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NYTimes: Jimmy Van Bramer Is City Council’s Arts Champion

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April 8, 2014 New York Times

He played drums as a teenager for the St. Joseph’s Brigade, a Catholic fife, drum and bugle corps. He fondly recalls singing along to his mother’s 45s while he and his seven siblings cleaned their childhood home in Astoria, Queens. (“Top of the World,” by the Carpenters was a favorite.)

And as a fan of musicals, he notes that a high point of his 2010 inauguration into the City Council was a student rendition of “Somewhere,” from “West Side Story.”

Still, Jimmy Van Bramer does not have the standard résumé for someone who has emerged as an important cultural figure in New York City.

No music school degree. No time spent as a corporate bigwig on a major cultural board. No parents with an outspoken passion for the arts.

Nonetheless, as chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee — and now majority leader — Mr. Van Bramer has carved out a niche as the Council’s champion of the arts, one whom cultural organizations have come to rely on as they press their agenda forward with a new administration.

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BOO

he looks like a clown he only responds and attends things HE wants to be involved with. for three or four months been writing his office compiling about a building on 43rd street and skill man ave where construction runs all hours and is being built an eight story eyesore height. never heard from jimmy. he has one thing on his mind council speaker or possibly a run for mayor in the future.

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ca$h munnee

oh man, jimmys got da bullfighter thing goin on! that whole pic looks photoshopped.

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Naughtius Maximus

Is he announcing a new production of “Jimmy and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”?

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