Rodriguez runs for third term

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Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez is running for a third term. Credit: Campaign website

By Louis Baudoin-Laarman

Robert Jay Rodriguez, 40, has no Democratic challengers for his District 68 Assembly seat.

So the two-term assemblyman will face Republican candidate Daby Carreras in November.

A native of East Harlem, Rodriguez was immersed in city politics before he even started his political career, as he is the son of former New York Councilman Robert Rodriguez.

Since winning the District 68 seat, Rodriguez has often worked with State Senator José M. Serrano, who also represents East Harlem. Together, the two representatives frequently visit public facilities in their neighborhood to meet their constituents. 

This year, Rodriguez is also running on the Women’s Equality Party ticket.

Rodriguez received $268,616 in contributions for 2015 and 2016, according to the state Board of Elections.

Campaign platform

  • Creating the New York State Senior Center Council. The council is a legislative body that will discuss challenges facing senior centers across the state. The bill has been approved by the Assembly but still needs to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
  • Advocating for the Move New York Fair Plan, which aims to reform New York’s saturated transportation network through the establishment of tolls on seven of the city’s bridges on the East River and the extension of the public transportation network.

“For far too long there are communities in New York City that are cut off from mass transit,” said Rodriguez at a press conference.

  • Changing the current approach to arrests for marijuana possession. Rodriguez co-sponsored a bill to seal certain convictions for possession, which result in “closing doors … educational and work opportunities for tens of thousands of disproportionately affected black and brown people in low-income communities, who are suffering for an over policing in our communities,” he said on the Assembly floor in June.

Author: Louis Baudoin-Laarman

Canadian-French journalist presently living in New York. I'm doing a double Masters in journalism at SciencesPo's Ecole de Journalisme (Paris) and Columbia's Journalism School. Recent publications included The Daily Star (Beirut) and Le Délit (Montréal).

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