RANDY's BRONX TALE
With years of experience serving in the state and federal government, Randy Abreu is determined to lead his home borough in the fight for progressive change, and he is committed to providing the residents of District 14 with broad social and economic opportunities.
A born-and-raised New Yorker, Randy has called the corner of Fordham Road and Sedgwick Avenue his home. The child of Dominican immigrants who aspired to realize the American Dream, Randy attended public schools, and, with the assistance of his dedicated teachers and New York State’s Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), he earned a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from Skidmore College. Following the completion of his undergraduate studies, he relocated to San Diego to attend the Thomas Jefferson School of Law from which he earned his J.D.
Upon completing law school, Randy worked in the Office of New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman as an intern and was subsequently selected into the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s highly-competitive Law Graduate Fellowship in Washington, D.C.
As a law fellow, Randy worked on Capitol Hill and in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Now, after having been sworn into the New York State Bar, Randy is eager to utilize his knowledge and unique experience to better District 14.
A changemaker at heart, Randy has consistently delivered results for the historically disadvantaged. While working for the House Judiciary Committee, Randy fought for the rights of women when he defended Planned Parenthood in the face of Republican opposition; he fought for the rights of immigrants – both documented and undocumented – by advising them of their rights; he fought for small business owners by ensuring their property rights; and, while at the FCC, Randy and his colleagues wrote regulations that will protect the privacy and ensure the cybersecurity of Americans for years to come.
After his experience on Capitol Hill, Randy was appointed by former President Barack Obama to serve inside the U.S. Department of Energy. Under the leadership of Secretary Ernest Moniz, Randy helped advance President Obama’s clean energy agenda that promoted market growth and workplace development by connecting investors with green start-ups and non-profit organizations.
Having returned to the Bronx, Randy will continue to build the same public-private partnerships that he helped cultivate while at the Department of Energy, and he looks forward to continuing President Obama’s legacy by fighting relentlessly for the people of District 14.
In Randy, the Bronx finds a leader who cares deeply about his community – a leader that will protect the most vulnerable from housing discrimination and from displacement; a leader that will help usher in a new era of public education that establishes an employment pipeline; a leader that will ensure that every New Yorker has access to affordable legal representation; and a leader that will stand up for the small business owners of the Bronx.
In Randy, the Bronx has a forward-thinking and progressive trailblazer that understands the urgency of the current political climate yet respects the Bronx's historic past.
ABREU On the Issues
Randy Abreu owes everything that he has to his hometown. In his run for City Council, he is working to give back to the community that raised him and to usher about a bold progressive vision for the Bronx - a more just and more inclusive future that includes all New Yorkers, regardless of their gender, race, religion or immigration status.
CREATING JOBS & ECONOMIC GROWTH
While other parts of the City have experienced economic prosperity, the Bronx has been left by the wayside. Randy will stand up for small businesses; end the stalemates that have cost us economic opportunities; and ensure that our residents get their fair share of jobs from municipal developmental projects.
DEFENDING OUR VALUES
Our Bronx values are not for sale, which is why Randy has always been a champion for women, low income families, immigrants, and every resident of our Borough - no matter what they look like, where they come from, or who they love. As a Congressional staffer, Randy defended Planned Parenthood from extremist Republican threats; fought for the rights of all immigrants, documented and undocumented.
IMPROVING OUR SCHOOLS
As a graduate of the New York City public school system - specifically P.S. 91, M.S./I.S. 206 Ann Mersereau and the High School of American Studies, Randy has a first-hand understanding that access to quality public school education is integral to lifting our community up and our families out of poverty.
ENSURING JUSTICE FOR ALL BRONXITES
As someone who was born and raised in the Bronx, Randy knows that safer streets are within reach but only if we have good relations and respect between the police and the communities they serve. And as a practicing attorney in New York State, he knows that society functions at its best when justice is extended towards all citizens, not just those of privilege.
PROTECTING OUR HEALTH
As a Special Advisor in the Clean Energy Investment Center in the Department of Energy for former President Barack Obama, Randy has a proven track record of building public-private partnerships to expand green energy production, protect the environment, and create green jobs in the community.
EXPANDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING
The Bronx is facing an unprecedented housing crisis, with too many families struggling everyday with the high cost of housing, leading to increased displacement, gentrification and homelessness. Randy believes that the city has an economic and moral mandate to protect tenants from harassment while building housing that is truly affordable for Bronx families.
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