Ellen Young

New York City Council District 20

My Name is Ellen Young

As the first Asian woman elected to the New York State Legislature, I know it takes bold actions to get results. I’m running to be our next Council Member to continue to serve the needs of working and middle-class families.

As a former Assembly Member, NYPD Auxiliary officer and small business owner, I know that now, more than ever, we need experienced, capable leaders representing us on the City Council.

As our Assembly Member, I secured millions for our local parks, playgrounds, libraries, schools and first responders. I passed groundbreaking legislation protecting our environment, creating jobs and building middle-class housing.

But there's so much more left to accomplish! This is a moment of opportunity - I'm running for City Council in the 20th District because I know that together we can build a stronger, fairer city for the people of Queens.

A Lifetime of Service

Democrat Ellen Young’s entire life has been about helping others. She’s running for the New York City Council to continue that mission and to serve the needs of working and middle-class families. Because now, more than ever, we need experienced, capable leaders representing us in the City Council.

The Leadership, Integrity & Dedication We Deserve

Ellen Young is a trailblazer.

As a young Taiwanese immigrant arriving in the United States 43 years ago without any financial assistance or support network, Ellen immediately fell in love with the endless possibilities of the U.S. and the American Dream. Ellen worked hard her entire life to get to a position where she could help others and ensure that they, too, have access to the American Dream, whether they were born here or not, and no matter their race, gender or religion.

After working at various law firms that handle immigration and civil justice issues, Ellen started her own immigration support services company to help the tens of thousands of recent immigrants who call Flushing, Fresh Meadows and Whitestone home. Ellen’s work in the community and her advocacy on behalf of Queens families earned her distinction recognized by local leaders. Ellen went on to serve as District Director for then-City Council Member John Liu, who is now a State Senator, where she handled issues ranging from helping seniors pay for their rent and medication, to making sure non-profit organizations had the funding they needed to provide critical services, to ensuring that our local parks, schools and libraries were fully funded.

Then, in 2008, in a historic year that saw the election of President Barack Obama, Ellen Young also made history. She became the first Asian-American woman elected to the New York State Legislature. She made history again when she was named the first female Asian NYPD Auxiliary Police Officer in Queens.

In an accident that changed her life, as our local Assembly Member, Ellen was hit by a car while riding her bicycle on the way to helping a constituent. She was seriously injured but has since recovered and has continued her life’s work of helping others, advocating for human rights, the prevention of domestic violence and environmental conservation.

A single mother and domestic violence survivor, Ellen believes education is the key to overcoming cultural roadblocks, and continues to work tirelessly for the elderly and the underprivileged. Put simply, Ellen’s entire life has been about public service and helping all New Yorkers achieve their American Dream.

The Experience We Need As We Face Health & Fiscal Crises

It has become clear that the leaders we elect make a difference in our lives. Whether it’s the President of the United States, or our city elected officials, the people we elect to office matter. This is even more so the case right now as our city faces historic twin crises affecting our public health and our city’s finances. We need experienced, competent leaders representing us. This is why Ellen is running for the New York City Council.

Ellen knows how to hit the ground running on day one. She is the only candidate running for the 20th City Council District who has experience handling complex legislative matters, has provided top-quality constituent services, and who has had a policy portfolio dealing with the issues that matter most to our community.

In the New York State Assembly, Ellen served on the Committees on Aging; Housing; Economic Development, Job Creation and Commerce; Corporations, Authorities and Commissions; Alcoholism & Drug Abuse; and Libraries. Her work on these key committees included fighting to build more middle-class and senior housing, making our city more affordable for seniors and working to build an economy that provides good-paying jobs for all New Yorkers. Ellen has also made environmental protection a key focus of hers and will continue to do so on the City Council.

Throughout her career in public service, Ellen has served as the President of the Chinese American Voters Association and Friends of Queens Library, as the Vice Chair of the Flushing Asian Lunar New Year Celebration Committee, and as the Vice President of the Central Queens Regular Democratic Club. She has also served as a Board Member on the Queens District Attorney’s Advisory Council, the Queens Borough President’s Advisory Committee and the New York Police Department’s Advisory Council. Ellen co-founded the Chinese-American Women’s Association, the Parents Association, and the Voters Association. She is currently President of the New York State Chinese Auxiliary Police Association.