Dromm in 2013
|Member of the New York City Council from the 25th District|
Assumed office |
January 1, 2010
|Preceded by||Helen Sears|
Marist College (B.A.)|
City College (M.A.)
Daniel Dromm was elected to the city council in 2009, 2013, and 2017 by residents of the 25th councilmatic district. He is one of three members of the city council representing portions of Jackson Heights.
Life and Career
Daniel Dromm (Danny) was born in Rego Park. His family moved to Oyster Bay on [Long Island] when he was 5, and when he was 9 to Manhasset. He attended Catholic schools. He graduated from Marist College and earned his master's degree in education at City College.
A resident of Jackson Heights, Dromm began his first career as a public school teacher in 1984 at P.S. 199 in Sunnyside. As an educator, he promoted teaching acceptance of LGBT individuals through the Rainbow Curriculum and publicly came out in 1992. Heavily involved in the Queens County Democratic Party, he served as Democratic District Leader in the 39th assembly district.
He is one of the first two openly gay City Council members from outside Manhattan.
New York City Council
As a Democrat, he was elected to the city council in 2009, representing the 25th district in Queens. Dromm defeated Councilwoman Helen Sears by 10 points, 49% to 39%, in the Democratic primary. Dromm was reelected in 2013 and currently serves as the chairperson of the Council's influential Committee on Education.
In 2014, Dromm co-sponsored New York City Council bill Intro 253 to create the city's first government-issued photo identification card, later named "IDNYC." The bill was passed overwhelmingly by the Council and signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio. IDNYC aides the homeless, youth, the elderly, undocumented immigrants, the formerly incarcerated and others who may have difficulty obtaining other government-issued ID. IDNYC is recognized ID for interacting with NYPD and allows card holders to gain access to all City buildings that provide services to the public. It is an accepted form of identification for accessing numerous City programs and services such as the Brooklyn Public Library, the Queens Library and New York City Public Library, the three library systems serving the City of New York. Several NYC cultural institutions grant cardholders free one-year memberships; these institutions include a number of museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens.
In 2015, Dromm said that he is against a bill sponsored by New York City Council Member David Greenfield to allow non-public schools (including religious and charter schools) to request that safety agents from the New York Police Department be posted inside the schools and be funded by the Board of Education. Dromm insists that more NYPD police officers or safety agents in the schools will not solve the problem of increasing situations of hate crimes citywide and be counterproductive. 
With the election of a new council in November 2017, 2018 saw Dromm elected by his colleagues to serve as the next NYC Council Finance Committee Chairperson. As Finance Committee Chairperson, he has oversight over NYC's $86 billion dollar budget FY 2018). The Finance Committee has jurisdiction over the city's Banking Commission, Department of Design and Construction, Department of Finance, Independent Budget Office, and Office of the Comptroller, as well as reviewing and modifying the City Budget and municipal fiscal policy and revenue from any additional sources.
|2009||Democratic Primary||√ Daniel Dromm 49.16%|
Helen Sears 39.56%
Stanley Joseph Kalathara 11.28%
|2009||General||√ Daniel Dromm (D) 74.61%|
Mujib U. Rahman (R) 25.38%
|2013||General||√ Daniel Dromm (D) 99.61%|
|2017||General||√ Daniel Dromm (D) ?%|
Related Wiki Pages
- Walsh, Jeremy "Dromm bumps Sears in Council primary" Times Ledger September 17, 2009
- Bernstein, Andrea "Fegeddaboutit, Mr. Chips" New York Magazine November 6, 1992
- Queens Gazette coverage of primary election
- "Ads Call on De Blasio to Provide NYPD Security Agents for Parochial Schools", City and State (New York), June 15, 2015, page 9, Sarina Triangle,