New York City has a candidate for US Congress that holds
the future of his community as the driving force behind his
ambition to represent one of our most vibrant and diverse
districts – New York’s 15th Congressional district. Vincent
Morgan makes his living as a community banker, but has
committed his life to making Upper Manhattan a great place
for all of us to live, work, and raise our families. Vince
is a family man who is not interested in the power and money
that has influenced too many New York politicians for too
long – he wants to represent NY-15 to make New York a better
place for us all. ”The bottom line for me,” says Vince, “is
that my family comes first. The best way I know to make a
better life for my family is to work hard to improve the
community we call home.”
Since making Harlem his
home a decade ago, Vince has been busy as a hands-on worker
and advocate for his community. Today, Vince serves as
chairman of the 125th Street Business Improvement District
and is a director of The Riverside Theater. He serves on the
advisory boards of the Harlem Biennale, Touro College of
Osteopathic Medicine, and Alianza Dominicana. He is also a
board member and mentor for the Future Giants in Harlem, an
organization dedicated to at-risk youth ages 16 to 18 years
Vince recognizes the value of education and guidance
for our young people, as he has learned and built on his
personal trials. Raised by a single mother in Chicago’s
tough Bronzeville community, Vince dropped out of high
school at age 16. With the support of concerned adults and
his own determination, he turned his life around. He
obtained his GED; went on to attend Howard University in
Washington, D.C.; graduated with a bachelor’s degree in
business management from the University of Illinois at
Chicago; and earned a Master’s degree in public
administration from New York’s Columbia University.
While his turnaround and credentials are impressive,
Vince continues to be a down-to-earth guy, very much in
touch with the reality of the community he hopes to serve.
“I know what it means to drop out of school and work a
minimum wage job. I grew up with an absentee father, a
mother who had to work so much I hardly saw her, and a
grandmother who didn’t believe in sparing the rod.”
Those experiences forged a character that fuels
Vince’s understanding about real-life issues and his desire
to solve them. “I’m in touch with reality every month when
my wife and I pay the daycare bill for our two babies and
then struggle to make ends meet for the next 30 days.
Vince uses the knowledge he gains from his work as a
community banker to help fuel development of the
neighborhood and district in which he lives. ”I’m a
community banker,” he says, “My role in the banking industry
is to find opportunities for our bank to invest in
communities by financing affordable housing and by loaning
funds to organizations that offer services to
low-to-moderate income families.” Under the job title of
Vice-President and Community Banking Officer, Vince is
credited with increasing bank relationships and revenues
with some of the most well-known business, non-profit and
community entities Uptown and around the State of New York.
On the political front, Vince believes “Democracy is
based on people.” That’s why in 2001, he volunteered for
service in the Harlem office of Congressman Charles B.
Rangel. In 2002, he was appointed campaign director for the
Congressman’s successful re-election. In 2007, he led the
creation of Harlem NOW, a non-partisan group dedicated to
mobilizing people to work together in solving grassroots
Vince Morgan is the leader the 15th Congressional
District of New York needs NOW. His story and dedication to
our community should inspire hope for us all. With your
help, Vince will provide the people of our District the
inspired and caring representation we deserve.
Member, NY County Democratic Committee Elected to represent the 7th Electoral District of the
70th Assembly District in Harlem. Working to ensure our
party’s values and issues are implemented to better the
lives of all New Yorkers.
Community Banker, US Commercial Bank
For almost 5 years he has been a community banker working
with local small businesses, not-for-profits and
individuals; providing counsel and connecting them with
products and services that help them succeed. Vince works
primarily with organizations that build affordable housing
or provide social services in low income communities.
Founder, Harlem NOW Vince founded
this non-partisan organization to bring the diverse
residents of Harlem together around common issues and
community activism. The organization’s “Neighbors United”
theme is a reminder that we are all in this together.
Chairman, 125th Steet Business Improvement
District He serves as Chairman of the Board of
this organization dedicated to promoting Harlem’s main
commercial corridor. The BID is responsible for safety and
sanitation and manages programs that attract visitors and
investment on 125th Street.
Director, The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone
He served as the Director of Marketing for Upper
Manhattan’s premier economic development organization.
During his tenure he created the “Swing Uptown” tourism
initiative to attract visitors Uptown.
Special Assistant/Constituent Services, 15th
Congressional District of NY Proudly worked for
the people of Upper Manhattan in the busy Congressional
district office. Assisted residents with issues that
included housing, immigration, healthcare, social security,
education and economic development.
NEW YORK, NY (September 6, 2010) – As summer ends and
people celebrate the Labor Day holiday, Congressional
candidate Vincent Morgan urges us to remember the people who
are trying to survive in a difficult economy without jobs.
The unemployment rate for the state of New York is lower
than the national average of 9.6 percent, but the rates in
the communities of NY-15, such as Harlem and East Harlem
and Washington Heights, easily exceed 25 percent. “That
means thousands of people in the District who cannot get
work and take care of their families,” says Morgan, “and
that is a shame for the greatest country in the world.”
“Although the Federal government has made some
progress in extending unemployment benefits and creating
stimulus programs to create jobs, it’s just not enough,”
Labor Day was created by the labor movement in 1882 to
pay tribute to “the contributions workers made to the
strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. It
recognizes the vital force labor has added to the highest
standard of living and the greatest production the world has
ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of
our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy.”
(SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor)
Morgan concludes, “I believe every American should
have an opportunity to work and provide for their children.
Whatever I have to do to make that happen is what I will
fight for if I am elected to Congress.”
NEW YORK, NY (September 1, 2010) – As everyone prepares
for the new school year next week, Congressional candidate
Vincent Morgan has words for parents and young people.
“NY-15 has one of the highest high school drop-out rates
in the country. With that in mind, I especially want to talk
to young people who are debating on whether or not to return
to school,” says Morgan. “I dropped out when I was 16.
Fortunately, with the help of interested adults, I realized
my mistake. Now that I am a parent, the prospects for my
children’s educational future are really a priority for me.”
Morgan has two things he wants to drive home:
1) To parents: “Being actively involved in your
children’s education is the greatest gift you can give them.
The job of the teacher is to educate. The job of a parent is
to parent — to give your children the moral foundation and
social skills to make it in the world. Don’t ever abdicate
that responsibility. The future depends on you doing your
job so that we raise children who achieve in school and
believe they can succeed in life.”
2) To young people: “I hope everyone who needs to be
in school goes there on Tuesday. It’s not really a choice —
it’s a requirement — if you want a meaningful future. There
are no jobs for people who lack education. People who do not
at least finish high school are doomed to a life of
Finally, Morgan says, “I believe our society needs to
ensure that citizens have access to superior, affordable
education from daycare through college. That is the path
that will keep Americans employed, economically stable, able
to raise families and achieve the dreams we all have for a
M4C Team NEEDS YOU! to help Vince win on September 14th!
East Harlem, Harlem,
Washington Heights, Inwood & the Upper West Side
We will be working in teams throughout the district
distributing campaign flyers and posters and introducing
Vince Morgan to your neighbors. Our goal is to reach every
registered Democrat in NY-15. Whether you have a couple of
hours a week or more time to volunteer we need you to reach
out to your neighbors and friends.
A few hours a week will go a long way. Take your
building or your block! We will supply what you need to be
NEW YORK, NY (August 10, 2010) — The shoot-out in Harlem
last Sunday morning occurred within walking distance of my
home on Lenox Avenue.
Violent behavior is a
by-product of much greater problems within our community.
Poverty level incomes, chronic unemployment, school drop-out
rates, poor living conditions and drug abuse are
contributing factors that lead to explosions of violence. We
must address the root causes or risk continued escalation.
Indiscriminate violence and the fear it promotes is
eroding the quality of life for every resident of this
community. For policemen to be attacked in tandem with
citizens says that we have truly reached a point of crisis
that demands an urgent response.
As the parent of two small children whom I am raising
in this community, I am not content to sit back and watch my
community grapple with fear or continue to be victimized by
This is a life and death issue that demands more than
rhetoric from our elected officials. Our community has to
come together as one and public officials have to take a
stand and help find real solutions.
Democratic Candidate Hopes To Represent NY-15 in Congress
NEW YORK, NY (August 2, 2010) — The Morgan4Congress
campaign team has succeeded in getting their candidate,
Vincent Morgan, on the Democratic ballot for the September
14th primary. That means constituents of New York’s 15th
Congressional District will have the opportunity to promote
a new voice in Congress when they cast their votes.
The team submitted several thousand signatures in
excess of the 1,250 which are legally mandated by election
law. Morgan campaign manager, Jason-Michael Greene, said
“Our success in the petition drive shows that voters in
NY-15 are hungry for change and want effective
representation that speaks to the ever-evolving dynamics of
New York’s most vibrant and multi-faceted Congressional
Candidate Morgan is “thrilled” about his success. “I
am committed to tackling the hard issues of education,
employment, healthcare access, youth and senior services. I
will work tirelessly in Congress to promote solutions that
are equitable and sustainable. I will be an exemplary public
servant and hope the voters of NY-15 will empower me to
achieve my mission.”
He went on to say, “NY-15 deserves a representative
who is on top of today’s issues and whose behavior is above
reproach. The controversy surrounding the incumbent
Congressman has been a great distraction for the last two
years. The Democratic party can ill afford a November
general election that is under a cloud of ethical scrutiny.”
Greene says, “Now that Vince is on the ballot, it’s up
to voters to go to the polls on September 14th to elect the
person who shares our aspirations and will work aggressively
on our behalf.”
NEW YORK, NY (June 22, 2010) — Last week, the Citizen’s
Committee for Children released their annual report,
“Keeping Track of New York City’s Children.” Once again, it
revealed huge problems in almost every quality of life
indicator for children. Driven by the ongoing recession,
youth unemployment is high; use of food stamps has
increased; children are being hospitalized for preventable
illnesses; mothers are plagued by low birth rates and infant
mortality. Our children are being incarcerated at alarming
rates and abuse and neglect remain high. Perhaps most
shockingly, homeless families with children increased about
In almost every one of these
categories, the communities of Upper Manhattan are
As a father, it breaks my heart to know that so many
children in the district I hope to represent are so
seriously disadvantaged and at risk.
If I am successful in my quest to represent the
citizens of the 15th Congressional District of New York, my
priority will be attacking the issues that plague our
children and their families. I will devote my efforts to
promoting programs that create jobs; improve daycare and
educational options; eliminate health disparities and
provide safety nets so that no child goes hungry, homeless
or uncared for.
I want to get on the Democratic primary ballot so that
I can have a fighting chance to fight for the children in my
Our children are our future. If we don’t improve their
quality of life, I shudder to think what the America of
tomorrow will become.
NEW YORK, NY (May 27, 2010) — What is happening in the
Gulf of Mexico is beyond belief. Now confirmed as the
largest oil spill in history, it has caught absolutely
everyone off guard.
There is no doubt that BP is
responsible. They must be held accountable in every way and
spend every dollar necessary to mitigate this disaster. They
are a private company that has financially profited for many
years to an extraordinary degree. No amount of money can
repair the damage done. This must be a wake up call to
America and a call to action for our country to lead the way
in finally investing in alternative energy sources.
On the public side, so many things have come to light
that are astonishing. The Federal government must end the
“cozy relationship” it has with all of the oil companies.
There must be transparent relationships and meaningful
oversight of the oil industry.
After viewing this afternoon’s press conference with
President Obama, I am convinced that he is leading an
intelligent response; employing all of his authority and
marshalling every possible resource to mitigate this
disaster. I agree with his approach of engaging long term
solutions rather than knee-jerk reactions. The Federal
government must never abdicate its responsibility to
citizens, but at the same time, there is a delicate balance
between public and private that has to be maintained. We
need a national energy strategy and the formation of a
national commission is a meaningful step in that direction.
If there is anything positive that can come out of
this disaster, it would be that every American will act more
responsibly in their personal energy consumption and
improving their relationship with the environment. We must
reduce our dependence on oil by developing alternative
sources of clean, renewable energy. To not do so will result
in a disaster even greater than we have at hand.
In this midst of everything, I hope no one forgets
that 11 human beings died in this event. No matter what
containment and clean up efforts occur, the families of
those people will never have restitution of the lives of
their loved ones. To them, I express my heartfelt