About Zellnor Myrie
Chairman of Committee on Elections
- Elections CHAIR
- Codes Member
- Consumer Protection Member
- Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Member
- Domestic Animal Welfare Member
- Housing, Construction and Community Development Member
- Judiciary Member
- Social Services Member
- The New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Member
Senator Zellnor Myrie is a Brooklyn native, lawyer, and longtime affordable housing advocate serving the 20th Senate District. Senator Myrie derives inspiration for his public service from his mother who moved to Brooklyn 40 years ago from Costa Rica on the promise of a mattress in a friend’s apartment and a job at a factory. She raised Senator Myrie in a rent-stabilized apartment in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, allowing him to attend one of the best public schools in the borough.
Myrie is a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School and earned his B.A. in Communications and M.A. in Urban Studies from Fordham University. After Fordham, Myrie worked as Legislative Director for City Councilman Fernando Cabrera where, among other bills, he helped draft and pass the Tenant Bill of Rights. After leaving the City Council, he became chair of his Neighborhood Advisory Board, leading community organizing efforts to secure nearly $400,000 in federal funding for job training, after-school programming, and tenant protections. Myrie then went to Cornell Law School, where he served as student body president, an editor on the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, a constitutional law instructor in prison, and as a Pro Bono Scholar — a position that allowed him to take the New York Bar early and spend his last semester working full-time at Justice 360, a criminal justice reform organization.
As an associate at a private Manhattan law firm, Myrie remained committed to public service, providing over 600 hours of pro bono service to immigrants seeking asylum, victims of police brutality and illegal stop-and-frisks, special education students not receiving services from the Department of Education, and survivors of domestic violence. Myrie has also served on his Neighborhood Advisory Board, the junior board for the Legal Aid Society, and his building’s tenants’ association.