Daniel Dromm, Council District 25, Queens
Early in his first City Council term, Daniel Dromm led a march to Queens Community Board 3 to call for the creation of a summer-long play street on 78th Street. He hasn’t stopped marching for safer streets – at least figuratively – ever since. He worked with city agencies and the local community to make 78th Street a permanent public place, and championed Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights, which has been embraced by the community and has spurred local economic development. Dromm was instrumental in the innovative community-based Jackson Heights Transportation Study, which gave thousands of residents the opportunity to participate in reshaping public space and improving traffic flow, expanding bike lanes, and reducing congestion. Named Streetsblog’s Elected Official of the Year for 2013, Dromm has advocated for CitiBike expansion and the reestablishment of LIRR service to Elmhurst. He plans to focus on transforming Northern Boulevard, Roosevelt Avenue and Broadway into complete streets during his second term.