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Articles > Asian-American Heritage: NY District Leader Maintains Political Prowess

May 17, 2010
by Shazia Khan


In recent years, a small number of South Asians have made unsuccessful runs for elected office. But in the 25th Assembly District in Queens, where some five percent of registered voters are South Asian, one Indian-American has garnered repeated wins. NY1's Shazia Khan filed the following report.

QUEENS, N.Y. — She's affectionatley known as the "lady with the sari" in Democratic circles. And in an apartment turned office in Flushing, Uma Sengupta's re-election campaign is underway.

Sengupta serves as one of several Democratic leaders of the 25th Assembly District which covers parts of central Queens. She was first elected in 2002 and has held the office for four terms. The community organizer and educator who immigrated from India in 1970 is at present the only South Asian in a local elected office.

"I felt we are immigrant to this country, our children are going to live they're children are going to live, so it's very important for us to know how the government works here," Sengupta said.

Full story: Sengupta's goal is to see increased participation of South Asians in government