Alison Esposito, Lt. Governor
Benine Hamdan, 10th Congressoinal District
Benine has crafted herself into an accomplished Risk Analyst with roots in law and finance and an evolution towards structured financing. With the latter portion of her career being engaged in the rapidly developing space of structured finance, she has served in an executive capacity encompassing consultative work in both private and public sectors. She managed a Latin American group’s strategic business development efforts in pursuing P3s across Latin America and growing its P3 portfolio. Extensive experience in contract writing and development, contract negotiation, dealing with foreign and local company executives and companies, as well as government executives and processes. Benine worked on prediction models for hedge funds and focused on fixed income securities, including US Treasuries, Mortgage-Backed Securities,corporate and municipal bonds, with particular emphasis on fixed-income arbitrage.
Benine was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and still lives in District 10. She's
trilingual, cultured and adheres to an ethos of continuous learning. Her volunteer work
includes but is not limited to the Peter Cardella Senior Care Center, Masbia Center, and
Children International. She trusts that her background in public service, law, and
business will complement politics as it will allow her to analyze issues from all
Gary Rueben Richards, 13th Congressional District
Gary is a longtime busiess owcer who moved back to New York City several years ago after living in Chicago where he held successful positions at various fortune 500 companies.
Dr. Awadhesh Gupta, 27th Senate District
A physician living in NYC, he was ,most recently was working for CityMD during the heart of COVID pandemic in 2020 and 2021. Dr. Gupta immigrated to US in January 1976 and did his Internship at Tulane University and completed my Residency training in Brooklyn.
He worked as Emergency physician and Internal Medicine physician in various hospitals in several states and then started an extremely successful Walk-in Medical Clinic 25 years ago in Alabama. Four years ago, after a local hospital in Alabama took over his clinic, he moved back to NYC to be closer to his kids and grandchildren.
New Yorkers have watched in disbelief how quickly our great city and our great state deteriorated in the past two years because Albany policies decimated small businesses, tormented our children, and allowed criminals to roam and commit brutal violence with little to no consequences. People say, New York has no hope. People say, New York will continue to vote by party not by policies! Yet I have hope for my beloved New York. I have hope for my beloved Manhattan.
As a first generation Cantonese immigrant 我是广州中山大学毕业的第一代移民, my family borrowed $5000 and sent me to America for graduate school. This is a land where you can work hard and achieve the impossible. I speak fluent Mandarin, Cantonese and Hakka. 我会讲一口流利的国语，粤语和客家话。It is in America that I have obtained a Master’s degree from Columbia University. I have worked as a level-10 multi-million-dollar engineering project manager in Silicon Valley, California. Later, I worked as a Christian pastor by which I have immersed myself helping families and individuals to find hope and strength in crucial moments of personal and community challenges. I also serve in Community Educational Council as Second Vice President to stand up for families and children.
I believe that it is of the utmost importance to preserve freedom and innovation in Manhattan. We do not need the government to give us a small relief check in the fake Covid Recovery Plan. What we need is the government to remove unlawful mandates so we have the freedom to make money ourselves. We refuse to be treated as victims of circumstances because we are victors of our lives. We are capable of overcoming obstacles because we are descendent of heroes. Our ancestors came to this land, settled here, and built New York. They received zero dollar of government welfare. The condition of our land was barren. Yet they worked on the ground with their hands. By God’s blessings they settled in New York and make this beautiful island of Manhattan home.
Today, this generation of New Yorkers will rise up and tell the world we are just as capable to fight for our children, to fight for our liberty of commerce, and to fight for justice on the streets. We have submitted to compliance and conformity for too long. We have lost our critical thinking in exchange for $100 gift card. We have lost our individualism in exchange for awkward Critical Race Theory. 我希望成为能真正代表华裔利益的政治家。I’ll bring back prosperity, hope, freedom and bravery.
I ask for your vote in November to send me to Albany and rebuild our great city and great state of New York.
Ian McKenzie, 69th Assembly District
Software engineer and web developer, Ian is the creator of the Cable Access Television Series titled "WORK WITH ME." The mission of the show is to build awareness regarding the unemployed, the underemployed, or working heroes who often go unnoticed, as well as highlight social justice and socioeconomic affairs.
Cynthia R. Nelson-Acevedo, 70th Assembly District
I’m a woman; I’m a woman of color; I’m the daughter of immigrants; I’m first
generation born in the United States of America. I’m an advocate; I’m a survivor. I was raised
in the Roman Catholic Church and have a strong connection with my faith, and I begin and
end my day thanking the Lord for all his gifts.
Although I was born in New York City, I was fortunate to have spent the first eight years of
my life living on the island of Hispaniola with my aunt, whom I called Mamma Laura.
Mamma Laura was more than a Mamma to me; she was there for me for all of the first eight
years of my life until I returned to the states when my dad passed away.
I have a degree in Liberal Arts and have spent the majority of my life in the educational field,
in which I still participate by tutoring the kids in my community.
My motivation for change has led to a passion to pursue social justice in my community. I am
a member of a social justice group, and was active in going door to door to distribute information about the 2020 census in Harlem and the greater Manhattan community. As part of this group, I have also been involved in voter registration drives to encourage voter participation.
Bryan Cooper, 74th Assembly District
Lifelong resident of the Lower East Side, Bryan has been an active district leader for over a decade.
Born in Spanish Harlem, Joe grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where he graduated from Power Memorial Academy high school and received a track and field scholarship to Iona College. At Iona Joe graduated with a B.S in Accounting and then went on to work for the ninth largest accounting firm, Main Hurdman. Joe then held everal positions at Paramount Pictures before joining Don King Productions, Inc.
He started an accounting firm in 1996 and then merged into Janover, LLC where he helped it grow into one of the top 25 firms in NYC, and top 115 in the country, with two offices and over 170 people. Joe served on the firms executive committee where he formed and chaired the firm’s quality control department.
In the past Joe held many leadership roles in the profession and is currently serving as a Board member and Audit committee chair of New Dramatists, Inc., Treasurer and Board member of the Carnegie House Tenants Corporation, Board and audit committee member of the 34th Street Partnership and is a Community 5 Board member where he serves on the Budget Education and City Services Committee and Public Safety and Quality of Life Committee. Furthermore, Joe has authored three technical books and has taught auditing at Hunter College.
Joe currently serves a District leader in the 75th Assembly District.