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Bangladeshi-origin Shahana Hanif set to represent NYC council as first Muslim woman

Shahana Hanif has a 10% lead in the race

Update : 23 Jun 2021, 10:33 PM

Shahana Hanif, a daughter of a Bangladeshi immigrant and a student of Brooklyn College, is set to make history as the first muslim woman to represent New York City Council District 39.

Hanif has a 10% lead in the race to replace incumbent Brad Lander. If she wins, she will also be the first South Asian representative for Brooklyn’s District 39.

Hanif, a former Lander staffer, had endorsements from multiple progressive groups.

She succeeded in attracting  huge support and  reputation among the communities of her District, as she was endorsed by so many personalities prominently by Working Families Party, The Jewish Vote, LAMBDA INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS OF BROOKLYN, Lambda Independent Democrats, Treeage, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, Muslim  Democratic Club of New York, Women for Color for Progress, Churches United For Fair Housing Action, State Senator Jessica Ramos (D, WF–13), New American Children Action Fund, Downtown Women for Action, Voters for Animal Rights, Assembly Woman Catalina Cruz (NY 39), among others.

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Her priorities are “Green New Deal for Brooklyn,” Support Gender Equity, Divest from Policing, Participatory City Government, among others.

If elected Shana will be first Muslim woman and South Asian Councilperson in NYC and elsewhere in the USA. 

Some of the other Bangladeshi-origin candidates for other districts in NYC council are Mirza A Rashid, Mohammed N Mazumdar, Mohammed Shabul Uddin, Saifur Khan Harun, Moumita Ahmed, Badrun Khan, Sultan Maruf, Helal Sheikh, Misba Abdin, and Mamnunul M Haq.

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