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I'm Melissa Sklarz and I'm Working for Queens

My name is Melissa and I am running for the New York State Assembly’s 30th District, which includes the neighborhoods of Maspeth and Woodside and parts of Astoria, Sunnyside, Long Island City, and Middle Village. Throughout history, New Yorkers have led the nation when it comes to progressive values and policy. From women’s suffrage, to the Stonewall riots, to most recently leading the nation on raising the minimum wage.

However, there is much more to do.

I have been advocating for New Yorkers my entire life, but realized that after the 2016 election, this is no time to be on the sidelines. With our transportation network in crisis, the assault on New Yorkers with the Trump budget that slashes billions in federal assistance to vital programs, and women still lacking proper representation, I am determined to make sure all voices are heard in Albany. I am ready to USE my years of experience advocating for New Yorkers.

It is time for a representative who will fight with you and for you.

Latest News

By Bill Parry Woodside resident Melissa Sklarz announced Tuesday she will mount a primary challenge against state Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) in September. Sklarz, a longtime Democratic party insider, is the first transgender person to run in the 30th Assembly District, which includes Woodside and Maspeth, as well as parts of Middle Village, Astoria, Long […]


By Ryan Kelley With 15 years of experience serving the Democratic party in a number of roles, Melissa Sklarz is making history by running against Assemblyman Brian Barnwell in the 2018 primary. Sklarz officially announced her candidacy on Feb. 20, becoming the first transgender person to run for the District 30 seat, which covers parts of Woodside, Maspeth, Middle Village, […]


By Nathaly Pesantez Assemblymember Brian Barnwell is facing a challenger for his seat in Albany. Melissa Sklarz, a transgender advocate who has worked through a variety of roles, officially announced today that she will be running to represent the 30th Assembly District, which covers parts of Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City, and Maspeth. Her run, […]



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