Melissa will be the first openly trans elected official in New York history
A life-long progressive New Yorker and fierce advocate for equality, Melissa Sklarz has dedicated her life to fighting for civil rights protections and justice in New York State. Throughout her life, she has fought to break down barriers and overcome adversity in critical issues including housing, civil rights, women’s reproductive health, and policing.
Melissa’s pioneering role advocating for New Yorkers started in 1999, after she was elected to serve as a judicial delegate in the 66th Assembly District, becoming the first trans person elected to office in New York State. For more than a decade, Melissa’s neighbors in the 30th Assembly District, where she is currently running, have elected her to serve as a judicial delegate. With the support of her District’s voters, she hopes to continue to serve her constituents in the New York State Assembly.
Melissa has decades of experience building coalitions that delivered real change for New Yorkers, like negotiating critical reforms to the NYPD Patrol Guide and being appointed by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to ensure appropriate standards for police interactions. She also serves on the Faella Commission for the New York Unified Court System to promote equal participation and access throughout the courts.
As a member of the Assembly, Melissa will continue her fight for equity and justice for all working-class families in her home district.