Ruben Dario Vargas is a long time community activist of the Upper Manhattan. He has continuously worked with community leaders to ensure that the needs of the people are met.
Vargas is a recipient of a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from The City College of New York, June 1994. Vargas also graduated from Cornell University in Management and Labor Relations in June 1999.
Vargas has been working for the municipal government for more than twenty years, including the New York Police Department, and as a Recreation Center Manager of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. He was also elected as Judicial Delegate, by the popular vote in the Democratic Primary of September 18, 2007. Vargas was not only a servant to the community, but also the only candidate to serve the nation in the United States Air Force for twenty-four years.
Vargas is a person of principles and family values. For over twenty years, Vargas has been happily married to his wife Monika, who works for the Department of Education of the City of New York. Together they have three children who were born and raised in Upper Manhattan. Their two daughters proudly attend prestige universities in the City of New York, and their son attends the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Each of the three aspire to become future successful leaders.
Mr. Vargas has a long record of service in the community that includes: Being a member of the United Nations Association of the United States since 1990. He is a member of the Three Parks independent Democratic Club of the Upper West Side, and a contributor to the northern Manhattan for a Change Democratic Club of Washington Heights.
Vargas, as a member of the New York City Council, will work for:
Job creation and security. Affordable housing; rent control and stabilization. Funding for Daycare Centers, Senior Centers, and Recreation Centers. The improvement of the safety and security in public parks. A better education, and more after school programs. More programs for third age citizens. Quality of life issues, including noise control, street cleaning, and the protection of a healthier environment.