Gagarin & Schulman get our votes in District 29

“We believe that Aleda Gagarin is the best candidate for this district [...] From how the city can redefine affordable housing to improving senior services, Gagarin’s vision for the district is inclusive and built around fostering a sense of community between residents.”

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Forest Hills / Rego Park Times
June 15, 2021

NYC Council District 29 Election: Aleda Gagarin Seeks Queens Seat

“I believe that our wellness is shared, that all work has value and all wages should be livable, and that housing, healthcare, quality education, and food security are human rights. I love my community and my neighbors, and want to ensure that all of them can thrive.”

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Forest Hills Patch
June 11, 2021

Check out Who StreetsPAC is Backing for Borough President and Queens Council Seats

StreetsPAC was founded by a group of advocates in 2013. The organization described its mission as electing officials who work to make roadways, sidewalks and plazas safer and more livable and create streets that are efficient for walking, transit, cycling, wheelchair access and vehicle drop offs.

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Queens Post
June 8, 2021

Check Out Who AOC’s PAC is Backing for Queens Council Seats

She announced the PAC’s preferences during a rally Saturday outside City Hall with 60 Democratic Council candidates – including 18 from Queens. All had received a “perfect score” on a questionnaire her PAC created, and each candidate pledged to support objectives like the Green New Deal, Medicare for All and Abolish ICE.

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Sunnyside Post
June 7, 2021

Progressive Activist Cynthia Nixon Endorses Gagarin for Forest Hills Council Seat

“A queer mom and a fierce activist, Aleda will make sure that all New Yorkers have quality housing, healthcare, education, and a just, sustainable future,” Nixon said. “Aleda knows that our wellness is shared, and will leave no New Yorker behind.”

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Forest Hills Post
May 26, 2021

Forest Hills’ City Council Race: Where Things Stand

Looking at the total number of donations made to each campaign, Gagarin has more individual donations than the rest of the field. She has had 704 donations made to her campaign at an average of $48.

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Patch
May 25, 2021

Forest Hills’ New Composting Site Is A Place for Civic Engagement

"It's a building block in helping folks understand how our wellness is very much tied to all New Yorkers', but it's easier to help people understand that on a smaller scale, and then zoom out," [Gagarin] said, pointing out that "composting your banana peel in Forest Hills reduces the amount of trash being processed in largely Black and brown communities, too."

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Patch
May 21, 2021

NYC needs to restart composting program

Landfills around the country are filling up and becoming more costly for cities to use for their waste. To meet the city’s goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030, we will need to prioritize composting our organic waste. Read more: Forest Hills Times - NYC needs to restart composting program

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Forest Hills / Rego Park Times
May 13, 2021

Rightsizing the Police Budget will Enable a Safer, Healthier, and More Equitable City

In the context of New York City’s budget, a “yes” to one thing is always a “no” to something else. Unlike the federal government, New York City must have a balanced budget by law. Every dollar we spend on the NYPD is a dollar we take away from another agency.

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Gotham Gazette
May 5, 2021

Op-Ed In Honor of Earth Day, Let’s Fight for Municipal Composting

New York City is one of the most wasteful cities in the world. generating nearly four million tons of trash each year—a third of which is organic matter. Making composting mandatory is a clear policy remedy.

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Forest Hills Post
April 22, 2021

Forest Hills City Council Candidate Demands Citywide Composting

“If we are to truly live up to the climate goals this moment requires, we must do better. Time is running out,” she wrote, describing a citywide mandatory municipal composting program as “an obvious place to start.”

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msn
April 22, 2021

Op-ed: City Council must fight to save the city’s life blood –– small businesses

I have lived in Kew Gardens for nearly two decades. I love it here. All the local store owners know my kids, and few things excite me more than the food in my district. Too often, I walk by a shop feeling heartbroken when they are forced to close.

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PoliticsNY
April 7, 2021

Queens can’t wait for universal childcare

In the short term, leaving work may save on childcare costs, yet there are long-term consequences. There is an estimated cost of 1 million dollars in lifetime earnings for mothers who pause their careers to care for their children. This “mommy tax” can be resolved with free, universal childcare.

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Queens Chronicle
March 22, 2021

New York Needs a City Plan! ‘Planning Together’ Misses the Mark

For these reasons and more, it’s clear we need a city plan, yet Planning Together has several fundamental flaws. The most urgent flaw of this legislation is its top-down approach — it misses the opportunity to give the people more power in determining a just and equitable future.

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Gotham Gazette
March 4, 2021

Forest Hills Green Team Endorses Aleda Gagarin For City Council

Mark Laster, co-chair of the Forest Hills Green Team, said Gagarin was 100-percent aligned with the group's positions on issues such as a local law requiring certain large buildings to meet carbon-emission caps and the Renewable Rikers proposal, which would replace the island's jails with a new wastewater treatment plant and solar energy systems.

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Forest Hills Patch
February 23, 2021

Opinion: One month isn’t enough. NYC needs culturally responsive education

Black History, not to mention Latinx, Asian, Native and Middle Eastern histories, all need to be represented in the entirety of the school year’s curricula, not just reserved for specific months. In other words, we need Culturally Responsive Education in all schools, all year long.

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Queens Daily Eagle
February 22, 2021

City Council Candidate Vows to Save Seniors From Hospitalization and Save Taxpayers Money

Gagarin–who seeks the seat that covers Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Rego Park and Woodhaven–said that the safety modifications would lower the risk of seniors getting injured from falls inside their homes that can lead to hospitalizations. She said low-income seniors are at particular risk since they cannot afford to pay for such safety measures. “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,” Gagarin said.

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Forest Hills Post
February 9, 2021

WFP Endorses Three More Queens City Council Candidates

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Working Families Party, and am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with them as we fight for a brighter, more progressive future that uplifts all New Yorkers,” said Gagarin. “The WFP have been stalwart leaders in the progressive movement and I couldn’t be more excited to organize together to build the just, sustainable, people powered future that all of my neighbors in District 29 and across New York City deserve.”

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Queens County Politics
November 25, 2020

WFP endorses three more Queens candidates

Gagarin is running in a crowded field to succeed Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), who is term-limited in a district that includes Rego Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill. Residents urged Gagarin to run after she worked as campaign manager for her husband Mel’s campaign challenging Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) earlier this year. She has said that her campaign will heed the call for racial and economic justice.

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Queens Chronicle
November 25, 2020

PODCAST: We Speak to Aleda Gagarin, Candidate for the 29th District Council Seat

“What I want to see is us investing money into permanently affordable housing, supportive housing, jobs training, mental health, health & human services, and education. These quality of life issues are what make our neighborhoods safer.”

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Queens Post
October 28, 2020

City Council Candidate Aleda Gagarin’s New York for All New Yorkers

When City Council Candidate Aleda Gagarin thinks about the future of New York, she envisions what she calls a “New York that works for all New Yorkers.” It’s a just and equitable city, she said. One where no one gets kicked out of their home, all children have access to education, seniors get hot meals, public transportation is safe and accessible, and if someone loses their job, there’s help and resources to get them through.

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Queens County Politics
October 13, 2020

Kew Gardens activist joins 2021 race for City Council

“I think that I have the most progressive, comprehensive vision of what a just and sustainable New York could look like,” Gagarin noted. “A New York that works for the many and not the few.” “I have the organizational and professional background that gives me the skills to do this job effectively, and on top of that I am embedded within my community on a personal level,” she added. “I deeply love my community, my district and our city at large, and I look forward to an opportunity to serve.”

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Forest Hills / Rego Park Times
October 7, 2020

Crowded Field: 10 in race to replace Koz

Gagarin, senior director of development at Candid, a nonprofit that studies charitable giving and connects people with resources, said some residents urged her to run as she worked as campaign manager for her husband Mel’s campaign for Congress earlier this year. “We have a unique opportunity to build an entirely new City Council and reshape New York City’s future,” she said.

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Queens Chronicle
September 24, 2020

100 Years of Women’s Suffrage Celebrated

Aleda Gagarin, senior director of development at Candid, a nonprofit that connects people with resources, spoke on the people of color being excluded. “What the centennial of what my right to vote means is 100 years of white women upholding white supremacy,” she said. “Leaving out black women was not an accident.”

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Queens Chronicle
August 27, 2020

Episode 52: Taking on the Military Industrial Complex (33:04–52:44)

“We keep funding these institutions and thinking that a little bit of training here and there and pumping more money into it is going to fix it, and it’s not, because it is at base systemic violence […] and we have to have the imagination to see something different, to see a different path, or we’re just going to be in these cycles over and over again.”

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CODEPINK Radio
August 19, 2020
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