Kevin James

Kevin James is a former supervising fire marshal at the New York City Fire Department and has been a long-term advocate for civil rights, interfaith tolerance, and fire-safety legislation. A graduate of Stuyvesant High School, and student at John Jay College and Brooklyn College, Mr. James joined the New York City Fire Department as a firefighter in 1981 and was promoted to the rank of fire marshal in 1985. He has received several meritorious awards for heroism and his dogged determination as a criminal investigator. Founder of the Fire Department’s K-9 Accelerant Detection Unit (in 1994) and member of the department’s boxing team, Mr. James was sponsored by the Fire Department to attend the FBI National Academy for law enforcement officers, and graduated in 1999. In 2000, his efforts with elected officials and public safety and anti-smoking activists culminated in the historic passage of the nation’s first fire-safe cigarette law in New York State. For his role in passing this life-saving measure, Kevin received awards from the FDNY African-American Heritage Society and the Federation of African-American Civil Service Organizations. He is currently lobbying the Bloomberg administration to sue the tobacco industry for damages resulting from cigarette-ignited fires.

Mr. James is a passionate advocate of interfaith tolerance and civil rights. He has implemented fairer procedures in assignments and training in the Bureau of Fire Investigation. He founded the Islamic Society of Fire Department Personnel in 1997 and was one of the original organizers of the New York office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY). He currently works in a coalition to prevent the erosion of constitutional and civil rights post 9/11, particularly in the areas of racial profiling, detainee rights, and employment discrimination. Mr. James lives in Brooklyn with his wife Adrienne, and has one son, Christopher. During his Revson year, Mr. James pursued courses in mediation, negotiation, and employment discrimination.

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