Appointed by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
James was a New York City Council Member from 2006-2017, serving as Chair of the Transportation Committee and Chair of the Technology Committee as well as Deputy Leader and a member of the Council’s budget negotiation team. Prior to his time on the Council, he served as District Manager of Bronx Community Board 10 from 1980 to 2005, becoming the youngest and one of the longest serving District Managers in the city. James also served as President of the Northeast Bronx Senior Citizen Center from 1975 to 2005.
Born and raised in the Bronx, James is a product of the NYC Public schools. He has a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York and a Masters Degree in Urban Studies from Queens College, CUNY. James is currently a Distinguished Lecturer of Urban Studies at Queens College, where he teaches courses on NYC government and public administration.