Born and raised in Queens.
Dedicated to Our Neighborhoods
In 2008, NYC Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley became the first woman and first Democrat elected to represent the 30th Council District – covering the Queens neighborhoods of Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Woodside and Woodhaven. For over 5 years, she has served as Chair of the Committee on Fire & Criminal Justice Services, which oversees the Fire Department, Department of Correction, Department of Probation, Office of Emergency Management, and the Criminal Justice Coordinator’s Office. Most recently, Council Member Crowley was elected Co-Chair of the Council’s Women’s Caucus.
Council Member Crowley also sits on the committees on Civil Service and Labor; Community Development; Cultural Affairs and Libraries; Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services; and Women’s Issues.
Council Member Crowley is dedicated to improving the communities she represents. In hearings at the Council, she has proven to be a strong and effective advocate, and the Queens Ledger has hailed her as one of the “hardest-working members of the City Council.” During her tenure, Council Member Crowley has been a powerful voice against cuts to uniformed personnel, including leading a citywide effort to save firehouses, and on improving the City’s 911 call taking system. The Council Member has fought to improve women’s access to healthcare in the city and increase female participation in non-traditional work forces. She has championed new community projects that improve the quality of life and public safety of residents – including the construction of new schools, upgrades to local streets and sewer infrastructure, and improvements to our neighborhoods’ parks and libraries.
Council Member Crowley 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, Council Member Crowley 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.
Following 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. Council Member Crowley 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.
Council Member Crowley was born and raised in the district she now represents. She is the 14 of 15 children born to Mary and Walter Crowley, who themselves were both dedicated to community service. She most enjoys the time she spends with her sons, Dennis and Owen, who are enrolled in our local public schools. Elizabeth and her family live in Glendale.