Council District 7 is facing a housing crisis that disproportionately affects working class communities of color. Living in Harlem my whole life, I have seen increasing rent, the expansion of corporate interests that have led to gentrification, and politicians who have failed to stand up for communities like mine. My grassroots campaign does not accept funding from powerful real estate interests. I am ready to fight against greedy developers and those in power who are selling out our communities.
I will fight for affordable housing for all New Yorkers, ensuring that our neighbors no longer spend over 30 percent of their income on rent and have access to safe, dignified housing. We will do this by:
I will put a stop to rezonings that place developer interests over our right to affordable housing, and ensure that our community’s voices are heard throughout these processes. I will:
I will fight to end homelessness. In one of the richest cities in the world, it is unacceptable that we have over 80,000 neighbors without a roof over their heads. We will fight for their right to a dignified home.
I will fight for our public housing: recognizing its crisis and finding solutions. We will implement solutions to protect our neighbors in public housing and ensure their right to a dignified home.
I will fight to end tenant abuse by corrupt landlords by:
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.
• Pass a Green New Deal for NYC that will reduce the city's emissions, address issues within NYCHA (through a comprehensive GND for NYCHA proposal), create quality green jobs with union access, and create green spaces.
• Pass a Green New Deal for public schools where we fully fund and provide all students with high quality, hands-on science instruction and exposure to climate science.
• Advocate for and work towards Public Power, where we will have publicly owned, democratically run utilities that are reliable, affordable, and renewable energy.
• Transition towards completely energy efficient public transportation and completely replace all buses with electric-powered buses.
• Advocate and support the Renewable Rikers plan for renewable energy and a wastewater treatment facility. This plan would be an example of a just transition where, through restorative justice, we are addressing the climate crisis in a just and equitable way.
• Support and enforce the Climate Mobilization Act, that would help us move towards a zero-carbon city.
• Support and advocate for Public Advocate Jumaane Williams’ proposal for municipalizing NYC’s electric grid that will allow us to begin a transition towards renewable energy.
• Advocate and work to create rooftop solar panels and more community gardens.
• A just economic transition with job trainings and access to quality, green, and union jobs where we prioritize working class communities of color.
• Ensure that every New Yorker has access to healthy, climate-friendly food, as this is a crucial step towards making progress on environmental, health, racial, and food justice.
• Eliminate food deserts by providing working people with access to fresh locally sourced food.
• Awareness campaigns in partnership with the community to ensure that residents understand the importance of climate justice and join the movement towards an environmentally just NYC.
• Promote community composting and recycling, while ensuring that every community has access to trash, composting, and recycling bins.
• Decommission existing fossil fuel infrastructure and oppose all fossil fuel infrastructure, while advocating for renewable energy sources to ultimately transition towards a carbon neutral city by 2030.
• Ensure we have infrastructure in place to protect our shorelines, while keeping them publicly accessible and away from real estate interests.
• Protect bus lanes and create more bike as well as pedestrian lanes.
• Ensure that everyone, especially the most vulnerable, have access to cooling centers, ACs, and public spaces like pools and parks.
• Promote open streets and create more green spaces.
• Ensure we are centering the voices and experiences of frontline communities as we co-create environmental justice legislation, because for too long our government has ignored us. There is no justice without environmental justice!
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.
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:
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.