Elect Sam Ravelo for Congress - New York's 16th District

About the Candidate

Samuel "Sammy" Ravelo  was born in Santo Domingo, the capital city of the Dominican Republic, to  working-class parents. His father was a small business owner and his mother was a pharmacist.  

Sammy is the third born of six brothers and sisters. Due to the economic and political uncertainties in the Dominican Republic, and the desire to give her children a better life, his mother decided to permanently move to the United States. Sammy arrived in New York on a travel visa, he overstayed, and was then sponsored for permanent residency by his mother.

He attended Walton High School in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. After graduation and unable to afford College, he worked a variety of jobs such as, bagging groceries at the neighborhood supermarket and pumping gas at the local service station. In 1988 he received his permanent residency which put him on a path of public service.

Shortly after receiving his Permanent Residency, Sammy joined the United States Navy. He is a veteran  of the Persian Gulf war that liberated Kuwait. 

After completing his military service Sammy returned to the Bronx and enrolled in Bronx Community College. While in school he joined the New York City Police Department as a Police Cadet. After Graduation, he was promoted to Police Officer and served the people of New York City for 25 years. He received several promotions, retiring as a Lieutenant. It is his experience while serving in the New York City Police Department that he observed the impact of gun violence, and the need to have sensible gun laws. The impact of an immigration policy that creates an underground economy and forces people into the shadows. The impact of an economy that does not work for everyone.  The devastating impact of the opioid crisis. The impact of disastrous housing policies that hurt poor and working-class New Yorkers. 

Sammy is the father of two sons, Sammy Jr and Kevin, whom he raised in the Morris Park neighborhood of the Bronx.

After seeing that our elected officials are not representing the people that elected them, and the need to fix a broken Washington DC, Sammy Ravelo has decided to continue to serve and run for the people of Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon and North Bronx.