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 nearly seven 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, and the Office of Emergency Management. From March 2014 to 2016, Council Member Crowley served as Co-Chair of the Council’s Women’s Caucus.
As Chair of the Fire and Criminal Justice Services Committee, Council Member Crowley has been a powerful voice against cuts to uniformed personnel, including leading a citywide effort to save firehouses and improve the City’s 9-1-1 call-taking system. She additionally led the push on the administration to increase tours of Emergency Medical Services at a time when emergency medical calls and response times were higher than ever before.
In an effort to reform the Department of Correction, the Council Member sponsored legislation to reform the city’s criminal justice system and decrease the culture of violence in city jails. Additionally, she for years has called on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration to remove 16- and 17-year-olds from Rikers Island, and believes more education and job opportunities must be available for at-risk youth.
While the Council Member served the limited two-year term as Women’s Caucus Co-Chair, she worked to make the Caucus a truly influential voice in the City Council. Elizabeth spearheaded legislative changes that address equal pay and equal opportunity in the workplace, and pushes for all genders to be welcome in fields from the Fire Department to Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, Council Member Crowley led the successful fight in restoring millions of dollars to women’s healthcare services after the mayor’s administration threatened to make a detrimental budget cut.
Elizabeth is further committed to encouraging more female representation in the City Council, and is leading a cause alongside Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito dedicated to increasing the number of women in the Council to 50 percent by the year 2021.
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 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.
In City Council District 30, Elizabeth used her city planning experience to work with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to establish three historic districts in Ridgewood and also landmark the Forest Park Carousel. More recently, she has been a strong presence in the push to make Neir’s Tavern in Woodhaven a true New York City landmark.
Throughout her seven years in office, the Council Member has strengthened local infrastructure by improving roads and sewers, securing investments in parks and libraries, building new schools and improving existing ones.
Council Member Crowley has worked to enhance physical education in all New York City schools, and was proud to see a $20 million commitment from the city to ensure all elementary schools have a certified physical education instructor.
Most recently, she has been working to reactivate commuter service along the Long Island Railroad’s Lower Montauk line, aiming to bring a light rail that would run from Jamaica to Long Island City.
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 graduated from local public schools and both attend college in New York. Elizabeth and her family live in Glendale.