Brooklyn —

Two months into her first term as Council Member for Brooklyn’s 41st district, Alicka Ampry-Samuel has already co-sponsored eight bills with fellow council members and introduced one requiring information about sexual harassment be made available online for public access. Her predecessor, Darlene Mealy, didn’t introduce or sponsor a single bill until 2007, her second year in office.

“A lot of what is happening in the district is just so critical – so urgent,” she said. “There’s an expectation of me showing up, because my predecessor did not show up.”