Antonio Reynoso

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenager

Background

Reynoso was born in the Bronx and raised in Williamsburg’s Southside. Reynoso graduated from Le Moyne College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and served as a Community Organizer for NYC’s Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Reynoso became Councilmember Diana Reyna’s Chief of Staff in 2009 and was elected to represent the 24th district in the New York City Council in 2013, where he serves as the current Chair of New York City’s Council’s Committee on Sanitation & Solid Waste Management and Co-Chair of the Council’s Progressive Caucus.

Key Issues

Public Safety

Reynoso was the lead sponsor of the anti-Stop & Frisk Right to Know Act, has called for greater police accountability and reallocation of NYPD funds, and as Borough President, wants to reduce the role of the NYPD in our communities by shifting funding to social services, mental health care, outreach, youth diversion, and other programs. Reynoso also supports completely ending cash bail, investing in alternatives to prosecution and incarceration, closing Rikes Island, reducing our overall jail population, and ending the “Walking While Trans” law and the use of solitary confinement.

Immigration

Reynoso supports policies that protect immigrants from ICE, exploitative labor practices, unethical landlords, and violence. Reynoso will also continue to advocate for universal access to healthcare, education, and legal aid.

Small Businesses

Reynoso will push for rent relief and eviction protection for small businesses, in addition to providing tax credits, tax holidays, fine and permit fee reductions, and direct grant assistance. Reynoso also wants to expand Minority and Woman Owned Business Enterprises opportunities and reform City procurement to prioritize local businesses.

Housing/Homelessness

Reynoso wants to guarantee all tenants an attorney in housing court and provide long-term eviction protection and rent relief to tenants affected by the pandemic. Reynoso also supports strengthening rent laws, beginning with the passage of the Just Cause Eviction bill, dedicating more capital resources to senior and supportive housing, raising fines for housing violations, improving enforcement against bad landlords, and requiring that all housing built on public land is affordable.

Education

Reynoso supports significantly increasing the number of guidance counselors and social workers in our schools in addition to removing police presence in school buildings. Reynoso also seeks to end segregation in the public school system, give every child adequate technology for remote learning, and investing in new technology and curricula that prepare children for careers.

Healthcare

Reynoso wants to fully fund Brooklyn’s public hospitals, open more community health centers, recruit primary care doctors to practice in low-income communities, and pass universal single-payer health care for New York State.

Endorsements

Bernie Sanders, US Senator; Nydia Velázquez, US Congresswoman; NY State Senators Jessica Ramos, Julia Salazar, and John Liu; NY Assemblymembers Marcela Mitaynes and Maritza Davila; Jumaane Williams, Public Advocate; NYC Council Members Helen Rosenthal and Margaret Chin; District Leaders Kristina Naplatarski, Emile Bazile, Samy Nemir Olivares, Julio Peña III, and Shaquana Boykin; NY Working Families Party; Hotel Trades Council; Teamsters Joint Council 16; New York State Iron Workers District Council; Council of School Supervisors and Administrators; Univted Auto Workers Region 9A; New York Communities for Change; Make the Road Action; VOCAL-NY; New Kings Democrats; Churches United for Fair Housing; Voters for Animal Rights; In the Fight North Brooklyn; Progressive Women of New York.

Sources

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