2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for 40th City Council District

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Sylvia G. Kinard
Rent is 2 Damn High

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: Chief Diversity Officer - Medgar Evers College - CUNY

Previous Occupation(s): Senior Legislative Attorney - New York City Council; Assistant Commissioner & Deputy Counsel - NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal; Exec. Director - New York Production Alliance;

Education: Erasmus Hall HS; BA - Seton Hall University; JD - New York Law School; NY Theological Seminary.

Organizational Affiliations: Met. Black Bar Assoc.; NY Women in Film and Television; NTAC; Church Women United, Brown Memorial Baptist Church.

Prior Public Experience: VP - Community School Board #13

1. What is the most important issue in Council District 40 you would address if elected?

I am committed to protecting tenant's rights and ensuring that there are increased affordable housing options for working and middle class families. The Rent Guidelines Board currently has only two tenant representatives, that number must be increased. I will ensure that tenants and residents have greater access to legal and other housing resources by implementing a Housing Help Desk in my Council office.


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

I will support the creation of new jobs with legislation that encourages growth in the emerging bio-tech, artisan food, entertainment and health care industries. I will initiate tax and regulatory policies that are small-business friendly and designed to expand entry level positions for recent graduates. It is critical that our children be prepared to compete in a global economy and lead rewarding lives. Therefore, I support meaningful reform of public education that will enhance the quality of classroom instruction, increase student learning outcomes, accommodate parental involvement and reward dedicated teachers.


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

I will work strategically and effectively to make the 40th Council District - better for everyone. With my experience in government and housing development, I am the best candidate to make an immediate, positive impact on critical issues such as affordable housing, education reform and job creation.


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Party Key
  • C = Conservative
  • D = Democratic
  • RTH = Rent is 2 Damn High
  • WF = Working Families