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Van Bramer: All the Councilman’s Men

March 9, 2010 By Christian Murray

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer introduced his staff to the public on Saturday at his Sunnyside district office, as part of what he referred to as “open day.”

The councilman, who represents District 26, introduced his six employees, three of whom are dedicated to constituency services and the remainder to more of the nuts-and-bolts of politics, such as legislative, budget and press work.

The three “constituent liaisons” generally address residents’ concerns based on where their problems arise.  Joe Kenton is responsible for helping constituents in Sunnyside and Long Island City; Deborah Tharrington, in Woodside and Ravenswood; and Miriam Villanueva in Queensbridge.

“We ran a campaign that promised constituent services and quality of life issues as priority number one,” Van Bramer said. “We held this event so people would get to know the staff and the office– and feel comfortable that they can come by anytime.”

Van Bramer, who spoke before a packed office throughout the afternoon, said that his office has already worked on 150 cases for constituents in the two months he has been in office.

Van Bramer introduced his chief of staff Tim Roberts, whose principal role will be to be act as the councilman’s point person and to run the District office. Roberts was the chief of staff for councilman David Yassky, who represented Brooklyn Heights and Greenpoint.

Van Bramer also introduced Andres Berry, who assists him with budget, legislative and press work, and Asher Jacobs, who is in charge of meetings and scheduling.

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nice event and a great turnout. Hopefully JVB will be able to forge a reputation as someone who can solve the never-ending quality of life issues.


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