Party Enrolled In: Democratic
Current Occupation: New York City Councilmember; Chair, Committee on Aging; Co-Chair, Women's Caucus.
Previous Occupation(s): District Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor, Councilmember Gifford Miller, 1998-2005.
Education: Regents Diploma, Stuyvesant High School; B.A., Georgetown University.
Organizational Affiliations: Sutton Place Synagogue, former Planned Parenthood Clinic Escort, Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow.
Prior Public Experience: See above.
1. What is the most important issue in Manhattan you would address if elected?
As Borough President, my number one priority would be making Manhattan more affordable for middle-class and working families. That means focusing on housing, jobs and our public schools. On the City Council, I've been a pro-tenant leader. I'll continue to fight both to preserve our affordable housing and create more. I helped lead the charge to bring the Cornell NYC Tech campus to Roosevelt Island to create 38,000 good-paying jobs. As a Stuyvesant graduate and public school parent, I know firsthand how important quality schools are to the middle class. I've successfully fought to open five new school buildings to reduce overcrowding, expanded pre-K and created more gifted and talented slots. As Borough President, I'll work hard to make sure that all students have access to good public schools, regardless of where they live.
2. What other important issues would you address if elected?
Protecting Seniors: As Chair of the Aging Committee, I led the fight to save 100 senior centers and to preserve funding for Meals on Wheels. Defending Our Right to Choose: I helped pass the city's clinic access law and wrote the law, praised by The New York Times and NARAL, to stop anti-abortion extremists from luring women into fake family planning clinics.
3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?
I offer a progressive vision, independence, and the strongest record of getting results on issues that Manhattan Democrats care about--from promoting tenants' rights and public education to protecting the environment and a woman's right to choose. I hope to earn your vote on September 10th.
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