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Event held on May 3, 2017

Our panel featured Assembly Member Rodneyse BichotteSenator Michael GianarisCity Council Member Cory JohnsonAssembly Member Nicole Malliotakis, and City Council Member Antonio Reynoso. Our guests will talk about how they represent their constituents, make critical decisions about New York public policy, and balance the multiple needs of our neighborhoods and communities.


Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte is the Assembly Member and State Committee Woman / District Leader for New York State’s 42nd Assembly District. A Democrat, she is Chair of the Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises Subcommittee. Assembly Member Bichotte is the first Haitian-American woman elected into office in New York City. Born and raised in Brooklyn, her advocacy centers on providing resources on affordable housing and home ownership, financial literacy, public safety initiatives and better relationships with law enforcement, affordable health care, high-quality education, and economic development. @AMBichotte

Senator Michael Gianaris, a Democrat, was elected to the State Senate in 2010 after having served for 10 years in the State Assembly. The first Greek-American to be elected to office from New York City, Senator Gianaris serves as the Deputy Minority Leader and represents the Queens neighborhoods of Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, Woodhaven, Ridgewood, and Astoria where he was born and still resides. Senator Gianaris is the author of legislation that would eliminate cash bail in the state of New York and wrote legislation to create an Innocence Commission to review wrongful convictions. Senator Gianaris was also a champion of the state’s passage of marriage equality, and of campaign finance reform. @SenGianaris 

Council Member Corey Johnson represents District 3 in the New York City Council, which includes the West Village, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Flatiron and part of the Upper West Side. A Democrat elected to his first term in 2013, Council Member Johnson has passed more legislation than most other Council Members, focusing on safeguarding tenant rights, enhancing public health, safeguarding the welfare of animals, and more. He is involved in a range of issues from addressing discrimination against transgender New Yorkers to confronting substandard healthcare delivery at Rikers Island. Council Member Johnson is also focused on bringing resources to his constituents and forging consensus on tough issues. The Council Member is Chair of the Committee on Health, a member of the Council’s LGBT Caucus and Co-Chair of the Manhattan Delegation. @CoreyinNYC

Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis was first elected to the New York State Assembly in 2010, defeating a two-term incumbent. A Republican, she currently represents a district spanning the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island and was the first Hispanic-American elected from Richmond County. Prior to being elected, Assembly Member Malliotakis served as a liaison for the late state Senator John Marchi and Governor George Pataki. Recovery from Hurricane Sandy has become a hallmark of the Assembly Member’s tenure as an elected official. She has also successfully fought to restore and expand transit service in both Brooklyn and Staten Island, improve programs for senior citizens, and reform education in our state. She has worked to improve New York’s economic climate and reduce the tax burden on small businesses and residents. Assembly Member Malliotakis is running for the Republican nomination for Mayor of New York City. @NMalliotakis ‏

Dick Dadey as the executive director of Citizens Union, since 2004, has raised its profile, increased its budget and impact, and led the organization to notable achievements in the areas of state redistricting reform, state ethics reform, greater public oversight of police misconduct, city campaign finance reform, local lobbying reform, and election reform, among other issues. @CitizensUnionNY@DickDadeyCU

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