Bedford Union Armory
Kill the deal. Ede’s position has been clear and consistent on redeveloping the Bedford Union Armory because the so-called “deal” being forced on our community will increase gentrification and displacement of longtime residents, while providing too little in terms of jobs and affordable housing. Ede knows that we have better options, which is why she supports creating a Community Land Trust that will get our community a free community center, 100% affordable housing for actual community residents, and good union jobs for local workers during construction.
While some schools are thriving, others are overcrowded, underfunded and desperately in need of more support. That’s unacceptable. Every child deserves a good education that prepares them for life and a career, no matter who they are or where they live. Ede will fight for increased funding from City Hall and Albany and demand that the School Construction Authority change their flawed formula that creates overcrowding. She’ll increase Science, Technology and Math classes, expand vocational education, and fund afterschool programs for parents and young people. And Ede will always oppose the inappropriate co-location of charter schools in public school buildings.
In addition, Ede will create new partnerships with CUNY and our community colleges to provide apprenticeships, technical programs, and job opportunities in Brooklyn’s booming tech industry for young people after graduation.
While the current incumbent stood silent for months in the face of threats of gentrification, Ede will fight for affordable housing in our community from Day One. She will support the rent freeze, demand tougher enforcement against tenant harassment, and fight for 100% affordability for new developments on public land. For NYCHA, Ede will increase funding for better safety and repair, push for Zero Tolerance for mold and other hazards, and strongly oppose the city’s plans to build luxury apartments on NYCHA land.
Immigrants come to this country to work hard and build a better life for themselves and their families. And every resident in our community, regardless of immigration status, should feel safe going to a hospital, school or police station if they need to. Ede will stand up to Donald Trump to defend New York as a sanctuary city, and keep Brooklyn as the place where the American Dream begins for immigrant families.
Millions of Brooklynites depend on subways and buses to get to school, doctors, work and other appointments, but chronic mismanagement and underfunding has left our subways unreliable and constantly delayed. As City Councilmember, Ede will demand increased funding and accountability for the MTA, improve pedestrian and cyclist safety, and expand bus service.
Jobs, Labor, and Small Business
Every resident in our city deserves a job that pays a livable wage. Ede will work to help create jobs and grow our economy by making sure more local businesses can get access to city contacts, demanding local hiring for any new development projects, and pass laws to protect small, locally-owned businesses in our community. And Ede will link our schools with CUNY and community colleges to give more local kids the chance to work in Brooklyn’s booming tech economy.
Jail and Criminal Justice Reform
For years, countless young people have had their futures threatened by racist Stop & Frisk policies, selective enforcement of drug laws, and the City’s failure to provide a timely day in court. Ede will strongly support the Close Rikers movement, demand an end to cash-based bail for minor offenses, eliminate solitary confinement and work with our District Attorney to find alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent crimes.