Michelle Caruso-Cabrera for NYC Comptroller

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Michelle Caruso-Cabrera for NYC Comptroller

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Why I'm Running

"New York City is facing an unprecedented economic crisis,  and I believe I have the financial experience, and the steady, unifying leadership needed to revive the city's economy, get New Yorkers back to work, and bring New Yorkers together from every walk of life across the five boroughs.

With families across the five boroughs struggling to survive, streets lined with shuttered stores and restaurants, and over a million New Yorkers out of work, it is clear that New York City needs new and better leadership.

I spent over two decades covering financial crises as a financial analyst and reporter at CNBC, and I know what it takes to bring a city like New York back from the brink. 

As your Comptroller, I will listen, learn, and bring great ideas, smart decisions and creative solutions to the table and lead a recovery that will not leave anyone behind (as too many have in the past).

I am running for NYC Comptroller to help New York City bounce back stronger, more inclusive, and more prosperous than ever before for ALL New Yorkers!

- Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

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About Michelle

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is the granddaughter of working-class Italian and Cuban immigrants. When Michelle’s grandparents first arrived in America, they worked arduous overnight shifts and took dangerous jobs in the meatpacking industry to pay the rent and feed their children.

Through her parents and grandparents, Michelle came to understand the importance of working hard, budgeting responsibly, and investing wisely.

Watching her grandparents and her parents work long hours ingrained in Michelle a passion for public service and commitment to ensuring that everyone is able to achieve the American dream.

Michelle graduated second in her class and was editor of the high school paper, “Panther Prints.” She attended Wellesley College – paying her tuition with the help of a National Merit Scholarship, and the money she earned from her first job as a waitress at Pizza Hut. She would receive tips for great service from happy customers, and use the money to help pay her tuition. In college, Michelle was elected editor of her college newspaper, “The Wellesley College News,” while also reporting for the New York Times education section.

After graduating from college, Michelle began her career at Univision News, where she worked as a producer. Fluent in Spanish, she covered important issues for Latin American immigrants, and won an Emmy award for a series she produced, about children orphaned by the AIDS crisis. Michelle then spent four years as a general assignment reporter covering crime and hurricanes at WTSP-TV, the CBS affiliate in St. Petersburg, Fla.

For the next 20 years, Michelle served as a financial analyst, lead reporter and anchor at CNBC. She held the title of Chief International Correspondent and traveled the world reporting live from Cuba, Iran, Ukraine, Iraq, Italy, Russia, Venezuela, and Latin America. She reported on and analyzed numerous global events and financial crises including the Greek debt crisis, the Brexit vote, the 2008 US financial crisis, not to mention the US elections.

Michelle was named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in the country by Hispanic Business Magazine, and Broadcaster of the Year from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

She is an ardent supporter of the Ballet Hispanico of NY, where she has been on the board for 16 years and currently serves as Board Vice President.

Michelle is running for Comptroller because she believes that at a time when New York City’s economy is in crisis, many New Yorkers are out of work, and small businesses are struggling to survive, we need a Comptroller with the background, financial experience, and steady leadership needed to get people back to work, make sure the city’s dollars are spent and invested wisely, and navigate New York City through these unprecedented times.

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