Real Housewives of New York’s, Barbara Kavovit is running for governor of NYC. Way to aim high, Barbara! Here is what Barbara has posted on her official campaign website.
About Her Parents
Growing up in the Bronx and public schools taught me invaluable life lessons that influence me to this day. If you wanted something–anything–you’d have to fight for it. That mentality cultivated an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age, and by the time I was seven, I was selling snorkels and masks at our neighborhood pool. My Mom, a history teacher and later an assistant principal in public schools throughout the Bronx, insisted on academic excellence, which ultimately molded my character and work ethic.
My Dad, a mechanical engineer, also had a hand in my future. He was good at building things and always included me in his projects. He enlisted my help to build me and my sister’s bunk bed and I can still remember the awkward feeling of the heavy hammer being dwarfed in comparison to the great sense of accomplishment when finished. It’s a feeling I still remember and cherish to this day.
Education & First Business
I graduated with a double major in Economics and Finance from SUNY Oswego and tried my hand on Wall Street. During this time, there was a construction boom in New York City and my Mom and her friends complained about contractors and repairmen who didn’t show up. A lightbulb went off in my head and I thought, “What about a woman in construction?”
So I put on a tool belt, worked alongside an experienced carpenter, and took construction courses at BOCES and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. I learned how to build, read and estimate blueprints, order materials, and soon enough I was landing meetings with large corporations such as IBM, Bloomingdales and Carnegie Hall.
Being in a tough male-dominated industry had many challenges, especially not being particularly welcoming to females, but growing up in the Bronx taught me to fight hard and never stop for what I’m really passionate about. I was slowly chipping through the “glass ceiling,” and Crain’s Business even cited me as being one of the most “100 Most Influential Women in Business in New York City.”
Just like every New Yorker, my life completely changed after 9/11, and both my business and marriage came to a screeching halt. As a single Mom, I picked myself up, created a line of tools for women, authored three books and launched a new construction firm. You might also recognize me from The Real Housewives of New York City.
As a Bronx girl who’s paved her way in the male-dominated world of construction, I know something about overcoming adversity, creating opportunity and building something out of nothing–both for myself and those around me. And that’s why I’m running for Mayor of New York City.
The primary is in June. Her opponents thus far are Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, former presidential candidate and businessman Andrew Yang, New York City’s former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia and former Citigroup executive Ray McGuire.