Corey will be the first out LGBTQ person, and first HIV+ person, ever elected to citywide office in New York!
Corey Johnson grew up in public housing where his mother, a homeless services provider, and his father, a Teamster, instilled in him the values of community service and political engagement, Corey came to national attention in 1999 when, as the captain of his high school football team, he took the courageous step of coming out publicly as gay.
He moved to New York City at 19 and entered public service as an activist, first for LGBTQ causes and then expanding to issues like tenant advocacy. He went on to serve as chairperson of Manhattan’s Community Board 4, becoming the youngest person to chair a community board in the five boroughs.
In 2013, Corey was elected to the City Council to represent District 3 and re-elected in 2017. He was then elected by his peers to serve as Speaker of the New York City Council. In the Council, Corey prioritized addressing the housing crisis, systemic racism, and most recently, New York’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Johnson passed a law that gave free legal help to 125,000 low-income tenants facing eviction each year and sponsored legislation that established the first ever shelter for people ages 21-24 to help runaway homeless youth get off the streets.
As Speaker of the City Council, Corey oversaw the New York City budget. He successfully restored $700 million dollars for programs dedicated to young people, schools, seniors and low-income communities of color.