Meet Carmen De La Rosa
Candidate for Council - District 10
The next 10 years will be definitive for our community. This moment demands bold leadership that will take action, stand with the community and deliver for you. We must elevate leadership that is inclusive and prioritizes the experiences of our constituents. This is what Carmen has done her entire career and will continue to do in the City Council.
Carmen immigrated from the Dominican Republic as a child and grew up in Inwood where she has lived her entire life. Her advocacy and passion for justice are deeply influenced by her roots. She has listened and advocated for the most vulnerable, even before she started her career in government.
In November 2016, Trump was elected to the presidency. Simultaneously and thankfully Carmen De La Rosa was elected to represent us in the New York State Assembly. Since her first day in office, Carmen has fought against racism, xenophobia and economic injustice and her commitment to the community she loves continues.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the systemic issues that have historically existed in our community including racism, the looming economic crisis and housing instability. These issues are intersectional and MUST be addressed. Carmen will fight to make sure that the needs of our community are at the forefront, to protect our community from over development, create initiatives that promote public safety without sacrificing the freedoms of black and brown people and ensure that our social safety nets, education, jobs, and small businesses are fortified through an equitable city budget process.
As an Assembly Member, she is driven by the needs of our people. She led the passage of the NYS Dream Act to provide access to education to all students regardless of immigration status, and worked with organizers and advocates to reshape the lives of tenants, delivering real rent reform. She has fought against mass incarceration in our state prisons and championed police accountability measures as a fierce proponent of reform. Securing access to quality services has been a cornerstone of all of her legislative initiatives and she has made it a priority to fight for guaranteed access to healthcare and mental health services. Carmen will bring this same energy to the city council and continue to plant the seeds of change.
On the Issues
Carmen De La Rosa has used her voice & platform to demand criminal justice reform, the strengthening of rent stabilization laws that protect and prioritize low-income tenants, stood firmly for women’s rights and equality, and has been a leading voice in the development of policies around Mental Health services for minority communities and suicide prevention. Carmen is passionate about using government as a tool for social change and a vehicle to empower and support communities.