Saturday, April 24, 2010

Announcing my campaign for NY State Senate

This September, our community will elect a new State Senator and it is essential that we send a fresh and progressive voice to Albany. After years of working with you to expand affordable housing, improve our schools and protect our community, I write to invite you to join my campaign for this critical office.

As we all know, there has never been a greater need for new voices in our State government. The dysfunction in Albany has made it all but impossible for New York to take on its most serious challenges. That is why my campaign is driven by a commitment to bringing about ethics enforcement, transparency and real campaign finance reform.

Our district - comprised of parts of the Upper West Side, Riverdale, Washington Heights, Inwood, West Harlem, and Marble Hill - is home to a fabulous diversity of residents. Within our district lie many of New York's greatest stories - in vibrant immigrant neighborhoods, legendary houses of worship, and rich arts and cultural settings. We face no shortage of serious challenges here, but we are an activist community that never stops fighting to preserve what needs saving and to change what needs fixing.

A few weeks ago one of our greatest activists, our State Senator Eric Schneiderman, announced his candidacy for Attorney General of New York. Our district must continue to be represented by a leader who is no less an independent, aggressive, progressive reformer. That's why your support for my campaign for State Senate is so important.

Those of you who know me know that for my entire adult life, I have been fighting for progressive causes and am dedicated to implementing pragmatic solutions to complex problems in our neighborhood and our city. In my role as Democratic District Leader, founder of the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan, and Community Board Transportation Committee Chair, I have been a voice for tenants, school children, mass transit riders, and senior citizens. And I have stood up for reform of our political system as the only way to assure a functioning government in Albany.

My work for our community started long before I entered the political arena. I began my career as a bilingual math and science teacher at JHS 149 in the Bronx. Working with a group of fellow teachers concerned that local families had been shut out by banks, I created Upper Manhattan's first and only community development credit union. In the years since, Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union has given thousands of low-income families a place to save their money and receive financial literacy training, and has given over $10 million in small loans, helping residents start small businesses, pay for education and more.

Today, I have continued my leadership in the education field, running an initiative that supports after-school programs throughout our district and around the five boroughs. And of course, the education credential I'm most proud of is that of parent - my wife Ivelisse and I have two boys who attend PS 187.

I hope that you can join our campaign. Come be part of our official campaign launch event on Sunday, May 2nd, 12:00 noon at Mitchell Square Park (located on 168th St. between Broadway and St. Nicholas Ave). We will be joined by Councilmember Robert Jackson, former Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, Democratic District Leaders and activists from every corner of our community, in my campaign to take our progressive agenda to the New York State Senate.

To RSVP for the kick-off or to volunteer for the campaign please call 646-450-8241 or email To contribute, please go to
Together we will make a difference. I look forward to working with you on the journey ahead!


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