I come out of a tradition of progressivism, from grandparents who were active union members and parents who were resolute civil rights activists who tirelessly fought for the very rights their children now enjoy. This is a tradition that says we shouldn’t just accept the world as it is, but work to make it better – and I have always sought to live up to this standard.
Over the last ten years, the very fabric of our communities has changed dramatically. Affordable housing is scarce, real estate development is booming yet the workers building these developments can’t afford to live there. Our schools continue to be under funded, and much needed criminal justice reforms have not materialized. Our public assets like our libraries and parks are being privatized. These are large issues that impact who we are and where we, as a community, are headed. And we need leadership with creative solutions, and commitment to community, to make sure the right decisions are made.
This is why I am running to be your Council Member in Brooklyn’s 35th District.
I want to make sure that the changes in our community make us better, make us stronger. I want to make sure that the cultural fabric, the harmonious, diverse glue that holds us together, remains a part of our lives.
At SEIU 1199, I saw with my own eyes what a fair contract means to a struggling family. I learned how to fight for a progressive agenda and empower workers to get their fair share. In my 11 years working with the City Council I never forgot those families I worked for as I helped negotiate major economic development projects and bring much needed jobs and affordable housing to local communities. I never forgot those families as I worked to bring education funding and school programming to their communities. Working families in New York need champions on the City Council.
The City Council changes lives. The work done there, the decisions made there, affect everyone in our city – from getting potholes filled to promoting small business – and we need someone who will not only fight for us and for our communities, but get the job done.
If you elect me to be your representative on the New York City Council, I will fight for our communities.
I will get the job done.