Inez E. Dickens is the Assembly member for the 70th District of the New York State Assembly. She is a Democrat. The district includes portions of El Barrio, Hamilton Heights, Harlem, Morningside Heights, the Upper West Side and Washington Heights in Manhattan. She formerly served on the New York City Council from 2006 to 2016.
Dickens in 2010
|Member of the New York Assembly from the 70th District|
|Assumed office |
January 1, 2017
|Preceded by||Keith L. T. Wright|
|Member of the New York City Council from the 9th District|
January 1, 2006 – December 31, 2016
|Preceded by||Bill Perkins|
|Succeeded by||Bill Perkins|
|Alma mater||Howard University (B.A.)|
Life and careerEdit
Dickens is a lifelong resident of New York City and her father, Lloyd E. Dickens, was a prominent Democratic District Leader and a member of the New York Assembly. She attended P.S. 133 and Julia Richman High School, and later did undergraduate studies in real estate and land economics at New York University and later at Howard University but did not graduate. Dickens was first elected to office in 1974 as a State Party Committeewoman, and served in that capacity for 32 years.
In the 2004 presidential election, she served as one of New York's 33 presidential electors, casting her ballot for John Kerry. After Bill Perkins opted to seek a state senate seat in 2005, Dickens entered the primary for City Council to replace him, and won. She won re-election handily in 2009 and again in 2013.
Dickens is one of the wealthiest members of the Assembly, with an estimated net worth of $2.1 million.
In August 2013, the New York Post wrote a series of articles detailing Inez Dicken's history as a landlord. As of July 2013, she had $265,000 in unpaid code violations dating as far back as 2004, earning her a spot on the Public Advocate's "Worst Landlord's Watch List." She had previously voted to improve "slumlord accountability."
New York AssemblyEdit
In 2016, Assemblyman Keith L. T. Wright, who had served in the Assembly for over twenty-five years, announced he would run to succeed long-time Congressman Charlie Rangel. However, his campaign would be unsuccessful, losing to state Senator Adriano Espaillat in a very close race. While Wright had the opportunity to again run for his Assembly seat, he had promised not to, and instead retired to the private sector.
As a result, Dickens, term-limited at the end of 2017 in the Council, was selected to run for the seat. She was unopposed in the primary, and won the general election against Republican Heather Tarrant by a 93% to 7% margin. Dickens was sworn into her first term in the Assembly on January 1, 2017. State Senator Bill Perkins, who held Dickens' council seat until 2005, was elected to replace her in 2017.
|2005 Primary||Inez Dickens||Dem||4,608||28.52%||Yasmin Cornelius||Dem||3,351||20.74%||Cynthia Doty||Dem||2,803||17.35%||Others (4)||Dem||4,888||30.26%|
|2005 General||Inez Dickens||Dem||21,222||81.26%||Will Brown Jr.||Rep||2,207||8.45%||Daryl Bloodsaw||Ind||1,773||6.79%||W. Henderson||Vet||913||3.50%|
|2005 Primary||Inez Dickens||Dem||8,430||66.42%||Landon Dais||Dem||2,648||20.86%||Carlton Berkley||Dem||1,615||12.72%|
|2009 General||Inez Dickens||Dem||22,818||92.33%||Abbi Hoff||Rep||1,892||7.66%|
|2013 Primary||Inez Dickens||Dem||12,878||69.98%||Vince Morgan||Rep||5,525||30.02%|
|2013 General||Inez Dickens||Dem||23,454||99.06%|
- "Official Bio - Inez Dickens". Retrieved 2015-09-22.
- "In Bloomberg's Shadow: New York City's Wealthiest Elected Officials". The Observer. 2014-12-10. Retrieved 2015-09-22.
- "Defiant Harlem pol owes $265G in rat-trap fines, bills and taxes". NY Post. 2013-07-23. Retrieved 2015-09-22.
- "$cofflaw city pol is the law". NY Post. 2013-07-30. Retrieved 2015-09-22.
- "Ain't that the Dickens!". NY Post. 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2015-09-22.
- "Keith Wright Weighs Options Amid Uptown Power Shifts". Retrieved 2017-01-04.
- "Keith Wright supports Inez Dickens to get her city council seat". Retrieved 2017-01-04.
- "Councilwoman Inez Dickens Wins Assembly Seat to Represent Harlem in Albany - Central Harlem - DNAinfo New York". Archived from the original on 2017-01-05. Retrieved 2017-01-04.