BUILDING ON THE LEGACY OF SUCCESS
"Our Small Town In A Big City"
Democrat For The 46th City Council District
Bergen Beach, Canarsie, Flatlands, Georgetown, Gerritsen Beach,
Marine Park, Mill Basin, Mill Island and Sheepshead Bay
Judy D. Newton was born to Dorothy and Ivan Newton, of a poor family in the village of Coach Hill, St. John, Barbados. From an early age, Judy learned the value of a good education and the importance of public service. In the summer of 1976, her family migrated to New York City to enable Judy to continue her education. Judy became a police officer in the New York City Police Department in 1984. Her tenacity, drive, and force of will led her to advance through the ranks to detective–special assignment and then detective.
After her retirement from the police department, her service to her community did not end. She recognized the need for community involvement, planning, organization, and liaising for the community with elected government officials, business leaders, fellow citizens, civic and local stakeholders. With the help of community-based organizations, Judy developed an educational outreach program with a primary focus on presentations to targeted groups that benefitted senior citizens and student organizations. The program also featured a public safety and awareness component where Judy drew on her experiences as an NYPD Detective providing education and useful tips on such issues like senior/elder abuse, senior citizen scams and demonstrations on crime to school students, and other safety issues.
Judy continued her formal education, attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice and earning an Associate’s Degree in police science, a Baccalaureate in business administration, and a Master’s in public administration. She earned a Master’s degree in philosophy from Cardiff University (Wales, UK) and a Doctorate in Education from American International College (Springfield, MA).
Today, as she runs as candidate for New York City Council (46th District), Judy contributes to a weekly radio program discussing the latest immigration issues and trends and informative issues of interest to the local Brooklyn community. She also finds time to participate each week as a mentor and instructor to school-age children, assisting them with their studies. Judy is chairperson of the Education Committee at Community Board 18, sits on other committees in the organization, and actively participates in civic meetings.
When COVID-19 hit Judy rolled up her sleeves and got to work. She organized to get over 100 senior citizens – and counting - in the district vaccinated and is a vocal supporter of the City’s vaccine program. For over 40 years Judy has been involved and engaged in charitable work for the poor and less fortunate. This “labor of love” has led her to volunteering at soup kitchens, coordinating or assisting at food pantries in Canarsie, Brooklyn, and elsewhere. She has been coordinating an annual Christmas Eve dinner at City Hall Restaurant for almost 20 years for families living in the New York City Department of Homeless Services’ shelters. Judy and her husband established The Newton Foundation, Inc. to allow them to expand their charitable work to families living in city facilities in Brooklyn and help those in need of assistance, especially during the holidays.
In January 2020, Judy and The Newton Foundation partnered with the US Census Bureau to “improve the count” in Canarsie since residents there participated at extremely low levels. Judy assisted the Census Bureau personnel to register more residents and urge this community to dispel the fears and anxieties surrounding the census count. Judy is always been on call, whether shopping for incapacitated seniors, transporting first responders and essential personnel to their jobs throughout COVID-19, or serving cooked meals at pop-up food distribution carts. She will bring this same drive, caringt and energy to representing the residents of the 46th Council District.