Amit Singh Bagga
Amit is a native New Yorker, the son of immigrants, and proud to be both queer and South Asian. He is a longtime public servant and progressive advocate, and is running to represent District 26 in the New York City Council, which includes the neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City, and Dutch Kills.
Prior to launching his campaign for City Council, Amit helped lead the City’s unprecedented $40 million 2020 Census campaign, achieving a historic response rate for New York City, which outpaced all major cities in the U.S., while battling both COVID-19 and daily attacks from Donald Trump. With more than 160 funded partners serving New Yorkers in more than 80 languages, the campaign was the City’s first-ever investment of public dollars for community organizing in Black, Brown, and immigrant communities.
Over the course of his career in government, Amit has also worked hand-in-hand with advocates, unions, and communities to help implement Paid Sick Leave for three million New Yorkers, created landmark labor protections, fought predatory lending and secured banking rights for undocumented immigrants. Amit has also worked on immigration reform legislation and helped nearly 1,000 immigrant families in Queens and Brooklyn reunite, obtain Green Cards or citizenship, or gain asylum.
Amit has also been on the forefront of LGBTQ+ advocacy for many years, in particular within queer South Asian communities. He is a proud graduate of NYC Public Schools, with Soul Summit and bhangra being his preferred soundtrack to the rhythm of resistance.