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PODCAST: We Speak to Ebony Young, Candidate for the 26th District Council Seat

Ebony Young (Photo: Young For Queens)

Feb. 5, 2021 By Christian Murray

Nearly 20 candidates have come forward to run in June’s Democratic primary for the 26th District Council seat currently held by Jimmy Van Bramer.

In today’s podcast we speak to Ebony Young, who is one of those candidates vying for the seat that covers Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City and a portion of Astoria.

Young is a resident of Woodside and has spent most of her career working in the non-profit sector. She spent 19-years serving as an Executive Director with the YMCA – nine of which were at the Long Island City YMCA, where she worked with children and families.

She also spent 18 months working for TF Cornerstone, where she was in charge of the company’s corporate responsibility unit–dealing largely with local non-profits.

Young, if elected, said she would focus heavily on helping people improve their economic wellbeing.

To that end, she says she would make sure that students have access to technology and a quality education; that residents would have the opportunity to get high paying jobs; and that small businesses and entrepreneurs would get the help they need.

Young also plans to ensure that residents have safe and fair housing; access to quality care for children; and services for immigrants.

For more information on Young, click on her campaign site at

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Spoiled for Choice

At this rate there will soon be more Candidates than VotersMaybe we can do a 26th district council got talent show. I would vote off all socialists and communists and wishful thinkers!!

My vote goes to Ebony Young

Most of the candidates are scrambling to out-left at each other—-at a time that we most desperately need jobs, safety, a future for our kids. I actually really like this candidate because that’s her focus—she is ready to deliver and is not on a loony, pandering crusade.

LIC Resident and Neighbor

Good choice, working class, honest and she mentioned JOBS, TECHNOLOGY, bet she was in favor of AMAZON coming to LIC, would have created jobs, put Western Qns on world map, LaGaurdia CC wanted Amazon to come, LIC infrastructure, streets, sewers was going to be retrofitted & upgrades. Thanks to Jimmy Van Bramer and Michael Ginaris now we have nothing… I hope she does well in the crowded field of misfits, hipster wierdos vying for JVB’s seat.

Can we really trust your judgment?

@LIC Resident and Neighbor- Western Queens has been “on the. Map” for well over a century. Where have you been? LIC was home to Motorola, Swingle Staples, Citi Corp, Chicklets Gum, Sunnyside Arena, Eagle Electric, Pan Ams first world headquarters and the awesome Pepsi Cola bottling plant just to name a few businesses. LIC is currently home to Jet Blue, Silvercup Studios, Noguchi Museum, Won Ton Foods ( the worlds largest fortune cookie factory), Kaufman Astoria (Paramount )Studios, Brooks Brothers,Apple TV, Johnson and Johnson, American Express, NYU and Google Alphabet just to name a few..Nothing.? Most mid size American cities couldn’t rival what one district in Western Queens houses.

LIC Resident and Neighbor

most of these companies you mentioned, Chicklets, Swingline staples, Eagle Electric are long gone. Amazon would have brought it over the top, boosted home values, attracted more Tech Firms to the area, supported LaGuardia CC, and yes would have put LIC on the Global Map! Our local politicians failed this community and are paying a heavy price no matter how many times they throw their hat in to the ring and run for Queens Borough president.


Lic Resident, most of the companies that are long gone can be found directly after the words “LIC was home to”

Good to see

Nice to see someone who has been serving the neighborhood for more than a month. I remember her well when she was at the YMCA and led a lot of great efforts for the local community. I wish her luck.


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