“Shift the power of the establishment back to the community. Let’s move forward with fresh and honest leadership.”
Ashley Zanatta was born and raised on the South Shore of Staten Island. As a triplet, Ms. Zanatta has been in competition from birth. At a young age Ms. Zanatta had to learn quickly the means to maneuver for the optimum seat in the family car and at the dinner table, always striving for individuality. This was the dawning of her drive to succeed in her goals.
She attended P.S.55 and Elias Bernstein Intermediate School I.S.7, then graduated from Tottenville High School. Ms. Zanatta continued her education in Staten Island at St. John’s University where she studied Communications and Business, graduating Cum Laude.
After graduation, she began her career at the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, initially working at the Center for Life Long Development. This experience helped her realize her passion for developing programs that fill the void for those in need. In 2013, she began her work with elected officials, community leaders and youth to tackle tobacco control issues on a local, city and state level with Tobacco-Free Staten Island. During her tenure with Tobacco-Free Staten Island, Ms. Zanatta has led delegations to meet with elected officials in Albany on numerous occasions. She has implemented policies at a local level that help to decrease the toll of tobacco use on Staten Island and reduce exposure of secondhand smoke in multi-unit homes.
Currently, Ms. Zanatta is working towards her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Albany. In her free time, Ms. Zanatta enjoys being active in her community by participating in health trainings and health fairs. Ms. Zanatta serves as Secretary for the Richmond County Young Republicans club. She is familiar with the political climate in Washington D.C. and has attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with numerous high ranking political figures and national Young Republican groups.
As an Assemblywoman for the 62nd District her main goals and objectives will be to curb and reduce the opioid epidemic, improve the infrastructure for the South Shore of Staten Island and push for use of innovative methods to control the deer population. As the daughter of a retired MTA employee and a school aide, the sister of an FDNY firefighter and the sister-in-law of a military officer, Ms. Zanatta speaks to many facets of our working community. She will ensure that every South Shore resident will have a voice that will be heard.