2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for 17th City Council District

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Maria del Carmen Arroyo

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: New York City Council Member - 17th District, Bronx (2005 - Present).

Previous Occupation(s): Administrator with nearly 30 years of managerial experience. Prior to serving in the City Council, was Executive Director at Segundo Ruiz Belvis D&TC where she began as a receptionist. Served as Director of Operations for Narco Freedom, Inc., Division of Health Care Services. Served as Executive Director of the South Bronx Community Corporation, a volunteer position.

Education: Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters - Metropolitan College of New York, June 2013; Masters of Public Administration - New York University, Robert Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, May 1994; Bachelor's Degree in Health Services Administration, Herbert H. Lehman College, CUM LAUDE, 1991; Associate in Arts, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, January 1989.

Organizational Affiliations: None

Prior Public Experience: Nearly 25 years of public service prior to the 2005 election to the New York City Council plus eight years serving as Council Member representing the 17th District.

1. What is the most important issue in Council District 17 you would address if elected?

Three of the most pressing are; helping to mitigate the negative environmental impact the many waste transfer stations, the DEP sewage water treatment plant and the sewage treatment facility have on the community; the need for affordable housing for senior citizens and working families; providing opportunities to make our public housing developments safer for residents and the surrounding communities by designating capital funding for the installation of security cameras; and designating capital funding to upgrade our community parks.


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

Other issues include the need to make available more green open spaces, parks and recreational facilities; job training and readiness programs for the unemployed and underemployed; improving technology in our schools; and working on police/community relations.


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

I have lived and worked in the community I represent for 46 years and have a deep commitment to providing the best level of service to my neighbors. I have great ability to work in collaboration with all stakeholders affected by issues or concerns and have a collaborative approach to problem solving and negotiations.


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  • D = Democratic
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