Carlos Menchaca

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Carlos Menchaca
2017-01-28 - Carlos Menchaca at the protest at JFK (80836).jpg
Carlos Menchaca addressing a crowd protesting Donald Trump's January 2017 executive order on immigration.
Member of the New York City Council from the 38th District
In office
January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2021
Preceded bySara M. Gonzalez
Personal details
Born (1980-09-11) September 11, 1980 (age 39)
El Paso, Texas
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of San Francisco (B.A.)
WebsiteOfficial website

Carlos Menchaca (born September 11, 1980) is the Council member for the 38th District of the New York City Council. He is a Democrat. The district includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Red Hook, Greenwood Heights, and portions of Borough Park, Dyker Heights, and Windsor Terrace.

Life and career[edit]

Menchaca, who was born in El Paso, Texas, is the first Mexican American elected to public office in New York City, and the first openly gay New York City Council member from Brooklyn.[1]

Prior to assuming office, Menchaca worked in the Brooklyn Borough President's Office, as Marty Markowitz’s Capital Budget and Policy Coordinator from 2005 to 2011. From 2011 to 2013, Menchaca served as a liaison to the LGBT and HIV / AIDS community for the Office of the Speaker in the New York City Council.[1]

Menchaca, along with Councilman Brad Lander, was arrested in January of 2015 at a rally for carwash workers.[2]

New York City Council[edit]

In the 2013 election for members of the New York City Council, Menchaca defeated incumbent Sara M. Gonzalez in the Democratic primary for the District 38 in the City Council, which includes a portion of Brooklyn. He won the seat in the general election on November 5, 2013. Menchaca thus became the only 2013 New York city candidate who won by ousting an incumbent.

Shortly after being elected, Menchaca, along with then-Councilman-Elect Mark Treyger, called for the creation of a new committee to oversee Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.[3] In January 2014, the City Council announced the formation of a new Recovery and Resiliency Committee tasked with overseeing Hurricane Sandy relief funds, rebuilding communities affected by the storm, and increasing infrastructure resiliency across New York City.[4] However, Menchaca has also been criticized for derailing redevelopment of the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal.[5]

Menchaca currently chairs the Immigration Committee in the City Council and serves on the following committees: Recovery & Resiliency, Small Business, Standards & Ethics, General Welfare, and Transportation.[6] He formerly served as the Chairman of the Brooklyn Council delegation.[7]

Election history
Location Year Election Results
NYC Council
District 38
2013 Democratic Primary √ Carlos Menchaca 58.80%
Sara M. Gonzalez 41.20%
NYC Council
District 38
2013 General √ Carlos Menchaca 90.20%
Henry Lallave (Conservative) 9.63%
NYC Council
District 38
2017 Democratic Primary √ Carlos Menchaca 48.47%
Feliz Ortiz 42.83%
NYC Council
District 38
2017 General √ Carlos Menchaca 82.27%
Allan Romaguera (Conservative) 7.02%
Carmen Hulbert (Green) 6.54%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Carlos Menchaca's primary victory lifts Mexican New Yorkers' political hopes". New York Daily News. September 11, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Barkan, Ross (2015-03-04). "Elected Officials Arrested at Brooklyn Car Wash Rally". Observer. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  3. ^ "New Councilmen Call for New Committee to Oversee Sandy Recovery". Politicker. December 9, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  4. ^ "New City Council committee will keep an eye on funds earmarked for Hurricane Sandy relief". New York Daily News. January 22, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  5. ^ Hawkins, Andrew (2015-01-07). "Blaming councilman, city ditches $115M project". Crains NYC. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  6. ^ "The List: City Council Chairs Named". Politicker. January 22, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  7. ^ Hurowitz, Noah (2015-02-06). "Brooklyn pols: Red Hook councilman unfit to lead". Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved 2015-09-27.

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Sara M. Gonzalez
New York City Council, 38th District