Biography

Assemblymember Marcos A. Crespo
Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo born in Guayama, Puerto Rico on July 29th 1980, is one of four children born to Ivette Fontanez and Alberto Crespo. At a young age, Marcos moved with his family to New York City where he began his elementary studies in the New York City Public Schools System. Additionally, Marcos lived in Lima, Perú for three years where he completed his fourth and fifth grade studies while attending Santa Teresita. He returned to Puerto Rico with his younger sister and his mother and completed high school at Carmen Bozello de Huyke High School. Shortly thereafter, he returned to New York to live with his father. His time living in Peru, Puerto Rico and New York allowed Marcos to broaden his views about the living conditions of people in other parts of the world.

Elected to the New York State Assembly at the age of 28, his hard work and outcome proven approach allowed him to quickly move into leadership positions since the start of his tenure. In March 2015, Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie appointed Marcos as the Chairman of the Puerto Rican Hispanic Taskforce and the Co-Chairman of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment. Marcos is also a member of the Committee on Transportation, Committee on Cities, Committee on Energy, Committee on Environmental Conservation, Committee on Insurance, and a member of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus. He has authored comprehensive legislation that has passed in both the New York State Assembly and Senate.

As the chairman of the Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force and co-chairman of the Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment, Assemblyman Crespo focuses on the chart-topping Latino child and elderly poverty rates throughout New York. He helped to secure $25 million dollars in anti-poverty funding for targeted communities across New York.

In addition to his statewide official responsibilities, he has worked to ensure not only the 85th district’s commercial growth, but also the entire borough’s position as a strong economic nucleus. In March 2017, the largest direct investment in the history of the Bronx – $1.8 billion – was allocated to the Bruckner-Sheridan redesign project. Re-designing the Bruckner-Sheridan interchange will create a direct route to Hunts Point Market, reduce commercial traffic on local streets, create over 4,250 jobs, and increase interconnectivity between Crotona Park, West Farms, Bronx River, & Soundview neighborhoods. The investment will not only improve infrastructure but also add to the urban beauty of the Bronx.

Back in April of 2013, he was appointed to the Chairmanship of the Assembly Task Force on New Americans. In this post, he diligently addressed major issues facing the millions of immigrants that call New York their home by holding statewide forums on health and education issues to help improve the lives of tens of thousands of our fellow residents. In addition, Marcos proudly passed the most comprehensive anti-fraud measure in over 50 years to protect immigrants.

Assemblyman Crespo has worked diligently to restore budget cuts to education, housing, health and legal services and was successful in expanding legal services to underserved communities outside New York City. His work on improving college retention and graduation rates for Latino youth and improving diversity of college professional staff yielded excellent results as the State University of New York announced major diversity policy changes and incorporated Crespo’s concerns into the college system’s new diversity policies.

In addition, he has taken on powerful foes in his work to remove tons of garbage trucked into the Bronx each day from Manhattan. This process pollutes Bronx neighborhoods and sickens its residents with severe respiratory diseases.

Other pieces of work include proposals that were included in the 2013-2014 State Budget, such proposal called for the creation of an emergency energy backup system for the State’s critical state health and safety infrastructure during a natural disaster.

His passion and dedication to his constituents have resulted in major laws which include provisions that: protect of children from carbon monoxide poisoning; increase protection for victims of domestic violence; reduce in underage drinking and youth gambling addiction; increase State and nonprofit organizations’ ability to respond to natural disasters; expand anti-obesity and wellness programs administered through the Department of Health; increase access by landlords to small loans to improve substandard housing conditions in their rental units and implement new technologies to increase energy monitoring efficiencies.

Most recently, Assemblyman Crespo has authored new laws: to incorporate youth financial literacy training in the Summer Jobs program; to authorize insurance companies to offer rate discounts for homeowners who actively make their homes or property more resistant to natural disasters; to provide tax incentives to families looking to adopt children in Foster Care; and to combat rising rates of obesity and asthma. A new law he authored will require the NYS Department of Health to focus on these two chronic diseases via all its public health programs.

Assemblyman Crespo is exceptionally focused on the well-being of the Puerto Rican diaspora and the recovery efforts on the island of Puerto Rico post Hurricanes Irma and Maria. He has lead support efforts for Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, economy, and healthcare alongside academics, students, business owners, non-profits, and all levels in government throughout the state and country.

Marcos is a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is married and has three young daughters.