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Covid Legislation

Our city has been decimated by Covid, and while all of us have suffered, working class communities and communities of color have been hardest. This is due to uneven access to health care, the racialized nature of work, pre-existing health disparities, and dense living conditions. To truly protect from our city from Covid and future crises, we need an intersectional approach.

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Health Care

  • Work with State colleagues to pass the New York Health act. I believe healthcare is a human right and no one should be denied healthcare based on their ability to pay. Any universal coverage passed needs to also include vision, dental, mental health services, trans-affirming health care and cover our undocumented neighbors.
  • Covid testing needs to be permanently free
  • Covid vaccines need to be permanently free
  • Expand access to NYC Cares
  • Enact a citywide moratorium on public hospital closures — The closure of public hospitals in recent decades is repugnant and impractical, and I will oppose any measures to close or privatize public hospitals.
  • Address underlying health disparities which in part led to racially disproportionate impacts of Covid — Health indicators in working class communities of color such as life expectancy, diabetes, or hypertension are all significantly worse than in wealthier, whiter communities. Chronic underlying health conditions leave people significantly more at risk when dealing with Covid. Working class communities often lack access to healthy food, house a disproportionate share of noxious industry, lack green space and suffer from the public health epidemic of racism.

Covid and Essential Workers

  • Require mandatory PPE standards and infection control protocols at all worksites.
  • Expand hazard pay legislation for the duration of the pandemic to ensure frontline workers are properly compensated.
  • Expand sick pay to include gig economy workers.
  • Require minimum staffing ratios in health care institutions to provide adequate care for patients and protect our health care workers.


Justice Issues

  • Decarcerate!
  • Provide homeless people with shelter — My councilwoman, Karen Koslowitz, openly traded a vote in favor of the borough-based jail plan for a guarantee to shift homeless families out of a hotel in my neighborhood. This level of cruelty keeps me awake at night. We can no longer allow leaders who would rather see our neighbors jailed than sheltered.
  • Educational equity — Schools closed while too many students didn’t have access to the basic technology they needed to adequately participate in remote learning.

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Saving Our Small Businesses

For the past decade, I’ve seen small businesses that make our community vibrant close up shop, only to be replaced by a high-end retailer or national chain; or they simply remain an empty storefront. The pandemic has worsened this crisis. On the Council, I’ll fight for our small businesses, advocating for policies to address ridiculously high commercial rents that favor chains and luxury developers over our mom-and-pop enterprises. I’ll ensure local businesses have access to grants, low-interest loans, and the support services they need to thrive while they continue to serve and employ our neighbors.

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Commercial Rent

I will reintroduce and support the Small Business Job Survival Act. The Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA) is a bill that would:

  • Give commercial tenants a guaranteed minimum 10-year lease along with the right to renewal
  • Allow tenants to negotiate terms during the lease renewal process with the potential for binding arbitration if fair terms can not be found
  • Restrict landlords from pushing their property taxes on to small businesses

I will also work to pass Commercial Rent Control. Any commercial rent control bill I would sponsor would need to include:

  • Long term leases
  • Eligibility for the arts and creative venues (music spaces, art studios etc.) to qualify for rent regulation
  • A rent guidelines board (the body that decides upon rent increases) that is made up of small business owners, community members, immigrants and people of color

City Contracts

  • NYC should give preference to worker cooperatives when contracting out city services. This would substantially grow the alternative economy in NYC
  • We routinely fall short on New York’s goal of using M/BWE’s (Minority/Women owned Business Enterprises) for our city services. We need to rapidly increase city contracts going to M/BWE’s to achieve our 30 percent goal.  Over the coming years I want to see that goal increase to 50 percent  


City Planning

  • Redesign street space to accommodate community and small business use, not solely automobiles. Active and accessible neighborhoods help communities thrive and small businesses grow.
  • Use zoning to limit the number and size of chain retailers in the city. The Upper West Side was able to use special enhanced commercial district zoning to limit large scale retailers and big banks. I would be interested in expanding that model throughout the city to give our small businesses a leg up.


Provide Financial Help to Small Businesses

  • Create a NYC public bank that is focused on helping New Yorkers (as opposed to its own bottom line). A public bank can more aptly work with New Yorkers to provide low interest loans, invest in small business and grow the alternative economy in NYC.
  • Increase access to grants and small business loans for businesses suffering from the pandemic.

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Education

The New York City public school system should be the envy of the nation, but failed leadership, bad policy decisions and executive waste now pit communities against each other, with educational success determined by your zip code. As a parent and youth coach I am committed to working with parents and caretakers in our community to get our teachers the resources they need, while ensuring our education system is fair and equitable to all our community’s children.

I also recognize that a child’s educational outcomes are dependent on so many factors, including housing, nutrition, healthcare, and their parents’ employment and income. Our children’s education should be centered in community. Fighting to secure affordable housing, good jobs, access to meals, and healthcare will positively impact learning for our kids.

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CUNY

  • I align myself with the students, faculty and staff who have laid out demands for a New Deal for CUNY. 
  • Make CUNY free (like it used to be) for New Yorkers -- This would cost a total of 796 million dollars a year, which means that [ fully funding CUNY for five years is less than the annual police budget. 
  • Work with CUNY adjuncts to demand better working conditions and higher salaries. Adjuncts should be paid a living wage of $7,000 per class.
  • Divest all CUNY finances from fossil fuels, and transition all CUNY campuses to 100 percent renewable energy.
  • Establish a Fair Fare program for CUNY students to alleviate transportation costs for low income students.
  • Hire more mental health counselors, academic advisors and other support staff - Currently the ratio of mental health support to students is nearly 1:3,000. The international accreditation for counseling services recommends a ratio of 1:1,000.


Culturally Responsive Education

We can have integrated schools, but if we don’t change who works at schools, and what gets taught in schools, we haven’t truly solved the problem:


  • Ensure that the staff at all levels in the school system reflects the diversity of the student body they help educate by:
  • Hiring an additional 1,500 school staff of color for this coming school year. 
  • Create an ongoing pipeline for teachers of color.
  • Mandate that over the long term the DOE creates reports of staff diversity by title
  • Mandate ongoing professional development for staff led by culturally responsive education experts. Professional development must include anti-racism training and social-emotional instruction.
  • Decolonize our curriculum by offering a wide array of classes, projects and resources that reflect the unique diversity of NYC’s students.  
  • Work to implement courses at all grade levels that study the heritage of African, Latinx, Asian, Middle Eastern and Native peoples. 
  • Implement courses that focus on gender, LGBTQ rights and religious customs.
  • Expand current curriculum to insert a wider array of diverse and culturally reflective resources. 
  • Propose legislation that would require classroom book sections and school libraries have significant resources and books that are by and about people of color.
  • Facilitate community engagement that includes parents and community, not just students.


School to Prison Pipeline

  • Implement full time restorative justice counselors in every school.
  • Remove metal detectors from schools.
  • Implement social-emotional learning advisories in all schools 
  • End zero tolerance policies such as suspensions which disproportionately affect black and brown students.
  • Invest in school guidance counselors and social workers and mandate that every school have a social worker - Citywide, there is one social worker for every 622 students. In 2017, 45 percent of all schools had no social workers. We are not providing the care our students need. Student behavior incidents are most successfully dealt with by people who are trained in best practices for handling emotional crises. I join the Alliance for Quality Education in calling for a 1:100 ratio of mental health support staff to students.
  • Remove police from schools and redirect the $450 million annual budget paid to school police to fund comprehensive, trauma-informed mental health protocols - Schools that have the highest incidents of suspensions and arrests should instead receive targeted funding for mental health interventions and direct support services for students. 


School integration

  • Adopt equitable admissions policies to facilitate high school integration - Equitable admission policies balance student choice with integration goals, to ensure students can go to the schools they are interested in and that high schools become integrated.
  • Adopt district wide equitable admissions programs for elementary and middle schools in our district - Our district is diverse but segregated. A district wide equitable admissions program would seek to have each individual school reflect the overall demographics of the district.
  • Explore School Pairing as an option to integrate our elementary schools - School pairing takes two segregated schools, combines them into one school, and uses one building for the lower grades (k-2) and one for the upper grades (3-5).
  • Expand the use of inclusionary admissions practices to facilitate integration, and work to eliminate the use of exclusionary school screening that ultimately segregates our school children. 
  • Create an office of student integration. That office needs to include students in the process.
  • Follow the 5R framework of integration created by students throughout the NYC school system: Race and Enrollment, Resource Equity, Relationships across Groups, Restorative Justice, and Representation
  • Ensure classroom diversity in addition to school diversity - There are schools that may seem diverse as a whole, but become internally segregated due to gifted and talented, and other specialized programs. DOE must ensure that diverse schools do not become segregated internally by transitioning to school-wide enrichment models.


Holistic Education 

  • Reduce the reliance on regents and other standardized testing and incorporate holistic educational models.
  • Limit class sizes 
  • Provide ongoing professional development in trauma-informed and social-emotional instruction
  • Fight for universal broadband so students engaging in remote learning have the resources they need.


School Funding

  • Address the sources of local school funding at the city level and re-examine the property tax system - A child’s zip code should not determine the quality of education they get. 
  • Fully fund fair student funding at 100 percent for all students. 
  • Create a commission to review the fair student funding formula and recommend changes that ensures an equitable distribution of resources.
  • Fully advocate for the four billion dollars owed to the NYC school system by New York State. It is not normal or logical to be defunding our education system. 
  • Require transparency in DOE finances. 
  • Fully fund the school capital plan to eliminate overcrowding and upgrade facilities. 
  • Guarantee fully funded student transportation by issuing free unlimited metrocards to students.
  • Fully fund and expand the translation services the DOE provides.
  • Equalize PTA funding through pooled funds to the lowest income schools


School Control

  • Give students voting power on PEP 
  • Build out a Borough Student Advisory Council
  • Have the NYC Council be able to make appointments to the PEP
  • Give City Council consent power over chancellor appointments
  • Ban the sharing of student data with private companies

 

Inclusivity

  • Provide universal afterschool programs in all schools.
  • Fill the shortage of special ed teachers and bilingual teachers. 
  • Provide digital readiness programming for immigrant families. 


Charter schools

  • Implement a five year moratorium on new Charter Schools.
  • Implement a moratorium on public funds for Charter Schools
  • Have NY State audit the impact of larger charter networks
  • Halt the co-locations of Charter Schools.


Accessibility in Education

  • Invest in accessibility modifications for our schools (only 18 percent of schools are currently accessible!).
  • Require that any new space being rented or bought by the DOE be ADA compliant.
  • Publish easy to access information on school accessibility throughout the city so that families can make informed decisions about where to send their students.

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Housing

I believe housing is a human right. Our leadership has failed in many ways, but none more so than the affordability crisis that our city faces. Everyday New Yorkers are finding themselves rent burdened, while others are suddenly unhoused thanks to the fallout from COVID-19. Even in neighborhoods like ours, rent continues to climb out of reach for middle class folks. Before COVID-19 hit, 29% of households in our district were severely rent burdened. I’m a renter myself, with a husband and three kids sharing a two-bedroom Kew Gardens apartment, and our ability to buy a home here feels further away than ever.

What we need is truly affordable housing, not more development that leads to half-empty, overpriced condominiums that serve as investment properties while thousands of families get pushed out. Having earned an urban planning degree, I understand how we need to reform zoning laws, prioritize community input, and enact policies that level the playing field for renters, and make it possible for working families to lay permanent roots in their communities.


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City Planning

  • Follow the lead of large cities all over the country by creating a comprehensive city plan that ensures equity, transparency, accountability and democratic input. 
  • Propose legislation to require the mayor's office to create a city plan. Requiring city plans would help counter the inequitable, piecemeal approach we have seen under the current administration.


Community Planning and 197-a

Section 197-a of the City Charter allows community boards to propose community plans to guide the growth, development and improvement of a specific community. However, without  adequate resources for community boards to create community plans, and without any resolution that makes these plans binding, only 12 such community plans have been adopted since 1989. These plans are a great way for the community to have self-determination and democratic control over their own neighborhood. As such we’d like to:

  • Change the rules for 197-a plans to ensure the plans have teeth.
  • All community boards should have appropriate budgets to ensure their ability to create and implement a community plan.
  • Create an independent planning office to work with local community boards in helping create and resource community plans.
  • Require that any actions taken by a city agency that are contrary to the community plan be justified to the board and community in writing. After submission, the public should have time and opportunity to respond, and power to veto any changes.
  • Require a nine person voting majority on the City Planning Commission for a project to move forward -- The City Planning Commission is a 13 member body comprised of seven members appointed by the mayor, one member appointed by the public advocate, and one member appointed by each borough president. If all seven members whom the mayor appoints vote to approve a project, it will move forward. We propose changing this system to require a nine person voting majority to ensure local support of a project.


Make ULURP More Transparent

Fundamental changes need to happen with the ULURP process to increase democratic control and accountability, and ensure equity and transparency.

  • Require public notice for all Pre-ULURP meetings -- Many of the deals and decisions that are supposed to happen during the ULURP process now happen Pre-ULURP, thereby circumventing the democratic input that ULURP was supposed to guarantee. Requiring public notice and public meetings would help shine light on the deals made before the official ULURP process begins.
  • The metrics used for Environmental Impact Studies for rezoning applications should be subject to public review and changes. 
  • Add Racial Equity Impact Statements as a metric for environmental impact studies, as well of studies on school and hospital capacity.


Community Boards

  • Community Planners on Community Boards -- Increase funding for Community Boards to be able to hire a community planner. This would allow Boards to fulfill their purpose of community planning, and  to get quality advice and expertise on technical land use applications
  • Ensure the Community Board adequately reflects the community it serves by requiring representation in terms of race, gender, age, religion, orientation, class, industry and renter and homeowners. 
  • Increase the relative weight of a Community Board's vote during the ULURP process, so that the community where a rezoning would take place has the most say in the decision- making process.


Affordability

  • Community Land Trusts --Our campaign views CLT’s as a democratic solution to ensure long-term deep affordability. 
  • Automatically Enroll Seniors and people with disabilities into SCRIE and DRIE --The SCRIE and DRIE programs freeze rent levels for eligible seniors and disabled individuals on fixed incomes. Yet these programs remain vastly underutilized; less than half of the eligible people have enrolled. To address this, we believe eligible individuals should be automatically enrolled. This would alleviate rent burdens for our vulnerable populations all over the city. 


ADU’s and Cellar Conversions

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) are a cheap way to create new affordable housing units all over the city while also providing revenue to homeowners. Not allowing new ADU conversions doesn’t make them go away, it just means they are less safe and creates an underground, unregulated market that hurts tenants and homeowners alike. I fully sign on to the Base Campaigns Blueprint for Basement apartments (which I outline below):

  • Fully fund the conversion and legalization of cellar and basement apartments -- This includes enough funding to complete the basement pilot project in East New York. It also must include funding for affordable financing for homeowners and funding to help tenants and homeowners through the legalization process.
  • Legalize basement and cellar conversions 
  • Waive the parking requirements that mandate additional parking space be available when adding basements units.
  • Offer low interest loans to homeowners so they can fund conversions.
  • Create a pathway to legalization for homeowners who currently have tenants in their basements. This would allow homeowners to bring basement units up to code.
  • Regulate newly constructed basement apartments to ensure their long-term affordability.


Homelessnes

  • Rapidly increase the availability of Permanent Supportive Housing units -- Permanent Supportive Housing provides affordable housing with vital support services for people living with mental health, HIV or other health problems. It has been proven to save taxpayer money by avoiding costly emergency room bills while simultaneously reducing homelessness and improving lives.
  • Build upon the Housing First Model - Housing First provides long-term street homeless individuals with stable housing. Expedite the timeline for the 30,000 units due in 2030 to finish sooner.
  • For the duration of the Covid crisis, I believe we need to provide every person experiencing homelessness with a single room and services.
  • I firmly oppose relocating the 300 homeless individuals from the Lucerne Hotel


NYCHA

  • Invest in NYCHA -- Even prior to Covid, NYCHA had a $35-42 billion funding deficit. We understand we are in a severe budget shortfall, yet funding NYCHA needs to be a priority. We need to invest more city dollars into NYCHA while also lobbying the federal government for investment.
  • I firmly oppose Infilling, the RAD program and any other effort to privatize NYCHA in any way.


State Advocacy

  • There are a handful of issues that, due to limited authority, we do not have direct control over but that I still intend to advocate and fight for. These include:
  • Covid-19 related rent relief bills -- We are in support of the rent cancellation bills in the State Senate to provide relief for struggling renters. 
  • Changes to AMI -- We want to see the determinants for Area Median Income reflect the neighborhood’s actual median income so that we can achieve real affordability.
  • Pied-A-Terre and other taxes -- We are in support of the Pied-A-Terre tax, the flip tax and ending the 421a subsidy.
  • Tax Lien Reform -- We saw how predatory tax lien sales became in the last economic crash. Private companies should not  benefit from the hardships of New Yorkers. 
  • A Green New Deal for Public Housing -- This would require federal investment but would provide better living conditions, a sustainable future, and jobs. 
  • Fight for a New York Homes Guarantee to guarantee housing for all New Yorkers.

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Transit

Pedestrian and cyclist fatalities are out of control, mass transit is in a perpetual state of disrepair, and our transit system fails at being accessible for the New Yorkers who need it most. We can approach transit from a city planning lens to increase safety, allow communities and businesses to thrive, expand our options in transit deserts, increase accessibility and fix mass transit. Better transit helps everyone; it alleviates traffic congestion, reduces our greenhouse gas emissions, allows our air to be cleaner and provides citywide health benefits.

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Cyclist and Pedestrian Safety

  • Expand bike lanes in the district and finally finish Queens Boulevard.
  • Build a city-wide network of bike lanes that serves all New Yorkers, especially neighborhoods that are transit deserts.
  • Increase pedestrian safety by increasing crosswalk times and installing more medians to ensure seniors and otherly abled individuals have plenty of time to cross safely.
  • Implement and expand the Reckless Driver Accountability Act to hold the most dangerous drivers accountable, and ensure they improve their driving safety through a restorative, educational approach.
  • Decriminalize jaywalking, biking on the sidewalk, and biking without a bell. These infractions are largely enforced in communities of color that lack adequate cycling infrastructure in the first place.
  • I want to work with the DMV to include cyclists’ rights on the permitting test, so that new drivers learn about cyclist safety from day one.
  • Create a test pilot for “Idaho Stops” to allow cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs and red lights as stop signs.


Mass Transit

  • Fully electrify the bus network. Considering 75 percent of bus depots are in communities of color, this has deep environmental justice implications. It is also financially prudent. A NYC-EJA study shows that an electric bus would pay for itself in 3-7 years in avoided maintenance and gas costs.
  • Install Bus shelters and benches at all NYC bus stops — for people with mobility impairments, a bus shelter and bench can make all the difference in deciding to leave the house or stay home. Only 27 percent of bus stops have benches or shelters. It is a non-expensive investment to make, and will greatly benefit our elders and mobility-impaired New Yorkers.
  • Pilot a Free Transfer program between the LIRR and NYC MTA — in our part of Queens, the LIRR is a staple of mass transit usage. Yet transferring from the LIRR to a bus or train is not a free transfer. I would like us to pilot a program, starting with seniors and low-income folks, to provide free transfers between these systems.
  • Reduce LIRR fares for NYC residents
  • Fight to expand the Fair Fares program to be able to reach more low income New Yorkers
  • Fight to make the Q60 run express, and increase Select Bus Service in our district.

Work with New York State to:

  • Oppose the funding for police within the MTA
  • Secure funding to increase accessibility at all of New York's train stops
  • Secure funding from the Federal Government to invest in our mass transit system


City Planning

  • Pilot and work to implement the Superblock Model — shared streets models block out certain residential and commercial segments of the city to be primarily used by pedestrians, cyclists and small businesses and give more space back to leisure activities.
  • Expand Car-Free Streets programs — the city piloted a car-free street on 14th Street in Manhattan and saw commute times plummet without an increase in private traffic times.

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Elder Care

Our elders deserve to be cared for so that they can age in place here in their communities, where they have laid their roots and built so much for us. I will fight to ensure they have the resources and services that they need to live their golden years in dignity and with care.

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Housing

  • Allow older adults to apply for affordable housing for Seniors at age 50 — Often affordable housing waiting lists are more than a decade long, yet people cannot apply for SCRIE or put themselves on a waiting list until age 60. By reducing the application age to 50, we allow more New Yorkers access to affordable housing before they are in a housing crisis.
  • Support more Seniors by expanding the SCHE income limits — Certain seniors are eligible for a property tax exemption called Senior Citizen Homeowners’ Exemption (SCHE), currently only available to seniors who earn a combined family income of under $38,000. Expanding that income limitation to $50,000 would support more low-income seniors and families.
  • Provide funding for age-friendly home renovations — Allowing seniors to age in place benefits everyone. Providing funds for renovations such as ramps or wider doors for wheelchairs is far cheaper to taxpayers than to pay for costly nursing homes.
  • Require landlords to make age-friendly renovations for Seniors — NYC requires landlords to install window guards in units that house young children; the city should seek to require landlords to make age-friendly renovations for Senior renters as well. Any modifications should not qualify as major capital improvements that would be used to increase rent.
  • Improve NYCHA’s Senior infrastructure — NYCHA has 78,000 seniors, making it the single largest housing provider for older New Yorkers. City council and NYCHA need to create a comprehensive plan to aid seniors living in NYCHA that includes funding more senior centers in NYCHA buildings, and improving accessibility throughout NYCHA complexes.
  • Require higher minimum staffing ratios at nursing homes.


Transit

  • Resume and Expand the E-hail pilot project — As opposed to normal Access-A-Ride which must be booked in advance, the E-hail pilot provided on-demand booking of taxi services for the price of a Metrocard. We need to expand that program to more seniors around the city.
  • Increase pedestrian safety by increasing crosswalk times and installing more medians to ensure seniors and otherly abled individuals have plenty of time to cross safely. 
  • Install Bus shelters and benches at all NYC bus stops - For people with mobility impairments, a bus shelter and bench can make all the difference in deciding to leave the house or stay home. Only 27 percent of bus stops have benches or shelters. It is a non expensive investment to make, and will greatly benefit our elders and mobility impaired New Yorkers.
  • Pilot a free transfer program between the LIRR and NYC MTA - In our part of Queens, the LIRR is a staple of mass transit usage. Yet transferring between systems (from the LIRR to a bus or train) is not a free transfer. I would like to see us pilot a program, starting with seniors and low income folks to provide free transfers between these systems.


Community

  • Increase funding for senior centers and provide non-English and culturally competent programing for seniors around the city.
  • Expand senior centers services to provide evening and weekend meals for seniors. For seniors on a budget, often senior centers are the most reliable accessible nutritious food.
  • Build more Adult Playgrounds — We need to fund adult playgrounds with weight lifting machines suitable for seniors.
  • Invest in NORCs - Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) are completely uneven throughout the city. 30 percent of NORCS exist in only 3 districts. We need to invest in NORCs equitably throughout the city.
  • Invest in and support programs that provide a continuum of care such as adult day care and geriatric mental health programs

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Climate Justice

I worry more than ever about my children growing up on an uninhabitable planet, and I know the science is loud and clear that we need to act urgently. The climate crisis is also a racial justice issue; communities of color shoulder a disproportionate load of the city’s noxious industries, suffer from disproportionate climate related-health impacts, and are most vulnerable to extreme weather events, all while contributing less greenhouse gases than wealthier, whiter communities. Any climate proposals I work towards will address economic, social and racial injustices through an environmental justice lens. Addressing our climate emergency is a vehicle to create new Green Collar jobs and affordable housing, support local businesses, and build a better, reliable, and safer transportation system.

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Reducing our Green House Gas Emissions

  • We must ensure the full and on time implementation of the historic Climate Mobilization Act while ultimately working to expand it by including city owned buildings, NYCHA and rent regulated buildings.
  • We can also strengthen the Climate Mobilization Act by expanding the green roof program to incentivize the creation of green roofs on existing buildings.
  • I am a strong supporter of the Renewable Rikers Act. Obtaining 400 acres of land in NYC is a once in a generation opportunity that we can use to amp up our renewable energy production.
  • Replace Peaker Power Plants that are particularly harmful to the environment and often cited in low income communities of color, causing disproportionate adverse health impacts. 
  • Invest in community owned solar cooperatives, like the model created by UPROSE in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
  • As we increase our renewables, we will also need to refuse all new fossil fuel infrastructure. On this front, I firmly oppose the North Brooklyn Pipeline, firmly opposed the NESE pipeline and the Spectra pipeline, and will always fight against any proposed fossil fuel infrastructure coming into the city.
  • Work with colleagues in the State Senate to accomplish shifting utilities from private, for profit control, to public democratic control. 
  • Pass Intro 439 -- Intro 439 would require the DOT to install 100 fast electric car charging stations per borough, and install chargers in new public parking spaces. We need to completely transition away from fossil fuels, and the best thing the city can do to make that happen is provide the infrastructure necessary to facilitate that transition. 


Reducing Waste

  • Recommit to achieving a zero waste city by 2030. Do this by in the following ways: 
  • Fully expand composting and make it mandatory for all New York city residents; Organic waste makes up nearly ⅓ of NYC’s residential waste stream. Removing 80 percent of that from landfills and composting it instead would cut the equivalent of 4 billion pounds of CO2, or the equivalent of moving 385,000 cars off the road.
  • Building upon the plastic bag ban to include other unnecessary plastics.
  • Create Single Stream recycling to allow ease of use for residents to expand recycling. 
  • Activate all the marine transfer stations in NYC -- Currently, Manhattan is still trucking its trash to the outer boroughs, as opposed to using or building the marine transfer stations that were planned for the borough of Manhattan. It’s time to further implement waste equity in NYC.


Water Rights and Combined Sewage Overflows

  • Invest in Green Infrastructure -- Building out our Green Infrastructure such as Bioswales will provide jobs, reduce our carbon output, and can help reduce stormwater and mitigate the chances of a combined sewage overflow event.
  • We should follow the lead of 800 cities around the country and change how our utility bill is structured to include a separate stormwater fee and tiered water usage rates. 
  • Separate stormwater fees would charge buildings not only by water usage but by storm water runoff. Currently, a big box store with an impervious parking lot may not use as much potable water as a single family residence, but they contribute way more stormwater during rainfalls to our sewage system. They should be charged for that.
  • Charging for stormwater incentivizes investments in green infrastructure.
  • Property owners would save on their water bills and put a more equitable burden of our water bill on larger corporations and big box stores.
  • Tiered water rates -- With tiered rates, the rate for every gallon increases if water consumption crosses a threshold. For example, ratepayers may pay $5 for the first 500 gallons a month and $7.50 for every 500 gallons after that. If properly designed, customers that put a serious burden on the infrastructure pay more for its upkeep, while incentivizing lower water usage.


City Planning for Equity and Resiliency

  • Create a comprehensive resiliency plan -- We routinely fall short in equitable planning for coastal resiliency. A comprehensive resiliency plan can ensure we are approaching our coastlines equitably throughout the city.
  • Create a comprehensive city plan-- Communities of color house an astronomical share of NYC’s noxious facilities in part because those areas are zoned for that use. We need to consider a new approach to zoning that allows for radically expanded community input and an equitable distribution of the manufacturing zones throughout the city. 

Finances

  • Create a public bank --Our municipal money is held in a conglomeration of 26 banks. These banks are all Wall Street banks that heavily invest in fossil fuel infrastructure (including direct investments into the NESE pipeline). To truly divest, the next step would be to create a public bank, remove all NYC money from Wall Street, and put it to work for the people.


Heat Vulnerability

  • Implement building specific cooling centers in areas that have high heat vulnerable populations. 
  • Expand hours, access and outreach of cooling centers in neighborhoods with high heat vulnerability indexes (which are nearly all communities of color) 
  • Update the metrics on heat related mortalities to have an accurate count to guide city planning and city policy.

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Criminal Justice and Community Safety

In NYC, as across the nation, our policing system is broken and resistant to any meaningful reform. This year’s smoke-and-mirrors city budget promised to shift resources to where they are truly needed, but fell far short. Healthy communities are safe communities. It’s time we prioritize our schools, healthcare, housing, social services, and the needs of our city’s workers, while building a future where solutions are rooted in community care and justice. 

A budget is nothing if not a statement of priorities, a moral document. We spend $1 on policing, compared to $0.01 on workforce investment. Our priorities are wrong. When we say yes to one thing, we say no to something else. A yes to a bloated policing budget of $11 billion a year is a no to things like supportive housing, education, sanitation healthcare, and so much more. It’s time to invest in healthy, thriving communities and addressing root causes.

Simply put: if throwing more and more money at policing was the answer, our problems would be fixed by now. It’s time to build a care economy and a better future for all.



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Rightsize the Police Budget

  • Require budget transparency so NYPD’s spending is more publicly accountable
  • Pay misconduct settlements from the police budget instead of the municipal general fund
  • Divert NYPD’s presence away from non-police activities such as homeless outreach, mental health crises,fare evasion, and social distancing enforcement. Instead, invest diverted funds into agencies better equipped to handle these challenges 
  • End the use of expensive (and morally repugnant) surveillance infrastructure 
  • Freeze all new police hires 

Reinvest in Our Communities

  • Invest in effective mental health and substance abuse treatment, and summer youth employment programs, and ending homelessness.
  • Invest in public defender offices so that we have enough staff, pay, and resources to provide high-quality legal representation to all New Yorkers, irrespective of their means. 
  • Invest in restorative justice programs in New York.
  • Establish a crisis intervention team separate from the NYPD to handle mental illness and psychiatric distress.

Overhaul the Civilian Complaint Review Board 

The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) has been ineffective because it lacks teeth. For example, out of 5,000 police misconduct complaints (which included things such as harassment, physical violence, intimidation and racial profiling) in 2017 only ⅓ were even investigated, nearly ¾ of the disciplinary action recommendations were thrown out, and 0 officers were fired. To make the CCRB effective, we need to:

  • Make the CCRB into an elected body, rather than one appointed by City Hall
  • Expand the CCRB’s authority to subpoena, investigate, and prosecute officers; currently they can only make recommendations to the police commissioner
  • Make CCRB rulings binding; the police commissioner cannot be allowed to reverse CCRB decisions

Support Protest Movements

  • Remove barriers to obtaining protest permits
  • End surveillance of activists and movements
  • Remove militarized police from protests
  • Propose legislation banning the use of violent police tactics on peaceful protestors, e.g. tear gas, pepper spray, mass arrests, rubber bullets, etc.

 

Reform the scope of policing

  • Propose legislation to create a separate emergency dispatch to answer 911 calls and send appropriate first responders (mental health professionals, EMTs, etc.) instead of defaulting to police
  • Remove compulsory education laws that involve police in matters of student truancy
  • Remove NYPD from traffic-related enforcement
  • End disorderly conduct as an arrestable offense -- Disorderly conduct is often used as a justification to arrest homeless individuals for activities like panhandling, which only serves to reinforce the cycle of homelessness. 
  • Instead, we should move homeless outreach outside of the scope of the NYPD
  • On the State level, demilitarize the police by opting the NYPD out of the 1033 program which allows the police to receive used military equipment from the federal government 
  • Eliminate the Vice Squad, which is the unit responsible for policing of gambling and sex work. 

 

Institute Better Practices

  • End the use of Compstat, the NYPD’s crime tracking system which drives police quota culture and puts pressure on officers to issue more tickets or arrests than necessary to continually improve statistics
  • City council should be able to confirm and remove the police commissioner appointment
  • Reduce the power of police unions and encourage the AFL-CIO and other labor groups to denounce police unions. All police union contract negotiations should be made public, and they should not include provisions that limit civilian oversight 
  • Remove police contract provisions that give officers paid administrative leave or desk-duty after a police shooting or a felony charge

 

Work to Decriminalize

  • We must decriminalize activities that do not compromise public safety in any way and should not be crimes or under NYPD jurisdiction. These include: 
  • Drug Possession
  • Drug Usage
  • Loitering
  • Disturbing the Peace 
  • Sex Work
  • Fare Evasion and other petty offenses.
  • Advocate for Safe Injection Sites -- I view Safe Injection Sites as a very active step in the right direction of removing drugs as a criminal justice issue and viewing it as a public health epidemic 

 

Close Rikers and #No New Jails

  • We must follow through with the plan to close Rikers by 2026 
  • Once closed, I support the Renewable Rikers Act vision to turn Rikers Island into a renewable energy hub for NYC, change the name (which is named after the Riker family, which was a slave holding family), and include a memorial that informs the public about brutal history of the island
  • I fundamentally oppose the borough-based jails plan. Instead of building new jails, we can keep incarceration low by employing the decarceration and decriminalization methods discussed above
  • The 11 billion dollars that would have been spent on new jails should be invested in our communities instead
  • End solitary confinement in NYC jails (and in NY state prisons) which is tantamount to torture
  • End all fine and fees associated with the criminal justice process such as court costs, parole and probation fees and cash bail

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Confronting Antisemitism, Islamophobia and Anti-Asian Hate

Over the last few years, as white supremacist forces have been emboldened across the country, we have seen an alarming spike in antisemitism, islamophobia and anti-asian hate crimes in NYC. In 2019 alone, antisemitic violence accounted for 242 out of the 420 hate crimes reported, which is an 86 percent rise since 2015. My commitment and vision for combatting white supremacy perfectly aligns with the vision of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. They write: “Our security is inextricably linked to the safety of all oppressed people, and that our shared joy and power is dependent on all of us working together to create a world free from antisemitism, racism, xenophobia, and other forms of bigotry.”

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Education

  • Expand hate-crime-prevention educational programming in all New York City middle and high schools
  • Expand and mandate the DOE to increase the number of teacher trainings on hate and discrimination so teachers are prepared to effectively educate students on these topics
  • Include news literacy programming in public school education to help students identify misinformation online and in the news
  • Expand Kosher and Halal food to all NYC public school cafeterias so students from all backgrounds can have their dietary needs accommodated.
  • Implement culturally responsive education in schools. Expand current school curriculum to insert a wider array of diverse and culturally reflective resources.


Strengthen Community Responses

  • Fully fund the NYC Against Hate pilot that members of JFREJ and the Coalition Against Hate organized, and expand it to districts all over NYC
  • Within the context of NYC Against Hate, fund and expand the availability of bystander intervention trainings to empower community members to know how to intervene as an ally if they witness antisemitic or other discriminatory acts
  • Pilot community restorative justice practices that focus on a) transforming the perspectives of those who seek to do harm and b) provide peer support and counseling for those who are survivors of hate or violence
  • Implement rapid response tactics to hate violence such as community alerts, town halls, neighborhood safety training and neighborhood education training that spans multiple identities
  • Fund community-based organizations to gather hate-related data — Gaining accurate data for antisemitism and other hate crimes allows the city to respond appropriately to identify strategies to curb its prevalence
  • Support the Hate Crimes Analysis and Review Act on the State level
  • Engage in culturally competent public health outreach to popularize public health protocols — this would help prevent Covid infection rates from climbing while simultaneously working to curb scapegoating of the Jewish community for Covid spikes.


Government Response

  • Fully fund and staff the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes — The newly formed office, which received nearly $2 million in funding for FY 2020 was entirely defunded and eliminated in the FY 2021 budget. We need to restart, staff and fund this agency so that it can get to work rooting out hate in ways that prioritize justice and prevention.

Language Justice

  • I support legislation that identifies a community's language needs to determine the resources necessary to ensure that city services and meetings (such as community boards) are reflective of the languages spoken. I would include in the intro a provision for city agencies to audit their services and provide a detailed report on barriers related to language access in the administration of city services so that we can better identify the areas and specific needs to secure language justice. 
  • We also need a citywide plan for translating in times of crisis to make sure that all New Yorkers, documented or not, have access to vital information and resources. We should be recruiting and hiring dedicated interpreters, not contracting these services out. 



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Labor / Workers’ Rights

I entirely oppose neoliberal economic measures that seek to prioritize the needs of business over the needs of workers. I will always put the needs of workers at the center of my policy making. I will stand with unions and join picket lines and striking workers. I plan to do everything in my power to improve the material conditions of working class New Yorkers.

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  • Expand Sick Pay to gig economy workers and independent contractors
  • Pass a just cause termination law to provide unprecedented protections to workers from being fired or having their hours reduced
  • Expand Uber regulations passed last legislative term to mandate minimum wage laws include other apps such as Doordash and Postmates
  • Expand Hazard Pay to all frontline workers during the pandemic
  • Support the One Fair Wage and tip credit elimination to ensure restaurant servers and other tip based workers receive minimum wage
  • Support and encourage city council staff unionization drives
  • On the state level I believe we need to end the misclassification of gig economy workers as independent contractors. Classifying workers as independent contractors allows these large corporations to skirt around every basic labor protection we have won over the last century, such as minimum wage, sick leave and overtime.
  • Support the movement for universal broadband and neighborhood-based free WiFi

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Immigrant Rights

Immigrants power our city, have kept our city afloat during the pandemic, and are the backbone of our history and culture. Queens is the borough of immigrants, and District 29 is a district of immigrants, yet we haven’t done enough to protect our families — many of whom have been subject to increased hatred, discrimination and fear over the last four years.

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Make NYC ICE Free

  • Ban ICE from hospitals, homeless shelters, schools, jails and prisons (and all other NYC agencies)
  • Make it illegal for ICE to identify themselves as NYPD
  • Ban the collaboration between NYPD and ICE
  • Prohibit NYC from doing business with any company that shares data with ICE (such as Amazon)
  • Prevent any employer from cooperating with ICE
  • Advocate for the abolition of ICE on the Federal level


Increase Immigration Services

  • Expand funding for immigration legal counsel, so immigrants at risk of deportation will have expanded access to free legal help
  • Invest and expand the availability of know your rights training
  • Invest in services such as immigration integration centers and language access programs


Voting Rights

  • Extend municipal voting rights to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status.

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Disability Justice

The city has a lot of inherently ableist infrastructure and practices. Everything from the way our public meetings are held, how our streets are designed and the layout of our schools all suffer from a lack of accessibility. I plan to partner with the most impacted residents to work on reimagining how our city can function, to ensure accessibility for all.

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Employment

  • Requiring that the City’s employment practices include data on the City’s hiring of people with disabilities with specific breakdowns by “disabilities.” 
  • Strengthen and expand the NYC: ATWORK program by increasing the number of people in 55a and automatically registering people qualified for the NYState 55a program into NYC: ATWORK. 
  • Propose legislation that requires a certain percentage of city contracts go to certified disability-owned businesses
  • Work to implement the FAIR Act at the city level - The FAIRair Act is a bill that bans employers from resolving worker disputes in private arbitration. Private arbitration makes suing employers for any type of discrimination nearly impossible. Outlawing private arbitration would give workers access to the courts, allowing for increased accountability.
  • Allow work from home as a permanent option for workers who have mobility impairments


Mental Health

  • Create a crisis intervention team separate from the NYPD to handle and de-escalate mental health emergencies.
  • Implement oversight of ThriveNYC to understand the purpose, structure and spending of that program.


Accessibility in Education

  • Invest in accessibility modifications for our schools (only 18 percent of schools are currently accessible!).
  • Require that any new space being rented or bought by the DOE be ADA compliant.
  • Publish easy to access information on school accessibility throughout the city so that families can make informed decisions about where to send their students.

Housing

  • Automatically Enroll people with disabilities into DRIE - The DRIE program freezes rent levels for eligible people with disabilities on fixed incomes. Yet these programs remain vastly underutilized; less than half of people who are eligible have enrolled. To address this, we believe eligible individuals should be automatically enrolled. This would alleviate rent burdens for our vulnerable populations all over the city.

Democracy

  • Make Community Board meetings accessible - Require, and fund, sign language interpreters when requested and large print format material. Public meetings should also be accessible through video conferencing with live captioning. 
  • Improve disability voting rights by funding accessible early voting.
  • Require NYCID cards include disability 

lgbtqia

LGBTQIA Rights

As a Queer mother of three, protecting the LBTQIA+ community is a priority for me. Our rights are human rights, and all issues are LGBTQIA+ issues. Changing the scope of policing and halting the borough based jails plan will help all communities who are disproportionately criminalized for their identities. Expanding access to the NYC Cares program will alleviate unequal access to health care.

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In addition to the baseline policy proposals above, I would want to:

  • Expand the accessibility of gender-neutral bathrooms. The easiest first step to take to accomplish this is by requiring all single-occupancy bathrooms to be gender-neutral.
  • Include anti-discrimination and queer-positive educational curriculum in our schools
  • Work with the state to pass the NY Health Act. Until then, expand NYC Cares to cover trans-related healthcare such as hormone therapy and surgeries.
  • Fully fund the Trans Equity Initiative
  • Fully fund the NYC Council Ending the Epidemic which works with CBOs to provide essential services to people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Amend the regulations around city-based business contracts to include LGBTQIA-run enterprises (in addition to M/BWE run enterprises)

reproductivejustice

Reproductive Justice

When our oldest child was born, I could only afford six weeks of maternity leave, and had to return to work before I was fully healed from a complicated childbirth. This was physically and emotionally traumatic. My husband had just one week of parental leave, which deprived him of critical bonding time with our son, and me of much needed help while I was recovering. That is why I support a minimum of three months paid parental leave for new parents, regardless of gender or biological connection to the child. After I gave birth to my second of three, I had to leave my job to take care of my children because childcare costs were too high. I was lucky to have a partner who could support our family while I raised our babies and earned my Master’s degree. But we barely scraped by, living paycheck to paycheck and hand to mouth. I support funding universal childcare, so that parents of all genders can work and know that their children are safe and cared for.

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  • Implement universal childcare - Parents of all genders should be able to go to work and know that their children are safe and cared for. This will help relieve the burden of working moms particularly, and help close a gender gap in wages that is often made worse when mothers like me have to pause their careers.
  • Fully fund abortion, contraception and outpatient OB-GYN services as part of an expanded NYC Cares program. 
  • Mandate a minimum of three months paid parental leave for new parents, regardless of gender or biological connection to the child.
  • Guarantee universal access to doulas, midwives, physicians and nurses to ensure continuity of care
  • Establish a maternal mortality review board to study and implement protocols aimed at reducing maternal mortality with a specific focus on racial disparities. 
  • Make sex education mandatory in New York schools. Include anti-discrimination, consent, sex positive and queer positive educational curriculum in our schools.

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Gender Equity

I believe that our liberation is bound. We aren’t free until women get equal pay for equal work; until rape, domestic violence and sexual harrassments are no longer present realities; and until gender is no longer militantly policed as a binary institution.

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  • Decriminalize sex work
  • Follow Scotland’s example to fully fund universal access to sanitary napkins, tampons, and other menstrual products.
  • Expand the availability of gender-neutral bathrooms — Require all single-occupancy bathrooms to be gender-neutral.
  • Include anti-discrimination, consent-based and queer-positive educational curriculum in our schools.
  • Expand NYC Cares to cover trans-related healthcare, such as hormone therapy and surgeries. Work with the NY legislature to pass universal health care, and ensure trans health care is covered.
  • Provide supportive, affordable housing for survivors — Domestic violence is the single largest reason for family populations to become homeless. We need to implement supportive housing units that are created specifically for survivors. We also can set aside affordable housing stock for survivors.
  • Allow for early lease termination — Nobody should feel like they need to remain in an abusive relationship because they can’t break their lease.
  • Require landlords change all the locks should a survivor request it.
  • Implement universal childcare - Parents of all genders should be able to go to work and know that their children are safe and cared for. This will help relieve the burden of working moms particularly, and help close a gender gap in wages that is often made worse when mothers like me have to pause their careers.
  • Mandate a minimum of three months paid parental leave for new parents, regardless of gender or biological connection to the child.

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Democracy

Democracy is not a spectator sport. We must do everything we can to give power to the people, facilitate widespread participation in our elections and make public engagement easy and accessible.

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Accessibility

  • Make Community Board meetings accessible — Require, and fund, sign language interpreters when requested and large-print material. Public meetings should also be accessible through video conferencing with live captioning.
  • Improve disability voting rights by funding accessible early voting.
  • Automatically send mail-in ballots to all New Yorkers over 65.
  • Increase funding to the Board of Elections to implement-much needed reforms. Chief among them is language access for the immense language diversity of our district and city.


Increase Participation

  • Increase size and scope of participatory budgeting. Have participatory budgeting fund both capital and expense budget projects.
  • Require the City to create and maintain one centralized and user-friendly website for the posting of public notices of hearings and meetings, especially on issues of land use. Creating such a site would help facilitate public participation.
  • Enact same-day voter registration.
  • Make Election Day a city-wide holiday.
  • Expand the number of early voting sites.
  • Allow voting in municipal elections regardless of immigration status.


My office

  • Hold monthly town halls, weekly office hours and mobile weekend hours in all corners of the district to be widely present and available for the needs of my community.
  • Real estate has too much power in our city politics. As such I will not be taking any money from real estate, fossil fuels, police unions or any corporate/private interests.

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Parks and Greenspace

After nearly a year of a pandemic, the need for equitable park access is more important than ever. Too often we see open space being taken up for private purposes by luxury developments in bad rezoning deals. Too often we see working class neighborhoods with far less access to parks and open space than wealthier neighborhoods. Too often we see parks in deteriorating conditions due to a lack of prioritization. There are many models through out the city and country to alleviate these issues. All it takes is the political will.

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  • Invest in parks — Parks receive about .6% of the total City budget. By comparison LA and Chicago give between 2 and 4 percent of their budget to parks and open space. Last year the NYC Parks Department budget was cut by 14 percent ($84 million!) Investing in parks is investing in community health, which in turn is investing in safety.
  • Expand playground access — NYC ranks 48th in access to playgrounds out of the largest 100 municipalities in the US. There are plenty of models to rectify this, such as expanding the Pavement to Playground program which takes abandoned lots and turns them into playgrounds and open space. In District 29 there are only 17 playgrounds compared to to an average of 34 playgrounds per council district
  • Fight against privatization of land — Public space should be for the public. As such, I will fight against the seizure of public land by large development and private interests, as we have seen happen in too many rezonings.
  • Make Open Streets permanent — Open streets and walkable neighborhoods should not only exist during Covid but should be year-round and permanent. More open streets should be implemented throughout Queens and District 29.
  • Fight for equity — Throughout NYC access to parkland, sunlight, and open space is extremely inequitable based on race and class. Within D29, for example, only 4 percent of the district is parkland as opposed to 19 percent city-wide.
  • Fight to implement the Queensway Park Plan — I support the Queensway Plan, a portion of which would be in District 29. It is a relatively inexpensive way to repurpose existing infrastructure,; create a safe, car-free bike path; increase park access throughout my district; and stimulate local economies.

food

Food Policy

I believe fresh, healthy, affordable food is a fundamental human right. We often use the word food deserts, but this is a misnomer. Desserts are naturally occurring phenomena; there is nothing natural about the uneven distribution of food access throughout our city. We need to work to end food insecurity, prioritize workers’ rights, and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in the process.

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  • Codify the Good Food Purchasing Program into law — New York City agencies serve over 240 million meals per year. That’s a lot of purchasing power that we can use to set standards for workers rights, animal welfare, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and greatly help local economies.
  • Expand Kosher, Halal, Vegan, Vegetarian and other food options in all school districts.
  • Support bodegas, small grocers, variety marketplaces and other small vendors in the FRESH program, all of whom may be more successful in expanding food access than large grocery chains (who are currently the only recipients of FRESH subsidies)
  • Invest in community gardens and urban farms — There are over 596 acres of vacant land in NYC. This could be used for food producing lots, helping expand access to healthy local food while also providing jobs.
  • Study the effect of creating caps on the number of fast food restaurants in a given zip code — Too often our food deserts are the same location as food swamps (an area with an overabundance of fast food and other high-calorie, low-nutrition food options).
  • Provide seed funding for food cooperatives in neighborhoods that lack access to healthy food. Food cooperatives are a great way to provide healthy, affordable food in a democratic fashion.
  • Join the Meatless Monday movement by requiring all food served by NYC public agencies on Mondays to be plant-based.

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Arts & Culture

Arts and culture are what makes NYC, NYC. I am particularly aware of the ways that the pandemic has affected artists. Many artists, musicians and creative professionals work gig to gig, and have been out of a steady income for a very long time. I am also aware that it is arts and culture that kept many of us sane throughout the pandemic. We need to fully invest in the arts and pass commercial rent control to ensure our beloved art spaces don’t shutter while also working to take care of our artists and cultural producers.

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  • Make the Open Culture bills permanent — The Open Culture bills allow for artists and performers who don’t have access to venues due to Covid use public space for artistic purposes. As of now they are set to expire on Oct 31st 2021, I believe they should exist well into the future.
  • Pass Intro 2087 — This would increase the amount of outdoor public space that is available for the arts.
  • Pass Commercial Rent control that guarantees art venues and creative spaces fall within the regulatory framework
  • Within the context of Covid, we should suspend liquor license renewal applications since they are costly and time consuming.
  • Create standards for liquor license applications — We need to create a set of standards as to who does and doesn’t receive liquor license recommendations from the community board. My partner was on the Community Board, and would routinely come home frustrated that business owners of color got denied their applications while white business owners had their applications accepted. The only variable he saw in these applications was melanin. Community boards need clear standards for why applications get accepted or denied when making that decision.
  • Change zoning laws that restrict dancing — Undoing the cabaret law was an important first step, but it wont do as much as it should until we change zoning resolutions so that dancing is allowed in more venues. For all intents and purposes we are still regulating the ability to dance. We must build upon the important work accomplished last term to fully allow the music industry to thrive.
  • Fully fund the Department of Consumer and Worker Protections so they enforce regulations involving artists about compensation and worker rights
  • Expand funding for arts education throughout NYC

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Animal Rights

I find the inhumane treatment of animals for profit heart-wrenching, and fully intend to use the power of this office to pass legislation that facilitates peaceful and harmonious cohabitation. I want to root out animal cruelty where it exists in NYC, and I support laws and practices that recognize the dignity and rights of animals in NYC.

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  • I support State Senate Bill S667 to ban the use of horse-drawn carriages in the city of New York.
  • We need to pass legislation that normalizes the use of service animals. One bill that I support that does that is Intro 524, which requires all public accommodations to post notice stating service animals are allowed in public institutions.
  • NYC should prohibit the sale of fur, except when fur is used for religious custom.
  • The NYC shelter system should have pet care arrangements in place, and provide pet-friendly accommodation for homeless individuals with pet companions.
  • NYC needs to fully fund Trap, Neuter and Release programs throughout the city.
  • I support the WildlifeNYC initiative which works to promotes the peaceful, humane cohabitation with NYC wildlife. This includes addressing the risk of migratory birds colliding with glass buildings throughout the city.

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