Haitian American, Farah Louis, a 36-year-old resident of the 45th Council District of Brooklyn, and deputy chief of staff of former Councilman Jumaane Williams, is throwing her hat in the crowded ring for the seat left vacant by the councilman, now NYC Public Advocate-elect.
Louis, told Caribbean Life recently at a MLK Jr. Tribute in Brooklyn, that she wants to carry on the legacy of the former councilman, as well as the legacy of the work she has put into the office, managing, branding and creating initiatives in the district and wants to do so in a bigger scale to improve the community.
“I have a vision for the district. I want to do things bigger and better that would be sustainable,” said Louis, who is focused on affordable housing and small business improvement, to make the district a better place for residents to dwell.
“We want to keep people here. I have worked for five years in community outreach, and quickly moved up to budget director, where I managed the $88.9B budget for New York City, said Louis, a former WABC-TV Eyewitness News, and WQHT-HOT97 Program and morning show/promotion, intern, respectively.
The former journalist, who said she found herself on the other side of the story, ultimately moving in to help citizens organize due to the community wanting somebody to campaign for their cause. She had prayed about how she wants the district to look in the next couple of years, and decided she would run for the office.
Louis, a NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate of Public Service, was the executive vice president of the Haitian American Caucus for four years, and director of programming and special events at Bel Ti Fi Empowerment Program, a non-profit where she mentored youth towards personal and professional development.
The former administrative coordinator / manager at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she worked for six years, is dedicated to the wellbeing of seniors in the district, and is committed to faith-based initiatives that play a significant role in life that is God-centered.
A Christian and active member of the Cortelyou Road Church Ministries of God in Brooklyn, Louis aspires to being a strong voice of youth, seniors, and the district, that includes, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Flatlands, Marine Park, and Midwood.
“I live in the district, and I am excited, about running for city council. I hope I garner the support from the community, and they would come out and vote for me.”
“I look forward to meeting more people in the district and sharing my vision, but more importantly, hearing what people’s problems are, so that I could solve them,” said the up-and-coming politician.