Commitment to Public Service

Marlene Tapper is a political and legal consultant for over 25 years with a focus on communities in need and residents especially those who are struggling financially or reside in less than human conditions. Her friends call her Tapper. She has recognized the foundation for improvement in a community begins with the elected officials by enacting a physical and environmentally safe area to live in order to flourish and for you to accomplish your goals. Her mother is an infection control specialist who returned to work at 80 years old to held with the pandemic, my mother is the staple I follow. She puts others before herself.

Tapper has lived through a rough period in her life as a survivor both of sexual assault by a teacher in an after-school program at another high school. In addition a domestic violence relationship which left her with permanent life injuries. Tapper decided these atrocities weren’t bad luck, but preparation for her future to understand firsthand the people the day to day struggles of the average person. Tapper has traveled around the country sharing her story with women and same sex couples who felt abandoned, depressed and misplaced and cast away from having been in an abusive relationship. Tapper focused her theme on stressing their lives were even more significant at this point in their lives.

Tapper began her political career as a volunteer for Geraldine Ferraro the first woman to run for Vice President of the United States while being mentored by her cousin Helen Marshal the first African American Borough President of Queens. Tapper has belonged to several national organizations and is a fighter for education, especially the mother of a minority boy. As a PTA President she wrote grants for funding, and was on the School Board and education committee. She is the founder of an export export business, which provided goods to the impoverished in the Caribbean and South America. She is also the co-founder of a consulting and political firm helping people or wanted to open their own businesses, she has given seminars on estate planning and preventing your assets from going through probate, which is more important to working class people. Ms. Tapper lobbied every congressional member in the state of New York to sign onto H.R.4396 – ME TOO Congress Act, one of her first co-sponsors in New York was a Republican congressional member Peter King, with Congressman Joseph Crowley leading the charge.

In 2003, Ms. Tapper brought it to the attention of the federal authorities that minority male students mostly between the ages of 14 – 17 were being arrested for trespassing as they left their homes for school in the morning. There was a special target on the children residing in Lafayette Housing, Monroe Houses, Sack Wern Housing and, Sound View Houses. Many parents who couldn’t afford attorneys or had the legal background to know you can’t trespass where you live. Most of these single mothers agreed to have their children plead guilty to bring their child. Welcome to our justice system in New York, which can be stopped by passing legislation by our elected officials, minorities do not have to live with a target on their back. I have worked as an auxiliary officer and came first in my class, so I understand as an insider. The police officers were technically kidnapping children without cause to meet arrest quantities and sabotaging the emotional physical success of these children.

At a young age Tapper saw the injustices employers carried out against their employees becoming a shop steward at the early age of 21 with the Teamsters Local 679, she later worked for 1199 for their political action team dispersed throughout the country to campaign on behalf of John Kerry. Tapper has worked on four presidential campaigns and understands the meaning of knowing your audience. As a Corporate Trainer in Finance and foreign exchange computer programs, she traveled internationally to train executives on software which would make their financial institutions Marlene worked to fulfill the promise of the American Dream as a single mother of two children.

I don’t believe the social economic family you are born into is irrelevant to the quality of life you are entitled into the United States or the future you can build. The Constitution and subsequent amendments lay out a clear understanding of what residents of the greatest country in the world are entitled to. Yes, there are challenges, however, the neighborhood you reside is no excuse for a lack of housing being maintained, proper access to medical care with ample medical supplies, qualified credentialed teachers in your schools, continual sanitation services, and Disportionately seniors living without heat and hot water in times during the winter. You are entitled to a safe, prosperous and fulfilling life. Marlene has been an advocated for disenfranchised New Yorkers.

Most people do not know New York is an “Employment at Will State”, which means they are legally allowed to take advantage of you. Remember you live in a state run by chambers in all chambers. I believe it is not only the government’s responsibility to end these disparities throughout this city, sine we are one municipality. One community shouldn’t have an abundance and another with garbage piled two stories, this is a health hazard.

Marlene Tapper wants to be your advocate for folks without a voice, fighting against laws that take away your quality of life and holding employers especially when they are negligent and their policies in danger or injured their employees. The workers compensation laws of this state need to be re-written and made accountable to the individual circumstance, not a one fits all policy.

Politics hasn’t always been easy for Tapper she was thrown off the ballot for Assembly after she went after Assemblyman Lafayette for residing in Connecticut and still representing a district in New York. The party came after her assistant campaign manager and threatened to have her attorney disbarred.

Unfortunately, not knowing the cousin these two actors had entered into left me in a horrible position and as the person running for office you are charged with the wrong doing of others. However, a good ending did reside from this, the newly elected Assembly Member DenDekker became a trusted friend and great supporter. He has represented his district with the attributes and dedication you would want of an elected official.

Marlene understands how hard it is to be a mother, wife, and parent working full time and taking care of her family. Tapper is fed up with corrupt politicians who have only helped themselves prosper and not helped their constituents. The 15th Congressional district deserves better not only a fighter, negotiator, and not someone padding their own pockets. Your representative needs to look pass partisanship at times to what is in the best interest of district. The 15th Congressional deserves respect and no longer should be ranked the poorest district in the United States, we need a better way forward.

Policies don’t have to be Democratic or Republican, we all need food, shelter and closing. When I worked as an elected official staffer it was understood regardless what party the constituent belonged to, they were human beings.


Marlene J. Tapper

I’ve spent my life believing quality of life issues are the foundation of your well-being and building individual success. My financial and legal training I have used to aid entrepreneurs, domestic violence survivors, sexual assault survivors, senior citizens and constituents rebuild their life. As an experienced political staffer and consultant who has worked on the city, state and federal level. I have learned how to navigate bureaucracy and get results. Everyone needs a shot at success. As a community mediator for the South Bronx, I am able to help families and neighbors resolve their problems. I want to do the same for you in Congress.”

Marlene J. Tapper