Leslie Boghosian Murphy is a long-time Hell's Kitchen resident living in the same pre-war apartment for over 16 years with her husband, Paul, daughter, Cecelia, and rescue pup, Bailey. Born and raised in the Tri-state area, Leslie and her family have been part of the fabric of New York City for three generations. She is the granddaughter of immigrants who fled genocide and settled here in the New York area, her one grandfather a factory worker and the other, a window washer.
Leslie's father grew up in Queens, went to Stuyvesant High School and graduated from City College becoming a teacher. Her mother worked as an office assistant here in the city. When Leslie was in grade school, her parents opened a small, family-owned cheese store and she remembers many afternoons doing homework behind the counter smelling of blue cheese. From her parents, Leslie learned the value of education, hard work, and ingenuity.
Wanting to give a voice to those who didn't have one, Leslie began a career in journalism as a proud SAG-AFTRA union member. Her investigative stories and hard-hitting interviews for CNN, ESPN, the YES Network and HDNet won her accolades and awards, including the EMMY® for societal concerns programming. Leslie's willingness to ask the tough questions, check details and challenge the status quo make her an excellent advocate for our needs in District 3.
Believing actions speak louder than words, Leslie works to find solutions to problems. She fought to end life without parole for youth offenders and personally initiated the resentencing for certain minors in Florida.
She created and coordinated the Columbus Circle lemonade stand to raise thousands of dollars for the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights encouraging our neighborhood children to participate in charitable efforts. And most recently, Leslie created an initiative to get student teachers into Title I schools to provide live distance learning to our most in need learners right here in our district.
Leslie serves on Community Board 4, which advocates for the community's interests and works with elected officials and city agencies to help shape local programs and policy. She has long been involved in district issues and has dedicated her time to bettering her neighborhood. She has worked as an in-class assistant for Children's Aid Society, on-site aide for Homes for the Homeless in Hell's Kitchen and on special projects for NY Cares. Leslie currently serves on CB4's Budget Task Force, Hudson River Park's Piers 40 & 76 Task Force and is also an active member of her local NYPD Community Council working towards better community policing. Most recently, Leslie partnered with local community leaders to form the Hell's Kitchen Neighborhood Coalition to address recent homeless and safety issues in the neighborhood.