Diana Richardson

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Diana Richardson
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 43rd district
Assumed office
May 6, 2015
Preceded byKarim Camara
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
Other political
Working Families Party
ResidenceBrooklyn, New York
Alma materMedgar Evers College (B.A.)
Baruch College (M.P.A.)

Diana Richardson is an American politician who is a member of the New York Assembly. She was elected on the Working Families Party line in a 2015 special election to replace Karim Camara in the 43rd district, which comprises the Crown Heights and Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhoods of Brooklyn.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Richardson was born in Brooklyn, to Caribbean immigrant parents from Aruba,[2][3] and raised in Crown Heights.[3]

She has an undergraduate degree in public administration from Medgar Evers College, and a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College, both branches of the City University of New York.[2][3]


Richardson was a Brooklyn Community Board 9 member when the Crown Heights Tenant Union, an advocacy organization for tenants that organizes, educations, and helps residents in housing court cases,[4][5] convinced her to run for an open New York Assembly seat on an anti-gentrification platform.[6]

Richardson won the May 2015 special election,[7] on the Working Families Party (WFP) ballot line, the first to do so in the state legislature.[7] She won the regular election the following November, on both the Democratic Party line as well as the WFP.[3]


  1. ^ By VIVIAN YEEMAY 5, 2015 (May 5, 2015). "Working Families Candidate Diana Richardson Wins Brooklyn Assembly Post - The New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "New York State Assembly | Diana C. Richardson". nyassembly.gov.
  3. ^ a b c d Foderaro, Lisa W. (November 6, 2016). "Support, and Dismay, for Brooklyn Assemblywoman After Charges She Hit Her Son" – via NYTimes.com.
  4. ^ "Crown Heights Tenant Union gains ground in landlord disputes". The Real Deal New York. April 29, 2014.
  5. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/29/nyregion/disparate-forces-align-over-affordable-rents.html?referrer=
  6. ^ "The tenant movement's giant killer". The Real Deal New York. September 19, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Bellafante, Ginia (May 15, 2015). "Running on Rent, and Winning" – via NYTimes.com.
Political offices
Preceded by
Karim Camara
New York Assembly, 43rd District