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Shirley Paul is running for New York City Council District 46 to make a difference in our community. Shirley was born and raised in Brooklyn to immigrant parents who instilled in her the value of serving her community. Throughout her education in the public-school system and career in public service, Shirley has dedicated her life to helping others.

No matter what job she has held, Shirley has always focused on helping the less fortunate. Shirley first discovered the importance of public service in High School when she worked for an adolescent education program for the state in underserved communities. While in college, Shirley interned at then-Senator Joseph Biden’s office and went on to work for then-Assemblyman Frank Seddio’s office.

After law school, she pursued a clerkship at the New York Supreme Court where she learned the impact of law on everyday people’s lives. She also partnered with nonprofits and government offices to assist immigrants with the citizenship application process and services in New York City. She then went on to the Governor’s office where she helped minority and women-owned businesses grow and thrive. Currently, Shirley is a practicing attorney helping the people of Brooklyn avoid foreclosures and stay in their homes.

Shirley received a B.A. from Delaware State University, M.A. from Brooklyn College, and J.D. from New York Law School. Shirley is a founding member and Election Chair of the Unified Political Association and an active member of the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club in Brooklyn, Kings County Law Committee, and the Haitian American Caucus. She resides in Canarsie, Brooklyn.


Shirley understands the issues affecting our community – and she’ll stand up for us.

Keeping People in Their Homes

Council District 46 includes zip code, 11236, which has more foreclosures than any other locale in New York City and Shirley knows firsthand the struggles homeowners face. After years of saving for a home, her own family discovered they were victims of predatory lending and at risk of foreclosure. Shirley will make protecting homeowners from scams and keeping residents in their homes a top priority in the City Council.

Serving Seniors

Our seniors have worked their whole lives to make Brooklyn what it is today, and they deserve dignity. With the rising cost of healthcare and threats to Medicare, Shirley will always fight for increased funding for healthcare and senior services, adult day cares, and Access-A-Ride.

Preparing Our Kids for the Future

Shirley has seen firsthand the large dropout rate among Black and Latino students and she knows that we need to do better by our kids. Shirley wants to bring more dollars to our schools for smaller classrooms and increased programs so the next generation is prepared for the future.

Preventing Gun Violence

While crime rates in New York have dropped, Brooklyn continues to struggle with gun violence. Shirley will fight for Brooklyn’s fair share so we can reach our young people before gangs do. We need more resources for anti-gun violence and recreational programs so our youth can develop skills to prepare them for the future while staying out of trouble.

Saving Small Businesses

In the Governor’s Office, Shirley helped minority and women-owned business obtain government contracts. Locally-owned businesses are the fabric of our community and what makes Brooklyn special. As Council Member, Shirley will fight to increase assistance to small businesses and access to capital to level the playing field.

Building Resiliency

Superstorm Sandy was nearly 8 years ago and we are still seeing the effects in our community. As Council Member, Shirley would work hard to build back from the damage by increasing oversight on Hurricane Sandy recovery funds and shoring up our coastline to protect from future disasters.

Improving the M.T.A.

With no train stations, District 46 is a transportation desert. In addition to living in a two- fare zone, we are constantly under threat of having the bus services we depend on being cut. Shirley understands the struggle of waiting for the bus to get around, and she’ll fight to increase M.T.A. capital dollars to beef up bus service so we’re not left waiting.

Council District 46

New York City Council District 46 includes Bergen Beach, Canarsie, Flatlands, Georgetown, Gerritsen Beach, Marine Park, Mill Basin, Mill Island, and Sheepshead Bay.


COVID-19 Resources

During these uncertain times, Shirley is checking in on her neighbors and delivering meals and giving away face masks and hand sanitizers to those who need them. Shirley has compiled helpful resources in one place to keep us informed on the pandemic:

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All New Yorkers can get three free meals a day from the NYC Department of Education. No ID required. Find a location near you.

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Thinking about getting tested for COVID? It's safe, free, and easy. Learn more about getting tested.

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As of March 16, 2020, all eviction proceedings and pending eviction orders are suspended statewide until further notice. If you are a tenant in New York City impacted by COVID-19, see resources available to you.

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