Corona native Aridia Espinal (better known as Ari) has been a devoted public servant fighting for the improvement of not only Corona but several other surrounding neighborhoods such as Jackson Heights and Elmhurst. Ari is the daughter of Dominican immigrants and grew up in a proud union household, with a mother in 1199SEIU. Since the age of 13, Ari Espinal has been a prime community organizer, District Leader, Deputy Director, and a true advocate alongside her mentor, Councilman Francisco Moya. Working as the director of Constituent Services and Deputy Director of the District Office for then-Assemblyman Francisco Moya, she fought for the voices of immigrants, women’s rights, and union laborers. Her candor, sincerity, and passion for public service truly qualify her to represent the 39th Assembly District. As an aspiring community leader and District Leader of AD-39, Ari has shown her potential to achieve great acts of progress, for herself, and especially for those around her. Ari, since she began working for District 39, in 2011, has modestly organized and ran a number of soup kitchens, coat drives, and Mobile Office events, all while keeping an open ear for those in need, assisting them with anything and everything she could. New York City is a great place, and all great places have a great backbone, to carry them toward new beginnings; Ari is one of the people who must be recognized for her support and efforts, as they have all positively enforced this notion.