John Doyle has lived in the Bronx his entire life. He was born in Pelham Bay to Jim and Teri Doyle in 1985. Jim worked as an operating engineer in Manhattan, while Teri was a respiratory therapist in Jacobi Medical Center. The Doyles eventually moved their growing family to City Island to enjoy the community’s small town atmosphere and take advantage of the excellent P.S. 175.
John then attended Fordham Preparatory School and Le Moyne College. It was there that he became involved in social justice, John was involved in several political campaigns supporting progressive candidates and issues in the area from canvassing for Democratic Congressional and State Senate candidates to organizing protests against the surge in Iraq and forums to support living wage jobs for college workers.
After graduating, John began working for State Senator Jeff Klein. John’s efforts included bringing Cross County Bank to Van Nest, securing the first air monitoring of the Throggs Neck interstate corridor, and pushing to shutter a questionable massage parlor in Pelham Bay. During the foreclosure crisis, John advocated for implementing landmark legislation at the local level, forcing negligent banks to secure dozens of properties throughout the district. He also fought overdevelopment on City Island and arranged town halls to restore bus service between Country Club and Westchester Square.
As the Senator’s Community Affairs Director, John made public safety a priority. He implemented the Court Watcher Program to hold repeat offenders accountable. He closed four problem nightlife establishments in Van Nest, Schuylerville, and City Island. He helped secure funding for video surveillance cameras to be installed at Keane Square, Veterans Bicentennial, and Van Nest parks. When residents of Westchester Square called attention to questionable activity a “pain management” facility, John worked with state investigators, resulting in the largest “pill mill” bust in the northeastern United States. Finally, he assisted our vulnerable senior population, helping Pilot Cove Manor secure a new bus to shuttle its residents to and from doctors’ appointments.
John stayed involved in the community after his time at Senator Klein’s office, serving on the City Island Civic Association’s executive board. As Corresponding Secretary, he helped block the construction of an expensive bridge, saving taxpayers at least $5 million. He’s also worked to preserve Ladder 53, revive the project at Belden Point, and bring Universal Pre-Kindergarten to St. Mary’s School.
John also serves on the board of the 45th Precinct Community Council. He’s helped lead a coalition of civic groups throughout the Northeast Bronx, pushing our elected officials and government agencies to match retail growth with infrastructure improvements to ease traffic congestion. He served on Governor Cuomo’s “New York Rising” reconstruction committee–a group that used resident input to allocate $4.5 million in Sandy relief funds for coastal communities in Eastchester Bay.
In his current position as Associate Director of Public Affairs at Jacobi, John helped secure $350,000 to start the “Stand Up to Violence” Program in the 49th and 47th Precincts. The program utilizes former convicts and gang members, overseen by trained professionals, to help at-risk youth. SUV is recognized as one of the most successful programs within New York State, and has led to a 50% reduction in shootings within its target area. He also worked to create successful partnerships with the NYC Department of Transportation to make the campus more pedestrian friendly and coordinated IDnyc locations that resulted in almost 1,500 New Yorkers obtaining municipal identification.
John’s achievements have been noted by many community organizations and he’s received awards and citations from the 45th Precinct Community Council, the City Island Chamber of Commerce, the Throggs Neck Girls Softball League, and Assemblyman Michael Benedetto.
John continues to reside on City Island. When he’s not working or volunteering, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.