Party Enrolled In: Democratic
Current Occupation: Community activist for economic and social justice, campaign finance reform; progressive Democratic candidate for City Council
Previous Occupation(s): Attorney specializing in affordable housing, small business development, co-ops and condos; honored by NYS Bar Assn, Legal Services of NY for pro bono work for tenants, new Americans, people w AIDS
Education: AB, Princeton; JD, Penn Law; LL.M. in Tax, NYU Law School
Organizational Affiliations: Endorsed by Working Families Party, Citizen Action of New York, 1199 SEIU, SEIU 32BJ, Community Free Dems, Three Parks Independent Dems, Democracy for NYC, many other progressive organizations
Prior Public Experience: Community Board 7 officer and member for 12 years; chair, Citizen Action of NYC; chief of staff and counsel to State Senator; elected Democratic Party district leader; pro bono attorney and organizer for tenant and block assns; organizer of educational forums on NYC budget, electoral reform, international human rights
1. What is the most important issue in Council District 06 you would address if elected?
NYC has become unaffordable for many middle class families and seniors; on the Upper West Side, this is largely due to losing tens of thousands of regulated housing units, and to limited space in our best public schools.
I will continue to work to preserve and expand affordable housing by strengthening rent regulations, including affordable units in new developments, and creating new permanent affordable housing -- including affordable rentals, subsidized condos and limited-equity co-ops. I will continue to work to strengthen our public schools and to reform the Dept of Education.
2. What other important issues would you address if elected?
Strengthening the NYC economy; creating good jobs with living wages; fighting for our fair share of education funding; combatting domestic violence; improving mass transit; protecting our quality of life; electoral and governmental reform.
3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?
Drawing upon my experience inside and outside government as a grass-roots organizer, reformer, coalition-builder and attorney-activist, I will be the most effective in advancing the progressive agenda.
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