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Suraj Patel

Suraj Patel attorney, Running For New York Congressional Seat June 23, 2020

NRI Suraj Patel asks court to supervise vote-counting in close race

NewYork July 06, 2020 A.Gary Singh

Democratic Party  NRI Candidate Suraj Patel, running  for Congress asked a court to supervise the counting of votes in a tight race where he is lagging by just 1.6 per cent of the ballots counted

The counting of absentee ballots that will determine the outcome of the primary election for the party nomination between Suraj Patel and the sitting House of Representative member Carolyn Maloney.

On June 23, Patel received 15,825, which is only 648 less than the 16,473 that Maloney received.

  • There are about 39,000 absentee ballots that were delivered in person or by post to be counted
  •  they exceed the in-person votes as more voters opted to vote by mail because of the COVID-19 epidemic.
  • He filed the case requesting supervision in the New York State Supreme Court.


NRI Suraj Patel attorney, Running For New York Congressional Seat Tests Positive For COVID-19

Suraj Patel, lecturer on business ethics at New York University, attorney, activist, business leader, has been tested positive for coronavirus.  He has disclosed his positive test in a statement posted on social media.

About 10 days ago, Suraj Patel felt experiencing a tightness in his chest and difficulty breathing followed by a regular fever of 102 degrees.

Suraj Patel's Parents Suraj Patel, helping familly business

Suraj Patel said:

  • In the interest of transparency and accountability, I am announcing that I tested positive for COVID-19.
  • I personally, am happy to say that I am now fully recovered and have been asymptomatic for more days than hospital guidelines require to go back to work.

Suraj Patel is running in the Democratic primary for a Congressional seat in New York's 12th District as scheduled for June 23, 2020

  • On Feb. 4. 2020, Suraj Patel for Congress campaign touted the fact that he had out-raised incumbent Democrat Carolyn B. Maloney in District 12 which covers the affluent Upper East Side, and also parts of Brooklyn.
  • Suraj Patel joined the team of Obama in November election 2008

Once they got the family business back on track, he worked on both of President Obama's campaigns and as an associate on the White House Advance Team.

  • After Donald Trump’s election, I became a full-time organizer and helped build communities like The Arena to support a new generation of American leaders
  • Suraj Patel took to the streets - marching and fighting for the most marginalized among them, including serving as a volunteer attorney for the ACLU when Trump’s Muslim Ban came down. 


He is also on the Board of Urban Upbound, an organization dedicated to breaking cycles of poverty around public housing in New York.

He is a long-time Board Member of Atlas: DIY, a youth immigrant legal services organization in Brooklyn on the front lines of fighting back against Trump and ICE.


  • He is lecturer on business ethics at New York University, attorney, activist, business leader
  • In 1960, his parents emigrated from India and lived in a two-bedroom apartment.
  • His father got a job and work the night shift fixing subway tracks.
  • He grew up bussing tables, filling vending machines, doing motel laundry, and helping out on construction sites.
  • Later they started a family business in hospitality
  • His parents had worked very hard to send him and his brothers to college


  • BA in Political Science, Stanford University
  • MPP, Cambridge University
  • JD, New York University School of Law graduate