Council Member Julie Menin represents Council District 5 in Manhattan, which includes Carnegie Hill, Roosevelt Island, the Upper East Side, Yorkville, Lenox Hill, and Sutton Place. An attorney and former small-business owner, she currently serves as Chair of the Council’s Small Business Committee. In her time in the Council, she has passed multiple pieces of vital legislation. Her policy wins include advancing universal childcare in New York City, easing burdens on small businesses by instituting a one-shop-stop web portal for all city licenses, codifying the right to reproductive-health services and creating an Office Of Healthcare Accountability to rein in excessive prices.
Julie has over two decades of experience in the public and private sectors as an attorney and a civic leader. Most recently, she served as the City’s Census Director, during which time NYC had the highest response rate of any major city. She has also served as Commissioner of Media and Entertainment and Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs. While leading Consumer Affairs, she spearheaded groundbreaking initiatives, including the implementation of New York City’s Paid Sick Leave Law and the founding of a universal citywide initiative to seed every kindergartener with a college-savings account. She previously served as a Columbia adjunct professor, teaching on city and state government, preemption, and home rule.
Council District Five includes the Manhattan neighborhoods of the Upper East Side, East Harlem, Yorkville, Midtown East, Carnegie Hill, Sutton Place, Roosevelt Island, and Lenox Hill.