Now more than ever, our community needs strong, progressive leadership to fight for working families. Let's build a movement together, and a Brooklyn we can all afford to live in.
It goes without saying that Brooklyn faces a major affordable housing crisis. More low and middle-income families are being pushed out by rising rents and greedy developers, while our elected representatives pay nothing but lip service. It's time we STAND UP to the powerful real-estate interests, and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, and fight for commonsense policies that support long-time residents who are being rapidly displaced
UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE FOR NYC
Everyone gets sick. But many people all across the country, including here in New York, face an incredible dilemma when they or their loved ones need medical attention. It is a disgrace that 62% of bankruptcies are caused by medical debt. I believe that no one should have to choose between rent, food, and healthcare as some New Yorkers are forced to do. It’s in the government’s best interest to introduce an affordable system that takes care of all residents, regardless of health, citizenship, immigration, or employment status.
CLIMATE JUSTICE FOR OUR FUTURE
Environmental issues are economic and racial justice issues. Our children and community's future depend on collective action and leadership rooted in climate justice. In New York City's 40th council district we are especially affected by summer heat waves and rising temperatures that disproportionately hurt low income areas and communities of color on the frontlines. Together we will create a more resilient, clean and self-sufficient community that invests in green infrastructure and locally sourced renewable energy and divests from racism and fossil fuels.
As your City Councilman, I will be committed to protecting everyone that uses our streets, whether they’re driving a car, riding a bike, or crossing by foot. Our city needs to step up to the plate and do more to respect the safety of cyclists and pedestrians, as well as improve the safety of motorists. We must make meaningful changes in order to tackle traffic, overcome financial and ableist barriers to public transportation, and reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
When elected, I will propose legislation to expand the policy that Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez introduced in April that in the vast majority of misdemeanor cases, the DA's Office will consent to a person's release while their case is pending. Three-quarters of people held in jails in New York City are awaiting trial and have not been convicted of a crime, and yet they are incarcerated because they cannot afford bail - 90% of those people are Black or Latino.
AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE
For the past four decades, the gap between the rich and the poor has exponentially increased. Meanwhile, low and middle-income wages have been stagnant while the cost of living has skyrocketed. With the Federal Government controlled by conservative Republicans, it is up to us on a local level to find innovative solutions to create jobs, support small businesses, and create educational opportunities to support our most underserved communities.
CARING FOR OUR SENIORS
They say that a society can be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable populations. Having a close relationships with my elderly family members and the community, I understand many of the day-to-day issues our Seniors face. Ensuring a positive and peaceful quality of life for Seniors is a major concern for me and I will continue to dedicate more time and resources to addressing these issues.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH
As a proud product of New York City Public schools, and the son of a single-mother, I understand what it takes for a child to receive a good education and upbringing, especially in underserved communities. For the past decade, I have worked directly with children and young adults, providing services and mentorship programming in neighborhoods lacking resources. I plan to truly champion these issues so that our children have the most opportunities available to them so that they can go on to college, receive vocational training and follow their dreams.
Being one of the most diverse places on earth, Brooklyn is soaked in such diverse cultural practices and offerings. As a Jamaican-American growing up right here in Flatbush, it inspires me to see the many cultural offerings our community provides, from food to clothing to music and art. Yet as our city undergoes radical transformation due to the effects of gentrification, it is of vital importance that we protect our diverse cultural heritage and these amazing community institutions.