Jackson Heights’ & Elmhurst’s

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I’m Shekar Krishnan and I’m running for NYC Council District 25, my home of Elmhurst and Jackson Heights. Sign up for updates below.

Why I’m Running

New York City is facing an affordability crisis, a racial justice crisis, and a public health crisis. It is more important than ever that we have a fighter representing us, who has both the vision and the experience, to make the changes we need. I am running for City Council because Elmhurst and Jackson Heights deserve a leader who will be fearless in standing up to powerful interests when our community’s needs are at stake.

I am ready to fight for you. I have been living in and fighting for our community for more than a decade. Together, we’ve fought for more open space and safe streets, for more resources for our public schools, and against a racist criminal system. I am eager to take this fight to the City Council.

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Shekar Krishnan and his wife Zoe Levine holding their two young boys
Shekar Krishnan and his wife Zoe Levine holding their two young boys

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City Council District 25:

Elmhurst &
Jackson Heights

Simplified illustration of City Council district 25 borders in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst Queens
Simplified illustration of City Council district 25 borders in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst Queens

City Council District 25

Elmhurst &
Jackson Heights

Elmhurst and Jackson Heights are among the world’s hardest hit areas by the Coronavirus pandemic. This was the result of decades of disinvestment in our community, neglect of our health care needs, and overcrowding in homes caused by a failure to provide truly affordable housing for our community residents. We have a plan to address the systemic and chronic problems plaguing us, built on years of listening to and organizing within our community. Our campaign will put forward the most comprehensive platform of policy solutions to address the interlocking challenges facing us.

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We are a grassroots campaign. We are not accepting any corporate or corporate PAC contributions, developer dollars, lobbyist, or law enforcement money. Because we’re part of the public financing system, your contribution will be matched 8:1 with public funds. We are so grateful for anything you can give at all.

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Shekar’s platform

Now is the time for bold, inclusive change which both roots out corruption in politics and puts power in the hands of the people, especially our workers, our immigrants, and our families.

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Shekar’s Plan For

Housing Justice

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Shekar’s Plan For

Housing Justice

It is the role of government to ensure that every human being has an affordable, dignified, and permanent place to live.

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Shekar’s Plan For

Community Safety & Justice

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Shekar’s Plan For

Community Safety & Justice

So-called reform efforts do not address the racism and violence underlying the criminal institutions of our society, or keep New York’s communities safe. Instead, we must defund the NYPD and decarcerate.

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Shekar’s Plan For

Immigrant Justice

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Shekar’s Plan For

Immigrant Justice

We as a city have an obligation to defend immigrant New Yorkers and resist all efforts by the federal government to co-opt our infrastructure to feed the deportation machine.

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Endorsements

"Shekar understands the struggles of working families and will be their champion on the City Council."

Congressperson, Nydia Velazquez

"As a transgender person, Latina, and a woman, I am happy to support Shekar on his run for City Council. It is so important to redefine allyship at this incredibly important time in history. Shekar has shown an incredible capability and consistent efforts to understand the realities of those that he doesn't share identity with, and that is what it’s going to take for us to make NYC as progressive as we need it to be!"

Trans Activist, Cecilia Gentili 

"Shekar will be the leader we can trust to fight for housing as a human right."

State Senator, Julia Salazar

 

“Shekar’s tireless commitment to fighting discrimination and inequality make him an ideal fit for a diverse district that has been devastated by Covid-19 and its disparate impact on immigrants and frontline workers."

Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club

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Community leader, attorney launches bid for City Council

A longtime community activist and civil rights lawyer kicked off his campaign for City Council last week with an announcement at Travers Park.

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Opinion: Flushing waterfront rezoning reveals the failure of NYC's land use process

Op-Ed by Shekar Krishnan

"As we face the unprecedented triple crises of affordability, public health, and racial justice, the proposed Flushing rezoning fails to address any of the urgent needs of our Queens communities."

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Queens congresswoman endorses Shekar Krishnan for Jackson Heights City Council seat

Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez has endorsed civil rights attorney Shekar Krishnan’s candidacy for City Council in District 25, which represents Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, less than a week after he announced his campaign.

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Next Year’s Local Elections Could Bring Racial Equity into New York’s Land Use Process

The first case Shekar Krishnan took after finishing law school lasted ten years and two mayors.

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