1. What is the most important issue in Council District 9 you would address if elected?
Unemployment. The unemployment rate in Harlem is close to 70 percent. We needs jobs desperately. Not just any job but jobs that pay a cost of living wage. With so much construction slated in Harlem there is no reason why residents can't have 75% of the jobs.
2. What other important issues would you address if elected?
Housing and Police Abuse. The City says the average medium income in Harlem is 56,000. That is false. The real average medium income is 26,000-32,000 for a family of 4. We need low income housing that meets the real average medium income. We don't need million dollar condominiums or Co-ops in the neighborhoods. The Police abuse and disparate treatment in Harlem must also be addressed immediately. I consider myself an expert in this field and will take care of this right away.
3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?
I'm a life-long resident of Harlem I wasn't born with a golden nor silver spoon in my mouth. I ate with a metal spoon. I know what it is to come up in a one parent household on public assistance and having it real hard. Although times got very hard, I still remember how life was living in harlem during the 60's 70's and early 80's. I persevered through the drugs and crime. I truly experienced pulling my self up from my boot strap. I know and feel what my people are going through. I served my community, the city and state of New York diligently and honorably during my 20 years within the police department. I'm asking my constituents to give me another chance to represent and serve again.
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