For too long, residents of Public Housing have been left behind. Of the City's 95 billion dollar budget, only 3% goes to housing. The city must do more. It is not enough to keep the walls from falling or to keep the water running (something the city has failed time and time again). We must invest more to better these communities.... [read more]
While a cut of over $1 billion may sound dramatic, it would simply return the NYPD’s budget to roughly 2014 levels — a moment when crime rates had already plummeted in New York City. It is difficult to conceive that a return to the NYPD’s already huge 2014 budget would have an deleterious effect on public safety.... [read more]
New York is built by those who believe in the American Dream. Our city is full of families that rely on their small businesses to provide for them. We must do everything we can to help them because any investment in them will benefit their communities. Likewise, we must remove burdensome... [read more]
Let's Decriminalize Poverty. We need to END the school to prison pipeline by ending zero tolerance policies that funnel students into the prison system. Our criminal justice system has no justice. It is a collapsing mess, with judges swamped with cases for minor crimes or frivolous lawsuits while.... [read more]
The gap between our best and worst performing schools is rising rapidly. Many of our school districts are woefully underfunded, and our teachers are forced to spend their own money to make sure our children have the supplies they need. This is unacceptable. When it comes to our children's futures, we must give it our all.... [read more]
"Give people some damn healthcare." Let's build upon the NYC care program to provide no-cost health insurance to any New Yorker that needs it, including undocumented immigrants. I will expand NYC Care to include dental, vision, mental health, home health aides, and reproductive health services at no cost.... [read more]
HOMELESSNESS & MENTAL HEALTH
Homeless and Mental Health issues affect us all in one way or another. Over 60,000 homeless people sleep in the New York City municipal shelter system. Our city also has 239,000 seriously mentally ill residents of which 40% are untreated. We need a holistic and empathetic approach to resolving these issues. It’s not enough to diagnose a person as severely mentally ill, we need to provide a solution for management of their illness. It is not enough to provide someone with a place to stay, we must address all of the side effects of homelessness and work to ensure that we create a city that provides the opportunity for everyone to have a decent place to live as a basic right.
Legalization of recreational marijuana in New York is imminent. New York City has the largest number of residents in the state, so our city stands out and needs to be prepared to be a model for social equity and exoneration. To accomplish this goal will require proper planning and execution. It’s common knowledge that minority communities have been disproportionately incarcerated for cannabis criminalization. We need to reinvest in affected communities, expunge criminal records for those convicted of marijuana-related crimes and lower the barriers for entry into the industry for these communities.
Image Attribution: Interaction Institute for Social Change | Artist: Angus Maguire