Democrat
NY - 10th District

Meet Lindsey

Here & Now

If the last few years have shown us anything, it’s that we can’t wait for someone else to make the change we need. We have to do it ourselves. And we have to do it now. That’s why I’m running for Congress—for my daughter, for my mother, and for everyone in-between.

As a New Yorker, I’m used to running. I spend my days running and hustling all around the city, from the Upper West Side to Wall Street, from Industry City to Borough Park. But no matter where I’ve been that day, I always end my evenings the same way: telling my husband LeRoy what a privilege it is to fight for this city.

As a public servant, I’ve been honored to serve in many roles. In just the past few years, I was able to secure hundreds of millions of dollars for underfunded public housing, lead the State’s efforts to provide for the people of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, oversee the renovation and modernization of Moynihan Station, and help pass paid family leave for New Yorkers.

These crises aren’t problems we can put off for the future, or let someone else take care of. These are issues we have to address here and now.

I work hard for New Yorkers every day because I never forget where I came from. At home, LeRoy and I discuss how our parents worked just as hard, if not harder, to give us access to doors that were never open for them because of their class, race, gender, or circumstance. Our parents struggled—to make a living, to raise a family, even just to find the best public schools to prepare us for college. We both feel such gratitude for all the people and systems that enabled us to thrive and build a wonderful life.

But we also know that for all the difficulties we faced, we got lucky. Because the same safety net and setup that allowed us to thrive is now at risk.

We worry about our daughter, and her generation. What kind of environment are we are leaving the future? What kinds of inequality can they expect? What kind of careers will be available? Will they have the means to support their own families?

But these aren’t just questions for the future. They’re questions I have now, for my own parents. They worked hard to provide for us. But today, too often, they find their own homes and livelihoods in jeopardy.

Lindsey Boylan protesting with her mother

An American Family

Even in my professional life, people who know me know my daughter. That’s because I bring Vivienne to as many of my events and community meetings as I can. I want her to know the value I place in public service. I want her to see how hard you work when you love what you are doing and care about its impact. I want her to get how important it is to understand someone else’s experience, their pain and their struggles. I want her to know what it looks like to care about your community.

Regardless of what she grows up to do and be, I hope my daughter learns that she can have an impact on the world, and that she doesn’t need to wait for anyone else to make that change.

I was blessed enough to have wonderful role models in my family growing up in Southern California, and in my teens, Northern Virginia.

My mother may not look tough, but her well of resolve is deeper than anyone I’ve ever met. As a sixteen-year-old single parent, before my dad came along, my mother raised my older sister entirely on her own. She worked all kinds of jobs. And even though she worked hard and long hours, she was never rewarded with a living wage, and had to rely on food stamps for sustenance. Despite her humble beginnings, she never gave up on her dream of going back to school. By the time I was applying to college, she had completed her own high school and college degrees.

My dad was lucky to be born a New Yorker. A Queens native, his Irish immigrant parents could never have imagined the opportunities their granddaughter would be given. After becoming the first in his family to graduate from college, my dad enrolled in the Marines to serve his country. His career took him across the globe and back many times—a good thing as he has a deep love for people and cultures. To this day, we share a number of passions: American history, doughnuts, and fighting for the underdog.

And from a very young age, I always looked up to my big sister. She helped protect and raise me. I admire her deeply, especially as an adult that works hard to carve out a new direction in her life. She is the bravest and most resilient person I know and she gives me courage every day.

My family is what inspires me to fight for families across the city. They taught me the value of hard work, to never stay quiet, and to always keep moving forward.

Lindsey Boylan coloring with her daughter

A New York Story

After graduating from Wellesley College, I moved to the Upper West Side with no job, less than $100 in my bank account, and far too much confidence that things would work themselves out. One of my great heroes, activist and urban studies legend Jane Jacobs, died in the spring of that year. I read an obituary about Jacobs that quoted urban planner Alexander Garvin. I decided then and there I had to work for him. I emailed and called Alex non-stop until he gave me a job helping him create great public parks and spaces for people.

Our district is home to the greatest symbol for freedom and democracy the world has ever known: the Statue of Liberty. She deserves a representative that’s willing to fight for what’s right—a representative that will swing for the fences and bring about the change we need here and now.

After envisioning public spaces, I wanted to learn how to manage and improve them. I started in operations at Bryant Park, focused on keeping the great lawn alive through summer film festivals, Good Morning America concerts and huge daily crowds. Within six years, I would go on to manage operations and business development for Bryant Park and several other major public spaces in the city. That great lawn, along with my coworkers, became the first real “home” I would know in New York. It’s no coincidence that that park is where I met my husband. And years later, it’s where I took my daughter on her first carousel ride.

I was lucky enough to keep my job during the financial crisis of 2008, but looked on in horror as friends and family members lost their life savings, homes, and way of life. I wanted to better understand how the financial markets worked and how they could be engaged for the benefit of the public. After graduating from Columbia Business School while working full time, I decided to make a career shift. I wanted to learn how to finance the growth that we so desperately needed in New York and beyond. So, I started working on municipal finance for urban centers across the country.

As I watched my daughter take her first steps, I decided to take another step of my own. I submitted my resume to New York State’s Human Resources portal, and earned a seat at my most influential table yet, with the State's economic development arm. I went on to become Chief of Staff, directly overseeing regional economic development for all of New York State. Ultimately, I earned the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work directly for the Governor, helping to shape an economy and housing agenda that was innovative and inclusive of all New Yorkers. It was a tough job and I loved it.

I’ve spent my personal and professional life in this city. I love every inch of it. And that’s why I’m so deeply invested in fighting for it. Our district is home to the greatest symbol for freedom and democracy the world has ever known: the Statue of Liberty. She deserves a representative that’s willing to fight for what’s right—a representative that will swing for the fences and bring about the change we need here and now.

Lindsey Boylan with her arms crossed

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