Miguel Martinez (politician)

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Miguel Martinez
Member of the New York City Council from the 10th District
In office
January 2002 – July 14, 2009
Preceded by Guillermo Linares
Succeeded by Ydanis Rodriguez
Constituency Manhattan: parts of Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill.
Personal details
Born Dominican Republic
Political party Democratic
Residence New York City, United States
Alma mater John Jay College (1994)

Miguel Martinez is a former New York City Council member from Council District 10 in Upper Manhattan in New York City, United States. He was succeeded by Ydanis Rodriguez, who won election as a Democrat on November 3, 2009.


Martinez was born in the Dominican Republic and emigrated to the US. He received his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Planning and Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1994.[1][2] As a student, he served as the 26th President of the Student Council in 1995.

Martinez was a fixture with the Northern Manhattan Democrats for Change political club, which he help found and led with New York State Assembly member Adriano Espaillat.

Martinez represented the 10th Council District of the New York City Council, which includes parts of Washington Heights and Inwood sections of upper Manhattan. He has served as a Council member for six years while chairing the Fire and Criminal Justice Services Committee.[3]

Resignation and Criminal Conviction[edit]

He resigned abruptly from his city council seat on July 14, 2009 and pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy two days later. Martinez admitted to stealing $106,000 that was for children's art programs and low-income housing.[4] Martinez was convicted on three felonies, and was sentenced to five years in prison.[5]


  1. ^ Distinguished Immigrant CUNY Alumni. The City University of New York.
  2. ^ "District 10: Northwest Manhattan". Gotham Gazette. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  3. ^ NYC Council: District 10 - Miguel Martinez
  4. ^ Zambito, Thomas; Smith, Greg B. (2009-07-16). "Manhattan City Councilman Miguel Martinez admits he stole tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars". Daily News. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  5. ^ Rivera, Ray (December 16, 2009). "Ex-Councilman Miguel Martinez Sentenced to 5 Years in Theft of $106,000". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Guillermo Linares
New York City Council, 10th District
Succeeded by
Ydanis Rodriguez