Party Enrolled In: Democratic
Current Occupation: New York State Assemblyman
Previous Occupation(s): Assistant Principal, New York City Public School; Chief of Staff, former Assemblyman Frank Seddio; Administrative Assistant, former Congressman Charles Schumer.
Education: B.A. (History) and M.A. (Urban Studies), Long Island University; Advanced Certificate of Administration and Supervision in Education, Brooklyn College
Organizational Affiliations: Involved in civic and community affairs for over 35 years, including: Kings Plaza-Canarsie Kiwanis Club; Canarsie Lions; Brooklyn Division of the NAACP; former Chairman of NYC Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith Coordinating Committee; former Executive Vice President of Brooklyn-Staten Island Council of B'nai B'rith.
Prior Public Experience: Assemblyman 2006-present; Member of Community Board 18; President of Community School Board 22.
1. What is the most important issue in Council District 46 you would address if elected?
Maintaining essential services and making necessary community improvements while our City continues its economic recovery. This means involving people in determining how City budget funds are spent in our community.
2. What other important issues would you address if elected?
Fiscal Responsibility: I have worked to cut middle-class taxes, including lowering the State income tax to the lowest in 58 years, and ending the State sales tax on clothing under $110. In the Council, I will work to ensure on time, balanced City budgets with no tax increases.
Better Schools: I worked to put hundreds of millions in State budgets for our schools. I will work with parent associations and school officials to identify the improvements needed in our local schools and to secure funds in City budgets.
3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?
I am a problem solver with a strong record of results as an educator, community activist and Assembly Member. I know that I can have an even greater impact in improving neighborhoods as our Council Member, and I will be a full-time Council Member.
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