Sarahana (Sarahana) Shrestha (D-103)

State Assembly Member Sarahana Shrestha

Sarahana (Sarahana) Shrestha (D-103)
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Capitol: 518.455.4436
FAX: 518.455.5576
District: 845.338.9610
State Assembly Member
Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
1 Albany Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401
Residence:Esopus, NY

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Bio

Extreme poverty, systemic injustices, and the strength of collective action left a mark on Sarahana at an early age. She was nine years old when she witnessed a historical uprising in her hometown of Kathmandu, Nepal, demanding to reinstate multi-party democracy. Sarahana remembers being stuck on a school bus as violent clashes occurred outside, and later watching a euphoric parade go past her home when the centuries-old monarchy relinquished its rule. But gross inequalities remained in much of the country, fueling a civil war that would last 10 years and claim thousands of lives. A professor co-signing her student loan made it possible for Sarahana to move to New York in the fall of 2001 to study Computer Graphics. It was difficult being in a big new country at a turbulent time, but she found her bearings among those who believed in the possibility of another world, one where a system of peace, sustainability, and camaraderie keep everyone safe and nourished. Outside of her day job as a Graphic Designer, Sarahana remained an active advocate of this belief, founding a literary online journal that published political writings, banned by Nepal's new King who seized powers through a coup. By 2018, now living in Esopus and having lived in New York for almost as long as she had lived in Nepal, Sarahana felt an increasing urgency to dedicate herself more seriously to organizing for healthcare rights and against climate change in Hudson Valley. She became an American citizen along with 50 other immigrants in 2019 at the Ulster County Courthouse in Kingston. A Daily Freeman reporter quoted her as saying, "So many people don't have a voice in what happens to the world-who's affected by war, by ecological disaster. As an American citizen, you can do a lot." As the reporter pointed out, Ulster County Surrogate's Court Judge Sara McGinty had reminded the new citizens much of the same. Sarahana lives in Esopus with her husband, their dog Seaweed and several free-spirited chickens. She is the Ulster County co-chair for the Mid-Hudson Valley chapter of Democratic Socialists of America, helping to organize efforts for healthcare, housing, and the environment. Knowing what was at stake, she used her design and management skills to help run Phil Erner's successful primary race, centered on housing rights, for County Legislator. Erner's win in both the primary and the general election proves that a people-powered election is effective not just in big cities, but here in the Hudson Valley, too.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2022    Next Election: 2024
Counties Representing
Columbia
Dutchess