Up2Us is proud to endorse Vedat Gashi’s candidacy for Westchester County Legislator District 4.
Vedat’s commitment to public service comes from his family’s experience as political activists and refugees, opportunities he had working with inspiring leaders, and his experience helping to create a country out of the ashes of war.
Vedat was born in Kosovo (formerly Yugoslavia), and at four years old he and his family fled the oppressive, socialist regime to the United States. Vedat first moved to the Bronx and later put down permanent roots in Yorktown.
After graduating from Lakeland High School, Vedat went on to pursue a B.A. from Connecticut College, where he was invited to serve on the Board of Trustees as a Young Alumni Trustee. He then earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University. During his studies, Vedat interned with two of his heroes, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, then at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and Congressman Lee Hamilton on the House International Relations Committee.
Upon passing the New York Bar, Vedat was called to service in Kosovo to join the US/EU effort to help establish the newly formed state of Kosovo. While in Kosovo, Vedat’s hard work lead to remarkable accomplishments, including drafting some of Kosovo’s foundational legal documents and establishing Kosovo’s Ministry of Local Government Administration. Vedat was later nominated by the United Nations to serve as the Chief Legal Advisor to Kosovo’s Prime Minister. Shortly after Kosovo declared independence, Vedat returned to his home in Yorktown, and followed in the footsteps of his family’s small business success in real estate by opening up a real estate legal practice, in Yorktown Heights and in the Bronx.
Currently, Vedat livesVedat has joined the Rotary Club of Yorktown, has been active in his kids’ school, sports, and scouting. Vedat is an active member of the Yorktown Democratic Party where he serves as a Democratic District Leader.
Vedat’s experiences abroad made him appreciate the value of the strong democratic foundation in the United States. After Donald Trump was elected in 2016, partially by discriminating against immigrants and muslims, Vedat found that as both an immigrant and a Muslim himself he was compelled to take action and get involved.
Vedat Gashi cares about our community and wants to ensure that we will stand up against hateful policies that damage our core values. Up2US enthusiastically endorses Vedat Gashi for Westchester County Legislator, District 4.
To learn more about Vedat Gashi, go to https://www.facebook.com/Gashi4NewYork/