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“I was there not as anything that has to do with the city, City Hall, the campaign, … I was there as I’m always there to help my community in whichever way I can.”

– Fernando Mateo

*Fernando Mateo was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in a poor neighborhood on Manhattan’s lower east side then lived for many years in Washington Heights.  In 1998, Mateo founded the New York State Federation Of Taxi Drivers, a lobbying group and union of sorts composed primarily of livery cab drivers.  Wikipedia