Rochester City Councilmember LaShay D. Harris (South District) has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2023 Public Safety and Crime Prevention (PSCP) federal advocacy committee.
Harris was elected to a one-year term and will provide strategic direction and guidance for NLC’s federal advocacy agenda and policy priorities on public safety issues, including law enforcement, municipal fire prevention, natural disaster preparedness and homeland security.
“I am looking forward to bringing resources to the City of Rochester to help with the public safety challenges we face,” Harris said.
The organization comprises city, town and village leaders that focus on improving the quality of life for their current and future constituents. Their mission is to relentlessly advocate for, and protect the interests of, cities, towns and villages by influencing federal policy, strengthening local leadership and driving innovative solutions, according to the NLC website.
“I plan to network with NLC members of other cities to share best practices,” Harris said. "This is a great opportunity to serve Rochester’s residents in a new role.”
As a member of NLC’s PSCP committee, Councilmember Harris will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities, towns and villages before Congress, with the administration and at home.
Harris is also a newly appointed Regional Director of the National League of Cities National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), the appointment was announced by NLC President Mayor Victoria Woodards of Tacoma, Washington.
“NLC’s federal advocacy committees are a key tool for gathering insights directly from the communities that our members serve,” said Woodards. “I am excited to have Councilmember Harris serve on the NLC PSCP committee and look forward to working with her to ensure every city, town and village in this nation has the resources they need to thrive.”
The leadership of this year’s committee will consist of Chair Ras J. Baraka, Mayor, City of Newark, NJ; Vice Chair Rhonda Jerome, Councilmember, City of North Charleston, SC; and Vice Chair Brian Kazy, Councilmember, City of Cleveland, OH.
For more information on NLC’s federal advocacy committees, visit nlc.org/advocacy/federal-advocacy-committees.