- [D, WF]
Party Enrolled In: Democratic
Current Occupation: Member, City Council - District 25
Previous Occupation(s): New York City public school teacher for 25 years in a Queens elementary school.
Education: BA- Journalism, Marist; MA - Education, CUNY - City College
Organizational Affiliations: NYC Council Progressive Caucus, 115th Precinct Council
Prior Public Experience: Democratic District Leader, community organizer and civil rights activist.
1. What is the most important issue in Council District 25 you would address if elected?
The most important issue I would address if re-elected is improving public education. A strong public school system is the critical element for growing the middle class for the next generation of New Yorkers. To improve our schools, we need to focus on what we know works - reducing class size, ending school overcrowding, encouraging parental involvement, expanding teacher training and retention, and developing anti-poverty programs to address core social challenges that children have from disadvantaged backgrounds. I am running for re-election so that I can build upon the work I have done to improve public education in my first term in the City Council.
2. What other important issues would you address if elected?
The communities I represent - Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and East Elmhurst - have many different and urgent needs. The top priorities for our neighborhoods are to expand open space, improve access to affordable primary health care, protecting worker's rights, and making sure that our seniors have the necessary services and support that they need in retirement.
3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?
In my first 4 years in the City Council, I have been able to expand open space, promote economic development, add hundreds of public school seats throughout the community, speak out as a progressive voice on civil rights, and be a staunch advocate for our immigrant communities. My record demonstrates that I will be an energetic advocate for our neighborhood. I know we have a lot more work to do. I hope you will give me another 4 years to bring about more progress and improvement.
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