Carmen De La Rosa emigrated from the Dominican Republic as a child and grew up in Inwood where she has lived her entire life. Her advocacy and passion for justice are deeply influenced by her roots. She has listened and advocated for the most vulnerable, even before she started her career in government.
In November 2016, Carmen was elected to represent her community as the State Assembly Member of the 72nd District. Since her first day in office, Carmen has fought against racism, xenophobia and economic injustice.
As a progressive Democrat, Carmen has fought for criminal justice reform, workers’ rights, truly affordable housing and protections for tenants, climate justice, taxing the wealthy, LGBTIA rights, and many other consequential social justice policies.
She successfully negotiated and passed the New York State DREAM ACT and the first in the nation Excluded Workers Fund (EWF) at $2.1 Billion. As the member of the Assembly representing the district with the highest number of rent-stabilized apartments, Carmen actively participated in passing the strongest tenant protection laws in a generation.
On June 22nd, 2021, Carmen was victorious in the Democratic primary and subsequently won the general election on November 2nd, becoming the first Dominican woman elected to represent District 10 at City Hall.
Carmen will fight to make sure that the needs of our community are at the forefront. She will fight to protect our community from irresponsible development and displacement, dismantle fundamental flaws in our criminal justice system, expand our social safety nets, fix our broken education system, and protect frontline workers and vulnerable small businesses.
Carmen De La Rosa is committed to building a community-driven government rooted in the principles of co-governance and participatory democracy. Working alongside the community she is committed to improving the lives of residents in the community.
Carmen is proudly Mia’s Mom and along with her husband Jose, they are raising their daughter in the community where her parents also reside. As a proud product of uptown, Carmen looks forward to continuing to serve the community she loves and the community that helped raise her.