Breaking through, 2 South Asians win seats in NYC Council

New York: Shekar Krishnan, a civil rights attorney and activist, who ran and won the race from District 25 for New York City Council will become the first Indian American on that legislative body come January. Intriguingly,  Indian Americans have been elected to the New York state senate and assembly, but not so far to City Council.

“Thank you Jackson Heights and Elmhurst for believing in me! I am deeply humbled to be elected to represent our communities in the City Council. These two neighborhoods have been a historic part of the immigrant experience in this country,” Krishnan said at his victory event.

And history was made yet again when Shahana Hanif, a Bangladeshi American and  former City Council employee, also won her seat from District 39 to represent Brooklyn, becoming the first Muslim woman to be in the City Council. That despite the fact that NYC is home to 769,000 Muslims, noted the New York Times.

“I was born & raised in Brooklyn. I’m the daughter of Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants, a Lupus survivor, & an activist. I’m humbled to be the first Muslim woman elected to the New York City Council and the first woman to represent my district. WE DID IT,” Hanif said on Twitter.

A third South Asian, Felicia Singh, lost to her Republican opponent in a closely watched Queens race.

Shekar Krishnan and Shahana Hanif are the first South Asians to get elected to New York City Council.

Image courtesy of (Campaign Photos)

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