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Tommy Torres is a lifelong resident of Williamsburg/Bushwick, Brooklyn, a New York City public school teacher, an engaged community leader, and a candidate for New York City Council in the 34th District. Tommy Torres – well known throughout the community as “Tommy” is a product of New York City’s public schools, having attended PS 132, JHS 126 and Grover Cleveland High School, where he was an honor student. After securing an athletic scholarship to attend college, Tommy went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from St. Francis College and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Mercy College. He also received a Professional Diploma in School Administration and Supervision from The College of St. Rose.
Recognizing that his true passion lay in education and helping young people succeed, Tommy returned to serve his community as a public elementary school teacher.
He taught at School District 14’s PS 120 and PS 157 for 16 years.He distinguished himself as an active member of the PS 157 School Leadership Team. As part of that important committee, Tommy played a direct role in the school’s budgeting and educational planning. He fought to ensure that students received the vital resources and support they needed and deserved in the classroom.In 2013 Tommy’s commitment to education, and hard work advanced him to Assistant Principal. Tommy’s longtime love for teaching and giving back to the community extends to the neighborhood’s athletic fields as well, serving as Head Coach and Assistant Athletic Director of the Grand Street Campus Athletic Program where he has received numerous awards, including Coach of the Year, and captured a Citywide Girls Basketball Division crown. He serves as Special Assistant to the Principal and has been instrumental in raising much needed funds for the campus’ athletic program.
In 2013 Tommy accepted the volunteer position of Commissioner to the Williamsburg Sports League. The league is the culmination of 2 longstanding leagues merging after 30 years work, as a youth Tommy played for one of the leagues. They service over 1,500 youth in the community.
Tommy believes to have an impact one has to be invested in the community. That is why in addition to his work as an educator, the commissioner of the sports league, Tommy is the current District Leader to the 53rd Assembly district. He sits on community board one, the 90th precinct council, and the Woodhull hospital community advisory board. As his mother Juana instilled in him and his sister Leslie growing up in public housing, strong communities are earned and it’s each and every individual’s responsibility to contribute what they can. For Tommy that contribution has meant nearly two decades of teaching, community activism, coaching, and mentoring, and now – with his neighbors’ support – he is seeking to continue his work as a member of the New York City Council from the 34th District.
Paid for by Tommy Torres 2017