Recently installed west Bronx Assemblymember Yudelka Tapia faces primary competition from CB5’s Pooi Stewart


As state Assemblymember Yudelka Tapia has her eyes on re-election in Assembly District 86, teacher and Community Board 5 secretary Pooi Stewart also has her eyes on the west Bronx seat.

The 86th Assembly District covers parts of the west Bronx, including University Heights, Fordham, Tremont and part of Morris Heights.

Tapia, who calls herself a “Progressive fighter” for her community, said that as a lawmaker she has been able to push for bills and funding that echo her efforts as an activist prior to becoming an elected official, she said in an interview with the Bronx Times.

The state legislator, who lives in Tremont, won an uncontested special election in November 2021 to finish the Assembly term of former Assemblymember Victor Pichardo, who announced his resignation in August.