Growing up on the East Side, I have spent my entire life thinking about ways to improve our community. Now, running for City Council, I want to share with you some of my new ideas for New York. Take a look at my ideas and share your own below!
Connect every high school—not just the specialized ones—to high-growth industries for after-school and summer internships.
Evaluate teachers based on what happens in the classroom, not on a standardized test.
End discriminatory admissions policies that hold back diversity.
Make sure that the East Side has enough Pre-K seats by requiring school space in new development.
Create a new agency dedicated to ages 0-3 to support early childhood education.
Create new housing for middle-class families with a 21st Century Mitchell-Lama program.
Help address homelessness by investing in a “Marshall Plan” for public housing.
Give communities the tools they need to better participate in city planning process (including protecting air, sunlight, and open space).
Assist seniors with rent by creating a new program modeled on SCRIE to cover more tenants.
Connect new development to surrounding infrastructure, such as school seats, transportation, and public space.
A More Vibrant City
Save neighborhood stores with tax reform, limits on big box expansion, and #shoplocal initiatives.
Expand IDNYC into a debit card that new New Yorkers can use, free from predatory bank fees.
Create a “People’s Way” to provide traffic-free options during the “L” train shutdown, including Select Bus Service.
Provide new incentives for those who recycle, including a "save-as-you-throw" program.
Fight climate change with innovative solutions for expanding renewable energy (Read my op-ed inCrain's on a new idea for expanding solar energy:Floating Solar Panels)
Reforming City Government
Get the pork barrel out of the city budget—support communities based on need and merit, not politics.
Lower campaign contribution limits and increase public funding to take big money out of politics.
Reform the Board of Elections by appointing commissioners based on qualifications, not political connections.
Real lobbying reform: limit bundling by lobbyists and politicians, expand restrictions on lobbying after leaving government, and increased disclosure for those doing business.
Improve our elections through better poll worker recruitment, instant runoff voting, and