Born and raised in the Bronx, 13th District City Council candidate Mark Gjonaj attributes every success he’s had in life to the values his immigrant parents taught him.
“They came here with a fifth-grade education,” said Mark Gjonaj. “But they worked hard as porters at Jacobi Hospital, joined the union, and always taught us kids that this city and country were the land of opportunity for everyone willing to get an education and work for it.”
Gjonaj graduated from St. Raymond High School for Boys and received his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University. He founded MP Realty Group, a real estate brokerage and property management company, and served as a commissioner of the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.
“I got involved in politics five years ago because I wanted to give back to this borough and these communities I love,” said Mark Gjonaj. “I felt that our politics were letting us down and I knew I could do a better job.”
Gjonaj took on the Bronx Democratic Party in 2012 to be elected Assemblyman and has represented more than 126,000 of his neighbors since. He is proud of the work his colleagues and he have achieved including expanding funding for public schools to the highest levels ever, getting more resources to the 45th Precinct, and sponsoring rent-freeze legislation to keep tenants in their homes.
“We cannot allow the city, or anyone else to hurt our neighbors or our neighborhoods. And whether that means fighting for tenants against unscrupulous landlords, demanding that the city reduce our water or sewage rates, or squeezing every penny out of our governments for our local schools, it’s been my privilege to serve.”
Gjonaj lives in the Pelham Parkway section of The Bronx with his wife, Roberta a public school nurse, and two public-school educated teenage sons. He is seeking the 13th District New York City Council seat in the Nov. 7 general election.