Kelmy Rodriquez, as a child, was born and raised in Spanish Harlem, New York. He has seen the short term and long term effects of poverty, social disadvantage, domestic violence, gang activity, drug dependency, illiteracy, and bullying in our community. Kelmy has endured and triumphed over years of personal hardships and tribulations such as addiction, social deviance, sexual abuse, and the murders of his mother, his fiance, and his daughter from gun violence. For years he found himself continually struggling with addiction and mental illness, resulting in suicidal tendencies until he was inspired to break the chains. He became an example that we can strive to be better for ourselves, our families, and our communities.
He served and continues to serve in many capacities, to name a few;
*New York County Democratic Third Vice-Chairman.
*New York State Democratic Judicial Delegation, 68th Assembly District.
*Former New York City Emergency Responder.
*Former Westchester County Emergency Medical Services Supervisor, Special Operations Division.
*Former Corporate Trainer.
*Ordained and Licensed Christian Minister.
*Labor/ Political/ Community Organizer.
*Homeless Prevention and Housing Preservation Specialist.
*Relief and Recovery Task Force, 30th Senatorial District.
*Neighborhood Advisory Board, Department of Youth and Community Development, Neighborhood Advisory Board #11.
*Former Advisory Board Member, Carter Specialty Hospital Advisory Board, New York City Health and Hospitals.
*Staff Minister, East Ward Missionary Baptist Church.
*New York City Elder, National Association of Christian Ministers.
*Contributing Writer, GOD TV. A Major Christian Broadcasting Network.
*Executive Board Member, 700 Strong and 700 Strong Voices.
Kelmy is the founder of the Fellowship Corner, a Christian based organization that strives to bring the Church of Christ to the homes of Christians that are not able to attend a traditional church setting due to disabilities & geriatric status. He was appointed to the position of New York City Elder for the National Association of Christian Ministers in late 2017. This appointment was a historical moment in its kind being the first appointed Elder in New York City. The N.A.C.M. is a non-denominational association of Professional Christian Ministers committed to advance the Kingdom of God by effectively equipping & encouraging those answering a call to ministry through ordination, licensing, mentoring, practical ministry-skills training, mutually edifying fellowship, and conferring church charters.
He has continuously advocated for the creation of Anti-Bullying programs for our Children and Senior Citizens, Affordable Housing, Improved NYCHA living conditions, Section 3 Implementation and skilled trades careers for NYCHA residents, Job Development programs, working relationships between City agencies and Community Leaders, Drug Dependency programs along with Community Health programs and an end to the Jim Crow Drug Laws.
He is a father of 4 children and has a graduate degree in Systematic Theology with a minor in Christian Counseling, and is currently pursuing a degree in Legal Studies. He has been a news contributor regarding Community Policing, Public Health and Safety matters on various news networks such as CNN, WPIX 11, FOX 5, NBC 4, 1010 WINS & Channel 7 Eyewitness News gaining national and international exposure.
He is a recipient of a New York State Assembly Citation for Exceptional Community Service, a New York State Senate Recognition Award for Public Service, a Humanitarian Award for Societal Contributions, a Special Congressional Recognition for Community Affairs and multiple Live Save Commendations from the New York City Fire Department.
He is currently in the process of publishing his first book, "Axioms of An Urban Minister," "An ongoing journey of Revelations." His second book, "From the Gutter to GOD," is expected to be released in 2022.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all the County Committee members who nominated and elected me to become our newest New York County Vice-Chairman during the 2019 Democratic County Convention.
I intend to fight for resources, and a better quality of life in our neighborhoods for all by creating working relationships within the party - ending discords amongst divisions for the betterment of Our Political Party within New York County.
My focus is on increasing voter engagement and reinvigorate the election process.
We have done great things up to this point- but we have room for growth; let us continue to strive for progress. Imagine what we can do if we win the next Democratic Convention in 2021!
For the Democratic Party to progress, we need Progressive Leaders! It is time for leaders that are hands on in the community - who have positive solutions to the complexities on community and political platforms to step up.
We need leaders who can build working relationship with Elected Officials and Community Leaders for the betterment of our communities.
Are you one of those Leaders? Do you wish to become a voice in your respective community? Reach out for more information!
Check out this great video of my life and goals
Fighting for Improved Quality of Life, Safety and Employment opportunities in NYCHA
My years in New York City EMS
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