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Ellen Young Unveils Public Safety Plan
20th District City Council Candidate Ellen Young Joined By Military Veterans Protective Services; Unveils Comprehensive Plan Informed By Her Experience, Expertise

Flushing, Queens – This afternoon, Ellen Young was joined by the Military Veterans Protective Services organization for a press conference to unveil her comprehensive plan for Public Safety.

Last month, New York saw a 54% increase in shootings from the same time last year, the most the city has seen since 2012. In 2020 there was a 45% increase in murders from 2019 and shooting incidents exploded over 97%. As violent crime continues to rise across the city, especially against Asian-Americans, Ellen believes it is imperative that our next Council Member has experience with these issues and is ready on day one to address the problem.

As the first female Asian American Auxiliary NYPD Officer, NYPD Block Watch founder, and former legislator, Ellen Young is the only candidate in the race for the 20th District City Council seat who has the experience necessary to protect her constituents and bring down crime rates. Ellen also has the endorsement of world-renowned public safety expert and founder of the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, Dr. Henry Lee.

MVPS Vice-President and Captain Richard Lee said, “Ellen Young has the experience we need at this critical time. She has broken barriers as the first female Asian American Auxiliary Police Officer in Queens, and I know that she will bring that same commitment and dedication to protecting and serving when she is a City Councilmember.”

Ellen Young said, “I am a firm believer that a government that fails to protect its citizens has failed at its most basic and sacred duty. There is no room for economic expansion, social justice, or any other policy endeavor when it is not physically safe to open a business, raise a family, or walk the streets. This is the most crucial issue facing our city at this time.”

Ellen Young’s Public Safety plan includes:

  • Ensure that the NYPD and FDNY have the resources they need to keep us safe.

  • Fully fund city and community non-profit mental health services.

  • Invest in programs and support services for at-risk youth.

  • Ensure that the NYPD Asian Hate Crimes Task Force sees a significant increase in funding and that NYPD hate-crime focused units are deployed locally.

Ellen Young Unveils Education Plan With NYS Senator John Liu

20th District City Council Candidate Ellen Young, NYC Education Committee Chair Senator John Liu Hold Press Conference; Roll Out Education Plan

Flushing, Queens – On Friday, 20th District City Council Candidate Ellen Young was joined by NYS Senator John Liu as she rolled out her education plan for when she is elected Council Member for the district.

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 increase the quality of New York’s public education and expand access to higher education a core component of his tenure in office.

Ellen 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.

State Senator John 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 our 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 our students can remain competitive.

  • Securing resources for Queens’ 3 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.

Ellen Young Endorsed By Council Member Alan Maisel

20th District City Council Candidate Ellen Young Endorsed by Experienced Legislator, Continues Momentum as Most Experienced Candidate

Flushing, Queens – On Monday, 20th District City Council Candidate Ellen Young received the endorsement of long-time friend and experienced legislator, Council Member Alan Maisel. Maisel 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.

Council Member 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 1.

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 skillset 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.”

Ellen Young Endorsed By American Anhui Provincials Association and American Federation of Chinese Overseas

Flushing, Queens – On Friday, Democratic 20th District City Council candidate and former Assembly Member Ellen Young was endorsed by the American Anhui Provincials Association and Federation of Chinese American Associations. Also in attendance was world-renowned forensic scientist and founder of the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, Dr. Henry Lee, who has already endorsed Young’s candidacy.

Chairman of the American Anhui Provincials Association Min Yuxiang said, “Our large group is very proud to endorse Ellen Young’s candidacy for the 20th District City Council seat. We look forward to doing whatever we can to support her before election day.”

Vice President Liu Dongming of the National Federation said, “For the very first time, the American Federation of Chinese Overseas and the American Anhui Provincials Association is jointly endorsing Ellen Young for City Council in District 20. She will be a powerful voice for the Chinese American community, and we look forward to working with her.”


20th District City Council candidate Ellen Young said, “I am running for City Council as an experienced legislator, former NYPD Auxiliary police officer, and small business owner. I want to continue serving the needs of our seniors and working and middle-class families who call Queens home because now, more than ever, we need leaders who are ready to serve on Day One. I believe that as we make our comeback from the COVID-19 pandemic, our community needs a Council Member who will prioritize public safety, healthcare, quality of life, and a robust economic recovery. I am so honored to receive these endorsements from such distinguished organizations in the Chinese American Community.”

Ellen Young Endorsed By State Senator John Liu

20th District City Council Candidate Ellen Young Cements Frontrunner Status; Most Qualified Candidate With Endorsement From Former 20th District Councilmember and Statewide Leader

Flushing, Queens – On Thursday, 20th District City Council Candidate Ellen Young was endorsed by former 20th District City Councilmember and current State Senator John Liu.

Ellen 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 on the issues of senior services, public safety, and small business assistance to bring much needed resources to the community they have spent their lives serving.

Senator Liu, as the first Asian American City Councilmember, City Comptroller, and NYS State Senator, and Ellen Young, as the first Asian American woman elected to the NYS Legislature and the first female Asian American NYPD Auxiliary police officer in Queens have a shared history of breaking barriers for Asian American representation in New York City and State. They are both deeply experienced legislators at all levels of government and will work closely together to advocate for the communities they represent.

State Senator John Liu said, “Ellen Young has the experience and dedication we need right now on the City Council. Ellen has spent her entire career in public service fighting for seniors, children, women and Queens families. 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. That’s why I am supporting her for the City Council.”

Democratic City Council candidate and former Assembly Member Ellen Young said, “I am truly grateful to have State Senator John Liu’s endorsement. Senator Liu has always been a fierce advocate for our community, fighting for students, small business owners, seniors and is always working to make Queens a better place for all of us. I am incredibly excited and proud to have the Senator’s support and I look forward to once again working with him, hand-in-hand, to deliver for Queens families and taxpayers.”

Ellen Young Endorsed By Councilmember Margaret Chin

20th District City Council Candidate Ellen Young Continues Momentum With Major Endorsement From Experienced Councilmember

Flushing, Queens – On Monday, 20th District City Council candidate Ellen Young received the endorsement of her longtime friend and 1st District City Councilmember Margaret Chin. Both Young and Chin are experienced legislators, first generation immigrants, and fellow trailblazers in Asian American female representation. Also in attendance was former Justice on the 11th District Supreme Court Hon. Dorothy Chin-Brandt who was the first female Asian American justice in New York State and has already endorsed Ellen Young’s candidacy.

Councilmember Chin is one of only two Asian American elected officials currently serving on the City Council and has been a longtime voice for the immigrant communities she represents. She was a founding member of Asian Americans for Equality, a group dedicated to empowering Asian Americans and others in need, as well as the chairperson of the New York Immigration Coalition, a policy and advocacy organization which works on issues concerning immigrants and refugees.

Councilmember Margaret Chin said, “I am proud to endorse my dear friend and fellow trailblazer, Ellen Young, for City Council in District 20. Ellen has dedicated her life to public service -- helping seniors, immigrants, small businesses and people in need. She has the passion, energy and experience that are vital for the work of the City Council. Ellen served as the District Director for former Council Member Joh Liu and was the first Asian woman elected to the State Assembly. Her experience in government will enable her to start on Day 1 to deliver for the constituents of District 20. Passing legislation, fighting for resources in the budget, and helping constituents get services from city agencies -- Ellen has done all of these things before. I am confident that Ellen will play a leadership role in the City Council and will be a fierce advocate for the residents of her district.”

Ellen Young said, “Councilmember Chin has served in City Hall for more than 10 years. She is the chairwoman of the Committee on Aging, and a member of the Committees on Housing and Buildings, Youth Services, Rules, Consumer Affairs and Standards and Ethics. And in the first week of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I think it is important to note that she is one of only two Asian Americans currently sitting on the City Council. Hopefully that will soon change for the better, but when it does it will be because Margaret paved the way. There are few members of this government that are more experienced than she is in what it takes to serve on the City Council, and I am so honored to receive her support today.”

Ellen Young Opens Downtown Flushing Campaign Office

Offers Voter Registration, Pro-Bono Hate-Crime Legal Advice, Volunteer Opportunities

Flushing, Queens – This afternoon 20th District City Council candidate Ellen Young was joined by supporters to open her Downtown Flushing Campaign office. Located just off of Main St. on 39th Avenue, the office will be staffed by volunteers until election day on June 22nd.


Because Ellen has dedicated her life to her community, her campaign office will also reflect that spirit of public service and act as an important resource for the district. Besides offering opportunities to get involved with Ellen’s campaign, volunteers staffing the office will also be registering voters and providing training and pro-bono legal advice to members of the community on how to deal with and report hate crimes.


Ellen’s office is located at 134-35 39th Ave., Flushing, NY 11355.

Ellen Young, Assembly Member Ron Kim, And Other Public Officials Stand In Solidarity With Yao Pan Ma’s Family

20th District City Council Candidate Ellen Young Stands With Family Of Yao Pan Ma And NY Lawmakers To Address Rise In Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

New York, New York – Today, 20th District City Council candidate Ellen Young joined Assemblymember Ron Kim, Assemblymember 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 he remains 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 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 last 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 Ron 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.”

“East Harlem has been home to immigrants for generations. Our Asian-American neighbors deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. They should not have to fear for their lives. We must also acknowledge that there is still tremendous work to be done to ensure that the violence and hate against the Asian-American community ends,” said Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez.

“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.”

“Our Asian-American and immigrant neighbors deserve to feel safe in the city they call home,” said Assemblymember Dan Quart. “There must be accountability for the sickening and heartbreaking attack on Yao Pan Ma, but we cannot stop there. We must also invest in and fully fund AAPI communities and support on-the-ground organizations working to address the root causes of this violence. My heart goes out to Yao Pan Ma and his loved ones as he fights for his life.”


“The alarming rise of anti-Asian violence is an attack on everything our nation represents. As Yao Pan Ma fights for his life after this horrific act, we must strongly reaffirm that there is no place for hate in our communities. While we continue to identify actionable ways to address systemic racism and xenophobia, I stand in firm solidarity with Mr. Ma’s family and our AAPI neighbors,” said Senator Jose M. Serrano.

Democrat Ellen Young Endorsed by Assembly Member Ron Kim

20th District City Council candidate Ellen Young’s momentum continues major endorsement; Has the most cash-on-hand of any candidate in the race

Flushing, Queens – This 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 a major sign of momentum and strength, Young has more cash-on-hand than any other candidate in this race, with a war chest that will allow her campaign to effectively communicate with the voters of the 20th Council District.

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 fought side by side to bring much needed 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.”

Ellen Young Joins Assemblyman Ron Kim, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, and Chinese American Independent Practice Association (CAIPA) to Demand Greater Vaccine Supply

Flushing, Queens – 20th District City Council Candidate Ellen Young joined with Assemblyman Ron Kim, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, and the Chinese American Independent Practice Association (CAIPA) outside CAIPA’s Flushing headquarters to demand more vaccine doses and better language access for Queens’ diverse communities.

Once again, Flushing and the larger Queens community are left medically underserved as they have been throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic. Community service organizations like CAIPA have had to step up to fill the role city government should be playing in providing adequate and accessible medical care to New York City residents in every borough.

CAIPA recently set up a language accessible COVID-19 vaccine pop-up outside Flushing City Hall. They were supplied with only 550 doses and within 2 days had run out.

“Unfortunately, the mistakes of the past that CAIPA has had to step up and compensate for are being repeated at this very moment. The first vaccine dose in this country was given in the middle of December 2020. Flushing has been a COVID hotspot for more than a year and we only got a dedicated vaccine site at the Flushing Library a month ago,” said Ellen Young.


“When I am councilmember representing this district, Flushing will never lack a forceful voice demanding the resources it needs. We cannot afford anymore to be last on any list for vital and life-saving medical services,” Ellen continued.

Ellen Young Hosts Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Training With NYPD, CPC ECC Parents

City Council District 20 Candidate Ellen Young, NYPD 109th Precinct Host Anti-Asian Hate Crime Training, Awareness For Chinese-American Planning Council Early Childhood Center Parents

Flushing, Queens – On Tuesday night 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.

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. Ellen 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.

Ellen’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 perpetrators of hate crimes.

Ellen Young Announces Opposition to Flushing-Main St. Busway, Provides a Better Way Forward

City Council District 20 Candidate Ellen Young Joins With Small Businesses Owners and Community Members in Opposition To Neighborhood-Killing Busway, Rolls Out Improvement Plan

Flushing, Queens – Today, 20th District Candidate Ellen Young held a press availability with Flushing small business owners and community members to oppose the Flushing-Main St. busway. She was joined by Attorney Wei Zhu, Flushing BID (Business Improvement District) Board Member Bianca Ng, Rainbow Bakery owner John Lo, and other members of the Flushing community.

The current operation was terribly designed by politicians in Manhattan who have no understanding of the needs of the people of Flushing. The busway as it is currently operating is an unacceptable tax on Flushing business owners and punishes minority and immigrant communities. Ellen Young has heard the voices of small business owners and her neighbors in the community and demonstrated the leadership District 20 needs by standing with them to declare a better way forward.

“The 24/7 Flushing-Main St busway is a punitive tax on the immigrant and minority communities that make Flushing the vibrant place that it is, no more no less,” Ellen said.

“Despite the complaints from a lot of businesses, including Flushing BID, against the busway, the Department of Transportation just ignored our voices and decided to impose it on us,” Bianca Ng said.

John Lo said “The street outside is empty, but private cars cannot come by my store, the situation is serious. In the past, customers would park outside and buy drinks, snacks, and cakes from me, now I have lost 30% of my business.”

“It’s difficult for seniors to take the bus. With the unreasonable traffic rules, they cannot visit their doctors or lawyers. I have received dozens of complaints from my clients and I’m losing business because of it,” said Zhu.


As City Councilmember, Ellen will improve on the well-intentioned but poorly designed plan by:

  • Abolishing the 24/7 busway

  • Limiting bus exclusivity to peak commuting hours, 7am-10am and 4pm-7pm on weekdays

  • Opening Main St. to cars at all other hours and all day on weekends

Ellen Young Joins Korean-American Vietnam War Veterans Association to Address Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

City Council District 20 Candidate Ellen Young Marches With Korean-American Vietnam War Veterans Association, Community Leaders in Solidarity Against Anti-Asian Hate Crimes


Flushing, Queens – 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,” Ellen Young said.

Ellen 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.

Former Assembly Member and first Asian Female NYPD auxiliary police officer in Queens Ellen Young 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. 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.

Ellen Young Endorsed by Retired Judges Hon. Dorothy Chin Brandt and Hon. Randall Eng

20th City Council District Candidate Ellen Young Endorsed by Retired Judges Dorothy Chin Brandt and Randall Eng at Event with Queens Community Leaders

Flushing, Queens – 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. Judge Chin 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, Ellen 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 Ellen’s deep roots and unique ability to serve the wonderfully diverse community she is seeking to represent.

Dr. Henry C. Lee, World-Renowned Public Safety Expert Endorses Ellen Young for NYC Council 20th District

Foremost Forensics, Criminology, Public Safety Expert Dr. Henry Lee Declares His Support for Ellen Young as Best Candidate to Protect NYC Council 20th District

Flushing, Queens – Dr. Henry Lee has served as an advisor for more than 80 law enforcement agencies around the world and helped solve more than 8000 cases. He has taught courses on forensic science and criminology at more than a dozen universities, law schools, and medical schools, and is the founder of the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science.

As crime levels spike across New York City, especially hate crimes directed at Asian-Americans, Dr. Lee is endorsing Ellen Young because he says that the 20th City Council District needs an experienced leader with a proven track record of keeping her community safe.

“My years of experience tell me that Ellen Young is the only candidate in this race ready on day one to protect the safety and quality of life of Queens residents,” said Dr. Lee.

Of the endorsement, Ellen Young said, “I am proud and so very honored that my dear friend and long-time mentor Dr. Lee has put his faith in me to protect and represent our district.”


As the first female Asian American Auxiliary NYPD Officer in Queens, Ellen Young has a deep knowledge and understanding of public safety issues. She is also a former Assembly Member and the first Asian American woman elected to the NYS Legislature.

Democrat Ellen Young, Former Assembly-member and First Asian American Woman Elected to the NYS Legislature Officially Enters Race for NYC Council 20th District

Raises more than $60,000 in only one month; Emerges as clear front-runner; Garners the strongest grassroots support

Flushing, New York – Democrat and former Assembly Member Ellen Young today 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

“Queens, and the city as a whole, is at a critical crossroads where experience and vision will be vital for our elected leaders,” said Ellen Young. “As the first Asian woman elected to the New York State Legislature, former Queens NYPD auxiliary police officer, and small business owner, I know that it takes strong, bold action to lead. Now is not the time for learning on the job. We need experienced leaders to guide us out of this crisis and get New York City back on its feet. I am proud of this opportunity and thankful for the overwhelming support I have been shown by my community.”

“During her time serving in the New York State Legislature, Ellen fought and obtained an 83% increase in funding for her district while the total budget of New York State was cut 20%,” said Joann Hsieh, President of the Chinese Women’s Business Association. “In addition, she served as the Acting Speaker due to her outstanding leadership. She passed five bills during the time she served, far more than most first term legislators.”

Flushing Business Improvement District Board Member Bianca Ng said, “Ellen Young is a trailblazer and has paved the way for so many of us who have followed since. Because of Ellen, young women across our city and especially in our community right here in Flushing can see a place for themselves and their dreams wherever they choose to look.”

“I have been friends with Ellen for 30 years and during that time have been a witness to her

immense talent for organizational leadership and her administrative competence,” said Patsy Fang, President of the Taiwan Center. “I have seen first-hand the results of the thousands of dollars she has raised for dozens of different community non-profits that have improved the lives of so many people.”

Ellen 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 our next Council Member, Ellen will 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.