Member, District 72 —New York State AssemblyNovember 8, 2016 —New York General Election
New York State AssemblyMember, District 72
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- Passing stronger rent laws in Albany to protect tenants facing harassment, displacement and rising rents
- Improving and expanding early childhood education programs to include students as young as newborns
- Fighting workplace discrimination and harassment of women, including the persistent pay gap between men and women.
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.
Carmen De La Rosa believes wholeheartedly that government and governmental systems function best when they are responsive to an informed and empowered populous. As such, Carmen will strive to increase education and awareness regarding local issues, to ensure decisions are made from a place of knowledge and as great a consensus as possible. Carmen, as a possible representative of a neighborhood, believes in putting her community first. This community is one that faces numerous challenges, many begotten by cycles of poverty and a lack of education. In this high need community, Carmen would ensure delivering services and resources are her first priority and would refuse to support policies that continue to put her prospective constituents at a disadvantage.