Rafael Salamanca Jr. is the Councilmember for the 17th District of the New York City Council, representing the South Bronx.
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, Councilmember Salamanca then went on to serve as the District Manager for Bronx Community Board 2. He also previously served as the President of the 41st Precinct Council, working closely with the NYPD and other local leaders to help improve public safety in the community.
In 2016, the residents of the 17th councilmatic district elected Salamanca to represent them at City Hall, first in a special election, and again in the 2016 general election.
On the Council, Salamanca has fought for new, good-paying jobs by requiring that companies investing in the community hire local residents, including our youth. He has been committed to providing children in the Bronx with access to a quality education. Finally, Councilmember Salamanca has fought to bring affordable housing to the South Bronx, focusing on ensuring residents of all incomes have access to new apartments.
Salamanca resides with his wife Jessenia, and sons Justin and Aidan in the Longwood neighborhood of the Bronx.