2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for 10th City Council District

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Ydanis A. Rodriguez
Democratic, Working Families

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: District 10 City Council Member; Chairman, Higher Education Comm.

Previous Occupation(s): Co-founder/teacher, Gregorio Luperon H.S.; co-founder, Health Academy of the Heights, which aims for educational success of new immigrant families.

Education: BA, Political Science; MA, Bilingual Education, City College, CUNY.

Organizational Affiliations: Northern Manhattan Dem. for Change, Barack Obama Club, Audubon Reform Dem Club.

Prior Public Experience: Prior to 2009, I worked on issues of educational justice at City College, advocating for the continued access to higher education for middle and low income students. I fought corrupt and abusive landlords to ensure residents' rights were upheld. In the Council, I have been a fierce advocate for early childhood education, improved college readiness, increased availability of affordable housing and community empowerment.

1. What is the most important issue in Council District 10 you would address if elected?

Since my election in 2009, I have worked to build a united Northern Manhattan and identified greater resources and opportunities for our community. I have focused on ensuring a higher quality education for NYC students. My goal is to establish a public school system that would encompass adequate facilities and resources.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

I believe that a healthy and vibrant community is one with a high quality of life, which means clean and safe streets, pristine parks and low crime rates. I will focus my efforts on securing the right partnerships and necessary funding. Further, it is important that the community has a mutual respect between residents and businesses. This means that small businesses are given the support needed to thrive in Northern Manhattan and work with community members to cater to their needs.


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

After living and working in Northern Manhattan since arriving in the US, I have dedicated myself to improving conditions for all residents. Over the past 4 years, I have gained valuable experience in addressing the needs of my community, through listening to residents' concerns and following through with results. I have a vision for the future of Northern Manhattan that will create jobs, grow our economy, keep our community safe and increase sustainability for the future.


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Party Key
  • D = Democratic
  • R = Republican
  • SC = School Choice
  • WF = Working Families