Harlem resident runs for City Council
Trudy Tomlinson Special to the AmNews | 4/25/2013, 5:14 p.m.
Brodie Enoch, a Harlem resident with a rough past, is running for the New York City Council in District 7.
Enoch, 54, who has battled with a cocaine addiction for 14 years, is now trying to make a difference in his community. DNAinfo reported that he has now been clean for several years and is now a member of the Community Board 11 and works for Transportation Alternatives.
"If you look at my history and the history of Harlem, it's the same," said Enoch on DNAinfo's website. "We've had our down times and now we are where we've always wanted to be."
"I am running for City Council because I believe that in this diverse community, we need to stand together to address the needs and concerns of all of our neighbors," he said on Friends of Brodie Enoch2013 website.
Enoch said his campaign is about a few simple principles, including ensuring that people who lived through and supported Harlem when it was a neighborhood in decline now get to benefit from its renaissance, added DNAinfo.
"We need to set up more resources to help small business owners before they get in trouble because it sometimes seems like they are on an island by themselves," he said. "If you've lived in a community for 10 or 15 years, it shows stability and should count for something. We should aid these people."
He wants to reinvest in the youth and has various program ideas to do so. "We've gotten rid of the things that have gotten our kids off the street and we wonder why they are standing around," he added.
A father of four, which includes three young men, Enoch also wants to put a stop to the police's controversial stop-and-frisk tactics. He fears his children and others like them "can be stopped and frisked at any time and maybe run into an overzealous cop," he added on the DNAinfo's website.
With less than $4,000 in campaign funds, Enoch plans to stay in the race so that there is someone with deep roots in the community on the ballot. He said too often, those elected to serve a community have little history in the area they serve.
Enoch added that for years, people who have been from the community have held the seat being vacated by Robert Jackson. "They understand not just the people who have recently moved in but the struggle of the folks who have been here for generations, he said.
"We cannot lose our connection to the past," he stated.