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About Cristina

Cristina comes from a large, extended Italian family in Auburn, New York, in the heart of the Finger Lakes region upstate. Just ask her. She loves to talk about it!

She moved to NYC in 1989 to attend City College, CUNY, where she met her husband, Richard. They married in 2006 and welcomed their son, Jackson, in 2009.

She graduated Hunter College with a degree in Film and Media Studies.

In the fall of 2001, she was working in a restaurant at the World Financial Center. Though she was not present on the morning the twin towers were hit, her job was destroyed. In the days following that tragedy, she volunteered in a main volunteer center near the Javits Center. This led to a job for seven months with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where she worked in disaster assistance for both victims and those affected by the 9/11 attacks. 

That experience was life-changing. It has given her a deep respect for community service and our incredible city agencies.

She went on to work as a producer and video editor for a company that created ethics and compliance training videos and taped corporate meetings for major financial and consulting companies. 

The desire to stay home with her son, now eight years old, led to work for nine years as a part-time tour guide for Bike the Big Apple. 

In 2013, after three children were killed in traffic accidents in less than 10 months in Jackson Heights, she came together with other local residents to found Make Queens Safer, an advocacy group to amplify the voices of those who have suffered losses in traffic accidents while also pushing for safer street design and stiffer penalties for reckless drivers. 

Drawing on this experience as a grassroots activist for safer streets, she completed a master's degree in social journalism from the CUNY School of Journalism in 2015.  

As a leader of Make Queens Safer, Cristina has been involved in planning or supporting numerous local events. She co-hosted a forum on news literacy and traffic violence with the American Society of News Editors. She organizes the annual Family Biking Forum, which brings together over 10 organizations and nonprofits that provide opportunities for children and families. She's also helped organize the Kidical Mass Zombie Ride in Long Island City. 

Vastly different from the rolling hills and lake country upstate where she grew up, the borough of Queens has been her beloved home for the last 17 years. Whether attending a community board meeting, gardening with a neighborhood group, or swimming at the Fisher pool in the summer, she is a proud resident of the world's borough. 


Committee to Elect Cristina Furlong for City Council-D21
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