Terryl E. De Mendonca a long time youth activist, is running for New York State Assembly representing part of Southeast Queens. She is for many a very promising candidate given her quite extensive and impressive track record advocating for the rights of community residents and young people.
not just complain about problems in our community. Let's support people
with a proven track record on working on our behalf. Recently Terryl is protesting a Prison like facility near residential housing in the Southeast Queens area.
"Today I had the pleasure of standing with Senator Leroy Comrie against
the injustice of having the Close to Home initiative placed in Queens
Village. As a member of Community Board
13 and the founder of a youth non profit, I am all for youth reform.
However, you cannot put a prison-like group home in a residential
environment. As your next Assembly woman, I will fight for safer
communities. I will fight for the injustice of having these facilities
primarily housed in low income communities. And, I will fight for
proper program structure and policies for the betterment of our youth as
they transition back into mainstream society," states De Mondonca.
to Home is a program headed by ACS where low level felony offenders
will be housed in a group home style setting close to their home
environment. Theoretically, they would receive clinical service,
education, life skills, etc.
"People are really open and supportive of my candidacy to run for public
office. I can't say I'm surprised, but I will say it's the people I
least expeced that has jumped on board to see me through the process. I
feel blessed and excited! I'm ready for whatever happens next."