AUSTERITY BUDGET IS NOT THE ANSWER
As I sit and write this, in Jackson Heights, Queens, with ambulances passing by my window en route to Elmhurst Hospital, and as a candidate for the 34th Assembly District in New York, knowing that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act short-changed New York by billions of dollars, it is unfortunate that we must even ask our State government to come out of pocket to fully fund ourselves. But this is our reality. New York must pass a budget that is consistent with our values and our beliefs, we must pass a budget to fully fund our state now and leverage our resiliency, we must pass a budget of compassion. Read More.
COVID CARE NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK
The way our neighbors have been supporting each other through COIVD-19 has been awe-inspiring and written about here. COVID Care Neighbor Network (CCNN) started with a simple Post-It note left on my neighbors’ doors, letting them know to call if they needed anything. Our neighbors have responded. CCNN has become a community resource center for the neediest among us. An incredible matching team of fifteen people work seven days a week answering calls and emails for families requesting services. To date we’ve delivered 1484 bags of groceries to our neighbors, packed 370 lunches for day laborers, ran 208 errands, made 3177 phone calls and utilized 659 volunteers. Read more.
CUT FUNDING TO THE NYPD
We have to scale back the NYPD. We need to rethink the role and responsibilities of police officers to focus on violent crime. We need new non-police services to deal with many of our neighborhood needs and societal ills. We have given our police far too much power over the city. Every noise complaint, traffic complaint, school issue, or family member with a mental health crisis, results in a 911 call forwarded to the NYPD. This is a recipe for disaster. Sending someone with a gun to settle petty disputes or mental health issues doesn’t make sense. Since the 1980’s the police have been used as a potential solution for every problem. The NYPD has grown into an octopus with tentacles in every part of our lives. We need to amputate some of the arms. Read more.
PANDEMIC FOOD STAMPS
Just like we have pandemic unemployment we need to have pandemic food stamps so our undocumented neighbors have efficient access to food to feed their family. Corona and Jackson Heights have seen lines that go on for blocks for families waiting for a small box of free food. This is not only inefficient but exposes these families unnecessarily to the Coronavirus. Read more.
Mayor de Blasio recently proposed a small pilot, closing just a few blocks to car traffic in each borough — in Queens, a stretch of 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights. We must be bolder. In order to give everyone breathing room and prevent the spread of COVID-19, we must have enough space to allow everyone to maintain social distancing, making our streets truly safe. Pedestrian streets must be established in every neighborhood, so that people can easily walk to an open space. Read more.
Speeding near school zones has always been an issue. Preliminary numbers suggest that drivers are learning their lessons after getting slapped with tickets — proof that the safety measure works and will save lives. We need them near every school in the state. Read more
The highly contested LGA AirTrain has been in the works for several years now, but Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Port Authority are committed to bringing the $2 billion dollar plan to fruition sooner rather than later. I’ve been fighting against the AirtTrain from the very beginning. I’ve been to every FAA meeting, testified and protested. This is a 2 billion dollar boondoggle. Read More.
Buses – This is How We Fix Them
All of our buses provide a valuable service and can use improvements. However, the MTA’s redesign plan hurts our robust bus service in order to bring new bus service to other areas of Queens. There are a few no-brainer adjustments that would significantly speed up the route. Some require real leadership, some require partnering with the NYC Department of Transportation and others are simple adjustments.
VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT
To stop the spread of COVID-19, all registered Democrats can vote by mail for the June 23 Democratic primary. To do so you must go to NYCAbsentee.com and request an absentee ballot. You have until June 16 to request the ballot. Once it is mailed to you, you fill it out and mail it back before the June 23rd primary. Read more.