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Legislator Profile: Inez Barron – New York City Council District 42

by Caitlin Kelly
October 13, 2014
Brooklyn, NY
Overview of Profiles: Legislator profiles were designed to provide a snapshot of New York legislators, their issues of concern, any legislation they have been integral in passing, and how they might be interested in issues related to dance. This information was gathered through Internet research yielding news articles and through candidate's district and campaign website.
Office held: New York City Council
District: 42
Term: First
Party: Democratic
Committees and Leadership: Aging, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Health, Higher Education, Housing, Social Services

Office Location: 718 Pennsylvania Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11207

Phone: 718-788-6957

Email: None given

Focus of 2013 Platform:

Vote Results: 96.7% (http://ballotpedia.org/Inez_Barron)

Concerns as they relate to dance: Dance programs as part of education and youth development, as part of social justice or cultural programs, dance therapy programs, dance as exercise/health benefits of dance

Biography:

Inez Barron was elected to the NYC Council in 2013, after having served 5 years in the NYS Assembly. Her political service follows a distinguished career of public service in the NYC Department of Education. Inez is the daughter of George and Margaret R. Smith, who raised her to "put God first." Inez credits her parents with instilling in her the value of education and pride in her culture. Their encouragement to her was "always give your best, do your best, be your best and expect the best." Inez Barron is succeeding her husband, Hon. Charles Barron as Council Member of the 42nd Council District. Inez and Charles are the parents of Jelani Johnson and Jawanza Barron. For more than fifty years, Ms. Barron has been actively engaged in protesting
against civil and human injustices such as segregation, discrimination,
apartheid, exclusion of Africa from the NYC curriculum, police misconduct and
environmental racism.
Inez has a long history of community activism. Through participation in various community organizations, she has been involved in closing a store selling illegal drugs; stopping the construction of a wood-burning incinerator that would have spewed tons of particulate matter into the air; ending the use of coal-burning furnaces in public schools; and maintaining affordable rents. As Assemblymember, she is the Assembly author of the State legislation that maintains affordable rents in Spring Creek/"Starrett City" for the next 30 years. Inez was born and raised in public housing and attended the New York City public schools. She is a graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York (Bachelor of Science in Physiology) and Bank Street College of Education (Master of Science in Reading and Special Education). Ms. Barron's philosophy is that children should be valued and motivated to achieve, and teachers have a responsibility not only to provide the skills necessary to be life-long learners and become productive and critical members of society, but also to challenge and stimulate children's thinking.
During her 36 year tenure with the NYC Board of Education, Inez held various instructional positions, including classroom teacher (elementary, junior high school and college levels), reading teacher and math lab teacher. Inez held a variety of administrative and supervisory positions, including teacher trainer, district coordinator for early childhood, executive assistant to the community superintendent, and assistant principal. Ms. Barron retired as a principal.
Inez' affirmation is "I believe God."

Source: (http://council.nyc.gov/d42/html/members/biography.shtml)

Interests: Education, social justice

News Clippings

The Barrons of East New York

Inez Barron Vies for Husband's Council Seat With a Slightly Different Tune

Open Letter to Speaker Sheldon Silver

Community Residents Ask Cuomo for Special Elections

Assemblywoman Inez Barron Declares That She is Running for City Council

Primaries also needed for special elections

Bill to end mayoral control from Inez and Charles Barron

Inez Barron, Democratic Assemblywoman, Calls for Sheldon Silver to Resign over Lopez Sex Scandal

The greatest love of all? Charles Barron hopes to hand his City Council seat to his wife, Inez Barron
Inauguration Ceremony of the Brooklyn Barrons

Voter Guide

De Blasio, the Barrons Break Ground on Livonia Commons, New Affordable Housing in E. New York

Meet Inez Barron, wife of Charles, and a new Assembly member

Barron: "Cuomo is disenfranchising a million Black and Latino voters"

Is Assemblywoman Inez Barron Having it Both Ways on Gay Marriage?

Related gets 55 percent discount on Gateway II land; pol suspicious

Inez Barron gives it to us, straight

Chris Banks Challenges Incumbent Inez Barron on Jobs, No Plans of His Own
Inez Barron (Photo Credit: NYC Council Website)

Inez Barron
(Photo Credit: NYC Council Website)

Photo © & courtesy of Unknown


NYC Council District 42 map (Credit: <a href='http://council.nyc.gov/d42/html/members/map.shtml' target='_blank'>http://council.nyc.gov/d42/html/members/map.shtml</a>)

NYC Council District 42 map
(Credit: http://council.nyc.gov/d42/html/members/map.shtml)

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