The Real Deal New York

New Council zoning chair sees post as platform

Donovan Richards plans to be a neighborhood advocate as he leads key panel

August 24, 2015 10:00AM
By Tess Hofmann


Donovan Richards

From the August issue: The new chair of the City Council’s subcommittee on zoning and franchises plans to use the position to advocate for affordable housing, transportation improvements and other progressive causes.

Though just 32, Donovan Richards has already worked in city government for 12 years, beginning as an intern under then-City Council Member James Sanders, for whom he worked his way up to chief of staff. Richards was elected in 2013 in a special election to replace Sanders, who is now a state senator, representing southeastern Queens. [more]