Meet Al Taylor


As a community organizer, State Assembly Chief of Staff, minister and now State Assembly member representing the 71st District, Al Taylor has built a record of hard work, caring and giving back to the community that gave him his chance. He was elected to represent his Upper Manhattan District in 2017 with overwhelming support in every part of the District.

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Al’s one of us…

Growing up, Al’s family didn’t have much. But with hard work and the help of his community, he succeeded. He served in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps while earning his GED. He then graduated from Lehman College and became a community leader to give back. Together, he and his wife, Gwendolyn, have raised their children with those same values of hard work and service to others.

A record of Service…

As a husband and father, Al wants to improve our quality of life and make our streets safer. In 2008, he started Man Up! to combat gun violence, holding weekly prayer walks from 6 to 7 a.m. Soon after, the NYPD commissioner credited the program with dramatically reducing violence, and it’s been replicated in housing projects throughout Upper Manhattan.

Making A Difference…

Al Taylor holds prayer walks at dawn to help stop gun violence.

Al Taylor holds prayer walks at dawn to help stop gun violence.

In the Assembly, Al’s been fighting hard for us and getting results. He voted to strengthen rent laws to stop unfair rent increases. And he passed a bill to help law enforcement, family members and teachers get guns out of the wrong hands. He also passed a state budget that brings more money to our schools and provides funding to help fix the MTA and make much-needed NYCHA building repairs.