About Assemblymember Diana Richardson

Diana C. Richardson has proudly represented Brooklyn’s 43rd Assembly District since 2015. She was the first elected official in New York to run her campaign without corporate PAC or real estate contributions. Since then, the trend she started has become the norm in New York. She is unapologetic, and unafraid!

As a lifelong resident of the community, Assemblywoman Richardson received a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Medgar Evers College, and a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Policy Analysis and Evaluation from the School of Public Affairs at CUNY Baruch College.

She is a true community organizer who listens to the voices of the district, and fights for our communities even when there is formidable opposition (or she gets pepper sprayed by the NYPD).

In her almost five years as Assemblywoman for the 43rd District, she has been a fierce advocate of working people, families, renters and small businesses.

Assemblywoman Richardson’s long list of accomplishments includes her instrumental role in passing the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019, which protects renters from eviction, and expanded tenant protections and rent stabilization to all of New York State.

Her monthly community engagement series, Civic Minded, brings hundreds of community residents together in the district for updates from Albany and “know-your-rights” trainings and workshops.  They are a true model of bringing transparency and democracy to elected office.

Diana has fought against police brutality and over-policing, passing legislation nicknamed the “Amy Cooper law” to make it a crime to call 911 based on a person’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious  practice,age, disability or sexual orientation. She is also a co-sponsor on a long list of other bills (A10611, A01360-A, A06144-B, A10609, A08226-B, A08674-A, A10608, A01601-C, A10002-B) to increase police accountability and end police brutality.

She has consistently been a champion of reforms to the criminal justice system like Raise the Age, which raised the age criminal responsibility to 18 years of age. New York was previously one of only two states that automatically prosecuted 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. She has been a strong proponent of ending cash bail and other criminal justice reforms.

When it comes to protecting her community from Covid-19, starting in March Assemblywoman Richardson pushed for increased local Covid-19  testing capacity, and launched food distribution Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday every week

Assemblywoman Richardson has been a steadfast fighter for public education, from fully funding our public schools and CUNY to sponsoring numerous bills to bring financial, cultural literacy, and sex education to our schools. In 2020, she passed a bill to require Culturally Responsive Education in all schools. She has also been a champion of children in the district, from protecting those in foster care to ensuring that cases of suspected child abuse are reported. 

She has fought to ensure all New Yorkers have healthcare, including to ensure that adequate funding and resources are provided to our three hospitals and several external institutions. She is a staunch supporter of the New York Health Act (NYHA), which would create universal healthcare in New York State. Assemblywoman Richardson is adamantly opposed to cutting Medicaid funding, which would have disastrous effects on our most vulnerable. 

Assemblywoman Richardson helped create the Vital Brooklyn Initiative. This project will bring supportive housing, workforce housing, health services, and supportive services to Central Brooklyn. She has vigorously opposed developments like the Bedford Union Armory redevelopment, which sell off public land for little in return. 

She currently serves on the committee on Banks, Children and Families, Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, Mental Health, Small Business, and Women’s Caucus. She is part of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and a member of American Society of Public Administration and the Progressive Democrats Political Association.