Councilmembers Mark Treyger and Chaim Deutsch were appointed leadership roles as committee chairs this week by new City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.
Treyger, a former history teacher who earned the backing of teachers unions during his campaigns, will chair the Committee on Education. Deutsch will chair the City Council’s Veterans Committee.
In a statement, Deutsch noted that nearly 2,000 veterans are homeless in New York City and said “we have a moral and ethical responsibility to support our veterans.”
In the time leading up to his appointment as Education Committee chair, Treyger spearheaded legislation that would bring more accountability to bullying issues. He has also vouched for students’ gender and sexual identity rights, called for teachers to receive more resources, and pushed Mayor de Blasio to bring air conditioning to all public school classrooms.
“I believe in the New York City school system and the thousands of dedicated, hardworking administrators, educators, and support staff that commit themselves to providing our city’s youth with a quality education,” Treyger said. “I believe in it because I am a product of it, and because I had the privilege of being one of those educators. Our thriving city is constantly changing, and so are the needs of our diverse and vibrant student body. We need to ensure that New York City schools continue to grow and meet those needs, as well.”
United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew praised Treyger’s appointment, saying he “brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his post.”
Treyger’s new assignment follows his tenure as chair of the now-dissolved Resilience and Recovery committee. Treyger will also be part of the Committees on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses; Aging; General Welfare; Land Use; Oversight and Investigations; Public Housing; and Rules, Privileges, and Elections. Deutsch will continue to serve as a member of the Aging, Education, and Public Safety Committees. He will also join the Land Use, Sanitation, and Transportation Committees.