Joann Ariola is a lifelong resident of the 32nd Council District. She was born in Ozone Park and raised in Howard Beach. She attended P.S. 63 (Old South), P.S. 207 (Rockwood Park), Our Lady of Grace Catholic School, Stella Maris H.S. on the Rockaway Peninsula and Adelphi Business School.
A longtime Queens civic leader, Ariola won a Republican Primary On June 22, 2021, with over 80 percent of the vote, and on November 2, 2021, she was elected to the NYC City Council in a General Election by a margin of over 65 percent. She subsequently entered into her second term after an unchallenged election in 2023.
Since taking office, she has proven herself to be a common-sense moderate and serves as a member of the Republican Minority Caucus as well as the Common-Sense Caucus in the Council.
Throughout her period in office, Councilwoman Ariola has put a strong focus on improving the quality of life in the neighborhoods of District 32. This means working closely with both city agencies and nonprofits to ensure that streets are cleaned, as well as advocating for more NYPD officers in our precincts. Councilwoman Ariola was also a sponsor of Int.