John L. Heyer II joined the Board of Directors of The Friends of Thirteen, Inc. in 2014 and serves as Vice Chair. He currently serves as Director of the Annual Catholic Appeal for the Catholic Foundation for Brooklyn and Queens and Special Assistant to the Vicar for Development of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. He is also a New York State Licensed Funeral Director and co-owner of Scotto Funeral Home, in Brooklyn, NY and Scotto and Heyer Funeral Directors in Staten Island, NY. John received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University in Political Science and Theology. He then attended American Academy-McAllister Institute where he earned his license as a Funeral Director. Currently he is enrolled in a Master of Theology program at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, NY in preparation for his ordination as a Roman Catholic Deacon. John served as Legislative Assistant to Assemblywoman Joan Millman from 1995 to 2002. In 2003 he worked for the State Comptrollers office preparing the Brooklyn Economic Development Study which reported on the state of Brooklyn’s economy. In 2005 John was asked to join the staff of the Brooklyn Borough President’s office where he served as Special Assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz until 2009. In 2009 John ran in the 39th District New York City Council race as the youngest candidate where he won 24 percent of the vote finishing behind the winner of that race.
John serves the community on many boards including: Board member of Brooklyn Community Board 6, Board member of the Atlantic Yards CDC, Board member of Cobble Hill Health Center, Board member of AMICO, the Italian Apostolate of the Diocese of Brooklyn, the Knights of Columbus, Citizens of Pozzallo, Van Westerhout Cittadini Molesi Club and Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher. John Serves as Pastoral Associate at Sacred Hearts – St. Stephen parish in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn where he lives with his wife Maria and their three children.