In 2008 Council Member Elizabeth Crowley was elected to represent the 30th Council District covering the Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood, and Woodhaven neighborhoods. Elizabeth was the first female and first Democrat elected to represent that seat. She has chaired the Fire & Criminal Justice Services Committee since January 2010 which oversees the Fire Department, Department of Correction, Department of Probation, and Criminal Justice Coordinator’s Office.
Elizabeth is dedicated to improving the communities she represents and has proven to be a strong and effective advocate. The Queens Ledger has hailed her as one of the “hardest-working members of the City Council.” During her tenure she has been a powerful voice against cuts to uniformed personnel, including leading a citywide effort to save firehouses. Elizabeth has fought to improve women’s healthcare in the city as well, leading the New York Daily News to hail her as a “Cancer Awareness Advocate.” In the community she has championed new projects that improve the quality of life for residents, which include the construction of new schools, upgrades to local streets and sewer infrastructure, and improvements to our neighborhoods’ parks and libraries.
Elizabeth received her B.A. in Restoration from SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology where she was a Presidential Scholar and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She also holds a M.S. in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute’s Graduate School of Architecture.
After college, Elizabeth followed a passion for the arts and joined D.C. 9 International Union of Painters and Allied Trades as a restorative painter. This led her to work on numerous preservation and construction sites throughout the city, including the renovations of Radio City Music Hall, the Central Synagogue, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
After the attacks of 9/11, D.C. 9 nominated Elizabeth for a position with the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE) to provide job training services to thousands of New Yorkers with a concentration on the building trades and the local manufacturing sector. She worked with CWE to help administer a $32 million New York City Emergency Employment Grant to businesses negatively impacted by the terrorist attack. As part of a small team, she helped over 300 businesses stay open.
Elizabeth lives in Glendale with her two sons, Dennis and Owen.