Alifelong New Yorker, Robert J. Rodriguez has dedicated his career to protecting and creating affordable housing, increasing employment opportunities, and ensuring our children get the quality education they deserve. He hopes to continue that leadership from City Hall as the next council member representing District 8.
Elected into the State Assembly in 2010, Robert currently represents over 130,000 residents in the neighborhoods of East Harlem/El Barrio, the Upper East Side, Central Harlem, and Randall’s Island. Throughout his time in office he has been a champion for NYCHA tenants and affordable housing, working tirelessly to ensure that New York City remains affordable for working families and senior citizens.
During his tenure, Robert has worked to improve New York’s transit, roads, and bridges with his Move NY Fair Plan bill, which would lock in revenue for necessary upgrades. He has fought aggressively for the MTA to put $1.5 billion back in their capital plan for phase two of the Second Avenue Subway. Robert has also advocated for a productive waterfront along the East River Esplanade, inclusive of park space and waterfront access.
Moving forward, Robert is focused on continuing this work while also increasing opportunities for youth and seniors; as well as increasing access and opportunities for Women and Minority Owned Business Enterprises.
Born and raised in El Barrio, Robert attended P.S. 112, River East, Isaac Newton, and graduated from Cardinal High School in The Bronx. He later received his B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from New York University.
Before being elected Robert served as the Chairman of Community Board 11, representing the neighborhoods of East Harlem. He worked to develop infrastructure that allowed all East Harlem residents had access to the benefits of development, as well as access to the variety of cultural and social services offered by New York City.
Robert also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone where he helped guide the disbursement of over $82 million in for-profit financing and $13 million in grants for non-profit organizations in East Harlem. He also served on the board of the Terrence Cardinal Cooke Community Advisory Board, Catholic Charities Community Services of New York, while also serving on the board of SCANNY – a youth and family services organization located in East Harlem and the South Bronx.
Currently, Robert resides in El Barrio with his wife and son.