DANIEL DROMM has been a progressive leader in Queens for over 20 years. An award-winning public school teacher, Dromm was elected to the New York City Council in 2009 and represents District 25 (Jackson Heights & Elmhurst). He is also elected to serve as a Democratic District Leader. Currently, Dromm is the Chair of the Education Committee which oversees the largest school district in the nation.
In the City Council, Daniel has been a tireless advocate with a proven record of delivering for the community:
· $4 Million to Elmhurst Hospital to create a Cardiac Care Unit and expand Emergency Room.
· $6 Million to double the size of Travers Park in Jackson Heights, adding much needed green space.
· Led effort to enact Local Law 6 in 2010, certifying that all undocumented immigrant orphans get put on a path to citizenship.
· Reformed Stop and Frisk policies—and implement real policing solutions.
· Passed ‘Paid Sick Leave’ defending workers from unfair employers and protecting consumers from the spread of contagious illness.
· Championed innovative open space initiatives like the 78th Street Play Street and Diversity Plaza (37th Road) to promote local small businesses.
Prior to his election, Dromm was an award-winning New York City public school teacher at PS 199Q in Queens from 1984 to 2009. In 2006, Dromm was chosen as “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” by his school’s principal and in 2009, he was chosen as “Educator of the Year” by the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside. He has also received the Marsho-Raimo Award from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT).
Dromm is the founder of the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee and has organized the first Queens LGBT Pride Parade and Festival, which he still puts on the first Sunday in June in Jackson Heights. Dromm co-founded the Queens Chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG), as well as the Generation Q Youth Services Program in Astoria. He also helped found the Queens Pride House.
A fluent Spanish-speaker, Daniel has been honored by the Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Queens. He is a member of the NAACP – Corona/East Elmhurst branch and has also been honored by the Korean-American Association of Central Queens. In October of 2006, Dromm received a Community Leadership Award from the TimesLedger newspapers.
Daniel Dromm graduated from Marist College and earned his master’s degree at City College. He lives in Jackson Heights.