Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso announced he is bringing on Assemblymember Diana Richardson as Deputy Borough President. In her new role, Richardson will be focused on addressing food insecurity, reducing gun violence, and supporting Brooklyn’s Community Boards and ensuring they are reflective of the communities they serve. 

“For years, Assemblymember Richardson has been an unwavering progressive voice and a powerful advocate for her community in Central Brooklyn. From tackling food insecurity and gun violence in our communities to delivering historic tenant protections and criminal justice reform, Diana has been on the frontlines fighting for the kind of progressive policies that transform communities,” said Reynoso. “Diana has shown time and again that she is committed to standing up for the most vulnerable among us, and I know that she shares our vision of creating a Brooklyn that works for all of us. I’m proud to bring her on as Deputy Borough President and ready to get to work together advocating for all Brooklynites.” 

Richardson is a lifelong Brooklyn resident, the daughter of immigrants, and a committed public servant. She has served the neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Flatbush, Wingate, and Prospect Lefferts Gardens in the Assembly since 2015. During her tenure, she has championed progressive change in the areas of housing, criminal justice reform, education, and healthcare. 

“Much like Borough President Reynoso, I have dedicated my life to serving the community that raised me here in Brooklyn, and I’m honored to be able to continue that service in Borough Hall,” said Richardson. “Our borough has been hit hard by this pandemic, particularly the communities of color, small businesses, and essential workers on the frontlines, and I’m ready to work alongside Borough President Reynoso to uplift working families and deliver a recovery that centers the most vulnerable among us. Borough President Reynoso is a coalition builder and a progressive champion, and I know that together we can deliver a stronger, more equitable future for Brooklyn.” 

Richardson led the fight on gun violence in the New York State Legislature and recently passed the Community Violence Intervention Act of 2021 which secures funding for state-wide Cure Violence Programs. 

Richardson championed fifteen pieces of legislation signed into law, and led the fight to pass New York States Police Reform Act of 2020 and the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (HSTPA) of 2019. 

Additionally, Richardson delivered millions of dollars in aid to the public schools in her district—funding capital and technology improvements, and advocating for civic education.

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