Jonathan Campozano Attempts To Make History As First Hispanic Greenburgh Councilman

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Jonathan Campozano announced his candidacy for the Greenburgh City Council, representing the Democratic Party where he has been a member since he was a teenager.

“I am excited to share that I have thrown my hat into the ring to seek the Greenburgh Town Board election. It would be a great honor for me to represent the community that I grew up in and is now my home,” Campozano said.

If elected in 2023, the 30-year-old, longtime Greenburgh resident, who is a practicing attorney, and adjunct professor at Westchester Community College (WCC), would be the Town of Greenburgh Board’s first Hispanic representative and its youngest member, as well as his only practicing attorney.

As a Staff Attorney with Neighbors Link Community Law Practice, Jonathan provides legal services to immigrants in New York Family Court, federal court, and agencies including ICE, USCIS, EOIR, and BIA. He teaches immigration law in WCC’s Paralegal Certificate Program. Prior to that, Jonathan served as an Assistant County Attorney in Westchester County’s Law Department, in both the Family Court and Appeals, Opinions, and Legislation bureaus.

He was also an Associate Counsel with the New York State Senate Democratic Majority, where he worked on significant pieces of legislation, including the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act and the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act (“Green Light NY”).

Jonathan began his law career as an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow with the Empire Justice Center in Yonkers. There, he represented clients in an array of immigrant matters, including deportation defense, asylum applications, and other forms of relief available to juveniles and victims of crime, domestic violence, and human trafficking.

Now in his second elected term as a Vice Chair of the Westchester County Democratic Committee, Jonathan is a district leader in the Greenburgh Democratic Town Committee and one of the founding members of its law committee. He has been a member of the Hispanic Democrats of Westchester since 2013, where he serves as Secretary, and is a proud member of the Westchester County Hispanic Advisory Board.

Jonathan graduated from SUNY Purchase with a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies, and obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. There, he also served as president of both the Pace Immigration Law Society and Latin American Law Students Association, and he remains an Alumni Admissions Ambassador for prospective law students. He is also Chairman of the Emerging Leaders Board at Latino U College Access (LUCA).

“Our communities are out of reach for most people, with a particularly strong adverse impact among our seniors and youth. We can do better,” the White Plains born and raised in Greenburgh raised Young Democrat of Ecuadorian and Puerto Rican origin, shared with Black Westchester.

The process begins with the nomination by the Greenburgh Democrats, on February 23, where they will choose two candidates for council. One candidate, current councilmember Gina Jackson, will seek reelection, and a second councilmember, Ken Jones, will not run for reelection.  Longtime Greenburgh District Leader and Chair of the Dobbs Ferry Democratic Committee, Joy Haber has also thrown her hat in the ring.

After the February Convention it will be known if there will be a primary or not.

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