Democrat for City Council District 10 Washington Heights * Inwood* Marble Hill
Because we deserve better. We deserve someone who will work for our community.
New York City Charter
The New York City Charter needs to be revised to reflect the needs of our city and communities. City Charter should empower and support New York City Residents By giving communities a voice into the changes they want in their districts.
- Rezoning: each district should have an active participation in the planning of land use within its borders.
- Invest in Community Land Trust.
- Allow the city council to have an input into who is appointed to executives offices such as boards, and as commissioner:
- Police Commissioner.
- HPD Commissioner.
- NYC Chancellor.
- Animal Care and Control Director.
- Create a non partisan board that will ensure that the city is complying with its ordinance and laws.
- Allow the Recall of all elected officials from judges, the mayor and district leaders. This will assure transparency and accountability from our elected officials.
Animal Rights and Advocacy
As a pet parent and animal lover I want to implement laws where our fur babies are protected and treated humanely. I will be their voice as they cannot speak for themselves.
- Allow Pet parents to have their pets living with them without fearing being evicted or harrasssed by their landlords. Create pet friendly housing.
- Teach Humane Education in our schools.
- End the unnecessary euthanization of healthy animals by declaring N YC a no Kill animal shelter. This will be accomplished by funding TNR Rescue Groups and increasing the Funding to Free/Low Cost Spay and Neuter programs.
- Ban the sale of Dogs at petstore to end Puppy mills.
- Ban horse carriage in New York City.
- Allow business to have “Working Pets” must be spayed/neutered and up to date with their immunization. Also need to be registered with the NYC Department of Health animal control unit.
"Housing is a Human Right"
Unfortunately too many of our elected officials are deaf to the cries of our citizens. This is reflective in the policies and laws they implement. Since too many of our elected official's are in the pockets of developers and landlords. As your city council representative I will make housing a priority. *End Warehousing of Apartments. This will increase the market of available apartments.
*Preserve existing housing by having HPD inspectors inspect apartments and correctly classify violations. *Assuring that landlords make repairs and that HPD enforce the correction of violations.
*Permit HPD to make repairs in situations where the violations are hazardous and endanger the life of tenants
*Housing court fine and have city collect monies from landlords who fail to make repairs.
*Enforce and supervise the enactment of tenant harassment and discrimination laws. * Housing Lottery Program needs to be reflective of the income from each district in order to be effective as a program for low to moderate New Yorkers. *Reform the shelter system homeless New Yorkers should transition to permanent housing as soon as possible.
*Allow pets in shelters with their pet parent.
“Food Insecurities – EBT/SNAP”
2) I will advocate for all Supermarkets/Food Outlets/Farmers Markets to offer a specific discount at the check out registers when the EBT/SNAP card is presented as payment, and thus allowing the EBT/SNAP monies to last out a little longer. I will ask that the City offer financial incentives to the supermarket owners to allow such discounts to be in place.
4) I will advocate that many businesses offer to EBT/SNAP card recipients the ability to purchase other necessary items such as diapers, clothes/shoes/ school supplies for their children, pet food offering significant discounts for purchases. I will also ask that these businesses offer discounts and that the City offer financial incentives for this proposal to take place.
5) I will co-sponsor legislation that would allow EBT/SNAP cardholders and up to 3 family members to enter all city controlled cultural institutions for free.
Private cultural institutions will also be asked to offer free entry, or alternatively to offer a max of $3. per family unit (this policy exists in many cities across the US – Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia , Pittsburg, etc.). So then why not have this policy all across NYC so that the poor can take their children to the finest Science Museums, Fine Arts Museums, Botanical Gardens and Zoos..
1) Assuring that all residential buildings in District 10 be fully accessible, along with all businesses and the MTA.
2) Have the City, State and Federal offer financial incentives to allow all residential buildings and businesses in district 10 to become fully accessible by 2030 and comply with the Federal ADA code.
4) Offer financial incentives to employers who hire disabled employees.
5) The disabled children in District 10 will be given the best education possible, with specialized schools and qualified special needs teachers.
New York City Government
In order for us to have a city that works for all of us we need to address and change systematic racism and inequalities in our agencies and in the operation of our government.
- We need to prioritize municipal budget to fund programs desperately needed in our communities like: Social service and mental health.
- Invest in Job Training for adults of all ages to better prepare our work force for decent paying jobs; IT, social media , nursing, green jobs.
- Create a peoples bank
New York City Employees
During this pandemic it became evident how essential we are to the city we serve. Because of systematic racism and bad decisions on behalf of our elected officials too many of our fellow city employees lost their lives. As the city starts to recover and rebuild we need to look at the failed policies which allowed the loss of hundreds of city employees. Such policies as:
- Time and leave regulations which need to be revised.
- Better health care system to include coverage and more public hospitals to care and treat every New Yorker needing medical attention.
- Our Hospital need to be equipped with the latest equipment and supplies.
- Unions need to be taken into account during crisis. As they are the voice of their members and the voice of the city employee.
New York City Green New Deal
New York City must create public Policy to address climate change.
- We need to expand our current composting and recycling programs.
- New york city needs to expand its GrowNYC Program.
- We need to end the practice of allowing corporations to throw away goods which can be donated.
- We need to continue planting trees.
- We need to build green buildings.
- We need to protect our parks and green space from developers.