WE DESERVE TO BE HEARD
On September 12, the people of District 1 spoke. More than half of voters expressed their dissatisfaction with their Councilmember. We're running because we have one last stand to defend our neighborhood. One last chance to stop the mega-towers on the waterfront. One last chance to save our community garden. One last chance to implement a powerful waterfront resiliency plan. These are the issues that made us start running, and these are the issues that make us keep running.
Christopher was born and raised in the Lower East Side, where his parents immigrated from the Dominican Republic. When he wasn't stacking cans in his father's bodega, he attended local public schools and afterschool programs.
Whether managing the retirement fund at IBM, or founding two community gardens in NYCHA's LES Infill I and II, Christopher has always been investing in the future. When his neighbor was illegally detained by ICE, Christopher rallied his community and got him released, securing his future in the country he immigrated to.
Christopher was a member of the Young Professionals Board at Defy Ventures, where he guided previously incarcerated people through the process of starting their own small businesses. Today all three businesses he mentored are thriving, allowing their owners and their families to re-imagine their lives.
Christopher still lives in the Lower East Side, and in his free time can be found volunteering at Elizabeth Street Garden, the Bowery Mission, and University Settlement. He has been working to unite the different neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan throughout his life, and will continue this mission in the City Council.