Find out more about our 2018 Endorsed Candidates below:

  Jessica Ramos, State Senate District 13   Jessica Ramos is running for State Senate District 13. She has spent her life fighting for working families, advocating for labor, and organizing her local community. Born in Elmhurst to an undocumented seamstress and a printing pressman, Jessica was raised in Astoria, attended Queens public schools, and now lives in Jackson Heights with her husband and two sons.  A strong union advocate, Ramos worked with Build Up NYC to fight for construction, building and hotel, and maintenance workers in New York City as well as a local chapter of the Social Service Employees Union and a regional branch of the Service Employees International Union, where she helped building maintenance workers, office cleaners and public schools cleaners win contracts that protected their rights, wages, and benefits.  Most recently, Jessica served as Director of Latino Media for the City of New York. As the city’s chief Latina spokesperson, Jessica helped keep our city’s 1.87 million Spanish-speaking residents, and the community and ethnic media at large, informed about government services and initiatives. Jessica plans to push for a better MTA system, strengthening rent laws and keeping apartments affordable, funding public schools, supporting and advancing immigrant and women's rights, supporting small businesses, stronger healthcare and access to healthcare facilities, and advocating for labor rights. 

Jessica Ramos, State Senate District 13

Jessica Ramos is running for State Senate District 13. She has spent her life fighting for working families, advocating for labor, and organizing her local community. Born in Elmhurst to an undocumented seamstress and a printing pressman, Jessica was raised in Astoria, attended Queens public schools, and now lives in Jackson Heights with her husband and two sons.

A strong union advocate, Ramos worked with Build Up NYC to fight for construction, building and hotel, and maintenance workers in New York City as well as a local chapter of the Social Service Employees Union and a regional branch of the Service Employees International Union, where she helped building maintenance workers, office cleaners and public schools cleaners win contracts that protected their rights, wages, and benefits.

Most recently, Jessica served as Director of Latino Media for the City of New York. As the city’s chief Latina spokesperson, Jessica helped keep our city’s 1.87 million Spanish-speaking residents, and the community and ethnic media at large, informed about government services and initiatives. Jessica plans to push for a better MTA system, strengthening rent laws and keeping apartments affordable, funding public schools, supporting and advancing immigrant and women's rights, supporting small businesses, stronger healthcare and access to healthcare facilities, and advocating for labor rights. 

  Amanda Septimo, State Assembly District 84   Amanda Septimo is running for Assembly District 84. Born and raised in the South Bronx, with a long, rich history of service to the community. Her spirit of activism and community leadership began in her adolescence, and can be traced through the entirety of her career. Today, Amanda Septimo continues to work to improve the South Bronx as a public servant, working for Congressman Jose Serrano as the District Director for the Congressman.    Amanda has committed her life to serving the community and ensuring that children everywhere are given the same tools and opportunities for success. When elected, Amanda will work to ensure that new affordable housing is beneficial to the community and affordable for the residents who are here living here now, providing more funding for schools so that children and teachers have the technology, materials, and support they need, supporting policies that help put an end to the opioid epidemic, and providing programing that limits violence within the community and expands opportunities. 

Amanda Septimo, State Assembly District 84

Amanda Septimo is running for Assembly District 84. Born and raised in the South Bronx, with a long, rich history of service to the community. Her spirit of activism and community leadership began in her adolescence, and can be traced through the entirety of her career. Today, Amanda Septimo continues to work to improve the South Bronx as a public servant, working for Congressman Jose Serrano as the District Director for the Congressman. 


Amanda has committed her life to serving the community and ensuring that children everywhere are given the same tools and opportunities for success. When elected, Amanda will work to ensure that new affordable housing is beneficial to the community and affordable for the residents who are here living here now, providing more funding for schools so that children and teachers have the technology, materials, and support they need, supporting policies that help put an end to the opioid epidemic, and providing programing that limits violence within the community and expands opportunities. 

  Catalina Cruz, State Assembly District 39   Catalina Cruz is running for Assembly District 39. She is a DREAMer, born in Colombia, she came to Queens at the age of nine, and lived there for ten years without documentation. Inspired by her mother’s perseverance, Catalina has committed her career to fight for our community – to ensure our workers, neighbors, and families can not only survive, but thrive.  Catalina is an experienced attorney and a leader for tenant protections, immigration reform, and workers rights. She most recently served as the Chief of Staff to the New York City Council Finance Chair. Catalina has worked to help pass key legislation protecting workers, women, and small business owners.  When elected, Catalina is committed to fixing the MTA’s subways and buses so that theyit better serves the community, investing in public education, preserving affordable housing, stronger policies and laws that integrate immigrants and establish true sanctuary state policies that protect their rights, advancing single- payer health care, developing an airport impact fund to benefit local residents to offset the negative impact of LaGuardia Airport, protecting LGBTQ rights, a five-point senior plan, and a plan to combat the unjust incarceration of poor communities of color. 

Catalina Cruz, State Assembly District 39

Catalina Cruz is running for Assembly District 39. She is a DREAMer, born in Colombia, she came to Queens at the age of nine, and lived there for ten years without documentation. Inspired by her mother’s perseverance, Catalina has committed her career to fight for our community – to ensure our workers, neighbors, and families can not only survive, but thrive.

Catalina is an experienced attorney and a leader for tenant protections, immigration reform, and workers rights. She most recently served as the Chief of Staff to the New York City Council Finance Chair. Catalina has worked to help pass key legislation protecting workers, women, and small business owners.

When elected, Catalina is committed to fixing the MTA’s subways and buses so that theyit better serves the community, investing in public education, preserving affordable housing, stronger policies and laws that integrate immigrants and establish true sanctuary state policies that protect their rights, advancing single- payer health care, developing an airport impact fund to benefit local residents to offset the negative impact of LaGuardia Airport, protecting LGBTQ rights, a five-point senior plan, and a plan to combat the unjust incarceration of poor communities of color. 

 
 
  Karines Reyes, State Assembly District 87   Karines Reyes is running for Assembly District 87. She has been a Bronxite for nearly 20 years. Karines was born in the Dominican Republic, and identifies as an Afro-Latina. She moved to Puerto Rico before immigrating to the United States. Karines has two young sons and has been balancing the tasks of being a nurse, union representative, activist, and volunteer.    As a Latina of Puerto Rican descent, her interest in the economic struggle affecting the island led Karines to participate in many demonstrations both in the states and on the island of Puerto Rico- particularly in reference to health equity and human rights issues.   Karines is a registered nurse in the Oncology Department at Montefiore Einstein Hospital. She has been an active leader and served on the NYSNA Executive Committee at Einstein Hospital as Vice Chair of the bargaining unit. Additionally, she has participated in lobbying for safer nurse to patient ratios and single-payer health care in New York State. Her leadership role has led Karines to address local community boards and build relationships with many of the city’s elected officials.  Karines has devoted much of her career, both in labor and in nursing, to helping others. She has made it her life goal to be sure to represent those who need it most and will continue to do so if elected into office by improve health and increase access to affordable, comprehensive health care to those in the district, strengthening access to quality education, advocating for workers rights. 

Karines Reyes, State Assembly District 87

Karines Reyes is running for Assembly District 87. She has been a Bronxite for nearly 20 years. Karines was born in the Dominican Republic, and identifies as an Afro-Latina. She moved to Puerto Rico before immigrating to the United States. Karines has two young sons and has been balancing the tasks of being a nurse, union representative, activist, and volunteer. 


As a Latina of Puerto Rican descent, her interest in the economic struggle affecting the island led Karines to participate in many demonstrations both in the states and on the island of Puerto Rico- particularly in reference to health equity and human rights issues. 

Karines is a registered nurse in the Oncology Department at Montefiore Einstein Hospital. She has been an active leader and served on the NYSNA Executive Committee at Einstein Hospital as Vice Chair of the bargaining unit. Additionally, she has participated in lobbying for safer nurse to patient ratios and single-payer health care in New York State. Her leadership role has led Karines to address local community boards and build relationships with many of the city’s elected officials.

Karines has devoted much of her career, both in labor and in nursing, to helping others. She has made it her life goal to be sure to represent those who need it most and will continue to do so if elected into office by improve health and increase access to affordable, comprehensive health care to those in the district, strengthening access to quality education, advocating for workers rights. 

  Julia Salazar, State Senate District 18   Julia Salazar is running for State Senate District 18 to bring the concerns of working people to the halls of Albany. As an advocate, a tenant, a feminist, a democratic socialist, a union member, and a proud daughter of working-class immigrants, Julia has spent her life fighting for social justice in her community. A daughter of working-class immigrants, she is currently a proud staff organizer for Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, a key partner in the Communities United for Police Reform coalition, and a leader in the Democratic Socialists of America. As a member of the Bushwick community, she has been a tireless advocate for her neighbors and fellow tenants.   She has protested, picketed, lobbied, and organized to achieve a more just New York. From working with her neighbors to fight for their legal right to safe housing to demanding criminal justice reforms at the city and state levels, Julia has been at the forefront of campaigns for social justice in New York.  Julia is aware that North Brooklyn is in crises and requires a strong and committed leader to strengthening housing policies, advancing policies that make communities safer and working to reform NY’s current criminal justice system, affordable and accessible healthcare, investments for education, protecting labor and immigration rights and working to improve transportation

Julia Salazar, State Senate District 18

Julia Salazar is running for State Senate District 18 to bring the concerns of working people to the halls of Albany. As an advocate, a tenant, a feminist, a democratic socialist, a union member, and a proud daughter of working-class immigrants, Julia has spent her life fighting for social justice in her community. A daughter of working-class immigrants, she is currently a proud staff organizer for Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, a key partner in the Communities United for Police Reform coalition, and a leader in the Democratic Socialists of America. As a member of the Bushwick community, she has been a tireless advocate for her neighbors and fellow tenants.


She has protested, picketed, lobbied, and organized to achieve a more just New York. From working with her neighbors to fight for their legal right to safe housing to demanding criminal justice reforms at the city and state levels, Julia has been at the forefront of campaigns for social justice in New York.

Julia is aware that North Brooklyn is in crises and requires a strong and committed leader to strengthening housing policies, advancing policies that make communities safer and working to reform NY’s current criminal justice system, affordable and accessible healthcare, investments for education, protecting labor and immigration rights and working to improve transportation