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. She is a charismatic and relatable leader who understands the issues that impact every day Bronx residents.
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. In her 14 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.