WASHINGTON HEIGHTS-INWOOD, NY — New York State Assembly primary elections are less than a month away, and the challenger in the 72nd District — representing Uptown — picked up a major endorsement Tuesday.“
As a mother of a young daughter, I will fight for our children and ensure strict accountability measures are established to punish past and future child abusers. We must enhance the rights of those whose experiences have left deep scars throughout their lives, enabling them to pursue the justice they deserve.”...
"Carmen De La Rosa has demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout her career at the council, leading to major legislative accomplishments," Mark-Viverito said in a press release. "We need more women of color in positions of leadership and I can think of few more capable than Carmen. Her experience, energy and fresh perspective will benefit upper Manhattan residents tremendously and I am proud to endorse her candidacy for [New York State] Assembly."...
Carmen De La Rosa is a young mother of a daughter entering pre-school, a career public servant and a resident of northern Manhattan deeply committed to serving her community. She was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the Inwood section of New York City as a child. She attended elementary and middle school at St. Jude's School, before going to High School at Mother Cabrini on Fort Washington Avenue. She was proudly the first person in her family to attend college, graduating from Fordham University with a degree in Political Science and a certification in Peace and Justice studies. After rising through the ranks in state and local elected officials, Carmen was appointed Chief of Staff to Council Member Rodriguez in 2014, representing the communities of Inwood, Washington Heights and Marble Hill. In this capacity, Carmen managed the daily operations, strategy and focus of both the Legislative and Community Offices. She played an instrumental role in the passage of nearly a dozen bills related to Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero initiative, among other notable legislative accomplishments. In managing the office's discretionary budget, she worked to support countless neighborhood institutions, from senior centers, to after school programs, to social service providers, ensuring local non-profits received crucial funding.
Carmen has gained a firm understanding of the true needs of the uptown community and how to address them, through legislative action; smart, progressive budgeting; fierce advocacy; and community organizing. Carmen has taken a laser focus to serving the high needs of lower-income and disadvantaged communities. In 2007, she began working for the NYS Assembly where her passion for government and politics was sparked. Working with communities on the Upper West Side to improve senior care, fight co-locations in local schools and preserve affordable housing. It was here she learned the functions of a state Assembly office. As a lifelong activist, Carmen is passionate about using government as a tool for social change and a vehicle to empower and support communities. In September 2015, Carmen successfully ran and was elected as a Democratic District Leader for the 72nd Assembly District. This past May, Carmen completed the Coro Leadership Institute- New York. She is a candidate for the New York State Assembly 72nd District. A lifelong resident of Inwood, Carmen resides on the same street she was raised, with her fiance Jose and two-year- old daughter, Mia.
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Washington Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill are under attack by speculators, slumlords and the real estate industry, putting our hard working residents at risk. As your next Assembly Woman, Carmen will fight back against gentrification and rising rents.
Carmen take a focus to:
Parents in the neighborhood need to feel confident that our local schools are providing a quality education to our children. As a mother of a young child getting ready to start Pre-K, Carmen has a personal stake in this effort, and believes every child should be given the education to excel.Carmen will fight:
As the only woman running for the 72nd Assembly District, Carmen is the only candidate who will prioritize policies for justice and equality in the workplace and fight for economic justice and reproductive rights for women. Carmen has a history of working on these issues, helping the City Council pass a resolution to remove taxes on female sanitary products, as well as to increase access to these products in schools, prisons and more.Carmen will prioritize:
Leading the office of Council Member Rodriguez’s efforts to end stop and frisk in New York City, Carmen has a distinct understanding of how to make change in the criminal justice system. She will take aim at policies that disproportionately target Black and Latino youth, and ensure our valued police officers have the training and cultural competencies to engage the community in a productive way.Carmen will work to:
Quality of life uptown is a prime focus of Carmen’s, a lifelong resident of the Inwood community. Carmen knows what it takes to ensure our parks and streets are safe, clean and beautiful.As your Assembly Woman, Carmen’s quality of life agenda will include:
Just as our people are under threat from gentrification, our small businesses are facing the same pressures. Corporate chains are moving into our neighborhood, rents are rising for our long time small mom and pop shops with little relief.Carmen has a history of supporting small businesses in the City Council and will:
With climate change already playing a serious role on New York, we need to be taking a serious focus to utilizing sustainable energy sources and lowering our reliance on fossil fuels.To prevent against continued environmental degradation, Carmen will:
Carmen has long stood behind the LGBTQ community in northern Manhattan, recently assisting efforts to start an LGBTQ task force through Community Board 12. During her time in Assembly Member O’Donnell’s office, she supported efforts to pass marriage equality in New York State. She has earned the support of both the Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC and the Jim Owles Democratic Club, two of the largest LGBTQ-focused political clubs in the city.As uptown's representative in the Assembly, Carmen will: