This Saturday, September 10th, at 12:00pm on the corner of E. 111th Street and 1st Avenue there will be a street naming ceremony for former Councilman Philip Reed. The community is cordially invited.
Council Member Reed was elected to serve City Council District 8 in 1997. He made history, being the first openly black gay member of the Council. But Reed was a legend before his election. He had a long history of advocacy that included participating in the original Stonewall riots and running a service program in Brooklyn for people with H.I.V. Reed had contracted the virus in 1981 and embarked on a personal mission to spread awareness, advocate preventative treatment, and stymie the epidemic that claimed so many lives.
Reed’s advocacy continued after being elected to the Council, where, as a member of the Health Committee, he fought to preserve HIV/AIDS funding from cuts. He also championed asthma-related legislation, since District 8, which covers El Barrio/East Harlem and part of the South Bronx, has some of the highest rates of asthma in New York State. And he opposed the closure of a Community Health Office and Dental Clinic in El Barrio/East Harlem, the redevelopment of the 100th Street Bus Depot, and a plan by the former Giuliani administration that would have moved the Museum of the City of New York from El Barrio/East Harlem to the Tweed Courthouse.
Councilman Reed had an impressive legislative career and lived a remarkable life. We hope that you will join us.
If you have any questions or need more details about the ceremony, please feel free to contact our office.