Bronx Native, Elvin Garcia Scores ’40 Under 40′ Recognition

City & State NY '40 Under 40' Mara Gay: City Hall reporter, The Wall Street Journal (Cover)

City & State NY ’40 Under 40 Rising Stars’ Mara Gay: City Hall reporter, The Wall Street Journal (Cover)

On Tuesday night, South Bronx native Elvin Garcia, the Bronx borough director for Mayor Bill de Blasio, and thirty-nine other young New Yorkers in government, politics, media, nonprofit work, and business were recognized as “Rising Stars” by City and State NY.

elvin-garcia_mom-maria-40-under-40-city-and-state-nyOn Facebook, Garcia attributed his success to being “the son of a single mother with English as a second language and barely a high school education who managed to raise 3 successful kids on her own.” His mom, Maria was with him Tuesday night at the City and State NY ’40 Under 40′ Rising Stars cocktail reception.

In his profile, C&S NY noted:

“The onetime architecture student, who is now a Bronx political veteran, has been helping improve the borough while working for multiple members of the state Legislature as well as for various campaigns and nonprofits.

“Growing up in the South Bronx, home to the poorest congressional district in the country, I think you almost by default have to be civically engaged,” García says. “And after graduation (from college), I wanted a job where I could operate more at a human scale.”

“García, who acts as de Blasio’s community ambassador for the Bronx, sees decreasing crime as still one of the biggest priorities in the borough, but he is also focusing on rezoning efforts that the administration is implementing there.”

Read  Elvin Garcia’s complete profile here.

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