Christopher Johnson

Christopher A. Johnson was elected to serve as County Legislator for the 16th District in November 2017, representing residents in the city of Yonkers. Since then he has been re-elected in 2019 and 2021 respectively. From 2019-2021 he served as Majority Whip and in December 2021 he was elected by his colleagues to serve in his current role as Majority Leader.

Christopher obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus. After graduation in 2006, he felt called to serve, and immediately joined Andrea Stewart-Cousins' ultimately successful campaign for State Senate, canvassing Yonkers and talking to residents about changes they believed were needed in the city. Following the election, Christopher continued his service; playing a key role in the Senator’s re-election campaigns, as well as in her Yonkers District Office, first as a Community Liaison to Yonkers and eventually as her Deputy Chief of Staff.

Christopher believes that education can pave the path to success, so while working in the Senator’s office, he continued his education, intending to better help improve the quality of education for others. In May 2011, he completed his Master’s Degree in Education at Fordham University, concentrating in School Counseling and Personnel Services. Through Yonkers Partners in Education, Christopher volunteered in Roosevelt High School’s Counseling Center, lending his experiences in college to high school students preparing for the college application process and college life itself. Currently, he serves as a School Counselor in the Yonkers Public Schools.

In September 2011, Christopher won the Democratic primary to become the Council member representing the 1st District on the Yonkers City Council and went on to win the general election in November. He was subsequently re-elected for a second term with an overwhelming majority of the vote. Christopher’s focus on the City Council was fighting for equity in education, affordable housing, and local jobs for people in the community. He has continued fighting for those same issues at the County level where he has passed progressive legislation such as Ban The Box, Fairness In Cooperative Ownership, Salary History Anti-Discrimination legislation, Immigration Protection and supported state legislation regarding bail reform and renter protection. He has chaired both the Appointments Committee as well as Social Services, in which he successfully appointed over 115 people to different boards as well as brought issues such as Homelessness, Child Protective Services, Veterans Affairs and Childcare to light, especially during the heart of the COVID-19 Pandemic. He also chaired a committee tasked with recommending local changes that needed to be made as a result of the recent Voting Reform Legislation passed by the New York State Legislature.

Christopher is the eldest of three siblings and lives in Yonkers with his wife and son, Tai and Joshua, expanding on his deep family roots in Yonkers, which span several generations – including his late Great-Grandmother Evelyn Johnson.

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