2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for 22nd City Council District

Lynne Serpe

Party Enrolled In: Green

Current Occupation: Greening Libraries Consultant at Queens Library

Previous Occupation(s): Election Administrator; Deputy Director, Political Reform Program at New America Foundation

Education: Bachelors Degree in Government, Dartmouth College

Organizational Affiliations: Two Coves Community Garden, Transportation Alternatives Queens Committee, Astoria Park Alliance

Prior Public Experience: n/a

1. What is the most important issue in Council District 22 you would address if elected?

Sustainable development. Improved waterfront access is great but let's retain some of our industrial zones and invest in green manufacturing jobs. Two proposed developments along the East River could add 11,000 new residents. These plans must address our already over-burdened schools, hospitals, transit system, sewers and electrical grid. A multi-purpose, multi-generational community center will provide needed educational and recreational opportunities for all.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

Asthma, diabetes and obesity are on the rise, and our city is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. We need to ensure access to healthy food and increase our bus and bicycle network. Planting rain gardens in vacant lots will reduce storm water runoff and increase green space. Improving energy-efficiency of our buildings will save money, improve indoor air quality and create good, green jobs that can never be shipped overseas.

Libraries, senior centers, and after school programs must be adequately funded, and our parks deserve a dedicated revenue stream. Expanding recycling, reuse and composting programs will save millions of dollars! Finally, we need to reform our election systems to remove barriers to participation.


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

I'm an independent community organizer with experience working in government. I offer practical solutions for clean, green neighborhoods and thriving small businesses.


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