|Member of the New York Senate|
from the 20th district
|Assumed office |
January 1, 2019
|Preceded by||Jesse Hamilton|
|Born||1986/1987 (age 33–34)|
Brooklyn, New York City
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||Cornell Law School (JD); Fordham University (BA, MA)|
Myrie was born in Brooklyn, New York City to Costa Rican-born immigrant parents and raised in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School, and attended Fordham University, earning his undergraduate and master's degrees in urban studies. 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.
Before law school, Myrie worked for the New York City Council as a legislative director where he helped draft the Tenant Bill of Rights. 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.
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. Myrie defeated Hamilton in the September primary, capturing 54% of the vote. Hamilton remained on the ballot in the November general election where Myrie defeated him again, capturing over 92% of the vote.
Myrie is chairperson of the Elections Committee in the New York State Senate. He supported the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 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.
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.