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Cruz promises to be a principled leader; only candidate in the race with plans
Catalina Cruz was not born in the United States, but the debt of gratitude she says she owes to the nation that welcomed her and her mother decades ago can never be repaid.
The best way the native of Colombia believes she can make a dent, however, is by representing in Albany the many western Queens immigrant residents with whom she says she has so much in common.
“I grew up undocumented and I’ve always felt like I’ve had these great doors open for me,” Cruz told members of the Chronicle editorial board in a sitdown interview last Thursday. “Yes, I grew up very poor. My mom had to collect cans at times and we had a tough life. But I’ve had great opportunities given to me by our country and so I’ve always felt like I needed to give back.
“All of the political stars aligned.”
Cruz has held a variety of government jobs on both the city and state level, ranging from chief of staff to former Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland to director of Gov. Cuomo’s task force to combat worker exploitation.