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Meet Larinda 

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A Lifelong Advocate for Queens and a Champion for Progressive Change

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Larinda Hooks is a life-long community organizer and civic rights advocate.  

Larinda is dedicated to uniting our community for better public schools, affordable health care, and improved public safety. She has a deep experience in successfully building coalitions in Corona, LeFrak City, and East Elmhurst that improve the lives of all who live here - both long-time residents and our newest neighbors.

Hooks, the current female democratic district leader in AD 35, has served East Elmhurst and Corona for years. Her time as the Ericsson Street Block Association (25th & 27th Avenues) president sparked her interest in the broader community of East Elmhurst/ Corona. Thereafter, Hooks joined the East Elmhurst-Corona Civic Association (EECCA), advocating for the civic rights of community residents and becoming president on the Executive Board.

She has also served as the deputy director of the Flushing Meadows Soap Box Derby and troop leader of the Girl Scouts of FBC of Greater New York. Her community resume continues with her past service as vice president of the Frederick Douglas Democratic Association and current board member of Community Board 3Q. In addition, Hooks is a board member of the La Guardia Kiwanis Club. She has worked for the New York City School Construction Authority; the East Harlem Council for Community Improvement (a member of the Acacia Network & Office for People with Developmental Disabilities); and today Larinda proudly serves as director of Senior Services and Economic Development of Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities, Inc. She is a proud mother of five and a grandmother.

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"She is the most honest, experienced, and qualified candidate in this race. She is the only Democrat I trust to fight for our values, unite our diverse communities, and deliver for working families.”

- Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry

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