Ydanis Rodriguez has a long track record of advocating for the community he represents. For more than 20 years he has served his community with transparency, honesty and integrity. As a Council Member, he continues to work to ensure much-needed services for Northern Manhattan, including immigration reform, higher quality education for all children, affordable housing and health care, and a more transparent and efficient government. Ydanis was born in the Dominican Republic and came to Washington Heights when he was 18 years old. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at the City College of New York, paying his way working as a taxi-driver. He then went on to obtain his Master’s degree in Bilingual Education at City College. In 1992, Ydanis successfully helped to found Gregorio Luperon High School, a school dedicated to the success of immigrant families, where he became a public high school teacher. At City College, he worked to ensure tuition was maintained affordable through his active participation in the student government, his 14 years of experience teaching refined and strengthened his passion for serving the community.
As a founding faculty member at Gregorio Luperon High School, Ydanis became very aware of the growing problems of overcrowding and the lack of resources at his school and others in the area. With his fellow teachers, students, and community members, His efforts resulted in the construction of a new state of the art facility to house Gregorio Luperon High School. Throughout his career, Ydanis continues to work for change in Washington Heights, Inwood, and Marble Hill. Whether it was to improve translation and interpretation services in local hospitals, to shut down a proposed correction facility on 182nd street, or to keep open the 180th Street Post Office, Ydanis was actively involved. Ydanis and his family currently reside uptown in Inwood. As a City Councilman, Ydanis continues to be an active voice for District 10 residents and the progressive movement, in partnership community residents and organizations. He has taken strong stances on diversity in higher education, increased college readiness amongst high school students, providing more affordable housing options in Northern Manhattan, calling for smart and progressive immigration reform, and giving a greater voice to the working and middle classes of New York City.
During his time in office, Council Member Rodriguez has placed a focus on 5 policy initiatives for District 10 including: increased college readiness, more affordable housing, better health and nutrition, job creation and clean streets and quality of life improvement.
Council Member Rodriguez is the current Chair of the New York City Council Transportation Committee where he has championed the City’s Vision Zero Initiative and he has been a champion in advocating for safer, more efficient transportation options for all. Working in partnership with Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo and Speaker Mark-Viverito, and his colleagues at the Council and State Legislature, Council Member Rodriguez was successfully able to champion the reduction in speed limit to 25 MPH.