2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for 21st City Council District

Julissa Ferreras

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: NYC Councilmember for District 21

Previous Occupation(s): Served as non-profit executive and senior staff to NYC councilmember

Education: John Bowne High School, LaGuardia Community College, Metropolitan College

Organizational Affiliations: Board member of the Dominican American National Roundtable. Former board member of NAACP, the Neighborhood Housing Services, Renaissance Music and Sports, and Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities, Inc. Board member of NALEO

Prior Public Experience: A community advocate since 14, I have served on the Corona Youth Council and was president of the Corona-East Elmhurst NAACP Youth Council for three years. Became Assistant Director of the Community Conciliation Network in Corona, and was the Beacon Director at P.S 19 in Corona.

1. What is the most important issue in Council District 21 you would address if elected?

The new Corona Plaza has been a major success, but more new public space is needed. The New Deal for Roosevelt Avenue has doubled garbage pick-ups and created jobs, an opportunity which needs to be expanded throughout the community. We've passed Paid Sick Leave, but need to continue the work for better labor practices and create new jobs. Women and girls throughout the city still need better protection.


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

As a mother-to-be, I am focused on delivering the best education for all of the children in my district. My work; I've already created six new schools, new teachers and hundreds of additional school seats. The education our children receive must be as good as any community in New York.


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

I'm proud of the results I've been able to deliver, such as: a New Deal for Roosevelt Avenue, new schools & more Public School seats, Paid Sick Leave, reforming Stop & Frisk, renovated community soccer fields, outlawed Sex Trafficking, expanded health care access, supported small businesses, created Corona Plaza, expanded and improved 82nd St Business Improvement District, doubled sanitation pick-ups, delivering new funds and resources to the community.


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