Rosie Méndez

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Rosie Mendez
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Mendez in 2011
Member of the New York City Council from the 2nd District
Assumed office
January 1, 2006
Preceded by Margarita Lopez
Personal details
Born (1963-02-28) February 28, 1963 (age 54)
New York City, New York
Political party Democratic
Alma mater New York University
Rutgers School of Law
Website Official website

Rosie Mendez (born February 28, 1963) is the Council member for the 2nd District of the New York City Council. She is a Democrat.

The district includes all or parts of Chelsea, the East Village, the Flatiron District, Gramercy, Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side, Midtown, Murray Hill, NoHo, and Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan.

Life and career[edit]

Mendez grew up in the Williamsburg Houses, a New York City Housing Authority development. She is the child of Puerto Rican parents, and attended New York City public schools through high school. She graduated from New York University and Rutgers School of Law—Newark. Her working and volunteer life has predominantly focused on community service. She began as a tenant organizer in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She then worked on citywide housing issues as a housing specialist at the Parodneck Foundation. In 1995, Mendez graduated from law school and worked as an IOLA Legal Services Fellow at Brooklyn Legal Services. As a legal staff worker she became a member of the United Auto Workers (UAW).

Prior to her election to the Council, Mendez was the Democratic District Leader for her community for four terms. She served for three years as the Chief of Staff and Legislative Aide to her predecessor City Councilwoman Margarita Lopez.

Rosie Mendez is also the Chairperson of the New York City Council's LGBT Caucus.[1]

New York City Council[edit]

In 2005, Mendez won the heavily contested Democratic primary for New York City Council's 2nd district. In the heavily Democratic district the primary victory was considered tantamount to election. After a landslide victory in the general election in November 2005, Mendez took office as the 2nd district's Councilwoman in January 2006. She was re-elected in 2009 and 2013.

Election history[edit]

New York City Council District 2: Results 2005 to 2013
Year Democratic Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2005 Rosie Mendez 21,341 80% John Carlino 4,805 18% Claudia Flanagan Liberal 686 2%
2009 Rosie Mendez 19,952 85% Bryan A. Cooper 3,772 15%
2013 Rosie Mendez 20,419 92% Miles Budde Green 1,490 7%


  1. ^ "LGBT Caucus". Retrieved 2016-04-13. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Margarita Lopez
New York City Council, 2nd District