Meet Francesca Castellanos Democratic Candidate for City Council District 10.
Dear Fellow Democrat
I am a life long resident of District 10. I moved here from the Dominican Republic with my family when I was a toddler. I started my advocacy and activism at a very young age. Being the daughter of Limited English Proficiency speaking parents I would accompany my relatives to appointments and serve as their interpreter. In my teens I became the president of my buildings tenants association since most of my neighbors were immigrant and were afraid of our slumlord. Being new to this country not understanding the laws and not speaking the language they were afraid to stand up for their rights and to stand up to our abusive landlords. We were in and out of housing court for over thirty years on frivolous litigation.
Afterwards I went to work for two local non-profit organizations Washington Heights Inwood Coalition and Norther Manhattan improvement Corporation assisting tenants. I organized a number of tenets association, forced landlords to make repairs and was able to get rent reduction and reimbursement of rent overcharges to tenants. I also worked on a block beautification where the city planted trees and installed a traffic light on 184th and Audubon Avenue.
As a single Parent I wanted to spend more time raising my son so I became self employed. As an independent contractor I was able to manage my work schedule so that I could have more time with my son.
As a city employee I worked for the New York City Department of Human Resources assisting low income New Yorkers with their benefits. Currently I work with victims of crime.
I am certain that with my work history and experience in government, non-profit and being self-employed I am most qualified to economically empower our district.