Mike Corbett is running to represent the new State Senate District 59, where he has lived and worked his entire life. The third-generation Teamster grew up on the picket lines, where he marched against non-union moving companies from a young age. He went on to spend 15 years as a union mover with Local 814 and at 24 became the youngest member of that union ever elected to its Executive Board.  


Soon after he turned his lifelong interest in politics into action by joining the Young Democrats of America (YDA). Over a decade, Mike rose to serve several positions at the local, state, and national level, including Vice President of YDA from 2011-2013 and then President of the New York State Young Democrats from 2014 to 2017. In 2018, he was appointed as a Vice Chair of the New York State Democratic Party — a position he continues to hold.  


In 2015, Mike accepted a position as Director of Special Events for City Council Member Costa Constantinides, District 22. Over the next five and a half years, he spearheaded the district’s participatory budgeting program that allowed Astoria residents to decide how to spend $1 million in capital funds. Mike was a trusted advisor on legislative, budgetary, and labor issues. He organized events and rallies in support of public power, the Climate Mobilization Act, and Renewable Rikers. He went on to serve as a top aide to Council Members Eric Dinowitz and Marjorie Velazquez.  


Mike has been open about his experiences with narcolepsy and has advocated for reasonable accommodations in all workplaces. The Murray Hill native grew up in a rent-stabilized apartment, where he helped raise his younger brother, Patrick, as both his parents battled illness throughout his childhood. He still lives in that apartment today, just a few blocks from where his beloved New York Rangers play. 


Mike Corbett