Originally from the Dominican Republic, Nardo Reyes settled permanently in NYC in 1999. He has served in the U.S. Navy, has an AA degree in engineering science and became licensed to Captain small vessels of 100 tons or less. He currently works as a deck hand on the Staten Island Ferry to gain the experience necessary to run larger vessels.
In 2007 Nardo became disgusted with the partisanship and the negative attack ads he was seeing on television, so he left the Democratic Party and re-registered as an Independence Party member. When he got a call inviting him to attend a volunteer Phon-a-thon he was intrigued because he could see right away that IP was nothing like the two major parties. Nardo decided to become part of this bottom up, nonpartisan movement. He is a regular participant in IP’s monthly Phonathons, is a backbone of the Bronx petitioning team during ballot access drives and is on the fundraising committee for the Bronx County Committee’s annual barbecue fundraiser. In 2009, he received an Anti-Corruption Award at the citywide Independence Party annual event in recognition of his leadership role building the party.
Nardo played a key role in organizing the Bronx County Committee this year and was elected Vice Chair of its Executive Committee. Nardo has this to say about his vision for the NYC Independence Party: “We need to be getting our message of nonpartisanship out to millions of people. To do that, the independent movement needs more resources and I want to help attract those resources.”