Party Enrolled In: Green
Current Occupation: CUNY Professor
Previous Occupation(s): CUNY Professor
Education: BA Columbia College; PhD in New York City Political History, University of Pennsylvania
Organizational Affiliations: American Historical Association; Organization of American Historians
Prior Public Experience: Green Party of NYS State Committee Representative
1. What is the most important issue in the city you would address if elected?
Environmental degradation is the most pressing issue facing all New Yorkers. As a New York City native, I recognize, especially after Superstorm Sandy and the 2008 economic collapse, that housing, health care, jobs and education are all impacted by the quality of the environment. A sustainable environment is key to a long and prosperous life for the average New Yorker.
2. What other important issues would you address if elected?
More than 53,000 children in this city lack a permanent home - a 500% increase over 2008. 5% of public school students live in shelters. The majority of these students are Latino and African-American. Many of these students face the prospect of being stopped and frisked by a police department whom the richest mayor in history called "my own army." If elected, I would halt this outrageous practice. In Los Angeles, New Orleans, Dallas and Baltimore, violent crime is down even further in percentage terms than in NYC, without violating numerous provisions of our Bill of Rights. Another key issue is divestment from fossil fuels, essential in stemming the rise in asthma and other respiratory diseases affecting our children. In order to provide a better education, I would cap classroom size at 20, heavily invest in pre-school programs for every child, and bring back gym, art and music. Closing public hospitals and public schools is unacceptable.
3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?
I have dedicated my life to serving the needs of the average New Yorker. My concern is steadfastly for the 99%, not the 1% who have disproportionately benefited from an economy based on finance and not one aimed at providing full employment with full benefits.
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