James (James) Sanders, Jr. (D-10)

State Senator James Sanders

James (James) Sanders, Jr. (D-10)
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Capitol: 518.455.3531
FAX: 518.426.6859
District: 718.523.3069
Room 711 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
142-01 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park, NY 11436
Residence:Queens, NY

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Currently in his 6th term, New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. was elected by the people of the 10th senatorial district to the New York State Senate on September 13, 2012. A fiercely devoted public servant, community advocate, Marine Veteran, and family man, Sanders' life is defined by his work to uplift others. The actions he has taken over the course of his career emphasizes the importance of promoting education, innovation, working-class families, and economic development throughout New York. Senator Sanders currently represents the neighborhoods of Breezy Point, Jacob Riis Park, Roxbury, Neponsit, Belle Harbor, Rockaway Park, Rockaway Beach, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Arverne, Far Rockaway, Wave Crest, Edgemere, Bays Water, Rosedale, South Ozone Park, Jamaica, Richmond Hill, Springfield Gardens, Rochdale, Briarwood, Laurelton, and St. Albans. Born in Hammel Houses, a public housing development in the Rockaways, Senator Sanders is a product of Southeast Queens. After graduating from Far Rockaway High School, Senator Sanders went on to earn his Bachelor's degree in history with a specialization in African-American studies from Brooklyn College in 1984. His love of community-based initiatives and politics blossomed during his time working for former United States Congressman Floyd H. Flake, an experience which ultimately led to his involvement in Southeast Queens communities. Prior to his time as an elected official, Senator Sanders served Queens School Board District 27 for 10 years, 7 of which he spent as the President of the board. He was the first African-American to hold this position. His leadership in the school board inspired his next endeavor as he was elected in 2001 by the people of the 31st district to be their New York City Council Member. During his time in City Council, Sanders became the first African-American to be voted Chairman of the Economic Development Committee, a vote that was unanimous. Earning this title allowed Senator Sanders the ability to commission studies that allowed for policies of affirmative action, and enhanced opportunities for women and minority owned businesses throughout the city, which were huge wins for the then city council member's district, and the state of New York as a whole. Sanders served 12 years on the City Council - the term limit. During his time as a councilmember Sanders had no problem defying the status quo and advocating on behalf of the people in need of representation throughout the city. Therefore, he led the fight against sexual assault and violence against women while also authoring the toughest anti-predatory lending bill in the country. Beyond these actions, he made sure to oversee the wellbeing of his constituents by rebuilding parks and libraries within district 31. On September 13, 2012 Senator Sanders was chosen once again by the people as he was elected to represent the 10th district as a New York State Senator. Since being elected to the New York State Senate, Senator Sanders has risen to become the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banks and heads the Senate Task Force on Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE). In addition to being the Chairman of the Senate's Committee on Banks, Senator Sanders is a member of the Committees for Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business; Insurance, Labor, Procurement and Contracts; Racing, Gaming and Wagering; and Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs. Sponsoring monumental legislation and protecting New Yorkers has been at the forefront of Sanders' endeavors towards a more equitable and just world. An example of this is displayed through the 2022 NY Foreclosure Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA) which works to safeguard homeowners from abusive or unlawful litigation tactics concerning foreclosures. The act holds banks accountable and ensures that homeowners are guaranteed a level playing field that protects them from abuse and manipulation at the hands of lenders. Another such example is highlighted through Carlos' Law (2022) which increases the penalties for criminal corporate liability for the death or injury of an employee up to $500,000. This ensures that corporations adhere to proper safety protocols, and has the power to save lives across the state that otherwise would have been lost due to corporations neglecting their responsibility to protect their employees from harm. Additionally, Senator Sanders has prioritized an array of topics hindering Southeast Queens and much of the state including climate change, inadequate wages, lack of access to housing and education, workers protections, the legal cannabis industry, predatory banking practices and several others. Furthermore, Senator Sanders has fought hard for transit equity, as emphasized by his recent victory after a 16-year battle to bring City-Ticket to the Rockaways, a program that excluded Rockaway residents from accessing discounted Long Island Railroad (LIRR) tickets during off-peak hours. This victory cut the cost of a LIRR ticket from the Rockaways to Manhattan by almost 50%, placing well earned money back into the pockets of constituents in the Senator's district. Despite this heavily anticipated achievement, Senator Sanders continues to push for transit equity across Southeast Queens, which has been widely regarded as a transportation desert.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Andrea   DOB: 8/14/1957
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