A Life-Long Bronxite
John Doyle is a life-long Bronxite who was born in Pelham Bay and has lived on City Island for nearly 30 years. He was born to James and Teresa Doyle and is the oldest of their four children. He is a graduate of P.S. 175, Fordham Preparatory School, and received his bachelors’degree from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. Since his college years, John has been involved in campaigns to inspire political change and social justice. After he graduated college, John chose to pursue a career in public service by working for the New York State Senate.
A Community Leader
Beyond his day job, John has been a leading force for community improvement on City Island.
- Helped block the construction of an expensive bridge, saving taxpayers at least $5 million.
- Worked to organize protests to preserve Ladder 53,
- Revived the reconstruction project at Belden Point Park,
- Helped Pilot Cove Manor secure grant funding for a new shuttle
- Pushed for more expansive service on the Bx29 bus.
- Through his efforts, just last year the MTA committed to instituting 24/7 buses service to City Island.
- Helped secure numerous Department of Transportation improvements to City Island to make the neighborhood safer for motorists and pedestrians alike, including a stop light at City Island Avenue and Bowne Street, numerous corners being “daylighted” for better visibility at intersections to reduce accidents, and a school speed camera to protect P.S. 175.
- In April 2019, recognizing that his community lacked an community organization that was transparent, inclusive and engaging every generation, he helped found “City Island Rising” a new non-profit organization that has been leading the way on issues related to the community’s environmental, health and emergency response needs. City Island Rising has also started regular Narcan training sessions with the NYC Department of Health to help community residents treat those suffering from addition.
- In our greater region, John also sits on the Board of the 45th Precinct Community Council where he has raised thousands of dollars to support the Precinct and its officers. Working with the Community Council board, he helped establish “Coffee with a Cop” to promote a better lines of communications between the officers and the public.
- For almost ten years, has led the fight against Mayor deBlasio and the last three Police Commissioners for greater accountability and transparencyconcerning their pledges to reconstruct and soundproof Rodmans’ Neck, a pledge that has went unmet for the last three decades.
- Joined the board of the Chippewa Democratic Club, one of our City’s oldest political organizations, where he continues to advocate for progressive candidates and causes.
As a District and Community Affairs Director, 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 questionable quality of life nuisances within Pelham Bay. He also secured video surveillance cameras at Keane Square, Veterans Bicentennial, and Van Nest parks. 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 arranged successful town halls to restore bus service between Country Club and Westchester Square.
A Dedicated Civil Servant
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. Despite Jacobi being a public hospital with a limited advertising budget, John has received an award for the earned media he has secured for this Bronx institution.
In fact, 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 Assembly Member Michael Benedetto. In fact, his efforts in the community lead to the Assembly Member recruiting John to run his successful 2020 primary campaign. He recently joined the Assembly Member’s staff as a part-time legislative aide.
John continues to reside on City Island. When he’s not working or volunteering, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.