State Senate District 34 candidate profile: Nathalia Fernandez


The following is a Q&A with New York State Assemblymember Nathalia Fernandez, candidate for the state’s 34th Senate District, which encompasses the east Bronx neighborhoods of City Island, Throggs Neck, Pelham Bay, Middletown, Country Club, Castle Hill, Parkchester, Clason Point and portions of Morris Park, as well as the southern Westchester communities of Pelham, Pelham Manor and portions of New Rochelle.

Name: Nathalia Fernandez

Age: 34

Occupation: State assemblymember

Residence: Morris Park

Party affiliation: Democrat

One thing the average voter doesn’t know about you: “I know how to tap dance.”

Q. What is the biggest single issue facing the district?

A. Climate change poses the single biggest threat to our community. With each summer storm we see destruction, flooding and blocked off transportation routes. That shouldn’t be the norm, and that’s why building resilience against climate change is one of my top priorities as a leader of this district. We need to implement short- and long-term solutions like sustainable energy sources and modernized, climate-resilient infrastructure to work against the immediate impacts and set up future generations for success.

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