In 2018, Julia Salazar ran and was elected to serve New York’s 18th State Senate District. Upon her election, she became the youngest woman elected in the history of the New York State Senate.
Senator Salazar is a strong supporter of tenant rights, criminal justice reform, equal protection for women and immigration justice.
Senator Salazar is a recognized leader in the fight for tenants’ rights and against the power of the New York City real estate lobby. She played a key role in assuring the enactment in 2019 of the strongest legislative protections for tenants in NYS history. This legislation eliminated loopholes making it close to impossible for most working people to afford decent quality housing. Another bill introduced by Senator Salazar, and signed by the Governor provides permanent protections for loft tenants in New York City ending years of uncertainty for thousands previously unprotected by NYS law.
Senator Salazar is committed to ending the harm caused by mass incarceration. In pursuit of this goal, Senator Salazar strongly supported the reforms of pretrial discovery and bail enacted in 2019 and has introduced legislation to decriminalize sex work and to provide judges with greater sentencing discretion.
Senator Salazar cosponsored the historic NYS Dream Act and the “Green Light” bill, granting access to NYS drivers’ licenses regardless of immigration status.
To learn more about Julia’s work, please follow her on Twitter @SalazarSenate and on Instagram @SenatorSalazar.