Assemblyman William F. Boyland, Jr. began serving his fourth term as a representative of the New York State 55th Assembly District on January 3, 2009. An active participant in public service since his early teens, Boyland has distinguished himself by his commitment to improving the lives of everyday New Yorkers in his Brooklyn home district, as well as across the state. Whether hosting meetings on public safety, educating the community on the services and duties of their local law enforcement agencies, protecting the rights of those with disabilities seeking education or fighting discriminatory practices, Assemblyman Boyland is an advocate for his constituents. Boyland has successfully sponsored legislation critical to New Yorkers in areas including: healthcare, education, employment, economic development, crime prevention, social services and consumer protection. His legislative success includes laws that protect seniors, promote consumer and financial literacy, encourage the adoption of multicultural curriculums in school systems, and insist on transparency for managing state or city pension funds. Boyland is leading efforts to pass comprehensive juvenile justice reform and crime prevention legislation by sponsoring the Your Promise Act, in addition to the Every Student Counts Act, which is designed to reduce high school drop-out rates and increase access to higher education. Boyland also sponsored legislation to create the Governor’s Employment and Training Council, which puts unemployable and untrained constituents back to work. Boyland currently serves as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Senior Outreach and Activities. He also serves on the Housing, Economic Development, Local Government, Banking and Aging Committees. Locally, Boyland is the male state committee member representing the 55th Assembly District. Born and raised in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn, Boyland is a graduate of Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. He is an active member of Wayside Baptist Church and many other professional, community and civic organizations, including the NAACP and One Hundred Black Men.