Woolford set to take on Dinowitz


Jessica Woolford, who spent more than a decade in local and national Democratic politics — including a time as the spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — is now looking for a new job: Assemblywoman.

Woolford says she’ll challenge Jeffrey Dinowitz in next June’s Democratic primary, looking to take control of a seat the lawmaker has had since 1994.

“I’m excited to make my case to the voters of the northwest Bronx that it’s time for fresh leadership in the Assembly,” Woolford said, in a release.

“My abuela taught me that care should never be conditional. But the fact is, a lot of Bronxites are struggling to keep up with the basics because of what ZIP code they live in, where they came from, and because leadership isn’t listening to what they need.

“It’s time to put our people first and truly provide care for our beautiful, vibrant community.”

More recently, Woolford has been involved in a mutal aid organization she started during the coronavirus pandemic called Kingsbridge Unidos that has now delivered more than 30,000 pounds of fresh produce and thousands of face masks to families in and around Kingsbridge.

What had started as a door-to-door program in her grandmother’s building has grown to include and prioritize families experiencing homelessness, Woolford said in a release.

Now living in Riverdale with her husband and young daughter, Woolford attended Head Start at Marble Hill Houses, elementary school at P.S. 207 and P.S. 7, and her later years at Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy.

Democrats will choose who will represent them in the general election in a variety of state races — including the Assembly — in June.

Jessica Woolford, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Michael Hinman,