Rudin Center for Transportation Presents "A Conversation with Council Member James Vacca"

Council Member Vacca’s involvement in public service and transportation policy began early in life at the age of 13 when he organized his fellow JHS students to rally for better bus service from the MTA. Before long, he was fighting for stop signs, traffic lights, the fixing of potholes, and other local issues that affected his community.

In 1980, at the age of 25, Mr. Vacca became the District Manager of Community Board #10, where he served until he took office as Councilmember of the 13th District in January of 2006. For 26 years as District Manager, he fought for one of the most diverse districts in the borough. At Community Board #10, Jimmy Vacca was constantly in the vanguard on issues facing the residents of his district. Since he started fighting against graffiti and other types of "quality of life" crimes in the 1980's, his former community board district benefited from his proactive stance by being rated both the safest and cleanest in the Bronx for many years. Over the past several years, he has been the voice of the community in its efforts against rampant overdevelopment, and through his leadership, City Island, Throggs Neck, and Ferry Point were recently rezoned to stop the rapid growth in these neighborhoods.

Today, Mr. Vacca represents the Bronx’s 13th Council district which includes the areas of Pelham Parkway North and South, Pelham Bay, Country Club, City Island, Throggs Neck, Allerton, and Morris Park. As chair of the New York City Council Committee on Transportation, Mr. Vacca plays an integral role in the transportation and infrastructure policymaking.