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Jelanie DeShong is running for Assembly in the 43rd district because he is deeply rooted in this community and has the know-how to advocate for progressive policies that improve people’s lives.

Jelanie was there for our neighborhoods at the height of the pandemic, working around the clock at Downstate Hospital while volunteering to make daily food deliveries for frontline heroes and aiding grieving families. By taking direct action to help those in need while also securing millions in funding for the hospital as Director of Government Relations, Jelanie showed he’ll be an Assemblymember who can stand up for the people at home and in the halls of government.

Jelanie’s Priorities Include:

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A lifelong public servant, Jelanie began his career as an Intern for then- New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, representing East Flatbush. Within a few short years, his hard work and diligence in the Council earned him an opportunity to serve as a Legislative Aide to New York City Councilman David Greenfield of Brooklyn. It was there Jelanie honed his skills working on legislation, land-use policy, and city and state finances.

Jelanie continued his work in the public sector serving as Director of Community Engagement and Strategic Advisor for then-Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York, Kathy Hochul. After three years in the administration, Jelanie was appointed as Director of Government Relations at The State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Health Sciences University, where he oversaw the Office of Government and Community Relations in the largest healthcare server of more than 1 million Brooklynites. Jelanie’s work in the pandemic earned him a highlight as one of eight Brooklynites who came to the rescue in New York’s darkest hour by City & State (2020).


Most recently he served as Assistant Secretary of Intergovernmental Affairs for Governor Kathy Hochul, where he continued his engagement on a statewide level and played an integral role in the Governors’ first 100 days in office before deciding to run for Assembly.

A lifelong public servant, Jelanie began his career as an Intern for then- New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, representing East Flatbush. Within a few short years, his hard work and diligence in the Council earned him an opportunity to serve as a Legislative Aide to New York City Councilman David Greenfield of Brooklyn. It was there Jelanie honed his skills working on legislation, land-use policy, and city and state finances.

Jelanie continued his work in the public sector serving as Director of Community Engagement and Strategic Advisor for then-Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York, Kathy Hochul. After three years in the administration, Jelanie was appointed as Director of Government Relations
at The State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Health Sciences University, where he oversaw the Office of Government and Community Relations in the largest healthcare server of more than 1 million Brooklynites. Jelanie’s work in the pandemic earned him a highlight as one of eight Brooklynites who came to the rescue in New York’s darkest hour by City & State (2020).

Most recently he served as Assistant Secretary of Intergovernmental Affairs for Governor Kathy Hochul, where he continued his engagement on a statewide level and played an integral role in the Governors’ first 100 days in office before deciding to run for Assembly.

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