1. What is the most important issue in Council District 41 you would address if elected?
Education remains the most important issue in the 41st CD. Our youth are in crisis as never before. Youth have no sense of history or understanding of the obstacles that their parents and grandparents have had to overcome. Currently, Black History is not being taught in our schools. I will work to initiate a cultural literacy curriculum such as mandated by the NYS Legislature in 1997, but never implemented. Most of our youth have no sense of their cultural selves and have embraced values from TV and radio. To reverse this negative trend, I will advocate for a culturally relevant curriculum. In addition, I will work to increase education funds for local schools, and seek to expand after-school tutoring and vocational programs.
2. What other important issues would you address if elected?
Bring economic development, and jobs into the community. Create programs to combat asthma, diabetes, AIDS and cancer. Work with the local police precincts to make sure that our community is protected and our rights upheld.
3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?
I have the clearest vision, the broadest experiences and the most accomplishments of any candidate in the race for this City Council seat. For those reasons, I have been endorsed by Councilman Charles Barron, legendary educator Frank Mickens and youth advocate Greg "Jocko" Jackson. Also, I was recently honored by Boro Pres. Marty Markowitz for leading the 10-year battle that transformed an abandoned lot in Brownsville into the Woodson’s Children’s Park – New York City’s largest playground built through a public-private partnership.
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