YONKERS, N.Y. – Community activist and the co-Founder of the AAA All-Stars, a 501(c)3 organization, London Reyes announced his candidacy for Democratic Westchester County Legislator in District 17 at the Yonkers Democratic Convention on February 13th. The grassroots movement is pushing him to run again in hopes of bringing fresh ideas to old problems in the city of Yonkers.
Reyes, President of the Puerto Rican Hispanic Cultural Parade of Yonkers and District Leader of Ward 2, was encouraged by his team of young professionals to run for the county seat again.
“I couldn’t let them down, they did such a great job last election,” Reyes tells Black Westchester. “They proved that prior political experience was not necessary to run a campaign. We collected 3,000 signatures and received more votes in that district than any candidate in the prior 2 election cycles. It was an amazing experience and I’ve been delighted to see the community continue to support me and encourage me to throw my hat in the ring again.”
London Reyes is featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Hip-Hop Exhibit as a member of the highly acclaimed New York City Breakers, his bio touts. He has made a career out of being a megaphone for those without a voice. He seeks to alter the meaning of politics by bridging the gap between the community’s needs and the services the government provides. He has been a champion of the youth for nearly two decades and has fostered better relations between police officers and community members in Nodine Hill, has rallied for public school education funding in Albany, and hosted the South Broadway BID Double Dutch Expo, which ended up going viral. His growing popularity is accredited to his willingness to go the extra mile to gain results. This has been proven through his commitment to Yonkers.
Lohud’s Phil Reisman described him in a piece called The King Of Nodine Hill, August 24, 2016. In the May 2009 editorial, The Importance Of Community Service by London Reyes in the Yonkers Tribune, he wrote:
“Through my experiences, I have gained the patience to persevere through adversity, problem-solving, thinking outside of the box, having integrity, and enjoying elevating those around me.”
Look for London to discuss his candidacy on a upcoming episode of the People Before Politics Radio Show.