Yonkers City Council Member Corazón 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 Corazón Pineda-Isaac.
Corazón announcement brings the list of candidates for Yonkers Mayor to five, four in the democratic primary that also includes, Mike Spano (incumbent), Rev. Margaret Fountain Coleman – who announced her candidacy on January 15th and the young Prince Robinson who is challenging Spano for a second election in a row. The winner of the democratic primary will face off against Republican Councilman Anthony Merante in the November 7, 2023, General Election.
To hear Corazón’s announcement speech, log on to www.facebook.com/CorazonPinedaIsaacForMayor
Corazón’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
Corazón’s Priorities As Mayor
- As Mayor, Corazón will prioritize public education and restore programs like art, music and sports.
- Corazón 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.
- Corazón 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.
Corazón Pineda-Isaac currently serves as the Yonkers City Council representative for the second council district of Yonkers, New York. First elected in 2013, Corazón 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, Corazón 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, Corazón 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, Corazón has introduced legislation that would protect our city’s immigrant population from facing immigration officials while at sensitive locations such as hospitals and churches. Corazón 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.
Corazón is the eldest of three children born to Alberto and Dacia Pineda. During her time on the Council, Corazón 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.