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Ellen Young Unveils Education Plan With Sen. Liu/Endorsed By Council Member Maisel

Queens Gazette - I On Politics

May 26, 2021

City Council candidate Ellen Young was joined recently by NYS Senator John Liu as she rolled out her education plan she would implement if elected to the 20th Council District.

According to her campaign, “As a working-class single mother, the importance of a quality education is deeply personal to Ellen. New York’s public education system enabled Ellen to raise a daughter and proudly watch her graduate from one of New York’s excellent public universities. One of Ellen’s proudest achievements is founding the Golden Age Academy and Eagle Learning Center, schools for senior citizens and new immigrants.”

As Chairman of the NYS Senate’s Standing Committee on NYC Education and a member of the committees on Education and Higher Education, Sen. John Liu has made the fight to increase the quality of New York’s public education and expand access to higher education a core component of his tenure in office.

Young and Senator Liu’s relationship goes back decades to when she served in his office while he was the Council Member for the district she is now running to represent. Over the years, Ellen Young and Senator Liu have worked together closely on education policy and to bring much needed resources to the schools, non-profits, and youth programs in the community they have spent their lives serving.

Senator Liu said, “I have worked closely with Ellen for years and witnessed first-hand her tireless dedication to improving our city’s education policy. I know that as an experienced former State legislator and as the mother of a public-school graduate that education accessibility is personal to her, and that she will be an excellent Council Member and champion for these issues.”

20th District City Council candidate Ellen Young said, “We know that education is the silver bullet. A quality K-12 education and access to higher education breaks barriers and unlocks doors in a way that no other single policy priority can. We are not doing nearly enough to make accessible what should be a basic right for every child in New York City. When I am elected Council Member, I will spend every single day fighting hand in hand with other champions like Senator Liu to ensure our schools, libraries, and special education programs are fully funded. This issue will be a priority for me on Day One.”

Her plan to expand access to and increase the quality of NYC schools when she is elected includes:

  • Ensuring our classrooms are fully funded and have the technological resources they need to educate the children.

  • Reducing classroom size and lower the student-to-teacher ratio.

  • Expanding the Gifted and Talented program so more students are given the opportunity to realize their academic potential.

  • Retaining the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) and increase preparatory resources so students can remain competitive.

  • Securing resources for Queens’ three Specialized High Schools so they are on par with the city’s best.

  • Incentivizing applications to Specialized High Schools within an applicant’s borough of residence.

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City Council (20th District) candidate Ellen Young received the endorsement of long-time friend and experienced legislator, Council Member Alan Maisel, who has been a member of the City Council for 8 years. Before that, he served with Ellen in the NYS Assembly for 8 years where he witnessed her ability and dedication to fighting for seniors, immigrants, and working- and middle-class Queens families.

Maisel’s endorsement follows the endorsements of other experienced legislators Assembly Member Ron Kim, State Senator John Liu, and Council Member Margaret Chin, “cementing Ellen Young’s position as the most experienced and only candidate in the race ready to get to work on day one,” according to her campaign.

Council Member Maisel said, “Having served in the state Assembly and the City Council for almost two decades myself, I know what it takes to do the job and I know that Ellen has the knowledge and the skill set to deliver for the constituents in her district. I know that when Ellen gets to City Hall, she will use her experience to fight for working- and middle-class families, improve our schools, create good paying jobs, and keep our streets safe. Her decades of service have brought her wisdom that no other candidate in this race can match.”

Ellen Young said, “As an 8-year veteran of City Hall, Council Member Maisel knows the ins and outs of City government and having his support will be invaluable as I fight to bring resources to my community and serve the working- and middle-class families of District 20. I am so honored to be receiving his endorsement.”

Bicycling Advocates to Hold Bike Ride With Council Candidates in Northern Queens, Public Invited

Flushing Post

May 26, 2021

More than half of the candidates running for the District 20 council seat in Flushing will participate in a community bike ride through northern Queens Saturday—in an event organized by Transportation Alternatives and local groups.

The four-mile bike ride will begin at 10 a.m. at the Velodrome in Kissena Park in Fresh Meadows before concluding at the Flushing Public Library on Main Street. The public is invited to attend.

Among the candidates confirmed to ride are Anthony Miranda, Ellen Young, John Choe and Hailing Chen. Sandra Ung, who won’t be riding, will join the event at the beginning for a discussion about local transportation issues.

Juan Restrepo, operations coordinator for Transportation Alternatives, who is organizing the event along with Kissena Synergy and Guardians of Flushing Bay, hopes that the candidates will get a firsthand look at the “dangerous street conditions” bike riders face in the district.

He believes that the experience will prompt them to champion the cause of improving bike infrastructure, such as advocating for protected bike lanes.

The city, bicycle advocates say, has been slow in adding protected bike lanes across the 5 boroughs, with 28.6 miles of lanes added in 2020, taking the total of on-street lanes to about 170 miles.

“We want downtown Flushing and the surrounding areas to have safe protected bike lanes, access to waterfront properties for recreational reasons, good greenways connecting the various parks in the area,” said Restrepo.

The bike ride is modeled after one held in March for District 26 candidates, who rode from Queensbridge Park, through Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside, and then back.

About 30 to 50 people are expected to participate in Saturday’s ride, Restrepo said.

The candidates are running to replace the term-limited Peter Koo in a district that is comprised of downtown Flushing, Queensboro Hill and Murray Hill.

State Sen. John Liu Endorses Three Candidates in Flushing Council Race

Flushing Post

May 10, 2021

State Sen. John Liu endorsed three candidates in the contentious race for the Flushing council seat last week.

Liu — who became the first Asian American to serve on the City Council when he held the same Flushing seat (District 20) years ago — endorsed candidates John Choe, Ellen Young and Sandra Ung Thursday, in no particular order.

He announced his chosen candidates in front of Flushing Town Hall about a week after two of his picks, Choe and Young, formed a coalition with five other candidates to oppose Ung.

The candidates are all running for the seat representing downtown Flushing, Murray Hill and Queensboro Hill — which is currently held by term-limited Council Member Peter Koo.

Liu has yet to decide what order he will rank them on his own ballot, but urged voters to pick them as their top three choices in line with the city’s new ranked-choice voting system. Voters will be able to rank candidates from one to five in order of preference on primary election day, June 22.

Liu said he has worked closely with all three of his choices for many years.

“Of the 10 candidates running for city council in District 20, there are three who stand out,” he said on the steps of the Flushing Town Hall Thursday. “I have seen first-hand their integrity, pursuit of excellence, and commitment to the public good.”

Liu said he was proud to endorse former Assembly Member Young, who was the first Asian woman elected to the state legislature.

“From championing affordable healthcare and housing to working with first responders to improve our health and safety, Ellen is the champion for Queens that we need,” he said.

Seven candidates, including Young and Choe, have created a coalition called the “Democratic Coalition for Council District 20” to reject the Queens County Democratic Party’s singular endorsement of Ung — as first reported by City & State.However, Ung’s fellow candidates have been less favorable to her due to the endorsement she’s received from the Queens County Democratic Party. The party, which is known by many as the machine, has come under heavy criticism in recent years for allegedly working against candidates it does not favor.

The coalition also includes candidates Hailing Chen, Ming-Kang Low, Anthony Miranda, Neng Wang and Dao Yin. They said they formed the coalition to ask voters for fair consideration — free of the Democratic party establishment’s sway.

However, both Young and Choe, despite being part of the coalition, have been endorsed by the party in past elections.

Kim, Young, Stand With Yao Pan Ma's Family

Queen's Gazette - I On Politics

May 5, 2021

On April 27, 20th District City Council candidate Ellen Young joined Assemblymembers Ron Kim and Robert Rodriguez, and a gathering of other city, state, and national lawmakers, family and community advocates, and a pro-bono attorney at the site of the attack on Yao Pan Ma to call out the dramatic rise of anti-Asian racism and violence in America.

On Friday evening, Yao Pan Ma was attacked and violently assaulted on the corner of 125th Street and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan. He is now in the hospital in critical condition, and as of late Sunday (April 25) he remained in a medically induced coma. Ma’s wife, Baozhen Chen, said her husband was a talented dessert chef in China — where their two children still live — and came to the US two years ago for a better life. After losing his job in the pandemic, Ma began collecting cans for recyclables to make ends meet.

The advocates noted that the violent incident is the latest attack amid a nationwide rise of physical assaults and harassment against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Unfortunately, this form of racism and hate against Asian Americans is not new in America’s history. Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a sharp rise in racist attacks against Asian American communities across the country and here in New York.

The attendees condemned these attacks and announced that the family is being represented pro bono by the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Together, they have established a family trust and official GoFundMe page for the family, which has already raised over $400,000. Those present promised to continue to collectively speak out in support of the AAPI community.

Ellen Young, 20th District City Council candidate said: “How many more times do we have to wake up in the morning to the news that another member of our community has been brutally assaulted before we take decisive action to address the problem? As the first female Asian Auxiliary police officer in Queens and NYPD trained block-watcher, I have seen first-hand the ability members of law enforcement have to deter crimes and protect members of the community. It is long past time that we bring the full weight of the law to bear against the rising tide of hate — these criminals need to face the maximum sentencing possible.”

Assemblymember Kim said, “Our community is hurting. Every violent, viral attack is traumatic for all of us and changes how we go about our lives. Our elders feel like they are prey; they are scared to take public transportation, go to the grocery store, or even visit family – it has to stop. We will bring those who perpetrate these dehumanizing attacks to justice and do all that we can to support victims and their families. We are a strong, resilient community who will turn our pain into power.

“Everyone, no matter their background, is ultimately accountable for their own actions. At the same time, we can acknowledge the state of our country, which in the middle of an economic and health crisis has done and continues to do far too little for far too many people. These two points are not contradictory. Demanding justice for a crime is not a denial of the fact that most crimes do not happen in a vacuum. I don’t pretend to know what went on in the mind of the suspect as he committed this horrific attack. But I do know that the conditions which led Mr. Ma to lose his job and collect bottles just to survive are the same ones that have caused so much anger, division, and hatred in our country, and that they all stem from the same dehumanizing root.”

“The ongoing hate and violence against Asian Americans has been horrifying and this most recent heinous attack on Yao Pan Ma is unconscionable, despicable and sickening,” said U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens). “We continue to pray for his recovery and hope the perpetrator of this cowardly act is swiftly brought to justice. Last week, the Senate overwhelmingly – by a vote of 94 to 1 – passed my COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to help combat this rise in bigotry and violence towards the Asian American community, The House is expected to vote on the bill next month and President Biden supports the measure. But let’s not forget that we all have a role in fighting this xenophobia and racism. We must call it out, prevent it and report it, and do all we can to stop Asian hate. I ask New Yorkers to keep Yao Pan Ma and his loved ones in their thoughts at this difficult time. Thank you to Assemblymen Rodriguez and Kim and all my colleagues in government for standing up to hate.”

Ron Kim Endorses Two Candidates for the Flushing City Council Seat

Flushing Post

April 26th, 2021

Assembly Member Ron Kim is endorsing two candidates for the Flushing city council seat currently represented by term-limited Peter Koo.

The progressive assembly member has endorsed John Choe, the executive director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, and former Assembly member Ellen Young in the Democratic primary for District 20, which includes downtown Flushing, Murray Hill and Queensboro Hill.

Voters can choose up to 5 candidates in New York City races with ranked choice voting. Kim has not revealed which one of the two endorsements would be his top pick.

“John Choe is a courageous community activist, colleague, and a strong voice for progress in Flushing,” said Kim, who previously worked alongside Choe in then-city council member John Liu’s office.

“His work to change our neighborhoods for the better through nonprofit organizations he founded and led, such as the Flushing Interfaith Council and the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, demonstrate the kind of effective leadership he will bring on the City Council.”

Young, who has known Kim for over two decades, was the first Asian American woman elected to the New York State legislature, having represented the 22nd assembly district from 2006 to 2008.

“I have learned much from observing and working with her through many years of service, which include efforts to increase civic participation, help senior residents, and boost resources for immigrants, and know she will make an excellent representative and Council member,” Kim said.

Democrat Ellen Young Endorsed by Assembly Member Ron Kim

Patch

April 25th, 2021

On Wednesday afternoon, 20th District City Council Democratic candidate Ellen Young received the endorsement of her longtime friend and former colleague New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim. Young and Kim's relationship goes back more than two decades in city and state government and she looks forward to working with him again in service to Queens and all of New York City when she is elected to the City Council.

Additionally, as another major sign of momentum and strength, Young has more cash-on-hand than any other candidate in the race.

Young, as the first Asian American female elected to the NYS Legislature, and Kim, as the first Korean American elected to public office in New York, have a shared history of breaking barriers in representation and public service. Over the years they have worked together on legislation to bring resources to seniors, middle class families, and the immigrant communities they were elected to represent.

Assembly Member Ron Kim said, "Ellen Young is a former Assembly Member and a true trailblazer for our community. I have learned much from observing and working with her through many years of service, which include efforts to increase civic participation, help senior residents, and boost resources for immigrants, and know she will make an excellent representative and Councilmember."

Democratic Council candidate Ellen Young stated, "I am honored to have Assembly Member Ron Kim's endorsement. Ron is part of a generation of dreamers and doers; his drive and his conviction have always been an inspiration to me. In my years of working with and for him, I have always found that we move in perfect lockstep. The service he has given to everyone in this community, from nursing home seniors to working families, is a testament to his integrity. I look forward to representing Queens on the City Council, joined by great colleagues like Ron in the Assembly, where together we will fight for working and middle class families, improve our schools, create jobs and get our city back on track."

Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Training Webinar

Queens Gazette - I On Politics

April 21st, 2021

On Tuesday, April 13, City Council Candidate Ellen Young was joined by 109th NYPD Precinct Hate Crimes Task Force Officer Ares Huang in hosting an Anti-Asian Hate Crimes informational webinar for parents of students in the Chinese-American Planning Council Early Childhood Center. The meeting focused on how to report hate-crimes as well as bystander training for when a hate-crime is witnessed. As these brutal attacks continue to threaten the safety of the Asian American community in New York City, parents were afforded the opportunity to share their experiences, raise questions and concerns, and have them addressed by Ellen and Officer Huang.

According to her campaign, as the first Asian American woman elected to the NYS legislature and the first female Asian American auxiliary NYPD officer in Queens, Ellen Young is the only candidate in the race to represent the 20th City Council District with the experience required to tackle this issue. Young has also been endorsed by members of the legal and law enforcement community, including world-renowned criminology and forensics expert Dr. Henry C. Lee, the first female Asian American Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Chin Brandt, and the first Asian American to serve as presiding justice in NYS, former judge Randall Eng.

Young’s “comprehensive and aggressive plan to deal with these hate crimes will provide tangible results.” Her plan includes:

  • Implementation of an early education anti-bullying curriculum starting in Pre-K for all NYC students.

  • Establishment of a special investigative unit to arbitrate in disputes between victims and the NYPD when there is disagreement in classifying a hate-crime.

  • Maximum sentencing with no parole for the perpetrators of hate crimes.


Busway is a ‘tax’ on Flushing residents

Queens Chronicle

April 15th, 2021


Ridiculous, unreasonable, idiotic.

Those are just some of the words Ellen Young used to describe the Flushing busway.

“The concept itself was not a bad idea, but it has been designed by politicians in Manhattan with no real understanding of what it means to live here and what the people of Flushing actually need,” the District 20 City Council candidate said April 12.

Just a few days earlier, the city Department of Transportation began issuing bus lane camera violations to vehicles using the 0.6-mile portion of northbound Main Street from Sanford Avenue to Northern Boulevard, as well as northbound Kissena Boulevard from Sanford to Main. Only buses, trucks and emergency vehicles are permitted as through-traffic — all other vehicles are required to take the next available right turn, except at 41st Avenue, where left turns are permitted.

Those who ignore the rules can be fined $50 on the first offense. The rate will continue to rise as one continues to ignore the regulations to as much as $250.

Young, who lives in a Kissena Boulevard complex, said she and her neighbors are suffering from the busway. Drivers diverted from Main Street are forced to circle around the surrounding blocks, which has greatly increased traffic congestion and pollution in the area, she said.

Young called the busway a “punitive tax” on those who live in the neighborhood — they are penalized for driving down the street on which they live. Furthermore, she said the signs along the roadways are poorly marked. Young pointed to a warning sign on the corner of Kissena Boulevard and Barclay Avenue, which directs traffic but doesn’t warn about violations.

“This is simply a quality-of-life issue that has made the lives of Flushing residents dramatically harder,” she said.

In her City Council bid, Young promises to reduce the 24/7 busway hours of operation to just six hours a day during peak transit times: from 7 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Young’s plan would suspend the busway during weekends and holidays, as well.

Community members have decried the busway since plans were announced last June. Most of the opposition comes from small business owners, who believe the limited private car roadways will deter outside customers from traveling into the neighborhood.

John Lo, owner of Rainbow Bakery on Kissena Boulevard, said his business has dropped by over 33 percent since the busway was implemented Jan. 19. Most of his customers relied on street parking — they would run into the store for a quick pickup before jumping back into their cars and heading on their way, a practice Lo said the busway has terminated.

Lo’s revenue drop is higher than the average of lost business reported to the Downtown Flushing Transit Hub Business Improvement District. In an ongoing survey, small businesses reported they lost about 26 percent.

In the face of outspoken opposition, the DOT has supported the busway and its results on travel time. In the first two months, bus rides north are on average between 15 and 24 percent faster during the day and between 13 and 31 percent faster during evening peak hours, the DOT said.

Young Endorsed By Retired Judges

Queens Gazette - I On Politics

April 14th, 2021

At a campaign event with dozens of Queens community leaders in attendance, Ellen Young was endorsed by Retired Judges Dorothy Chin Brandt and Randall Eng.

“There is nobody finer for this office than Ellen. She’s got experience, she was an elected official herself. She’s worked for representatives in the City Council, so she knows how it works. She loves this community, she’s worked very hard for this community, and she knows how the system works.” – said Judge Brandt.

Judge Chin Brandt formerly served on the New York City Civil Court and the Criminal Court of Queens County. She was also an Acting Supreme Court Justice for the 11th Judicial District. Brandt is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Brooklyn Law School, and Harvard Law School.

“Ellen has always been a champion. Ellen is thoroughly bilingual – but just being bilingual is not enough. She is not only bilingual in language, but also in culture, and she knows how to communicate and represent the interests of everyone in the community,” Judge Eng said.

Judge Randall Eng is the former Presiding Justice for the Second Department of the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division. He is also the former Administrative Judge of the Criminal Term of the Queens County Supreme Court. Judge Eng’s legal career began in public service as an assistant District Attorney in Queens.

Of the endorsements, Young said, “Judges Brandt and Eng are dear friends and long-time mentors. I have learned so much from both of them over the years, and theirs is an example I hope I can live up to. I am so honored to receive their support.”

The judges’ statements further exemplify Young’s deep roots and unique ability to serve the wonderfully diverse community she is seeking to represent.

According to her campaign, “As the first Asian woman elected to the NYS Legislature, Young knows it takes bold action to get results. Young is running to serve the needs of working and middle-class families. As a former Assembly Member, NYPD Auxiliary officer and small business owner, she knows that we need experienced, capable leaders representing us on the City Council. As our Assembly Member, Young secured millions for our local parks, libraries, schools and first responders. She passed legislation protecting our environment, creating jobs and building middle-class housing.”

Young’s platform includes:

  • Expanding social services and healthcare options for seniors.

  • Lowering prescription drug prices.

  • Increasing classroom resources and reducing the student-to-teacher ratio.

  • Retaining the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT).

  • Improving local transportation options and strengthening subway patrols.

  • Supporting small businesses with COVID-19 relief and tax cuts to keep workers on payroll.

  • Supporting residential and commercial tenants with rental and mortgage assistance.


Protest Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

Queens Gazette - I On Politics

April 14th, 2021

Ellen Young joined with the Korean-American Vietnam War Veterans Association and other community leaders at Flushing Town Hall to speak out against anti-Asian hate crimes that continue to rise unabated, before marching from Flushing to Murray Hill in solidarity.

“The violence we are seeing in our communities continues to be unacceptable. If individuals can’t do anything about these crimes, then the law will have to do something. I am once again calling for the perpetrators of this hate-virus to serve maximum sentencing under the law with no parole,” Young said.

Young was joined by Korean-American Vietnam War Veterans Association of Greater New York President Min Ho Lee, Vietnam Veterans of America President Frederick Gasior, Korean American Association of Greater New York Charles Yoon, USA North Eastern Region Department of Korean Veterans Jae Hun Hwang, Asian American Alliance NY President Adam Kim, and Korean-American Parents Association of Greater New York Board Member Susan Park.

A former Assembly Member and first Asian female NYPD auxiliary police officer in Queens, Young’s “continues to be the only candidate in the race for District 20’s City Council seat with a comprehensive and aggressive plan to deal with these hate crimes that will provide tangible results,” according to her campaign. That plan includes:

  • Implementation of an early education anti-bullying curriculum starting in Pre-K for all NYC students.

  • Establishment of a special investigative unit to arbitrate in disputes between victims and the NYPD when there is disagreement in classifying a hate crime.

  • Maximum sentencing with no parole for the perpetrators of hate crimes.

More Than A Dozen Queens Candidates Join Andrew Yang to Speak Out Against Anti-Asian Violence.

LIC Post

April 6th, 2021

More than a dozen Queens political candidates joined mayoral hopeful Andrew Yang and community leaders in Manhattan Monday to speak out against anti-Asian violence.

Following remarks at the Canal Street subway station, the group rode the subway together to Times Square in a show of solidarity.

Yang posted on social media that he was “proud to join with other AAPI local candidates to say that NYC is for everyone and that all should feel safe walking the streets or riding the subways of our great city.”

He was accompanied by District 26 candidates – Badrun Khan, Hailie Kim and Julie Won, who are all seeking Jimmy Van Bramer’s seat – and four candidates for Flushing’s District 20 – Hailing Chen, John Choe, Sandra Ung and Ellen Young. That position is currently held by Councilman Peter Koo.

“NYC is such a beautiful place filled with people from different ethnicities, cultures, and religions. It’s heartbreaking to see the outbreak of violence against the AAPI community. We must stand together and remain vigilant,” Khan said in a statement.

Chen–who works as an Uber driver and is an organizer on behalf of other drivers–said Asian workers face harassment regularly. “This kind of stuff happens every single day,” he said. “Driving in New York City and being an Asian, it leads you to become a target.”

District 23 candidates Shekar Krishnan and Carolyn Tran, who both are running for Councilman Danny Dromm’s seat, were also in attendance, along with Richard Lee, who is seeking to replace Councilman Paul Vallone. Edwin Wong, who is vying for Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz’s seat, was also present.

Jaslin Kaur and Linda Lee, who are running to replace Councilmember Barry Grodenchik in eastern Queens, were also on hand. Grodenchik, who is is eligible to run again, has announced that he is not seeking reelection.

Kim and Choe put out a joint news release about the event.

“In condemning the visible attacks on our communities, we must not forget to hold our government accountable for the invisible attacks on New York’s working families,” Choe said in the statement.

“AAPI unity is important,” Kim said in the statement. “But we must stand in solidarity with AAPI across the economic spectrum by making sure our kids can go to great public schools, by making sure we are not displaced from our neighborhoods, and by allowing us to be safe if we decide to stand up against exploitation by bosses and landlords.”

Both Choe and Kim – as well as Won – said they do not believe additional policing should be used to combat the rise in violence against Asian city residents.

“I’ll say it louder for the people in the back: the safety of our community will not come from more policing,” Won wrote on Twitter. She also posted a photo of herself with fellow Council candidates Kaur and Tran aboard the subway.

Yang in his remarks did say that the police are needed to combat the problem. “The police are an important part of the solution,” he said.

The NYPD was already actively investigating or had solved 12 anti-Asian bias assaults in 2021 as of late March, WABC reported.

Also in attendance was Gigi Li, who Yang has endorsed for a lower Manhattan Council seat. Yang did not make any endorsements of Queens candidates Monday.

Ellen Young Enters Race for Council District 20

Queens Gazette - I On Politics

March 31st, 2021

Democrat and former Assembly Member Ellen Young officially declared her candidacy for the New York City Council, 20th District

After raising more than $60,000 in only a month, Ellen has garnered the most grassroots traction and has gained the support of friends and neighbors in the greater Flushing area that she previously represented in the New York State Assembly as the first Asian woman ever elected to the New York State Legislature.

She was joined at her announcement rally and press conference by dozens of supporters as well as President of the Chinese Women’s Business Association Joann Hsieh, Board Member of the Flushing Business Improvement District Bianca Ng, and President of the Taiwan Center Patsy Fang.

According to her campaign, Young plans to ensure that the City’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is equitable and that her district is given the resources it requires as the early epicenter of the crisis. She also plans to aggressively tackle the astonishing rise in anti-Asian hate crimes that have overwhelmed New York City over the past year.

As a Council member, Young vowed to fight for working and middle-class Queens families. Her platform includes:

  • Expanding social services and healthcare options for seniors.

  • Lowering prescription drug prices.

  • Increasing classroom resources and reducing the student-to-teacher ratio.

  • Retaining the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT).

  • Improving local transportation options and strengthening subway patrols.

  • Supporting small businesses with COVID-19 relief and tax cuts to keep workers on payroll.

  • Supporting residential and commercial tenants with rental and mortgage assistance.