Born and raised in Fresh Meadows, Queens, I have a love for my neighborhood, and I am proud of all it provides for its residents. Because of this pride, I want to fight for my neighbors and make certain this part of Queens continues to flourish in all aspects; educationally, economically and socially. For this reason, I am proud to be running for the NYC Council, representing District 23.
The year was 2012, and I was watching a debate between the two vice-presidential candidates, Paul Ryan and Joe Biden. Their speeches captured my ear, and thus began my interest in and love for public service. I was captivated by the passion with which they spoke of their commitment to the issues plaguing our country.
In the years that followed, I became heavily involved in student government within my schools and community. For six years, I served on the Community District Education Council 26, and became the student representative during the 2019-2020 school year. I visited classrooms across the area and elevated student, teacher, and family concerns to the council. I tackled prevalent issues, such as drug use and vaping, and mentored student leaders across the district.
Over the last few years, I served on the Queens Borough Student Advisory Council and represented North Queens on the NYC Department of Education Chancellor’s Student Advisory Council. These organizations seek to address the needs of all public school students in New York City. As a representative, I addressed the many concerns faced by students from various areas within the five boroughs. Further opportunity to serve my local schools occurred during my three-year tenure as an intern for Assemblyman David Weprin. My work in his office included advocacy for funding and grants on behalf of our local schools. I also worked on constituent cases to resolve issues faced by our community residents.
One of my many invaluable experiences came during the summer of 2018. I was appointed by Senator Chuck Schumer to serve the Democratic Caucus of the United States Senate as a Page. My close work with Senate staff afforded me a wonderful experience and opportunity to assist in the day-to-day operations of the United States Senate.
Of course, I am aware that in order to truly serve my community, I need to be a part of it. I am a long-time tennis player and have been perfecting my game with a city organization since I was six years old. As the years passed, I progressed from player to volunteer coach. I was then offered the opportunity to work for the organization. More than a coach, I became a mentor. I was given the privilege to work with wonderful city youth, an experience that will always be dear to my heart.
I am a life-long New Yorker, as are my family members, and the product of two CUNY graduates. My mom, who is Puerto Rican, is a graduate of Queens College and works as an Educational Supervisor at a special needs high school. My father emigrated to the United States at the age of thirteen. He graduated from New York City Tech and is a manager for a printing firm in Manhattan. I am a proud graduate of the New York City public school system. Eastern Queens is home to some of the best schools in New York City, but we need to fight to preserve their excellence and meet the needs of all students.
If elected, I will be the youngest person in history to serve in the New York City Council. Yes, I am young, but with my youth comes an energy and commitment to the goals of this campaign. I will be a tireless advocate, addressing the important issues that continue to plague our district. I look forward to seeing you on the trail and earning your support.