Council Member Mathieu Eugene was elected to the New York City Council in 2007 and serves as chairman of the Youth Services Committee. Prior to his service as an elected official, Mathieu Eugene was a physician, a teacher, a community leader, and the founder of several non-profit organizations focused on providing opportunities to youth and their families. He previously served as a member of Community Board 14, as a cofounder of the committee for the development of Northern Haiti, and as president of the Haitian Community of Holy Innocence Church.
A longtime advocate for youth, Council Member Eugene has dedicated his life to ensuring that all youth have the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. He was the founder of Youth for Education and Sports (YES) in New York, which has impacted thousands of Brooklyn Youth. As Chairman of the Youth Services Committee, he has worked with children’s advocates and his colleagues to restore funding to summer and afterschool programs facing budget cuts, expand the Summer Youth Employment Program, and implement the year-round jobs for youth.
In addition to providing opportunities for youth, Health is a top priority for Council Member Mathieu Eugene. He has taken a leadership role on public health efforts in Brooklyn, and advocated for quality and affordable health care for all residents. He continues to host health fairs, medical symposiums, and other events to address health issues impacting his constituents and New Yorkers. His events help residents in some of the most medically underserved populations in the borough attain free access to screenings and preventative care. Every year, Council Member Mathieu Eugene allocates funds to hospitals throughout the city to ensure our hospitals have the necessary resources to provide world-class services.
Developing real affordable housing and promoting job creation are high priorities for Council Member Eugene. He has worked to promote housing equality for both the city’s poorest residents and the middle class.
Council Member Eugene is a strong supporter of the labor movement and believes that labor unions are essential to creating good paying jobs and improving workers’ lives. He is committed to the struggle for better lives for workers and is proud to stand alongside the unions on many issues, including the fight for $15 minimum wage.