Amit Bagga

New York City Council, District 26

Amit will be the first South Asian elected to the New York City Council!

Biography

Amit S. Bagga is a native New Yorker, the son of immigrants, a graduate of NYC public schools, and proud to be both queer and South Asian. He is a longtime progressive advocate and public servant with an extensive track record of delivering real results for working New Yorkers over a long career. He is running to represent District 26 in Western Queens in NYC.

As a Deputy Commissioner at multiple City agencies, Amit helped implement key labor and consumer protection reforms, including Paid Sick Leave, fair scheduling practices for workers, and landmark protections for freelancers, car wash workers, paid caregivers, and more. He also helped bring financial stability to immigrants through banking access via IDNYC and has fought rampant predatory lending targeting immigrants in the used car industry.

Prior to his run for Council, Amit helped lead NYC’s groundbreaking $40 million census campaign, which achieved a historic response rate for the city, outpacing most major cities in the U.S., all while battling the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and daily attacks from Donald Trump.

Amit began his career as a congressional aide, during which time he helped nearly 1,000 immigrant families in Queens and Brooklyn reunite, obtain green cards or citizenship, gain asylum, and more.

He’s been involved in advocacy around queer issues since the age of 14, and has worked closely with the NQAPIA on Hindi-language efforts to fight anti-queerness within the South Asian community. 

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