Governor Cuomo Democratic Leader

maria castro

Maria is a seasoned Government & Public Relations Strategist serving the general public for over 30 years.  A Business-Community-Family-Labor-Political Leader fully committed to making government work for all.


One of Maria's landmark community initiatives allowed over five (5) million immigrants to access to mainstream banking services in the tri-state area beginning in the Citibank branch in Jackson Heights -Queens; a program that duplicated by other banking institutions throughout the nation.  


During the 2018 Election cycle, she was the Architect and Chief Strategist behind the campaign that netted the First Latino Democratic Nominee for New York State 20th Assembly District  in Nassau County; with minimal resources, a total grass-roots effort.

The tireless advocate in her was the reason behind her "Preserving our Neighbors" initiative that which staved off a number of evictions of various of her neighbors in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood.


In 2018 and 2016, with more than 45,000 votes, she was elected three (3) times to Democratic Party Positions:

·         Delegate to the First Judicial District Democratic Convention from the New York State's 76th Assembly District.

·         Delegate to the First Judicial District Democratic Convention from the New York State's 75th Assembly District.

·         Delegate to the Democratic National Committee Presidential Convention from the NY-12th Congressional District.


In 2014, on behalf of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators, she spearheaded the enactment and signing of Local Law 12 by Mayor DeBlasio; a law that amended New York City's Building Code, contributing to a cleaner environment while creating additional sustainable jobs for New Yorkers.


​In 2011, on behalf of the Laborer's International of North America (LiUNA), she was an integral part of the Advocates-Community-Labor Coalition Team  that successfully  propelled Mayor Bloomberg's Administration to speed up the removal of PCB-Containing Light Ballasts in the Lighting Systems thruought NYC Schools; keeping our school children safe in an environment free of toxins.


​In 2007, in partnership with the New York City District Council of Carpenters, the Port Authority of New York-New Jersey, the Battery Park City Authority, the New York State Economic Development Corporation and the New York City Small Business Services, resulted in the increase  of New York City Minority and Women Certified Businesses roster of certified firms; for which she received the New York City Small Business Challenge  Award the same year.

From 2004 through 2008, she was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to serve as an Advisory Board Member of the New York City Small Business Services Minority and Women Owned Businesses Advisory Board.

In 2006, in the sole interest of growing New York's MWBE Community, and after a few conversations with the local leadership in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she spearheaded the New York Market Expansion plans for an Architectural-Engineering firm, the same that became the largest MWBE firm in New York State; a firm that was recently awarded the "Sandy Resiliency Recovery" work in the Rockaway section of Queens at the tune of 3.7 Billion Dollars.


In 2005, she was one of the fierce advocates behind the team that favored Women and Minority Business Enterprises with the signing of  Local Law 129 by Mayor Bloomberg.

During the New York City Mayoral Administrations of Koch, Dinkins and Bloomberg, she was part of the team of advocates that coalesced for the onset, growth and strengthening of the Minority and Women Owned Business Program in New York City;  the enactment and extension of Article 15A in New York State. 


​Maria’s experience includes paid and pro-bono work on behalf of Community, Educational, Labor, Non-Profit, NGO's, Political, Public, Quasi-Public, and Religious, Organizations; Individuals;  Elected Officials; Political Candidates; Light Manufacturing-Small Businesses; Local & Foreign Government Agencies, Local & International Media Outlets  throughout in New York State, USA, Latin America and Europe.

Her innate political strategies has made her an integral part of many election campaign teams that sucessfully elected Governors, Mayors, Senators, Assembly Members, City Council Members, District Leaders, Judicial Delegates, Civil and Supreme Court Judges in New York State and abroad.


​She is the recipient of various awards including El Diario's "Outstanding Latinas” in 2005.


 Maria is a contributor to various local, national and international media outlets, where she is often invited to express her opinions and offer her expertise in either  the English, Italian or Spanish languages.

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