Party Enrolled In: Democratic
Current Occupation: NYS Assemblymember
Previous Occupation(s): NYC Principal; Asst. Principal; Teacher Trainer; Reading Specialist; Math Lab Teacher; Teacher
Education: BA, Hunter College (Physiology); MS, Bank Street College of Education (Reading and Special Education)
Organizational Affiliations: The House of the Lord Church; Operation POWER
Prior Public Experience: State Committeewoman
1. What is the most important issue in Council District 42 you would address if elected?
Adequate resources for our community is the undergirding factor that will help to improve conditions in our neighborhoods. I will work to strengthen community institutions, local policy boards, area councils, and block associations, so that we increase our influence and power to ensure that we receive appropriate services and resources.
2. What other important issues would you address if elected?
Some of the critical issues in our community are affordable housing; education excellence; accessible healthcare; job development; human/civil rights and services for seniors and youth.
3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?
I have an effective and proven record of accomplishments . As the State Assemblymember, I currently represent most of East New York, and portions of Brownsville and Canarsie, in the state legislature. Working with residents, tenant leaders, Senator Schumer, Congressman Towns and Councilmember Barron, I authored the State law which keeps Starrett City (Spring Creek) in Mitchell-Lama, which guarantees affordable rent protection for the next 30 years. I also authored the law which prevents additional points from being added at home sales closings. My office has assisted over 100 families in keeping their homes from foreclosure. Several years of working jointly with the present Council Member has afforded me the integral knowledge and ability to continue the policy of establishing affordable rents for newly constructed buildings, have critical involvement in development of Gateway II, and mixed-use economic development projects. I have lived here since 1963. Since that time, I have worked with various organizations and community groups to improve our neighborhoods. We have successfully fought to keep schools from being closed (JHS 166). We kept P53 in tact. We kept a wood-burning facility out of our community. I pledge to continue to work on behalf of our community.
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