Advisory Councils

African Advisory Council

Deputy Borough President Aurelia Greene welcomes Commissioner Fatima Shama, from the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, at a recent Bronx African Advisory Council meeting. Topics discussed revolved around access to education, healthcare, small business services and housing rights.

About the African Advisory Council

The African Advisory Council will encourage continental Africans, including people of African descent, to actively participate in the economic, social and cultural developmental aspects of the borough and at the same time will strive to cultivate relationships and enhance communication and interaction between the borough's African community and the larger Bronx community.

The advisory council will have a committee for economic, social, interfaith, civil participation and arts and culture, and will also assist in any outreach conducted during emergencies, such as the mosque fire that took place in the Morrisania area on September 17, 2009.

According to recent reports, the African population in the Bronx has grown considerably in recent years: the census reported 12,063 sub-Saharan Africans in 1990, while the most recent census estimate was 61,487.

Read more about the council: Borough President Diaz Annoucned the Formation of an African Advisory Council.