Ronald E. Comrie and has been married to Marcia Moxam since 1990. They are the proud parents of two delightful children, a daughter in college and a son in his final year of high school.