District 17 - Rafael Salamanca - Council Member - Democrat
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Rafael Salamanca Jr.

Rafael Salamanca Jr.

District 17 - Council Member - Democrat

Background Information

Rafael Salamanca Jr. is the Councilmember for the 17th District of the New York City Council, representing the neighborhoods of Longwood, Hunts Point, Concourse, Crotona Park, Melrose, Morrisania, Mott Haven, North Brother Island, Port Morris, and Soundview in the borough of the Bronx. 

A lifelong resident of the 17th Council District and the son of first-generation Puerto Rican immigrants, Councilmember Salamanca grew up in the Bronx understanding the value of hard work and the importance of giving back to the community, beginning his career working in healthcare to expand access for low-income and working families.  

For over ten years, Councilmember Salamanca has been a member of Bronx Community Board #2, which covers the neighborhoods of Hunts Point, Longwood and Morrisania.  Prior to his election to the City Council, Councilmember Salamanca served as the District Manager of Community Board #2, where he worked to improve public safety, eliminate crime, increase transportation options and bring new jobs and small businesses into the community. 

Councilmember Salamanca also formerly served as the President of the 41st Precinct Council, where he worked closely with the NYPD and other local leaders to help improve community and police relations, and to reduce violence and crime in our neighborhoods.

As the District Manager of the Community Board and as Precinct Council President, Council member Salamanca has earned a reputation for getting things done for the South Bronx. He led the charge in shutting down the adult entertainment clubs in Hunts Point, which helped to drastically decrease crime in the neighborhood.  He has worked to improve safety for pedestrians at Bruckner Boulevard and Hunts Point Avenue, formerly a dangerous intersection.  Finally, Councilmember Salamanca has fought for new, good-paying jobs by ensuring that companies investing in the community hire certain percentages of local residents. 

At City Hall, Councilmember Salamanca is committed to continuing the progress being made in the Bronx and is focused especially on job creation, community and police relations and in finding truly safe and affordable housing, including in our NYCHA developments. 

A proud family man, Councilmember Salamanca resides with his wife Jessenia, and sons Justin and Aidan in the Longwood neighborhood of the Bronx.