Diana Reyna

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Diana Reyna
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Diana Reyna in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the New York City Subway’s Utica Avenue station on 13 June 2014
Member of the New York City Council from the 34th District
In office
November 2001 – December 2013
Succeeded byAntonio Reynoso
ConstituencyBrooklyn: Williamsburg, Bushwick; Queens: Ridgewood
Deputy Brooklyn Borough President
Assumed office
January 2014
Personal details
BornBrooklyn, NY
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceBrooklyn, New York

Diana Reyna (born 1974) is a deputy Borough President for Brooklyn, New York City. She is a former New York City Council Member for the 34th Council District, which includes Williamsburg and Bushwick as well as Ridgewood in Queens.

Early life and education[edit]

Reyna was born and raised in New York City. She attended the now-closed Our Savior School (the former parochial school of Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church) in Williamsburg, Saint Joseph High School in downtown Brooklyn, and Pace University in Pleasantville, New York.

Political career[edit]

Reyna was a member of the New York City Council since from 2002 to 2013. She was the first Dominican American woman elected to public office in New York State. Previously, Reyna was the chief of staff to New York State Assembly Member and Chairman of the Kings County (Brooklyn) Democratic Party, Vito Lopez. The two have since had a very public falling-out culminating in Lopez running an unsuccessful candidate against Reyna in the 2009 Primary and general election.[1] Reyna was prevented by term limits from running for re-election to the City Council in 2013; Lopez attempted to succeed her, but lost in the primary to Antonio Reynoso.

Reyna now works in the office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams as a deputy Borough President.

Legislative and councilmanic focus and positions[edit]

As a council member Reyna concentrated her efforts in funding youth programs and family literacy.[2] as well as fighting crime and reducing gang violence in her council district.[3]

In 2007, the New York City Council passed a bill Council Member Reyna had sponsored, which amended the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to increasing fines for illegal conversions from industrial to residential uses. The bill was later signed into law by Mayor Bloomberg.[4]

Council Member Reyna voted in favor of the extension of term limits to allow for a third term for the Mayor and City Council.[5]

Council Member Reyna voted against a modified version of Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan.[6]

Under both the commission's recommendations and the governor's bill, the base fee for cars entering the area would be $8. Trucks would pay $21. But many drivers would end up paying far less since the system subtracts tolls used to enter Manhattan -- as long as the driver used E-ZPass to cross one of the rivers. So while someone using the toll-free Brooklyn Bridge would be charged an $8 congestion fee, a person who used the Queens Midtown Tunnel, which has a $4.50 toll, would pay that and a $3.50 congestion fee for a maximum charge of $8.[7]


  1. ^ "Power Plays by Party Boss Vito Lopez". Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  2. ^ "District 34". Antonio Reynoso. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-06-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "nyccouncil.info". www.nyccouncil.info. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2010-07-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-04-03. Retrieved 2008-04-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Robinson, Gail. "Breaking the Gridlock on Congestion Pricing". Retrieved 31 August 2018.

External links[edit]

New York City Council
Preceded by
Victor L. Robles
New York City Council
34th District

Succeeded by
Antonio Reynoso