Meet Lester Chang
Candidate for New York City City Council District #1
Lester Chang was born on the Lower East Side in public housing to immigrant Chinese parents who were determined to provide a better life for their three children. When Lester was 8 years old, his father, who worked as a cook in a Chinese restaurant, lost his battle with cancer and the family briefly returned to Hong Kong to live with relatives. A few years later his family returned to New York City and settled in Midwood, Brooklyn.
A product of New York’s public education system, Lester has graduated from Midwood High School and holds a BS degree in accounting from Brooklyn College (CUNY) and a Masters Degree in International Transportation and Management from (SUNY) State University of New York Maritime College in the Bronx. Lester previously worked in banking and finance before choosing a career in global logistics which enable him to travel extensively in Asia. Over the course of his logistics career, he has served in various senior management positions in managing company offices in India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand.
In addition to his private-sector career, Lester is still serving in the U.S. Navy Reserves for nearly 24 years. In the aftermath of 9/11, he was assigned to support Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. In 2009-2010, he was deployed to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan as a military analyst. His current rank is Chief Warrant Officer (CWO3).
As a member of the New York State Naval Militia he volunteers for State active duty in support of Operation COVID-19, since March 2020, he helped converted Jacob Javits Convention Center into a field hospital (treated over 1,000 covid patients), he is now on a new mission converting Javits field hospital into a mass vaccination center.
Lester always remains faithful to his lower Manhattan roots, he lives in the Little Italy area for nearly four decades, supports his Chinatown community by working as election day poll site coordinator at Confucius Plaza for over 30 years – serving the voters. He is an executive committee member with his local Chinatown American Legion Post 1291 (400+ members). As an Afghan War Veteran, he makes sure that the 250,000+ NYC veterans are represented in the city council.
Lester Chang proudly continues serving his country, his fellow New Yorkers, Manhattanites, and veterans.
On June 22 vote Lester Chang
for New York City
City Council District #1