Zellnor Myrie

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Zellnor Myrie
Member of the New York Senate
from the 20th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2019
Preceded byJesse Hamilton
Personal details
Born1986/1987 (age 33–34)
Brooklyn, New York City
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materCornell Law School (JD); Fordham University (BA, MA)

Zellnor Myrie (born 1986) is an American politician from the state of New York. A member of the Democratic Party, he is a member of the New York State Senate for District 20, based in Brooklyn.

Early life and education

Myrie was born in Brooklyn, New York City to Costa Rican-born immigrant parents and raised in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.[1] He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School, and attended Fordham University, earning his undergraduate and master's degrees in urban studies.[2][3] After graduate school, he earned his Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School where he served as student government president, prison law instructor, and pro bono scholar.[4][5]

Early career

Before law school, Myrie worked for the New York City Council as a legislative director where he helped draft the Tenant Bill of Rights.[6] After law school, he joined Davis Polk & Wardwell where he worked pro bono to fight police brutality, help special education students get services owed them by the Department of Education[which?], aid victims of domestic violence, and assist asylum seekers.[7]

Political career

In the 2018 elections, Myrie ran for New York State Senate in the 20th district. He challenged Jesse Hamilton, a former member of the Independent Democratic Conference, in the Democratic Party primary election.[8] Myrie defeated Hamilton in the September primary, capturing 54% of the vote.[9][10] Hamilton remained on the ballot in the November general election where Myrie defeated him again, capturing over 92% of the vote.[11]

Myrie is chairperson of the Elections Committee in the New York State Senate.[12] He supported the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019.[13][14]


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  6. ^ Board, The Editorial (August 28, 2018). "Opinion | The New York Times Endorses Alessandra Biaggi, Jessica Ramos and Zellnor Myrie for State Senate in Thursday's Primary". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
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  8. ^ "Primary Election Results - BKLYNER". September 14, 2018. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  9. ^ (PDF) Retrieved December 26, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ d_evers (September 27, 2018). "Zellnor Myrie's fight is not over". Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  11. ^ (PDF) Retrieved December 26, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Brooklyn Dems Win, Felder Does Not - BKLYNER". December 11, 2018. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  13. ^ Lennard, Natasha (May 14, 2019). "Across the Country, Progressives Are Pushing for Universal Rent Control — and New York Is Next". The Intercept. Retrieved July 20, 2019. The proposals are being sponsored by progressive freshman Democrats like state Sens. Julia Salazar and Zellnor Myrie, and born of tenants’ rights organizing around the state by the Upstate/Downstate Housing Alliance.
  14. ^ Slattery, Denis (June 14, 2019). "New York enacts pro-tenant rent law overhaul as landlords plan legal challenge". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on July 20, 2019. Sen. Zellnor Myrie (D-Brooklyn), a freshman lawmaker and vocal supporter of strengthening tenant protections, wiped tears from his eyes before addressing a crowd of advocates.

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