STATEMENT FROM CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE AMANDA FARIAS ON COUNCIL MEMBER JULISSA FERRERAS-COPELAND

STATEMENT FROM CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE AMANDA FARIAS ON COUNCIL MEMBER JULISSA FERRERAS-COPELAND

BRONX, NY – Following New York City Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland’s announcement about not seeking reelection later this year, Democratic Candidate for New York City Council in the Bronx District 18, Amanda Farias issued the following statement:

“As a Latina and public servant running for elected office this year, I want to thank Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland for her service, her leadership and for inspiring Latinas like myself. Ferreras-Copeland, who became Queens’ first Latina elected official and New York City Council’s first Latina Finance Chair, is a trailblazer not only in her home district in Queens, but throughout this City.”

“Her record on fighting for immigrant services, women’s health access and responsible economic development throughout this city demonstrates the positive impact women have when they lead. It’s leaders like her that remind me why we need a good, honest, transparent government and more women at the forefront driving that mission.”

“We need city council members that directly reflect what our communities and this city, need and deserve. Every seat of power matters and the City Council seat where I am running matters more now than ever. Women advocating for their communities and leading on the political stage is not only needed, but has shown to be effective in bringing positive change to the people they are meant to serve. I intend to serve with that same thoughtfulness, compassion, and intelligence Council Member Ferreras-Copeland brought to the table, and hope to build upon the achievements she and the other women serving in City Council have accomplished. ”

More on Eighteenth City Council District Candidate Amanda Farias:

  • Amanda Farias is a lifelong Bronxite with a passion for public service. Born and raised in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx, Amanda is a second generation Puerto Rican-Dominican who understands firsthand the hardships of living in one of the most underserved areas of the United States. Born the oldest of three children in a single parent household, Amanda learned at an early age the value of hard work as she helped to support her family.
  • For several years, Amanda managed the City Council’s Women’s Caucus, where she organized campaigns around equal pay, women’s healthcare services, and providing more opportunities for Minority-and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs).
  • Amanda also served as the Director for Participatory Budgeting for Council District 30, where she spearheaded the allocation of over one million dollars in capital funds, as voted on by thousands of local residents, to improve public schools, libraries, and parks in the district.
  • Amanda is a proud product of Bronx schools, she attended P.S. 69, Holy Cross School and Preston High School in the Bronx. She holds a B.A. in Government and Politics and an M.A. in International Relations from St. John’s University.
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