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ISSUES


HOUSING

everyone deserves safe, quality, and affordable housing.

Lower Manhattan is no longer affordable to the working class. The housing market favors wealthy real estate developers at the expense of working families. Over 4 million unregulated tenants face unconscionable rent increases and harassment. Our public housing is in disrepair. This is unacceptable.

I’ve dealt with housing instability my entire life, so I know how urgent this issue is. Everyone deserves safe, affordable, quality housing. I will fight to make that a reality.


healthcare

healthcare is a human right. Period.

Healthcare is a human right. In New York, healthcare should be available to all – regardless of income, immigration status, or ability to pay. Our for-profit healthcare system has led to skyrocketing medical debt, preventable deaths, and runaway prescription drug prices. This must end. Everyone should have access to free, quality, comprehensive, and affirming care. Universal healthcare coverage must include mental, dental, vision, and long-term care. 

Not only does every New Yorker deserve full access to healthcare, frontline workers need full protection. Health workers continue to be the heroes keeping our city alive. Yet they have not been fairly compensated with essential pay and benefits. I will fight to get our care workers fair compensation and dignified conditions.


climate

THE CLIMATE CRISIS IS HERE.

The climate crisis is here, and our working class and immigrant neighborhoods are being disproportionately harmed.  Here in Lower Manhattan, all of us can see that each passing season brings more extreme weather and more devastating floods . Meanwhile, our utility bills skyrocket.

We must act now. I will fight to end our dependence on the fossil fuels that pollute our communities and homes. We should make Con Ed a public utility, which will reduce our bills and help transition to renewable energy. And we need to make our neighborhoods resilient to floods and other effects of climate change. We can do all this and create 50,000 quality jobs in the energy sector.


public safety

everyone deserves to feel safe.

We know that community stability and well-being are the best ways to promote safety. States that invest in their social safety net have improved health and decreased violence in their communities. Throwing tens of billions of dollars into police and prisons hasn’t made us safer.

I’ll fight to invest in what really keeps us safe: housing for all, free and accessible health care and mental health care, free high-quality education, and cleaner neighborhoods.


LABOR

working-class people keep our city running.

New York is a union town, but many workers suffer from poor working conditions, wages that do not support the soaring cost of living, and inadequate protections from workplace harassment.

Many politicians refer to the working class as essential, but they continue to legislate in favor of the same companies that exploit us. That’s why our campaign doesn’t accept any money from corporations or corporate PACs. I will fight for labor standards that enable working-class people to live dignified lives.


TRANSIT

the mta is an essential service. let’s treat it like one.

The MTA is an essential service millions of New Yorkers rely on every single day. From the subways to the buses to commuter rails and Access-a-Ride, our public transportation system forms the lifeblood of the state.

Working people rely on public transportation. It’s time to resolve the MTA’s debt crisis and fund transit like the essential service it is. We can also transition buses and subways to electric energy to reduce harmful air pollution.


Education

quality education is the central pillar of a just society

Education is the center pillar of any healthy society and essential to the freedom and justice of our communities. We need equitable funding for K-12 public schools, and CUNY should be free for all. I’m against mayoral control and against the privatization of public schools.

Education is about more than academics. We need universal access to after-school programs and youth development. Every school should have student support staff like nurses, guidance counselors, and social and mental health support. And we must end the school-to-prison pipeline.


immigration

Equality and Justice for all New Yorkers regardless of status.

As the son of working-class immigrants, I’ve witnessed the beauty and the struggle of being an immigrant in New York. When my parents arrived in New York they were frequent targets of exploitation and discrimination, which are still rampant in our community today. For over 100 years, Lower Manhattan has thrived because of the hard work, culture, community, food, and traditions of our immigrant neighbors. We need legislators who are committed to investing in our immigrant communities, and providing services that protect working class immigrants from abuse, divestment, and displacement.

Every New Yorker deserves to feel safe, respected, and cared for regardless of immigration status or country of origin. I will do everything in my power to ensure that New York is truly a sanctuary city. I will fight to ensure our immigrant communities not only feel safe, but are also treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.


feminism

We must continue the fight for gender equality.

We need feminists in office now more than ever. With abortion rights under attack, the gender wage gap still prominent, and gender-based violence as present as ever, this is not the time to shrink away from the work of gender equality. This is why I am committed to fighting for gender equality across the state of New York.


LGBTQIA

queer and trans liberation now!

The Lower East Side is a historic home for LGBTQ activism and culture. As an openly gay and nonbinary person, I am deeply committed to fighting for legal equality for my community, as well as fighting for policies that will improve the material conditions of LGBTQ people.

Legislation that empowers working class communities, like the New York Health Act and Good Cause Eviction, will be beneficial to the most vulnerable members of the LGBTQ community. In addition to these broader policies, specific actions must be taken to address the disparities and unique vulnerabilities that LGBTQ people face.