As the Bronx Democratic Party, we represent a set of values that largely reflects that of the National Democratic Party. Our main goal as an organization is to help elect progressive Democratic candidates all across the borough of The Bronx that will be integral to fighting for the progress our communities deserve.



Karines Reyes has been a Bronxite for nearly 20 years. Born in the neighborhood of Los Minas, Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, she identifies as an Afro-Latina. She is a registered nurse in the Oncology Department at Montefiore Einstein Hospital. Karines has two young sons and has been balancing the tasks of being a nurse, union representative, activist and volunteer without neglecting the duties of her most important job – being a mother.

As a student nurse, Karines volunteered in Haiti after the earthquake and participated in numerous community health fairs in The Bronx. She acquired her degree in nursing by 2013. She graduated with the third-highest nursing average in her class and passed the boards.

Always an active leader she served on the NYSNA Executive Committee at Einstein Hospital as vice chair of the bargaining unit. Additionally, she has participated in lobbying for safer nurse-to-patient ratios and single-payer health care in New York State. Her leadership role has led Karines to address local community boards and build relationships with many of the city’s elected officials.

Karines attended CUNY Baruch College and studied communications.

The Bronx Democratic Party is proud to support Karine’s candidacy and that of her slate, which include: Justin A. Westbrook Lowery for Male District Leader & Julia Rodriguez for Female District Leader.


Born in New York City, Victor spent his childhood living in the Fordham Road section of the Bronx and the Inwood section of Upper Manhattan. In 1993, Victor and his family relocated to his parents’ homeland of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where he completed most of his elementary school education. In 1997, Victor and his family moved back to the Bronx where he finished his middle school education at M.S 143 and St. Matthew Lutheran School. Eventually, Victor went on to graduate from DeWitt Clinton High School in 2003. 

After graduating from the University at Buffalo in 2007 with a degree in Communications and double minors in English and Sociology, Victor pursued an internship with Senator Charles Schumer. After completing his internship, Victor became Senator Schumer’s Staff Assistant and was eventually promoted to Community Outreach Coordinator/Latino Liaison.

Victor expanded his career and became an Associate Director of Public Relations at Mercy College, then in 2012 became the Director of Community Affairs for State Senator Gustavo Rivera in The Bronx. Victor was first elected to the New York State Assembly in 2014 and is now seeking re-election.

The Bronx Democratic Party is proud to support Victor’s candidacy and that of his slate, which include: Jose K. Mota for Democratic State Committeeman.


Kenneth’s (Kenny) career in public service began at the New York City Council, where he worked alongside financial analysts covering various sectors, such as law, childcare, health and more. After two years, Kenny was promoted to Budget Director, a role in which he was able to leverage over $10 million dollars directed towards local schools, upgrades to libraries and playgrounds, in addition to state-of-the-art tech labs. Kenny has worked in providing free immigration services, domestic violence aid, and in addressing food insecurity.

Kenny is committed to serving as a voice for the most vulnerable populations, while pushing to inspire a generations desire for meaningful change.

Kenny is a first time candidate looking to represent the 85th Assembly District. The Bronx Democratic Party is proud to support Kenny’s candidacy and that of his slate, which include: Matthew D. Shuffler as Male District Leader, Norma Saunders for Female District Leader and Sabrina V. Smalls-Ladson for Democratic State Committeewoman.


Michael (Mike) R. Benedetto was born in The Bronx in 1947 and has lived his entire life in Northeast Bronx. He attended local Catholic primary and secondary schools, and in 1969 he graduated from Iona College with a B. A. degree in History/Education. In 1971, Mike earned a M.A. in Social Studies/Education.

Mike spent his entire 35 years in teaching on the elementary and secondary school level. From 1969 to 1974 he taught at Our Lady of Assumption School in the Pelham Bay section of The Bronx and in 1974 he joined the New York Public School system as a teacher of mentally and physically challenged children. In 1977 he was assigned to P.S. 160, The Walt Disney School, in Co-op City in the Bronx and in 1988 he became a coordinator of the special education unit. He remained at P.S. 160 for almost 28 years until being elected to the State Assembly in 2004.

Mike has made a huge impact on his community not only by creating the Throggs Neck Community Players in 1969, but also creating the Bronx Times Reporter newspaper which has become the largest community paper in The Bronx. Mike also established a monthly Speakers Forum on issues of community interest and established the Chippewa Lawyers Committee, which offers free legal advice from the Chippewa lawyers to anyone who seeks it.

The Bronx Democratic Party is proud to support Mike’s candidacy and that of his slate, which include: Marjorie Velazquez for Female District Leader, John Collazzi for Male District Leader, Anna Rodgers for Democratic State Committeewoman, and Thomas P. Messina for Democratic State Committeeman.


Jeffrey (Jeff) Dinowitz was elected to the New York State Assembly to represent the 81st Assembly District in the Bronx on February 15, 1994. He led a team of reformers that swept into party* office in 1986 and built a strong and vibrant party* in the 81st A.D. The district includes Riverdale, Kingsbridge, Van Cortlandt Village, Kingsbridge Heights, Marble Hill, Norwood, Woodlawn and Wakefield.

Jeffrey Dinowitz believes elected officials should pay particular attention to neighborhood issues and individual constituent problems. His district office has helped thousands of people cut through government red tape with city, state and federal agencies.

Whether it was leading the fight against the multi-billion dollar boondoggle water filtration plant, helping to spearhead the creation of a business improvement district in Kingsbridge or being a major force in the creation of two new middle/high schools in Riverdale and Kingsbridge, Assemblyman Dinowitz has always been outspoken on every issue important to his constituents.

Born in 1954, Jeffrey Dinowitz has lived in the Bronx all of his life. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York, the Bronx High School of Science and Bronx public schools.

The Bronx Democratic Party is proud to support Jeff’s candidacy and that of his slate, which include: Randi Martos for Female District Leader, Eric Dinowitz for Male District Leader, and Helen K. Morik for Democratic State Committeewoman.


Since 2006, Cynthia has led a distinguished and notable career. Her contributions have been far reaching and widely acknowledged by the business community, peers, colleagues and other professional groups.

For more than three decades Cynthia was a dedicated advocate to helping families and individuals reach self-sufficiency through her years of service at the New York City Human Resources Service Administration. Cynthia serves as Chairperson of the Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB) and she is also a CAB member. Cynthia holds memberships on other notable charities and business groups as well.

Cynthia is certified by the Christian Ministry from the New York Theological Seminary. She is a member of Caldwell Temple A.M.E.Z church in the Bronx, NY. She is also a of member The Master’s Call (TMC). Cynthia holds a Leadership Certification from The John Maxwell Organization and a certification from the Anthony Robbins Wealth Mastery program.

Additionally, Cynthia serves as the floor captain at Concourse Village, as well as an entrepreneur a health and wellness coach and a graduate of the New York City Police Department’s Citizens Police Program.

The Bronx Democratic Party is proud to support Cynthia’s candidacy and that of her slate, which include: Beverly Bond for Female District Leader, Gene A. Edwards Jr. for Male District Leader, Ana L. Melendez for Democratic State Committeewoman, and Bernard Smith for Democratic State Committeeman.


For the last three decades Jose Rivera has worked relentlessly as a street activist for the people of the Bronx struggling for jobs, better housing and social justice.

In the past Rivera has fought for minority participation in the rebuilding of Lincoln Hospital as a union organizer. A longtime member of the Carpenters’ Union, Rivera is a champion of the working class. In 1975 he founded the United Tremont Trades, and secured jobs for Latino, African-American and White workers in the Bronx. He defended the Non-Medallion Taxicab Industry and the “Bodegueros” of New York, and also sponsored the 12% Construction Set-Aside Bill for minority contractors. In 1980, the attention of the entire world focused on the South Bronx, through Rivera’s now legendary “People’s Convention” on Charlotte Street.

In 1987 Assemblyman Rivera went on to become a Council Member for the 15th District in the Bronx. In his capacity as a Council Member he was also the President of the Black and Latino Caucus of the City Council, and Chairman of the Council’s Civil Service and Labor Committee and State and Federal legislation Committee. He also served on the Governmental Operations and Health Committees.

In November 2000 he was re-elected to the New York State Assembly. Assemblyman Rivera currently sits on the committees for Aging, Insurance and Small Business and is on the Board for The Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force and the Black and Puerto Rican/Hispanic Legislative Caucus.

Assembly Member Rivera was born in La Perla, Puerto Rico, educated in the public schools of New York, and hardened in the steel plants of Brooklyn.

The Bronx Democratic Party is proud to support Jose’s candidacy and that of his slate, which include: Jasmin A. Clavasquin-Cruz for Female District Leader, Nilda Velazquez for Democratic State Committeewoman, and Oswald Feliz for Democratic State Committeeman.