Fernando Cabrera (politician)

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Fernando Cabrera
Member of the New York City Council from the 14th District
Assumed office
January 1, 2010
Preceded by Maria Baez
Personal details
Born (1964-04-18) April 18, 1964 (age 53)
The Bronx, New York
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Elvia Cabrera
Children 2
Alma mater Southern California College (B.A.)
Liberty University (M.A.)
Argosy University (Ed.D.)
Website Official website

Fernando Cabrera (born April 18, 1964) is a Democratic Party politician in the Bronx, New York. He currently represents the 14th District in the New York City Council, including the neighborhoods of Claremont Village, Fordham, Kingsbridge, Marble Hill, Morris Heights, Mount Eden, Mount Hope and University Heights.

Personal life[edit]

Cabrera was born in The Bronx to a Dominican father and Puerto Rican mother. He received a B.A. in Religion from Southern California College, a M.A. in Counseling from Liberty University and Doctorate in Education from Argosy University.[citation needed]

Fernando Cabrera has served as the New York City Council Member representing the 14th district in the Bronx since January 2010. His leadership positions in the NYC Council include Chair, Juvenile Justice Committee and Co-chair of the Gun Violence Task Force and former chair of the Technology Committee. Cabrera is a member of the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus.

Cabrera is the senior pastor of New Life Outreach International in the Kingsbridge area of the Bronx. He is the former program director for the Mental Health and Counseling program at Mercy College.

Elective Office[edit]

In 2009 City Council Member for the 14th Council District in the Bronx, incumbent Maria Baez' popularity decreased due to her low attendance rate, and supporting the extension of term limits. Fernando Cabrera challenged Baez to a primary election for the Democratic nomination. But with the backing of The Bronx Democratic Committee [1] and the endorsement of key unions, Cabrera was able defeat the incumbent by just over 1% difference in three-way race that included Yudelka Tapia.[2] Cabrera followed that by winning the general election against Republican Yessenia A. Duran and Conservative Lisa Marie Campbell.[3] He won reelection in 2013.

In 2014, Cabrera challenged Senator Gustavo Rivera in the Democratic primary, but lost 59% to 41%.[4] Cabrera challenged Rivera again in 2016[5], but lost by a larger margin, 63% to 37%[6].

On September 12, 2017, Cabrera won 55% of the vote in the New York Democratic Primary election, to 35% for challenger Randy Abreu and 10% for Felix Perdomo.

Election history
Location Year Election Results
NYC Council
District 14
2009 Democratic Primary √ Fernando Cabrera 38.53%
Maria Baez 37.16%
Yudelka Tapia 24.31%
NYC Council
District 14
2009 General √ Fernando Cabrera (D) 87.58%
Yessenia A. Duran (R) 10.59%
Lisa Marie Campbell (Conservative) 1.83%
NYC Council
District 14
2013 Democratic Primary √ Fernando Cabrera 74.83%
Israel Martinez 25.18%
NYC Council
District 14
2013 General √ Fernando Cabrera (D) 95.36%
Stanley Butler (R) 3.50%
Alan H. Reed (Conservative) 1.05%
NY Senate
District 33
2014 Democratic Primary Gustavo Rivera 59.31%
Fernando Cabrera 40.70%
NY Senate
District 33
2016 Democratic Primary Gustavo Rivera 62.97%
Fernando Cabrera 37.93%
NYC Council
District 14
2017 Democratic Primary √ Fernando Cabrera 54.7%
Randy Abreu 35.0%
Felix Perdomo 10.2%

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Political offices
Preceded by
Maria Baez
New York City Council, 14th District
2010–present
Incumbent