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Ydanis Rodriguez

Member of the New York City Council from the 10th District
Assumed office 
January 2010
Preceded by Miguel Martinez
Constituency Marble Hill, Washington Heights

Born June 18, 1960
Dominican Republic
Political party Democratic
Residence Marble Hill, United States
Alma mater City College of New York
Profession Teacher
Committees Higher Education
Religion Roman Catholic
Website NYC Council: District 10

Ydanis Rodriguez (born June 18, 1960)is currently a Democratic New York City Councilmember from the borough of Manhattan[1] and Chair of the Higher Education Committee. [1]


Early life and backgound

Born in the Dominican Republic, when Ydanis was 18 years old, he moved from his hometown of Licey al Medio to New York City. While working as a taxi driver[2], Rodriguez earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at the City College of New York. He eventually earned his Master's degree in Bilingual Education at CCNY. Ydanis helped in founding Gregorio Luperón High School in 1992, where he taught or 14 years.

Political Career

After an unsuccessful attempts to run for City Council in 2001 and 2003, Ydanis ran a successful election campaing in 2009. September 2009 he won the Democratic primary election against seven other candidates.[3][4] In November 2009, Rodriguez defeated Ruben Dario Vargas of the Independence Party by a substantial margin.[5] Ydanis filled the vacant council seat of former councilmember Miguel Martinez.

He represents the Council District 10 [6]which encompasses the neighborhoods of Marble Hill and Washington Heights. In January 2010, he was appointed as the chairman of the Higher Education Committee. [7], and as his Chairman, Rodriguez has called for more diversity in the faculty of CUNY [8].


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Political offices
Preceded by
Miguel Martinez
New York City Council, 10th District


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