Party Enrolled In: Democratic
Current Occupation: Advisor, International President of the Amalgamated Transit Union
Previous Occupation(s): Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for and Director of Community affairs, Office of the Public Advocate; National Director of the Criminal Justice Initiative of the National Action Network
Education: New York City public schools; Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn College
Organizational Affiliations: Abiding Love Ministries; National Action Network
Prior Public Experience: Director of Intergovernmental and Community Affairs, Office of the Public Advocate
1. What is the most important issue in Council District 36 you would address if elected?
My first priority would be to pass a legislative package that: Creates a progressive residential tax rebate and abatement program to stabilize local housing markets and provides security for the most vulnerable longtime residents and homeowners; creates community development funds to stimulate responsible local economic development and activity in order to grow businesses and create jobs; creates additional community-based courts, including a Central Brooklyn Community Justice Center to impact the way in which our communities interact with the criminal justice system and reduce crime.
2. What other important issues would you address if elected?
I would prioritize a youth development agenda that helps create a more equitable public school system, expands early childhood and after-school programs, and invests in educational and employment training opportunities for disconnected youth. I would also focus on building the capacity of our health care institutions to meet community needs, including the expansion of access to primary care and addressing gun violence and HIV/AIDS as major public health issues.
3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?
I am a community organizer with a proven track record of achieving public policy change from both inside and outside of government. I can utilize this expertise to tackle the most pressing issues facing our district and city, and also engage our younger generations to help move our community forward.
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