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Mizan Choudhury | New York Congressional Primary

Mizan Choudhury is running for U.S. Congress - 5th District (Democratic)

Mizan Choudhury

Choudhury is concerned about the unemployment rate in the district, which is 8.2 percent compared with the national average of 3.8 percent, according to U.S. Census data. He wants to use his background in business and technology to open a technology park near CUNY’s York College, in Jamaica in the Queens portion of the district, that would focus on careers in areas including nanotechnology and robotics. “This would bring thousands of 21st century jobs to the district,” he said. Choudhury supports the development proposal at Belmont Park in Elmont for an 18,000-seat arena for the New York Islanders, along with a surrounding retail and entertainment center. But Choudhury wants greater involvement in the project from all levels of local and state government. “Without any development the district will not thrive,” he said. “We need good paying jobs.”

Choudhury, 44, of Bellerose, is making his first run for elected office. He was born and raised in Pakistan and received a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Moulvibazar Govt. College in Bangladesh and a master’s degree from Dhaka College, also in Bangladesh. Choudhury came to the United States in 1997 planning to seek a law degree but switched his career focus to technology. He works as an operations manager at Northwell Health and worked previously in information technology positions at Brioni, the Italian clothing manufacturer and designer; Verizon; New York Community Bank; and Vodafone. Choudhury has been a member of Community Board 13 in Queens for the past two years. He is married with two children.