Former CB 12 chair to run for City Council
by Jacob Henry
Jan 06, 2021 | 459 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rene Hill is running for City Council in District 27.
Rene Hill is running for City Council in District 27.
Rene Hill is bringing her years of experience in public service to the forefront of her City Council run in District 27, which includes the neighborhoods of Springfield Gardens, Cambria Heights, Jamaica and Hollis.

Hill, who is running as a Democrat, served as chair of Community Board 12, but stepped down last month to focus on her campaign.

If Hill wins, she would take over the seat from I. Daneek Miller, who is term-limited out of office and cannot run for reelection.

She said what sets her apart from the rest of the candidates in the race is that she lives in the community.

“It has to be someone who is here and working in the community,” she said. “A lot of my competitors don’t have that experience.”

Hill, who is a business owner and mother, grew up in Flushing near the Jamaica border. She served in leadership roles for multiple civic organizations while also working as an advisor and accountant in the entertainment industry.

She helped bring better sewage systems to Southeast Queens and turned Addisleigh Park into a historic landmark.

After that, she created the United Coalition for Veterans and Community Rights, and wants to bring a new Veterans Hospital to the district.

“We plan on bringing more services to our veterans,” she said. “A new hospital helps the veterans, and it helps the community with jobs. We’re working on it right now.

“We need something right here in the heart of our district,” Hill added. “I will continue my fight to bring a hospital here.”

She said she was also concerned that too many children were being deprived of the resources needed for a quality education.

“Many of the kids leave the district and we need to find out why,” Hill said. “We need to make sure they have the current technology, we need to have a way for them to learn a trade.”

She also added that the overall quality of life in the district has gone down, with homeless shelters opening and garbage littering the streets.

Rather than defunding the NYPD, Hill said that allocating funds differently would be a better way to improve policing.

“I know that things need to be corrected,” she said. “We need more police of color that look like us, so that the kids can relate to them.”

Hill promised to be out there in the community, not just sit in an office.

“Some leaders don't want to physically stand on the ground and be out there in the community,” Hill said. “This is why I'm running as well.”

She wanted to make sure that voters know that she will fight hard for the district.

“This is not a stepping stone position for me,” she said. “I’m doing this because I’m passionate about the community. This is my home. Whatever the community needs, it comes before anything else.”
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