Bessie Schachter is a social activist who brings experience in politics and social service to the race for City Council. Bessie has worked as staff for elected officials in New York since 2009. Most recently she worked on housing and social justice for Senator Liz Krueger in east side neighborhoods. Previously, she organized new American voters with the New York Immigration Coalition and Immigrant Action, their sister 501(c)4, where she serves as a member of the board. Since 2009 Bessie has worked to help elect progressive candidates to elected office, specifically in the New York State Senate and Congress in and around New York City.
Bessie first ran for office and was elected to the New York State Democratic Committee in 2014 representing the 73rd District which includes the Upper East Side, Turtle Bay, Sutton Place and East Midtown. As a member of the New York State Committee, a voluntary position, she worked for transparency in State government and to bring attention to loopholes in New York State campaign finance laws. In 2015 Bessie turned her professional focus to tenant’s rights, affordable housing and access to social support for older adults in Manhattan.
Bessie received an M.A. in Politics from New York University and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Born and raised in Texas, Bessie now lives with her husband, Cory Evans, daughter, Jessica, and Samoyed, Varessa, in the Upper East Side.