A proud product of the South Bronx, Rafael Salamanca, Jr. has had the honor of representing the people of the 17th Council District since 2016.
Beyond his leadership on affordable housing, Salamanca has been a stalwart advocate and champion for Bronx residents, prioritizing access to quality healthcare, employment, education and improved quality of life. Salamanca has allocated over $100 million in critical funding for capital investments and social programming. As Chairperson of the Committee on Land Use, Salamanca is a champion for smart development across the Bronx and New York City that prioritizes the needs of all New Yorkers: deeply affordable housing, housing for the homeless, senior housing and housing for working families, securing over 7,000 units of 100% affordable housing.
Before being elected to the City Council, Salamanca served as District Manager of Bronx Community Board 2, where he was a member for more than a decade. Salamanca has long been committed to helping his community, serving as President of the 41st Precinct Community Council and on the boards of the Community Healthcare Network and the Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation. In addition to all of his community work and activism, Salamanca spent over a dozen years working in healthcare to expand access for low-income and working families throughout the Bronx. He and his wife Jessenia live in the South Bronx, where they’re raising their family.