Get to know your government. Democracy only works if we participate. If you have a problem, reach out. Don’t be afraid. New York government works for us and doesn’t care about immigration status. Their job is to represent you. Make them work.
nyc.gov is New York City’s government portal.
In New York City, you can dial 311 for customer service. 311 can point you to the NYC department that can help you. Leave 911 for real emergencies.
2020 is a historic moment with the COVID-19 health crisis, economic crisis, Black Lives Matter reckoning, and a Federal Government that is collapsing on itself. These important challenges are not going away soon. We need good government to make the best of it.
One of the best ways to improve government is to run for office yourself. You can learn the game from people who already hold public office. Many people start their political careers on school boards.
U.S. elections are a real circus. They are our Carnival. In the same way that little work gets done during Carnival season and government doesn’t get much done during election years.
Before general elections, we have primary elections to choose who will represent the political parties in the general election. Many voters ignore the primaries, but that’s a mistake. Primary elections often decide who will win because politicians have drawn district boundaries to make them loyal to one party or the other. So whoever wins the primary wins the general election.
We have presidential elections every four years, congressional elections every two years, and state and local elections in the years in between. Some voters skip state and local elections, but that’s also a mistake. Good government starts at the local level.
New York City Council
These are some of the Latin members of the New York City Council.
New York City Council District #2
East Village, Gramercy Park, Kips Bay, Lower East Side, Murray Hill, Rose Hill
New York City Council DISTRICT 10: Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill
Elected 2009 & 2017
New York City Council District 8
El Barrio/East Harlem, Mott Haven, Highbridge, Concourse, Longwood, & Port Morris
DISTRICT 38: Bay Ridge, Greenwood Heights, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace
Elected 2013 & 2017
East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Corona in Queens, including Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Lefrak City and LaGuardia Airport
New York City Council Districts
Battery Park City, Civic Center, Chinatown, Financial District, Little Italy, Lower East Side, NoHo, SoHo, Seaport, South Village, Tribeca, Washington Square
East Village, Gramercy Park, Kips Bay, Lower East Side, Murray Hill and Rose Hill
NYC Borough Presidents
New York City is made up of five boroughs (counties). Each borough has its own government.
Elected 2013 & 2017
Next Election 2021
Dominican Day Parade 2018 Launch Reception
Thursday, August 2, 2018
NY’s junior Senator since 2006 cares about workers, students and families
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Democrat Minority Leader
Next election 2022
U.S. Representative NY District 7. First Latina on the New York City Council and first Puerto Rican woman in U.S. Congress.
Lower East Side, East Village
Brooklyn Heights, Bushwick, Carroll Gardens, Greenpoint, Red Hook, Williamsburg
Maspeth, Ridgewood, Woodside
5th Congressional District
Gregory Meeks, Democrat
6th Congressional District
Grace Meng, Democrat
7th Congressional District
Nydia Velazquez, Democrat (Puerto Rico born)
8th Congressional District
Hakeem Jeffries, Democrat
9th Congressional District
Yvette Clarke, Democrat
10th Congressional District
Jerrold Nadler, Democrat
11th Congressional District
Daniel Donovan, Republican
12th Congressional District
Carolyn Maloney, Democrat
13th Congressional District
Adriano Espaillat, Democrat (Dominican-born)
14th Congressional District
Joseph Crowley, Democrat
15th Congressional District
Jose Serrano, Democrat
16th Congressional District
Eliot Engel, Democrat