Riverstone Public Service Award
A former member of the New York City Council and longtime civic leader and community activist, Robert Jackson is also a longtime friend and supporter of Riverstone. First elected in 2001, Mr. Jackson represented his neighbors in Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood until he was term limited from running for reelection in 2013. During his time in office, Mr. Jackson was Education Committee Chair and Co-Chair of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus. In addition, he served at different times on the following committees: contracts; finance; housing and buildings; land use; rules, privileges and elections; sanitation and solid waste management, and standards and ethics. Before being elected to the City Council, Mr. Jackson was employed by the Public Employees Federation, representing the rights of union members. He was also the president of the Parents’ Association for Community School Board 6. In 1993, he was one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit by the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, of which he was a co-founder. The lawsuit argued that the State of New York’s method of allocating funds for public education did not provide adequately for children in New York City, and therefore violated the New York State Constitution and the federal Civil Rights Act. This successful suit resulted in an award of $16 billion for New York City schools.