Housing is a human right, and every New Yorker should have a safe place to sleep each night. We face two major challenges: an acute homelessness crisis and a lack of truly affordable housing. If elected to City Council, I plan to fight gentrification and prioritize people over profits. Moreever, because billionaire developers try to buy elections in this city, my campaign doesn’t take money from developers.
The Bedford Union Armory
I reject the Mayor’s effort to sell off the Bedford Union Armory to private developers. The neighborhood needs both a recreation center and family-friendly housing that working families can afford. At a time when District 35 suffers from an eviction crisis and our homeless shelters are overflowing, this selloff is recklessly short-sighted. Instead, the Armory should be placed into a Community Land Trust—managed by the community to fulfill the needs of the community and never for private profit. For more in-depth info, check out the Housing Justice page.
Criminal Justice Reform
No other nation in the world incarcerates its citizens as much ours does. As a Democratic Socialist, I stand against the brutality of our criminal justice system and believe that lawmakers must work to move our city away from its inhumane dependency on incarceration. For the peace, health and vitality of our communities, it is crucial that ordinary citizens be given a louder voice in how their streets are served and protected by NYPD and the criminal justice system as a whole. For more in-depth info, check out the Criminal Justice Reform page.
Education is the greatest investment a society can make, and we have to protect our public schools. Every child in our city has the right to a world-class education regardless of their parent’s income or zip code. Because of this, I stand against the wholesale disinvestment of public school funding. As Councilmember, I will demand that lawmakers in Albany pay in full the billions of dollars it owes our city’s schools. I will also work for alternatives to high stakes testing, which ends up monopolizing space in the curriculum and causing unnecessary stress. For more in-depth info, check out the Educational Justice Page.
Taking Climate Change Seriously
NYC is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, and we need to redouble our efforts to transition to 100% renewable energy. Taking climate change seriously means divesting from fossil fuels and investing in sustainable development. I support the Green Party’s Green New Deal, a plan which would help us meet our energy reduction target by 2030. For more in-depth info, check out the Climate Justice page.
Over 1 million New Yorkers rely on food pantries and soup kitchens. We need to rescue perfectly good food before it goes into the trash, and compost other organic waste. In doing so, we can shrink landfills and decrease methane emissions. For more in-depth info, check out the Food Security page.
To build a better New York that works for everyone, we need to impose heavier taxes on the millionaire class. The gap between the haves and the have-nots is the highest it's ever been and on the rise. If we are to see real economic justice in our time, we must not be afraid to demand that those who benefit the most from living in New York pay their due. We also need to shift to worker cooperative models, and give New Yorkers ownership in their workplaces. For more in-depth info, check out the Economic Justice Page
New York runs on public transit. Everyone knows that our subway is decades overdue for a maintenance overhaul. But the Governor has effectively decided rider safety is not his priority. If we are to create a public transit network that works for all, then we need to bring greater democratic participation into its administration. Because of this, I call for greater City Council control over our transit network so as to be more effective and responsive to the needs our communities. For more in-depth info, check out the Transportation page.