Party Enrolled In: Green
Current Occupation: Architectural Drafting
Previous Occupation(s): Sales Associate and/or buyer with Strauss Auto Parts, Butler Lumber, Century Lumber, Metropolitan Lumber; Kitchen Designer with Metropolitan Lumber and Tarallo Distributors; Paraprofessional, NYC Dept. of Education
Education: James Monroe High School - Academic Diploma and recipient of Regents Scholarship; 2 years at Herbert Lehman College (Liberal Arts); 5 years at New York Institute of Technology (Architectural Design and Technology)
Organizational Affiliations: Former Chair, current Secretary - Bronx Greens; Steering Committee member - Shut Down Indian Point Now!; Member, Eco-action Committee - Green Party of the United States
Prior Public Experience: Green Party of NYS State Committee Representative (2004-2010); Chair, Bronx County Green Party (2008-present); 2010 Green Party candidate for NYS Assembly; 2012 Green Party candidate for NYS Senate.
1. What is the most important issue in the Bronx you would address if elected?
The Bronx is the poorest county in the US. It's the place one uses to get somewhere else. It's been used as a dumping ground in both the literal and figurative sense. When not ignored, it's been exploited by political and corporate forces from without, and plundered by it's own elected officials from within. Our biggest challenge is to stand up for ourselves and demand the resources and services we're denied.
2. What other important issues would you address if elected?
Divestment from fossil fuels and nuclear energy, investment in green, sustainable energy; oversight of the police, an end to stop and frisk; strengthen tenants rights; elected community, school and planning boards.
3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?
My life is the Bronx. My family came here in 1898. I've lived in Unionport since I was 14 months old. I went to school here from kindergarten to college. Most of my jobs have been here. I've ridden on every bus and subway line, driven on every highway, crossed every bridge, biked on every major road, and have been on (and sometimes in) every waterway here. I know the Bronx.
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