The City College of New York will honor Robert Jackson, former New York City Council Member for District 7 in Upper Manhattan, Monday, January 13, for his long service to the community. The invitation-only event, “A Tribute to the Honorable Robert Jackson,” starts 5:30 p.m. in City College’s Faculty Dining Room.
City College President Lisa S. Coico and the Honorable Inez Dickens, Council Member for District 9, which includes the CCNY campus, will offer remarks. Karen Mackey Witherspoon, vice president for government and community affairs, will also speak.
Mr. Jackson served on the City Council from 2001 to December 31, 2013 when he reached his term limit. During his 12-years in the Council, he chaired several committees, including those responsible for education, contracts and co-chaired the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus. In addition, he served at different times on the following committees: contracts; finance; housing and buildings; land use; rules, privileges and elections; sanitation and solid waste management, and standards and ethics.
Before his election to the City Council, he filed the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit against New York State to redress a funding distribution formula that he argued shortchanged New York City students. Mr. Jackson walked 150 miles to Albany to highlight the cause and won a court judgment that awarded $16 billion for New York City schools.
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