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Meet Omar

Omar works on both props and set decoration for New York productions, including the TV shows "Luke Cage" and "The Get Down."

Omar has spent the last decade directly working with teamsters, welders, electricians, carpenters, mechanics and manufacturers to make sets and scenes possible. He votes with his dollars and for this reason, buys largely from a network of local business owners and small suppliers. Omar believes that "Made in America" and strong allied trades are key to our future prosperity and the perseverance of the American Dream.


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family

Omar is the son of two immigrant parents of Gujarati Indian heritage. Growing up Muslim in Illinois and Florida, he embraced his family's rich cultural heritage, as well as that of his schoolmates and friends.

This background is one of the reasons Omar feels compelled to run in 2018. As a member of the Democratic Party he believes diversity is an asset and that all voices must be included.  

 

Unionizing

After attending UCF and completing his bachelor's degree in Business Management, Omar moved to Brooklyn in 2006, and started his career in the movie industry. Omar moved to Bay Ridge in 2008, and remembers fondly the many nights he spent at a local Turkish restaurant eating adana kebab and drinking laziza. In 2009 he joined the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 52. In the same year, Omar left Bay Ridge due to prolonged problems with the R train. This is one reason that improving transportation is so important to Omar.

 

 
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today

In 2014, while riding his bike through Red Hook Brooklyn, he met his partner Mary Attaway while she was painting a costume for a local art film. The two live in Williamsburg with their rescue dogs, Lukas and Lucy.

Omar is a past resident of the district and will move to Staten Island upon winning the June 2018 Democratic Primary.