Tiffany Cabán

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Tiffany Cabán
Born (1987-07-24) July 24, 1987 (age 34)
Alma materPennsylvania State University (BA)
New York Law School (JD)
  • Lawyer
  • political organizer
Political partyDemocratic

Tiffany Cabán (born July 24, 1987)[1] is an American attorney, political candidate, and political organizer. She is the Democratic nominee for the 22nd district of the New York City Council, She was a candidate in the Democratic primary for Queens County's District Attorney in the State of New York, which she narrowly lost to Queens Borough president Melinda Katz.[2] In 2021, she ran to represent the 22nd district of the New York City Council, and ultimately won the Democratic primary.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Cabán was born in Richmond Hill, Queens, to Puerto Rican parents.[4] Her parents were both raised in NYCHA's Woodside Houses in Queens; her father was an elevator mechanic and her mother is a children's caretaker.[5] She attended PS 62 and JHS 210 before attending St. Francis Preparatory School.[4] She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University, where she majored in studies of crime, law, and justice.[4] Subsequently, she earned a Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School.[4]


Cabán is a public defender, having worked for New York County Defender Services and the Legal Aid Society.[5][4]

After her campaign for District Attorney, Cabán took on a role as a national political organizer with the Working Families Party.[6] She will be focused on recruiting decarceral criminal justice reformers to run for office.[7]

Queens District Attorney Democratic Primary[edit]

Cabán's 2019 campaign for Queens County District Attorney focused on criminal justice reform,[8] including ending mass incarceration and the War on Drugs. Cabán also called for the decriminalization of sex work.[9] Cabán was endorsed by The New York Times,[10][11] as well as progressive politicians such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Larry Krasner, as well as several progressive members of the New York State Legislature[11] and Suffolk County, Massachusetts DA Rachael Rollins.[12] The race drew national attention, drawing comparisons to Ocasio-Cortez's upset victory in the 2018 House primary election over Joe Crowley.[13][9]

Numerous progressive political organizations also endorsed her campaign, including Citizen Action of New York,[14] the Working Families Party,[15] the Democratic Socialists of America,[15] Make the Road, Real Justice,[16] and other community organizations in New York.[12]

Cabán faced Queens borough president Melinda Katz in the Democratic primary. The previous District Attorney, Richard Brown, had intended to retire after the election, but died in office shortly before the primary. On June 25, 2019, Cabán claimed victory over Katz, but with the margin of victory standing at just over one percentage point, Katz declined to concede the election.[17][18] On July 3, election officials said Katz pulled ahead in the final count with a lead of just 20 votes, triggering a recount.[19] On August 6, days after Katz was declared the ultimate victor by 60 votes, Cabán conceded the race.[2]

New York City Council campaign[edit]

In September 2020, Cabán announced her candidacy for the 22nd district of the New York City Council in the 2021 election. The incumbent, Costa Constantinides, cannot seek re-election due to term limits.[20] New York City The 22nd district covers Ditmars Steinway, Astoria, Queens and parts of Jackson Heights, Queens.

Personal life[edit]

Cabán lives in Astoria, Queens.[4] She identifies as queer.[13][9]


  1. ^ Max, Joey Fox & Ben. "20 Things Tiffany Cabán Promised To Do As Queens District Attorney". Gotham Gazette. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Whitford, Emma; Sommerfeldt, Chris (August 7, 2019). "Tiffany Cabán concedes Democratic race for Queens district attorney, securing Melinda Katz's razor-thin victory". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  3. ^ Max, Joey Fox & Ben. "Max Politics Podcast: Tiffany Cabán Heads Toward the City Council". Gotham Gazette. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "About Tiffany". Cabán for Queens. Archived from the original on May 21, 2019. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Rojas, Rick (June 26, 2019). "5 Key Things to Know About Tiffany Cabán". Retrieved June 27, 2019 – via
  6. ^ "Tiffany Cabán to recruit, train criminal justice reformers nationwide in new Working Families Party role".
  7. ^ Josefa Velasquez, Christine Chung, Rachel Holliday Smith (October 31, 2019). "Cabán Teams With Working Families Party in Transition". Retrieved October 31, 2019.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "Issues". Cabán for Queens. Archived from the original on June 24, 2019. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Kendall, Tyler (June 24, 2019). "Candidate backed by Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders for Queens DA looks to decriminalize sex work". CBS News. Archived from the original on June 26, 2019. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  10. ^ The Editorial Board (June 18, 2019). "Tiffany Cabán for Queens District Attorney: The Times Endorsement". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on June 26, 2019. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Endorsements". Cabán for Queens. Archived from the original on June 24, 2019. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  12. ^ a b Lacy, Akela (March 26, 2019). "Progressives Coalesce Around Tiffany Cabán for DA in Newest Battle Against New York Machine". The Intercept.
  13. ^ a b Krieg, Gregory (June 24, 2019). "Tiffany Cabán's longshot campaign takes aim at the same powerful Democrats Ocasio-Cortez shocked". CNN. Archived from the original on June 26, 2019. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  14. ^ Mangla, Ravi (March 25, 2019). "Citizen Action Endorses Tiffany Cabán for Queens District Attorney".
  15. ^ a b Grim, Ryan. "Endorsements Pouring in for Insurgent Queens DA Candidate". The Intercept.
  16. ^ "Real Justice endorsement statement".
  17. ^ Mays, Jeffery C.; Ransom, Jan (June 25, 2019). "Queens D.A. primary too close to call, as Cabán narrowly leads Katz". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on June 26, 2019. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  18. ^ Michaels, Samantha. "Progressive Insurgent Tiffany Cabán Declares Victory in the Primary for Queens DA". Mother Jones.
  19. ^ Muoio, Danielle (July 4, 2019). "Katz pulls ahead of Cabán in Queens DA primary, prompts recount". Politico. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  20. ^ Pazmino, Gloria (September 9, 2020). "Tiffany Cabán Eyes City Council Run, Will Launch Campaign Thursday".

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