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Marjorie Velázquez

Former candidate for New York City Council
Marjorie Velázquez was born into a Bronx home that embodies the opportunities provided by this great borough and city. As the daughter of Puerto Rican parents who moved here in the 1970’s to create a better life, she learned the value of hard work, dedication and education from a young age. Marjorie’s parents worked long hours while struggling to overcome language barriers, yet they worked their way up and became proud small business owners.

Marjorie’s roots in the community were formed during her early years attending P.S. 106 and M.S. 127 in Castle Hill and St. Catharine Academy for high school in Pelham Parkway.  She then went on to earn her degree in Finance and Accounting at the Stern School of Business at New York University. She worked in several corporate finance, budgeting and accounting positions, and most recently served as a Senior Accountant in the Corporate Finance Group at DIRECTV Latin America, where she designed and implemented accounting strategies for South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean.

In 2012, Marjorie suffered life-changing injuries from a workplace accident and a subsequent serious car crash that left her temporarily disabled and abruptly put a hold on her career.  Always a fighter, she struggled through seven surgeries and a broken, bureaucratic healthcare and insurance system, but found a path to recovery through giving back to her community.

During her recovery, Marjorie’s life went from one of painful struggle to one of public service.  Marjorie helped elect Ritchie Torres to the New York City Council and as his treasurer joined Bronx Community Board 10 where she serves as treasurer and executive board member.  Marjorie also co­founded Bronx Women United, dedicated to empowering women through political and civic engagement.

She was also elected as the Democratic District Leader and an executive board member of the Chippewa Democratic Club, both in the 82nd Assembly District, and the treasurer for the Liberty Democratic Association in the 80th Assembly District.

Marjorie has dedicated her life to public service and to fiercely and tirelessly advocating for her community. She looks forward to continuing this work if elected.