I'm Zellnor Myrie

(Some people call me "Z")

Zellnor Myrie is a Brooklyn native, lawyer, and longtime affordable housing advocate. Zellnor derives inspiration for his public service from his mother who moved to Brooklyn 40 years ago from Costa Rica on the promise of a mattress in a friend’s apartment and a job at a factory. His father has been a special education teacher for the past 17 years, and is a current member of The United Federation of Teachers. Zellnor was raised primarily by his mother in a rent-stabilized apartment in Prospect Lefferts Gardens allowing him to attend one of the best public schools in the borough. Zellnor’s mother never let the challenges of being a new immigrant hinder Zellnor’s education.

Zellnor is a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School, earned his B.A. in Communications and M.A. in Urban Studies from Fordham University. After Fordham, Zellnor worked as Legislative Director for City Councilman Fernando Cabrera where, among other bills, he helped draft and pass the Tenant Bill of Rights.

After leaving the City Council, Zellnor became chair of his Neighborhood Advisory Board where, through community organizing, he helped secure nearly $400,000 in federal funding for job training, after school programming, and tenant protection. Zellnor then went to Cornell Law School where he served as student body president, an editor on the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, a constitutional law instructor in prison, and as a Pro Bono Scholar — a position that allowed him to take the New York Bar early and spend his last semester working full-time at Justice 360, a criminal justice reform organization.

As an associate at a private Manhattan law firm, Zellnor remained committed to public service. Zellnor provided over 600 hours of pro bono service to immigrants seeking asylum, victims of police brutality and illegal stop-and-frisks, special education students not receiving services from the Department of Education, and victims of domestic violence. Zellnor also remained committed to his community as a member of the Neighborhood Advisory Board, junior board for the Legal Aid Society, and president of his building’s tenant’s association.

Zellnor is committed to giving back to the Brooklyn community that raised him and is passionate about securing affordable housing for families like his own, strengthening our public education system, immigrant rights, and criminal justice reform.

Zellnor Myrie (conocido por sus amigos como “Z”) es un nativo de Brooklyn y es un abogado que trabaja en una firma privada de abogados. Zellnor es un activista de su comunidad, miembro de la Junta de Asesoramiento del Barrio (Neighborhood Advisory Board,) y crítico de la Conferencia Democrática Independiente (IDC) en Albany.

La madre de Zellnor es su inspiración y motivo por cual el quiere dedicar su vida al servicio público. Hace 40 años su mama emigró a Brooklyn desde Costa Rica. En ese entonces ella sólo disponía de un colchón y un trabajo en una fábrica. Ella crió a Zellnor en un apartamento de alquiler-estabilizado en Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Ella trabajó duro para que Zellnor pudiera asistir a una de las mejores escuelas públicas de la ciudad. La madre de Zellnor nunca permitió que los desafíos de ser un nuevo inmigrante impidiera la educación de su hijo.

Zellnor es graduado del colegio Brooklyn Technical High School, obtuvo su B.A. y M.A. de Fordham University, y su J.D. de Cornell Law School. Durante sus estudios en Cornell, Zellnor fue presidente de la Asociación de Estudiantes y se graduó un semestre más temprano que sus compañeros para trabajar con Justice360, como abogado “Pro Bono” defendiendo clientes acusados de crímenes capitales.


澤爾諾麥利(Zellnor Myrie)是名土生土長的布魯克林人、律師,和多年經濟適用房倡導者。澤爾諾對公共服務的熱情源於他的母親。他的母親在40年前,靠著一份工廠的工作、和朋友家的床墊,從哥斯達黎加搬到布魯克林。他的父親在過去17年中一直是名特殊教育教師,並且是聯合教師聯盟會的現任成員。澤爾諾主要是由他的母親在展望弗萊茨公園一套租金穩定公寓裡養大。因此,他得以去了全區最好的公立學校之一。澤爾諾的母親從未讓新移民的挑戰阻礙澤爾諾的教育。

澤爾諾畢業於布魯克林技術高中,取得了福特漢姆大學傳播學學士和城市研究碩士學位。繼福特漢姆之后,澤爾諾擔任了市議員費爾南多卡布雷拉(Fernando Cabrera)的立法主任。除了其他法案外,澤爾諾協助起草並通過了租戶權利法案。

離開市議會后,澤爾諾成為他的街區顧問委員會主席。通過社區組織,他幫助籌集了近40萬美元的聯邦資金,用於職業培訓、課后活動和租戶保護。澤爾諾隨后去了康奈爾法學院。在那裡他擔任學生會主席、康奈爾法律和公共政策雜志的編輯、監獄的憲法指導員以及義務學者—— 這一職位使他能夠提前參加紐約司法考試,並且最后一個學期可以在司法360全職工作(司法360是一個刑事司法改革組織)。