District 18 - Council Member - Democrat
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Annabel Palma

Annabel Palma

District 18 - Council Member - Democrat
Annabel Palma was first elected to the New York City Council in 2004, as the representative for District 18. Annabel represents the neighborhoods of Parkchester, Soundview, Castle Hill, Clason Point and Harding Park in the Bronx.

About Annabel

Council Member Annabel Palma has worked tirelessly to improve the district she has lived all her life, drawing on her definitive struggle with poverty to fight for workers’ rights and fairer, more responsive representation for her constituents. A charismatic and relatable leader who understands the issues that impact every day Bronx residents, Annabel was first elected in 2003 to represent the people of Soundview, Castle Hill, Parkchester, Clason Point and Harding Park in the Bronx’s 18th district.

Annabel’s experience as a young single mother, struggling to build a better life for her family has helped define her approach to the Council and make government more responsive to the needs of the community.

In 1991, Annabel received her Certified Nursing Assistant certification from Bronx Community College. At St. Vincent De Paul Senior Residence, she became a practicing nursing assistant, and was elected as a union representative in 1994 while earning an associate’s degree in Business Administration from Monroe College. In 1999, she was asked to join the staff at 1199SEIU as a full time organizer, where she developed her passion for public service by organizing workers and leading walkouts to protest unfair working conditions.

Since 2003, Annabel has provided her constituents the voice they need to fight for quality education, safer schools, good-paying jobs, affordable housing, a cleaner environment, and greater access to health care. She has inspired her constituents to unite behind the causes they believe in and deliver real results for the community. In her 10 years in the Council, Annabel has allocated tens of millions of dollars for dozens of projects to renovate senior centers and public schools in her district, fund a six-day week at four libraries and expand and modernize the Bronx’s institutions of higher education.

Annabel has used her first-hand knowledge of the issues to win battle after battle for working men and women—both in the City Council and on the streets of her district. As former chair of the General Welfare Committee, Annabel has been a driving force in making sure that the City’s safety net is accessible to all New Yorkers. In 2012 and 2013, when Mayor Bloomberg tried to slash childcare and after school program funding, Annabel led the charge to restore over $100 million in funding, preventing tens of thousands of families from losing access to these key services.

Annabel currently serves on the Committees on Youth Services, General Welfare, Technology, Land Use, Community Development and the Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses. She is an active member of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus and Women’s Caucus. Annabel currently resides in Parkchester with her husband and her son, Jonathan, who is currently a student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.