As a lifelong New Yorker, husband, and father of two young children, I’m as concerned as you are about the future of this great city. My career in law and as the owner/operator of a fleet of taxicabs has given me a rich education in the city’s greatest resource -- its people. I have learned that most people want the same things: an opportunity to be rewarded for our labors, quality education, safe streets and housing, better transportation and sound public spending. As a community activist, I have worked to support these issues. In the City Council I will bring my skills, experience and energy to benefit the entire district.
Governor George Pataki has recognized my passion for improving New York. Recently, he appointed me to the MTA’s Inspector General Management Advisory Board, where I serve as a public watchdog against corruption in government. As a taxi fleet owner/operator, I’ve been at the forefront of public safety and transportation issues. I’ve also worked with immigrant communities to help give these new Americans an opportunity to fulfill the American dream through secure and well-paying jobs.
I know firsthand how important quality-of-life issues are. When the coffee shop in my neighborhood got lazy about its trash, I hectored them into obtaining a state-of-the-art disposal system. And when an undesirable commercial tenant wanted to move nearby, I researched and gathered evidence regarding the potential impact to the community, and sent them elsewhere.
I’m not afraid to speak up when something needs to be said. This November, I hope you’ll allow me to speak up for you and our community as your City Council Member.
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