Party Enrolled In: Democratic
Current Occupation: Consultant in the Office of Achievement Resources at the Department of Education
Previous Occupation(s): Math for America, Program Associate - New York Region; Math Teacher, Central Park East High School
Education: Bachelor's of Science in Statistics, University of Michigan; Masters of Science in Secondary Mathematics, Pace University
Organizational Affiliations: Board of Directors, Union Settlement Association
Prior Public Experience: Treasurer of Manhattan Community Board 11 and Chair of Licenses and Permits Committee
1. What is the most important issue in Council District 08 you would address if elected?
As a former public school teacher in East Harlem, I believe the most important issue facing New York City is education. Underperforming schools are the biggest obstacle to long-term prosperity in New York City. They hurt families and fail to create jobs. Broadly speaking, I think the most important reform necessary to improving the educational landscape in NYC is providing universal pre-kindergarten to all 4 year olds so that our young people can get into the habit of learning early.
2. What other important issues would you address if elected?
If elected, I would work to address economic development, housing and public safety - all critical issues throughout NYC and in District 8 neighborhoods in Mott Haven and East Harlem. I understand how important small businesses are to the community. As councilman, I'll work to end burdensome mandates and fines on businesses so that they aren't used as an ATM for the city and can instead grow and prosper. The more good paying jobs there are the more people there will be at work instead of on the streets, which will create a community where it is more affordable and safer to live.
3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?
I believe I'm the best candidate for city council in District 8 because I am an educator. Just 3 out of 51 council members have experience working in NYC public schools. As a former public school teacher I would bring a needed perspective to the discussion on the future of education in NYC.
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