Yi Chen (ANDY)was born in China and immigrated to New York City with his parents at a young age. He grew up in a working class family, both parents working long hours in the restaurant industry. Yi is a product of the New York City public school system and CUNY – Queensborough Community College. After saving some money, he started his medical supply business with 2 childhood friends.
From his experience managing his medical supply store, Yi (ANDY) saw there was a lack of understanding of the healthcare system and patients’ benefits. He organized many forums to educate and empower his clients and seniors.
Wanting to work closer to the community he calls home, Yi (ANDY) joined the NYPD 110th Precinct Auxiliary, volunteering thousands of hours. Working alongside the police and community partners, he assisted public safety, outreach, awareness and fostered dialogue and understanding between the NYPD and residents, who are mostly immigrants.
In 2019, Yi (ANdY) joined New York State Assembly Assistant Speaker Felix Ortiz’s office, serving as his Asian Community Liaison Director. He assisted thousands of constituents on their issues, including getting domestic violence victims the help they need, helping seniors apply for senior housing, making legal service referrals and organizing events to empower constituents.
At the height of the Covid – 19 pandemic, Yi (ANDY) utilized all his experiences and resources to recruit over 100 volunteers to deliver meals and medications to seniors, helping immigrants apply for benefits. He also organized the business community to donate over 400,000 masks, gloves, and protective gowns to front line workers, including to Queens Hospital, police stations and firehouses.
Today, Yi CHEN(ANDY) is running for New York City Council District 25, which includes Elmhurst and Jackson Heights. Now more than ever, we need effective leaders that will do what it takes to keep our communities safe, save our small businesses, protect our seniors, and to provide our children with the very best education they deserve. Together we will recover and move our diverse community forward.