Council Member Justin Brannan celebrated his election to the helm of the newly outlined District 47 at an inauguration party on Sunday, Jan. 28.
The district, which used to include Coney Island and surrounding neighborhoods, now also encompasses Bay Ridge — formerly a part of Brannan’s old District 43.
Attorney General Letitia James swore in Brannan at Italian eatery Gargulio’s. The room was full of elected officials, Coney Island and Bay Ridge residents, his family, friends, and other local leaders.
James called the politician a “bridge builder” ahead of the sworn proceedings, noting Brannan’s ability to recognize commonality within diverse communities.
“I’ve seen his hard work as a former city council member. He has shown time and time again his devotion to his community and public service. I don’t think God is finished with him yet,” James said.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, state Sen. Andrew Gounardes, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso and other honorable guests shared remarks at the celebration.
“You are known for your constituent service. When someone calls the office — a small problem or a great problem – if it’s their problem, you’re gonna make sure that you’re gonna get to a solution and that’s what an elected official should be all about,” DiNapoli said.
Brannan also serves as the chairman of the finance committee, overseeing and modifying the city budget, municipal fiscal policy and revenue from any additional sources.
“You want someone who’s gonna provide independent, thoughtful analysis of the city budget and the finances, making sure we not only balance the budget but we serve the people of New York City,” DiNapoli said. “You couldn’t have anybody better than Justin Brannan in that critical role as finance chair.”
Brannan celebrated his election into a new district, sharing his excitement in bringing the two communities together to strengthen Southern Brooklyn.
“The trust and faith you placed in me is what guides every vote I take and every decision that I make. With me, you’ll always have a seat at the table in the room where it happens. Whether on the streets or in the halls of power, I’ll take you with me because I work for you, not the other way around,” Brannan said in his inauguration speech. “Coney Island, I come to you with my heart on my sleeve, ready to move forward together. You took a chance on a tattooed kid from the other side of town and I’ll never forget that.”