ON THE ISSUES
“I am running to represent District 32 because for too long, the needs of our community have been neglected. I grew up in public schools, I am a woman with a disability, I am the sister of a military veteran, and I am the daughter of immigrants. I have lived a life like so many of you. I am running to unite District 32 and advocate for us in City Hall.”
Education Justice for All
Growing up in the public school system with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), my challenges were never simple. I saw my classmates struggle to understand the material because of the language barrier, and I witnessed smart kids drop out because they didn’t have the support they needed. I’ve experienced our broken education system first-hand and I know how we can fix it. There is no excuse for extreme inequality within our education system. That’s why I’m a vocal champion for bold policies that will ensure we invest in our future by reforming education.
Community Public Safety
Our district hosts the largest percentage of military veterans, active duty New York Police Department (NYPD) officers, and retired law enforcement officers. As an Afro-Latinx woman, I have faced the challenges of being a Black woman in America. Growing up with law enforcement family members like my sister and brother-in-law, I grew to understand the duality of issues existent within our law enforcement system. There is no room to compromise on injustices against Black and Brown people. The system of policing has not been structured to support us, nor the officers. These complexities have become the guide for a thinking forward platform.
Quality of Life
Our district is very diverse, and each neighborhood has different needs from the other. However, some things can be agreed upon. Being able to keep a good quality of life for our elders and children is of the utmost importance. Living in the district I remember being able to safely play with the children in the neighborhood and the community that existed amongst neighbors who have been living in the same home for over 10 years. We must make sure that we are able to keep communal ties strong in order to move forward together.
Sustainability & Environmental Justice
Living in District 32, taking trips out to Rockaway Beach is an unspoken tradition. But, the Rockaways are so much more than a great place to go to the beach. Thousands of families living on coastal fronts face mass flooding, heightened pre-existing medical conditions because of the air quality and pollution. As a City Councilwoman, I will organize and plan ahead to protect our beaches and homes from coastal flooding. We will employ our union workers and can create thousands of Green New Jobs for our city and our district.
As I attempt to take the A train or the Q52 or Q53, I am often left waiting for over 30 minutes at a time. As we all know, District 32 has long been known as a “Transportation Desert.” With insufficient resources and lengthy modes of transit, we must find alternative ways our district members can easily transit throughout the five boroughs.
I pledge to work with corresponding offices and departments to remove oppressive policies and create a restorative system that focuses on rehabilitation, rather than punishment.