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  • Common Council - President
    Van Robinson  
    Van B. Robinson
    Syracuse Common Council
    Term: January 2014 - December 2017  

    Committee Assignment
    Chairperson:   Charter, Rules, Procedure & RFP
    Contact Information
    Room 314 City Hall
    Syracuse, New York 13202
    Phone: (315) 448-8466
    Fax: (315) 448-8423
    311 Parkway Drive
    Syracuse, New York 13207
    Phone: (315) 422-6068
    Government Service
    Appointed Councilor-at-Large in 1999 and elected citywide in 1999, 2001, and 2005. Elected Common Council President in 2009 and 2013.
    Community Service Involvement
    Past President of the Syracuse/Onondaga County Branch of the NAACP
    Serves on the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army
    F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse
    Elmcrest Children’s Center
    Serves on the Advisory Board of the Kidney Foundation and Hope for the Bereaved, Inc.
    Professional Background
    GHI Insurance 
    Special Interests and Concerns
    Comprehensive Planning and long-term investments in our City
    Neighborhood preservation and revitalization
    Public Safety and quality-of-life improvements
    Creation of a superior place for all people who work, visit and play in our fine city
    Common Council President Van Robinson has always been actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement on a National, State and Local level.  In 1977 he was instrumental in reactivating the local Syracuse/Onondaga Chapter of the NAACP.  He served as the local NAACP Branch Secretary, Chair of the Political Action Committee, First Vice President and was elected to six terms (12 years) as Branch President.  Van Robinson was also appointed by the President of the New York State NAACP to the title of NYS Western Region Director, where he was responsible for the progress of the NAACP branches throughout Upstate New York.