Party Enrolled In: Democratic
Current Occupation: NYC Councilmember in District 40
Previous Occupation(s): Director of the not for profit organization Youth in Education & Sports and an instructor of Latin, French Literature & Science
Education: Attended the College of Notre Dame & Regina Assumpta College and holds a medical degree
Organizational Affiliations: A member of many national and international organizations including the Aesclepius Medical Society and co-founder of the Committee for the Development of Northern Haiti
Prior Public Experience: Former member of Community Board 14 & community board for in-patients at Maimonides Medical Center
1. What is the most important issue in Council District 40 you would address if elected?
Job creation. The economy on the national, state and city levels has changed greatly over the past 5 years, which has resulted in higher unemployment than we have seen in the past. Creating employment opportunities happens when there is positive economic development in communities and residents in the neighborhood have the education and skills to capitalize on created jobs.
2. What other important issues would you address if elected?
I remain committed to providing our hospitals with the resources that they need to provide excellent medical care to the community at an affordable cost, sponsoring health fairs and symposiums that provide critical information about preventive medicine and fighting to keep our hospitals open. I want to continue providing our public schools with the resources necessary for such vital needs as computer labs, renovations of facilities, playgrounds and to ensure that our public school teachers are not laid off. I will continue to fight for immigration rights, affordable housing, the safety of our streets and the betterment of our community.
3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?
I am the only candidate running who has a long and proven track record of getting things done for the residents of this district, not only for the past 6 years as a City Councilmember, but almost an additional two decades serving the residents of this district as either a community board member or the founder and director of a not for profit that benefitted thousands of children and their families. To be an effective member of the City Council, you need to understand how city government works and have an unwavering commitment to the constituents you are serving.
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