Keith Powers is a life long New Yorker and a third generation resident of Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town. Throughout his life, Keith has been committed to his community as a Democratic district leader, tenant leader, community board member and through his work for Assembly Member Jonathan Bing and State Senator Liz Krueger.
As Chief of Staff to Assembly Member Jonathan Bing, Keith drafted and worked on legislation to:
- Create an Equal Rights Amendment in the New York State Constitution to prevent discrimination based on gender;
- Institute ‘no fault divorce’ in New York State, ending the State’s reputation as the only state in the nation without it;
- Prevent the de-regulation of rent stabilized apartments;
- Protecting middle-class Mitchell-Lama apartments;
- Preventing discrimination based on a tenant’s source of income (e.g. Section 8 vouchers or Social Security Disability Insurance);
- Create a small business grants program for businesses affected by Second Avenue subway construction;
- Improve community board oversight on nightlife establishments and close a loophole used by many bad establishments;
Since 2011, Keith has worked for City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, Sr. helping to advocate for after school funding, expanded Advanced Placement, prevent bullying of LGBT students in public schools, secure funding for employment and workforce programs, create new affordable housing, and preserve the quality of life on the Upper East Side.
In 2006, Keith was the tenant organizer for the “Preserve Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village” campaign during the sale of the neighborhood to Tishman Speyer.
Keith presently chairs the Business Affairs and Street Life Committee of Community Board Six. In this role, he has worked to support small businesses and maintain quality of life in the neighborhood. He has ensured that neighborhoods have a healthy balance between a vibrant nightlife and a peaceful community.
Keith is a member of the Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association, Community Board Six, Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club, Tilden Democratic Club, Kips Bay Neighborhood Association, League of Conservation Voters, The Epiphany School Alumni Committee, University of Dayton Alumni Committee, and serves as a District Leader for the Democratic Party in Manhattan. He formerly served as Vice President of the Manhattan Young Democrats and as a Board Member for ACT NOW.
Keith attended The Epiphany School, St. Francis Preparatory, the University of Dayton, and The CUNY Graduate Center.