Justin Brannan is a longtime community activist, born and raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn in a working class, union home. Justin has spent years working for local residents to cut through all the bureaucracy and red tape from within the halls of government.
Just spent the past three years at the Department of Education, working on important issues like Universal Pre-K. Prior to this position, he served for many years as chief of staff to Councilman Vincent Gentile. In this role, Justin worked to pass first in the nation legislation that prohibits employers from discriminating against unemployed job applicants. Justin was also instrumental in the creation and passage of the Animal Abuse Registration Act which established an animal abuse registry to track people convicted of animal cruelty.
Justin is the founder of Bay Ridge Cares, a charitable organization that delivers Thanksgiving meals to home-bound older adults and people with disabilities. Justin is also a small business owner, as he and his wife Leigh, an educator, own an art school for children on Third Avenue in Bay Ridge.
After studying journalism at Fordham University and the College of Staten Island, Justin's dreams led him to pursue a career as a professional touring musician where he performed in over fifty countries across five continents. During his time as a radio announcer at WNEW, Justin jumped into labor activism and served as shop steward where he represented and defended the interests of his fellow employees and advocated to get all union members retroactively paid for decades of overtime work on weekends and overnights.
Justin is the founder and President Emeritus of Bay Ridge Democrats, a 150+ member political club that works to elect good Democrats across the city. He is a former member of his local Community Board 10 as well as of the board of directors of BRAVO, the Bay Ridge volunteer ambulance corps. Justin is running for New York City Council to continue fighting for the middle class and those living paycheck to paycheck.