Democrat
NY - 10th District

Meet Lindsey

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 Battery Park, 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 an honor it is to fight for this city.

As a public servant, I’ve served in many roles. In just the past few years, I was able to secure hundreds of millions of dollars for underfunded public housing. I led the state’s efforts to provide assistance for the people of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. I oversaw the renovation and modernization of Moynihan Station. And I pushed to enact Paid Family Leave for New Yorkers.

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.

Lindsey Boylan and her mother, Karen Boylan, holding a sign at a women's rights rally on the mall in Washington, DC.

Lindsey's Family

I work hard for New Yorkers every day because I never forget where I came from. 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, she raised my older sister entirely on her own. She worked all kinds of jobs. And even though she put in long hours, she was never rewarded with a living wage, and had to rely on food stamps for sustenance.

Despite her humble beginnings, my mother 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. 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 who 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.

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 of public service. 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.

Lindsey Boylan and her daughter, Vivienne, at home drawing together at a table.

A New York Story

After graduating from Wellesley College, I moved to the Upper West Side of Manhattan with no job, less than $100 in my bank account, and far too much confidence that things would work themselves out.

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 willing to fight for what’s right—who will swing for the fences and bring about the change we need here and now.

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.

After envisioning public spaces, I wanted to learn how to manage and improve them. I started working 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 I met my husband there. And years later, it’s where I took my daughter on her first carousel ride.

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.

And then, as I watched my daughter take her first steps, I decided to take another big 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.

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 willing to fight for what’s right—who will swing for the fences and bring about the change we need here and now.

Lindsey Boylan, former deputy secretary of economic deverlopment and special advisor to Governor Cuomo, celebrating Pride.

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