Maria del Carmen Arroyo

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Maria del Carmen Arroyo
Member of the New York City Council from the 17th District
In office
February 15, 2005 – December 30, 2015
Preceded by Jose M. Serrano
Succeeded by Rafael Salamanca
Personal details
Born Corozal, Puerto Rico
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Hostos Community College (A.A.)
Lehman College (B.S.)
New York University (M.P.A)
Website Official website

Maria del Carmen Arroyo is the former Council member for the 17th District of the New York City Council. She is a Democrat.

The district includes Belmont, Claremont Village, Clason Point, Concourse, Concourse Village, Crotona Park, Hunts Point, Longwood, Melrose, Morrisania, Mott Haven, North Brother Island, Parkchester, Port Morris, Soundview, South Brother Island, Tremont and West Farms in The Bronx.

Life and career[edit]

Arroyo was born Corozal, Puerto Rico and moved to The Bronx with her family when she was seven years old. She is the daughter of Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo. In her childhood, Arroyo attended P.S. 154 in the South Bronx, Junior High School in Harlem and two years of high school at Washington Irving High School in Manhattan before dropping out to assist her family financially by working full-time.[1] She wouldn't earn her GED until she was twenty years old.

Following working as a receptionist, she enrolled at Hostos Community College, where she earned her associate degree before attending Lehman College for her Bachelor's and finally New York University for her Masters in Public Administration. She then served as Executive Director at Segundo Ruiz Belvis D & TC before working as Senior Director of Operations for the Narco Freedom, Inc, and then as volunteer Executive Director of the South Bronx Community Corporation.

Over the years, Arroyo has come under fire for issues surrounding gambling.[2]

New York City Council[edit]

Arroyo won the special election for her council seat in 2005 after her predecessor, Jose M. Serrano, jumped to the New York State Senate. She easily won election to a full term in 2005, and reelection in 2009 and 2013.

In 2013, it was found that individuals who worked on Arroyo's campaign in 2013 had forged petition signatures for ballot access in her reelection to council.[3] Arroyo also came under fire for paying her son over $55,000 from her campaign account for a part-time advisory role.[4]

Election history
Location Year Election Results
NYC Council
District 17
2005 Special √ Maria del Carmen Arroyo (D) 49.95%
William Alicea (D) 18.67%
Alberto Torres (D) 18.48%
Charles Serrano (D) 12.01%
NYC Council
District 17
2005 General √ Maria del Carmen Arroyo (D) 99.33%
Ali Mohamed (Conservative) 1.67%
NYC Council
District 17
2009 General √ Maria del Carmen Arroyo (D) 96.81%
Robert Goodman (Conservative) 3.17%
NYC Council
District 17
2013 Democratic Primary √ Maria del Carmen Arroyo 69.29%
Julio Pabon 30.71%
NYC Council
District 17
2013 General √ Maria del Carmen Arroyo (D) 93.06%
Jose Colon (R) 4.98%
Selsia Evans (Conservative) 1.81%


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Political offices
Preceded by
Jose M. Serrano
New York City Council, 17th District
Succeeded by
Rafael Salamanca