Walter T. Mosley was elected in November 2012 to represent Brooklyn’s 57th district in the New York State Assembly, which includes the neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, and parts of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant.
As former Second Vice Chair of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus and a member of the committees on Housing, Codes, Corrections, Banks, and Education, Assemblyman Mosley is dedicated to helping struggling working families and giving his community a powerful voice in Albany. Assemblyman Mosley was recently appointed chair of the sub-committee on Regulated Mortgage Lenders – a committee which oversees mortgage lending programs and practices. Assemblyman Mosley is also a proud member of the New York State Caucus of Environmental Legislators, State Legislators Against Illegal Guns (SLAIG), the American State Legislators For Gun Violence Prevention (ASLGVP), and the bi-partisan coalition, Leaders Eradicating All Poverty (LEAP), an initiative to combat poverty, wage discrimination, and income inequality throughout New York State.
Since taking office, Assemblyman Mosley has focused on tackling economic inequality by strengthening affordable housing laws and programs, improving educational opportunities and after school curriculums, and bringing added employment opportunities into the community. Assemblyman Mosley has introduced legislation that fights public employer discrimination of formerly incarcerated individuals, provides legal representation for persons facing foreclosure proceedings, and requires mortgage lenders and brokers to inform potential homeowners of their Mortgage Bill of Rights.
Having cast his first career vote to pass the NY Safe Act – which enacted the nation’s toughest gun laws in New York State – Assemblyman Mosley is committed to making our communities safer and healthier places to live. He has introduced legislation that prohibits smoking on all State University of New York (SUNY) campuses, and also mandates seatbelt use for passengers in the back seats of cars. As a public school parent, Assemblyman Mosley has also been a fierce advocate for increased education funding and expanding school choices for families.
Most recently, Assemblyman Mosley introduced the Retail Anti-Profiling Act, which calls for more transparency regarding NYPD personnel in private businesses – such as major department stores that have been accused of discriminatory practices. This bill also seeks to curb unfair treatment of public housing residents by eliminating the $74 million annual payment from the financially distressed New York City Housing Authority to the NYPD for police services to which every New Yorker is entitled.
In addition to serving as a member of the Assembly, Mosley is also the District Leader and New York State Committeeman for the 57th district. Prior to being elected, Assemblyman Mosley served as the Special Assistant & External Relations Specialist to the NYS Senate Minority Leader, where he facilitated internal and external governmental affairs matters on behalf of the Senate Minority Conference. From 2007-2009, Mosley worked as the Director of Contract Compliance and Government & Community Relations for Spectrum Personal Communications, where he oversaw MWBE/DBE contract compliance efforts and managed various construction projects for its corporate and government clients. In 2008, Mosley was one of the first New York State delegates to pledge his support for the presidential bid of then-Senator Barack Obama.
Assemblyman Mosley was also tapped as Kings County Outreach Director for Bill Thompson’s 2009 mayoral campaign and as Field Director for Governor Paterson’s 2006 campaign. Assemblyman Mosley was also a public school teacher in Bedford-Stuyvesant and has served on the Board of Directors for the CUSH Campus Charter School.
Assemblyman Mosley received his bachelor’s degree in Criminology, with a minor in African Studies and American History, from The Pennsylvania State University at University Park, graduating with honors for his exceptional academic performance. In 1998, he then received his law degree from the historic Howard University in Washington D.C. Currently, Assemblyman Mosley serves as an adjunct professor at Berkeley College, teaching courses in criminal justice, government, and media relations.
Born in Crown Heights and raised in Clinton Hill – where he and his wife are also raising their son and daughter – Assemblyman Mosley is committed to accessible, passionate, and substantive representation of the communities of central Brooklyn in the New York State legislature.