Party Enrolled In: Democratic
Current Occupation: Candidate for Manhattan Borough President
Previous Occupation(s): Chairperson Community Board 1, President & Founder, Non-Profit, Small Business Owner, Regulatory Attorney, Host of NBC's Give & Take
Education: J.D., Northwestern University, B.A., Columbia University
Organizational Affiliations: Board Member: Municipal Arts Society, Downtown Hospital, 9/11 Memorial, Women's Campaign Fund, and Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee, WTC Performing Arts Center
Prior Public Experience: Seven-year Chairperson, CB1, President & Founder of Non-Profit, Member of Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and Governor's Island.
1. What is the most important issue in Manhattan you would address if elected?
I will implement a comprehensive master plan, similar to other major cities, that will ensure development addresses the need for more affordable housing on site and that Manhattan stays affordable for teachers, seniors and working families. In addition, it is imperative that we use an "all of the above" strategy, including policy and legal options, to preserve the existing stock of affordable housing.
2. What other important issues would you address if elected?
A comprehensive master plan for Manhattan would ensure that development addresses the need to build the requisite number of schools, parks, transit improvements and other infrastructure. Schools are overcrowded in Manhattan and my plan would require that new development address the need to build school seats. The plan would also ensure that large scale development creates jobs in the community and utilizes women and minority owned businesses.
3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?
I chaired Community Board 1 for seven years, helped build three new public schools, helped lead the revitalization of Lower Manhattan after 9/11 where we successfully fought the insurance companies, led the charge for approval of the Islamic cultural center, and won $200 million for my community against Con Ed.
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