Public education should be fully funded and desegregated, and all students should have accessibility to enrichment programs. Growing up in the NYC public school system I have firsthand seen how segregated the system can be. In one of the most segregated school systems in the country, working class students of color do not receive the same quality education and opportunities that they deserve. We need to take funding out of our racist police system, the NYPD, and provide it to schools in working class communities so that a child’s zip code does not define their academic future. We need to diversify the amount of students that attend specialized high schools, in order to allow students in the surrounding communities to have the opportunity to attend as well. However, most importantly, we need to provide resources and funding to non-specialized high schools so that all high school students have an equal opportunity at receiving quality education and preparation for college. Every public school should provide students with updated materials and free SAT/ACT testing preparation, so every student has the opportunity to attend the college of their choice.
Additionally, at school, to ensure a child’s health and well-being should be our priority. This is why it is critical that we demand that the Department of Education (DOE) provides enough funding so every school can have a nurse, a social worker, and can provide healthy lunches. I will also demand that the DOE provide enough funding to public schools so that no school can go without a library, students can receive quality physical education, a quality arts education, and a quality civics education. The children of New York are our future and more than 50 million children go through our public school system to receive an education. We need to fully fund our public schools and truly provide a quality education for the future of our city.
The 99% is being ignored at City Hall. Our politicians are failing us. Workers continue to struggle to make a living in one the wealthiest cities in the world. As a city council member I will fight for a City Hall for the people. We will use legislation and constituent services to ensure that New Yorkers have the tools and resources necessary to organize within their communities and workplaces. While organizing for environmental justice, women’s rights, and tenants’ rights it was clear that when average people organize we begin to democratize and transform our communities. With a City Hall for the people we will work closely with mass working class organizations. We will be fighting under a platform that is ready to fight for truly affordable housing, pass single-payer health care, and for a working class revolution.
Our criminal justice system is rooted in racism and the marginalization of people of color. While in the streets protesting police brutality and demanding justice, it was clear that we must end the over policing of our communities. There is no reason why being black, brown, or poor should be a crime. Nobody should be targeted or harassed by police for the color of their skin or social status. Reform will not fix this, we need to completely transform our criminal justice system to a more humane system and begin to invest in our communities.
We will fight for and demand that:
We defund the NYPD and instate a hiring freeze and a reduction in officer overtime spending.
We protect people from the excessive use of police force and restrict the standards for use of force and ban chokeholds.
We disarm the NYPD and immediately stop providing military equipment such as pepper spray, tear gas, and long range acoustic devices to the police.
We decarcerate by permanently closing Rikers Island and opposing the construction of new jails. The solution should focus on ending “broken-windows” policing and the school to prison pipeline, which disproportionately targets working class people of color.
We support the state legislature’s repeal of 50-A, which currently allows for police misconduct to go unchecked. Now more than ever, when communities of color are being threatened by police brutality, we need to keep police accountable.
We remove the NYPD from schools and parks.
We expand community oversight of law enforcement. We will establish an Elected Civilian Review Board (ECRB) with board members elected by members of the community, with the power to use an independent prosecutor to prosecute cases of criminal police misconduct.
We invest in youth programs and ensure that every school has a librarian, social worker, and a nurse. We need to end the system that views children of color as criminals.
We provide public housing and healthcare for our communities by diverting funds from the NYPD and taxing the rich to mitigate the conditions in our communities that cause crime.
As a City Councilmember, I will fight to:
Ensure fully accessible jobs for all, by fighting hiring discrimination against people with disabilities and by incentivizing small businesses to create accessible workplaces. We will do this by:
Implementing an oversight committee to hold employers accountable for discrimination against people with disabilities in hiring and in the workplace.
Creating a certification process with resources and incentives for workplace accessibility. Support the Empowering Accessibility Program to make establishments accessible for all employees, in order to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This includes:
Limiting high top seating and high ordering counters
Implementing ramps and wider walkways
Educating staff and managers about the needs of their employees with disabilities to ensure respect
Expand access to public transportation, by implementing strong physical and informational accessibility measures. Fewer than 25% of subway stations are fully accessible, and the disparity is even more stark in neighborhoods of color and in poor areas. I will change this by:
Ensuring that the 2026 transportation master plan ordered by Intro 1557 has a bold emphasis on accessibility, including, but not limited to, the following:
Pushing to expedite the Fast Forward program, ensuring that all subway stations are accessible by 2030 and eliminating accessible transit deserts.
Expanding the ledge between the subway car and the platform to allow for full wheelchair accessibility in all cars.
Ensuring audio arrival estimates at all subway and bus stops to allow riders who are visually impaired to prepare to board the train or bus.
We all deserve to have our voices heard. I will implement comprehensive accessibility measures for voting rights, by:
Making all polling locations fully accessible with ramps, wide walkways, and limited wait time.
Ensuring that every polling station has auditory voting assistance machines to allow voters who are visually impaired to vote independently and confidentially.
I will fight for equal access to education for all students by:
Upholding discrimination protections for student admissions and student treatment by their schools.
Providing adequate funding to our schools in order to ensure physical accessibility, as well as building access to professional development for teachers to give them the needed tools to meet each student’s needs.
Ensuring that our city’s budget prioritizes high quality mental health resources for students with mental and psychological disabilities in order to make school a safe, enriching place for all students. We need trained social workers and health professionals in our schools, not police.
I will make our parks more accessible to all by:
Renovating water and bathroom stations where needed to ensure accessibility, considering steepness to approach these facilities.
Pushing to create Upper Manhattan's universally accessible playground. Currently, accessible playgrounds are in New York’s wealthier areas. Looking to Aidan's Place as a model, centering architects with disabilities and kids with disabilities in its design, we must ensure that all children in our community have access to play.
I will ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the arts and culture that our city offers, by:
As a City Councilmember, I will fight to:
Increase funding for non-profit animal rescue organizations and increase legal & safety protections for our city's wildlife.
Ensure pet-friendly housing for everyone, especially the disabled and our seniors.
Support and vote for Intro 1483, that will require that the Department of Homeless Services, in collaboration with the Department of Social Services, develop a plan to accommodate pets of homeless individuals in order to ensure we have pet-friendly shelters.
Support and vote for Intro 1465, that would require that the Department of Education to report on humane animal treatment instruction in public elementary schools.
Prohibit all NYC public schools from using eggs, live baby chickens ad ducks, or any animal for classroom projects.
End factory farming.
Support and vote on legislation that would enforce all firework displays to be silent.
Support and vote for Res. 1151, that calls on all corporate and government entities to divest from agricultural industries that benefit from deforestation and the acceleration of global warming.
Ban the shipment of live animals to NYC through mail.
Ban the sale of products that contain animal fur.
Make plant-based eating accessible to everyone.
Cosponsor and vote for legislation to ban horse carriages in NYC.