Party Enrolled In: Democratic
Current Occupation: City Council Member, District 33
Previous Occupation(s): NY State Assembly, 2006-2009; Bushwick Lead Safe House Program, 2005-2006
Education: Brown University
Organizational Affiliations: New York City Council Progressive Caucus
Prior Public Experience: Current City Council Member
1. What is the most important issue in Council District 33 you would address if elected?
My top priority since becoming a City Council Member in 2010 has been education. In my time as a member of the Education and General Welfare Committees I fought to hold the Bloomberg Administration accountable. I helped save thousands of child care slots, sponsored legislation that rid our schools of toxic PCBs and passed a Council resolution mandating that kindergarten be available to all children across New York City. There is much work left to be done and this district needs a Council Member who has a proven record of making our schools safer and more accessible.
2. What other important issues would you address if elected?
I am proud to serve on the Committees on Environmental Protection, Economic Development, Lower Manhattan Redevelopment and Land Use. These committees give me the opportunity to fight for everyday New Yorkers and make sure that everyone has access to the resources our city has to offer. All New Yorkers deserve to share in our city's prosperity and I am proud to have had the chance to help this district's neighborhoods thrive. I plan to continue that work in my second term.
3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?
My record on the City Council proves that I can produce results for our neighborhoods. In addition to improvements in our schools, the work I've done in my first term has made our streets safer by bringing the first neighborhood slow zone in the borough to Boerum Hill and I have pushed for more red light and speed cameras in residential areas. I was able to protect and restore open spaces in our district, from new pathways in McCarren Park to a new Eco-Dock at Brooklyn Bridge Park. I will continue to deliver real results like these if I earn a second term to represent our neighborhoods.
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