Candidate, 41st Council District, Brooklyn, New York
An experienced, grassroots political leader, CORY PROVOST is a Brooklyn native, running to represent the 41st City Council District. For the past five years, Cory served the residents and diverse neighborhoods of Brownsville, Canarsie and East Flatbush as the Male State Committeeman, also called the District Leader, of Brooklyn’s 58th Assembly District.
As a first generation Brooklynite, Cory’s experiences growing up mirrors that of many New Yorkers born to immigrant families. Born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Cory was raised by three generations of Jamaican women. He navigated the challenges in the public schools of Brownsville and East New York – ultimately graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School. During these formative days, Cory experienced first hand the lack of adequate resources and opportunities for Black and brown students, and how it impacted their lives.
The opportunity gap drove Cory to action. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School, he attended Brooklyn College and became active in organizations across campus. He became president of both the NAACP College Chapter at Brooklyn College, and the campus’ Mentoring Alliance, often using the influence of these organizations to bring students closer and lead them to a better understanding the communities around them.
This approach resulted in the Brooklyn College Mentoring Alliance Shadow Day that brought teenagers from low-income communities into college classrooms thus giving them a first-hand experience of the promise and potential of higher education’s ability to change their lives and lift them out of poverty.
On completion of his undergraduate degree, Cory went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Urban Policy and Administration at Brooklyn College. He became the consummate multi-tasker juggling his educational growth and development with time working with and for the community. Cory partnered with State Senator Kevin Parker on several community outreach and empowerment events, including Job Fairs that taught a variety of needed skills targeted to implementable strategies that gave unemployed residents a better chance at landing a job. Never one-dimensional, Cory literally jumped into post-hurricane Katrina in New Orleans with the Malcolm X Grassroots’ Movement that assisted in rebuilding efforts after the catastrophic hurricane devastated the region.
In 2009, the graduate students at Brooklyn College elected Cory Provost as their Class President. He was also elected the Chairperson of The University Student Senate that, since 1972, has been the only student governance body with elected student delegates from all the branches of The City University of New York, representing over 400,000 CUNY students across the five boroughs. Cory was the youngest member, from 2009-2011, of the Board of Trustees for the City University of New York (www.cuny.edu). As a trustee, Cory was responsible for helping to shape the direction of public higher education within New York City. During this time Cory also served as a Trustee of the Higher Education Services Corporation, the government agency responsible for managing the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)–the country’s largest state grant program.
In 2011 Cory would be a finisher of NYC’s ING Marathon running in memory of his mentor Tyrek Richey while also raising several thousand dollars for blood cancer research with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In 2012 Cory played an integral part in helping re-elect President Barack Obama by being elected as one of the youngest Presidential Delegates from New York State. Just prior to that historic November general election, he created his “own history” by being elected as the State Committeeman/ District Leader for New York’s 58th Assembly District in Brooklyn.
Cory continued to fight for his community by joining the administration of New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer in 2014. In his new role, he was able to assist the residents of Brownsville, East Flatbush, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, and East New York by helping them navigate the intimidating bureaucracy of City government.
Indeed, the highlight of Cory’s political career was when in 2016 he secured over 50,000 votes to be elected as a Presidential Delegate for the Democratic Party for Secretary Hillary Clinton. He would later go on to join the historic campaign charged with leading the organizing efforts in Brooklyn.
Cory currently serves as a Director for the Brooklyn College Alumni Association, Chairing the Association’s Alumni Honors Committee, and as a Board Member of the Church of God of East Flatbush. He previously served as the Chairperson of the Neighborhood Advisory Board 17 and Secretary of Community Board 17.
Cory currently resides in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn and is the proud father of a 6-month old daughter that he calls “my pride and joy.”