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THE AMERICAN DREAM
Rajiv is an immigrant who embodies the American dream and is an example of the saying “Anything is possible when one strives hard in America.” He is an Engineer and a retired public servant who believes in public service and has dedicated his life to the betterment of the hard-working men and women of this State.
Gowda has spent the last 25+ years of his life fighting for working families, and new immigrants and organizing the local community. He was born in India and came to America the Land of Opportunity and lived a short period in Brooklyn and the rest of his life in North Shore, Staten Island. He raised two children Rajiv Jr. and Sanjiv who attended public schools and now live in Mariner’s Harbor with his wife and two sons.
FIGHTING FOR WHAT MATTERS MOST
Rajiv has over 20 years of business and union experience. As a civil engineer and small business owner, he has overseen dozens of public & private infrastructure projects for the NYC Department of Design and Construction and managed budgets in the millions. In addition to his business experience, Rajiv served as the 1st Vice President of Local 375, Civil Service Technical Guild, DC 37. In that role, he defended workers' rights, fought for our communities, and rooted out corruption in New York politics. Rajiv is also a former delegate to both DC 37 and to the Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO), as well as an active life member of the Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL). Coming from Organized Labor and building a family while working a union job, Rajiv Gowda knows the importance of extending this same opportunity to as many Staten Islanders and Brooklynites as possible.
Albany lacks decision-makers with actual experience working on large-scale infrastructure projects, that’s why New York often spends 10 times more per mile of subway track than similar European cities. Rajiv will make sure billions of dollars are allocated to New York State from the ‘Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and is spent effectively. But infrastructure doesn’t just mean roads, trains, and bridges, it also means investing in new and better-equipped schools, hospitals, fire stations, and clean water and air.
COMMUNITIES & WORKERS
New York is one of the most powerful consumer and real estate markets in the nation. Companies and developers should be scrambling to meet our needs, not the other way around. Rajiv will fight to empower communities and workers and protect their rights. He will work to strengthen unions, protect rights for workers, close corporate and real estate tax loopholes, and ensure all residents have a say in the future of their neighborhoods.
Affordable New York
It’s time for Albany to stop talking about the affordability crisis and instead actually do something to address it. Too many of our decision-makers are too removed from the working class to understand their day-to-day struggles. As a proud union leader with working-class roots, Rajiv not only understands the working class, but will fight to make sure every New Yorker can afford to pay their rent, put food on the table, and take care of their family.
NEW YORK'S 23rd Senate District
North & East Shores of Staten Island, Dyker Heights, Gravesend, Sheepshead Bay, and Coney Island.
A strong union advocate, former 1st Vice President of Civil Service Technical Guild, Local 375, and Delegate to DC 37 and Central Labor Council. As 1st VP, Gowda was instrumental in getting the City Council to pass legislation requiring all New York City public buildings to be inspected by a Licensed Professional Engineer after a 500-pound support beam fell due to the lack of maintenance and inspection in the 75-year-old Yankee Stadium in 1998. Rajiv also worked with DC 37 to fight for pension reform and COLA, for union members in New York City from 1997 to 2006.
As a Community Board #1 Member and Chairman of the Transportation and Waterfront Committee, Rajiv made twenty recommendations to Mayor Bloomberg’s Transportation Task Force and many of them were implemented in the last 10 years. Staten Island Advance News Paper (Monday, June 12, 2006) called Rajiv’s recommendations “some realistic suggestions for the task force on how to reduce traffic congestion.” Among these suggestions were redesigning the Staten Island Expressway to help the growing Island population and removing the Ghost Toll Booths at the eastbound Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. As Chairman of the Waterfront Committee, Rajiv tackled many issues facing the North Shore. Today, the North Shore is getting a facelift because of the hard work accomplished years ago.
Rajiv testified on the proposed Hospital Closings in the City of New York on May 1, 2006, to the New York City Council Task Force on Hospital Closings. Rajiv stood shoulder to shoulder with the community and elected leaders in the fight to stop Governor Pataki from closing the world-famous “Institute for Basic Research” on Staten Island, he has volunteered in “Working Together,” the Staten Island Community Days event held annually to bring various communities together to work as one, and he volunteered at “Ground Zero” to aid in the cleanup effort after our city was attacked on 9/11. Working together with the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), Staten Island Project Hospitality raised much-needed money to help the victims of the Tsunami, Katrina, and Superstorm Sandy.
He received numerous awards from the Community for his outstanding work and leadership to make NYC a better place to live, work and raise children. He is a recipient of a Proclamation by the New York City Council for his outstanding community work. He has been recognized for his dedicated service to the reality check program by the Reality Check Tobacco-free Staten Island. Rajiv has been recognized for his outstanding contribution to the Asian American Labor Movement by DC 37, the largest municipal union in New York City.