Biography

Alice Cancel
Alice Cancel was elected to represent the 65th assembly district. Born in Puerto Rico, her family moved to the South Bronx and then to the lower east side in the 1970s. She has lived on the lower East Side ever since, raising her three sons. She is married to John Quinn, a retired labor leader.

Prior to her election to the New York State Assembly, Alice worked for 26 years as this area’s district leader. She also worked in the state senate and in the New York City comptroller’s office. She has long been recognized as a lower east side activist. She has served in many capacities – as board member, chair, president, volunteer, founder, and community leader in numerous organizations in her community.

Alice has been a liaison between offices dealing with many issues ranging from potholes to noise proliferation. She has been an advocate for individuals in private and public housing, assisted homeless families and children, and worked with domestic violence victims to assist with legal representation, counseling, and providing for emergency food and clothing.