Helen Marshall was elected overwhelmingly as Queens Borough President in November 2001 with 68 percent of the vote.
She is the 18th Borough President of Queens, the first African American and the second woman to assume the post of the highest elected official in a borough with a population of more than 2.2 million people.
Prior to her election as Queens Borough President, Ms. Marshall represented the 21st District (Corona, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and LaGuardia Airport) in the City Council for ten years. She was first elected to the post in 1991, securing 96 percent of the vote. As the first minority and woman elected from the district, she worked to enrich and unify an extraordinarily diverse community. Before leaving the City Council, she served as Chair of the Higher Education Committee and was a member of the Housing & Buildings, Environmental Protection and Women's Issues Committees. She also was Co-Chair of the Council's Black and Latino Caucus.
As Chair of the City
Council's Higher Education Committee, Ms. Marshall successfully fought against
the privatization of the City University of New York. She was also one of the
founders of the Langston Hughes Library and provided funding for the expansion
and upgrade of every library in her district. She has also been an advocate for
quality health care, senior citizens and the environment. She secured funds to
restore the City's free dental clinics, led the fight to prevent the sale of
Elmhurst and Queens Hospital Center and has fought for many years to protect
Flushing Bay from the impacts of LaGuardia Airport. She also provided funding
for two new senior centers in her district and for vans to transport seniors.
Ms. Marshall was also the primary sponsor of legislation to relieve senior
citizens' contributions to Medicare Part B.
Borough President Marshall
is a graduate of the City's public school system and has a Bachelor's Degree in
Education from Queens College. She has also taken graduate courses in Education
at the Bank Street College, and Public Administration at Long Island University.