On a Sunday in late January, Keith Powers (M.A. ’13, Political Science) returned to the Graduate Center to celebrate his inauguration as a first-term member of the New York City Council, representing his alma mater’s district — District 4. Joining him were his family — his parents, sister, and nephew — and fellow elected officials, including Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Public Advocate Letitia James. “It was humbling, and it felt like I had come full circle,” he recalled a few days later.
Powers soundly beat seven other contenders to win the Democratic primary and then took 57 percent of the vote in the general election to represent much of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, including Stuyvesant Town, where Powers grew up and still lives, and the iconic addresses along Fifth Avenue as it stretches from Midtown to the northern reaches of Central Park. For more on the story, click here