Official Press Release from Corazon Pineda-Isaac
Yonkers City Council Member Corazon Pineda-Isaac announced her candidacy for Mayor at a spirited campaign rally last Thursday with more than 150 constituents in her home district on South Broadway. The daughter of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, working mother of three and lifelong Democrat would be the first woman and first person of color ever elected Mayor in Yonkers.
“The people of Yonkers are ready for a change and as Mayor I’ll bring a fresh vision and new leadership. I’m not from a political dynasty. I’m an Afro Latina daughter of immigrants, a working mother of three children and a City Councilmember who understands that I answer only to the people I represent. I am running to make real progress on affordable housing, prioritize public education and take a proactive and holistic approach to public safety. But more importantly, when I am elected, I’ll restore the pride of what it means to be from Yonkers, something we’ve lost under the current Mayor,” said Democratic Candidate for Mayor Corazon Pineda-Isaac.
To hear Corazon’s announcement speech, log on to www.facebook.com/CorazonPinedaIsaacForMayor
Corazon’s Major Accomplishments on the Yonkers City Council
- Secured a $1 million grant to build the Dayspring Community center in Nodine Hill
- Created the first landlord database in Yonkers to hold landlord accountable
- Secured historic increases in city education funding for the Yonkers Public Schools
- Successfully lead the fight to equip police officers with body cameras
- Continues to lead the fight to require 20% of all new units built in Yonkers to be affordable housing, a move opposed y the current Mayor
- Lead the fight to “ban the box” on employment applications
Corazon’s Priorities As Mayor
- As Mayor, Corazon will prioritize public education and restore programs like art, music and sports.
- Corazon is the City Council’s champion for affordable housing, and as Mayor she will require developers to set aside 20% of new units for affordable housing.
- Corazon will tackle crime holistically, investing in mental health, violence interruption, and community programs. She will make targeted investments in law enforcement but ensure police are held accountable.
Corazon Pineda-Isaac currently serves as the Yonkers City Council representative for the second council district of Yonkers, New York. First elected in 2013, Corazon Pineda-Isaac is currently serving her third four-year term representing the second district in the Yonkers City Council. As a life-long Democrat, she fights every day to ensure that the City of Yonkers continues to improve its schools, fight crime, build affordable housing and provide high quality municipal services to all neighborhoods.
Prior to her election to the City Council, Corazon obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Long Island University- C.W Post with a Major in Finance. Upon graduating, she began her financial career with AXA Advisors, where she currently holds the title of Financial Professional and maintains the FINRA Registrations Series 7 and Series 63, as well as Life and Health Insurance licenses.
The daughter of Dominican immigrants, she moved to Westchester at the age of 16 with her parents, which is when they decided to make Yonkers their permanent home. Wanting to take a more active role in her community and in the political process, she became a Democratic district leader and volunteered on George Latimer‘s campaign for New York State Senate in 2012. As she became more involved, Corazon became aware of the many needs of her community in southwest Yonkers. She decided that the best way to make a positive change in her community was by running for office in 2013. At 25 years old, Ms. Pineda was one of the youngest elected officials to be elected to the Yonkers City Council, beating out her opponent, then-incumbent and majority leader, by dozens of votes in the Democratic primary.
During her time on the Yonkers City Council, Corazon has introduced legislation that would protect our city’s immigrant population from facing immigration officials while at sensitive locations such as hospitals and churches. Corazon has also fought for increased funding for Yonkers Public Schools and progressive legislation such as Ban the Box, a living wage for Yonkers residents, and the creation of a buildings registry in order to hold negligent landlords accountable. She was instrumental in ensuring Yonkers police officers are equipped with body cameras and has been the Council’s leading advocate for building more affordable housing in the City.
Corazon is the eldest of three children born to Alberto and Dacia Pineda. During her time on the Council, Corazon also grew her own family. She is happily married to her husband, Jonathan, and they are the proud parents to three year-old Rohan and one-year old Alexander.