Preserve Our City

“Perhaps I don’t want to become like Ronald Reagan or like the President of General Motors. Perhaps I have another sense of life...Perhaps I have a judgment [on your institutions]. Perhaps I don’t want what you think I want...”   James Baldwin

                            

Knowledge Is Power

“The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” – Diogenes, Greek philosopher

                            

Think Big For The Future

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." 
 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Act Locally

Q:  "Who takes care of us?"  A:  "We take care of us!"  – Activist chant                                                                                             

Diversity Of People


Queens has always been celebrated for its diverse people, but today it is in extreme danger of losing that diversity through gentrification and displacement as our electeds approve rezonings and privatization plans pushed by powerful special interests. We need to take immediate active measures to protect our diversity.

To start:

  • I will block any plan that jeopardizes our diverse public housing – 92% of whose residents are Black or Latinx – such as Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) and Blueprint for Change and will commit funds to restore, maintain and improve this truly affordable housing.
  • I will work to repeal Mayor de Blasio’s MIH/ZQA rezoning plan which has caused record-breaking displacement, place a moratorium on luxury development, and pass stricter zoning laws to discourage speculative building.
  • I will work to create housing by “clawing back” buildings from bad landlords who purchased them from the city for $1 and will utilize Article 7A of NY’s Real Property Law to take over poorly-maintained buildings.
  • I will work to convert empty hotels, offices and vacant luxury apartments to truly affordable housing and subsidize rents to levels closer to 20% of one’s income, not the current 30%, which has been proven to be too high.
  • I will work to reduce property taxes for mom-and-pop homeowners who rent their basement or attic apartments to individuals and families at permanently reasonable rents that low-income tenants can afford.




Small Businesses


The diversity of our small businesses is what makes Queens rise above every city in the world, attracting residents and tourist alike. What’s more, these small businesses often support generations of families, and letting them wither and die makes no sense, economic or otherwise.

To start:

  • I will work to pass the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA), a stronger commercial rent control law, and enact a “blight fine” for landlords who purposely keep storefronts empty.
  • I will work to strengthen manufacturing zoning laws to save our industrial spaces in LIC and beyond so they can be used to manufacture PPE, textiles, solar panels, wind turbines and other goods that will usher us into the future and keep Queens residents working.
  • I will work to dissolve the NYC Economic Development Corporation and use its $1 billion budget that siphons money from Small Business Services to support actual small business and reduce their property taxes.
  • I will work to see that gig workers and others without a safety net receive benefits that other workers do.




Our Urban Environment


Overdevelopment of our urban spaces disconnects us from our past, causes displacement and damages the environment. We must acknowledge that reliance on the “growth model” is not progress, it is destruction and waste being sold to us as a good thing by those who profit from endless construction and gentrification. Instead, we should practice preservation of our urban environment by building sparingly and organically in a community-driven way.

To start:

  • I will work to save New York’s unique spaces by making sure our Landmark Preservations Commission is run by bone fide preservationists and art historians, not realtors or those who have a profit motive for change, and to require automatic stricter scrutiny for older buildings of historic value for purposes of allowing modifications or destruction.
  • I will work to prevent developers from razing buildings to rebuild for luxury or fake affordable housing, especially those that house truly affordable units. Instead these units should be repaired and retrofitted as necessary by small, local builders.
  • I will work to adequately fund our parks department and restore jobs there – 80% of which were slashed under Bloomberg – and discontinue the private-public partnerships that gentrify our parks and harm residents and the environment by such things as making plans to pull-up old-growth trees in Ft. Greene Park that currently absorb carbon and reduce rates of asthma especially in low-income communities.





The Power Of The People


With over 8 million of the smartest and hardest working people in the world, NYC is in a unique position to leverage our consumer and worker power to get what we want – and we should do just that! Studies have shown that big businesses and the wealthiest with deep ties to the community don’t leave when their taxes are increased or their abatements discontinued because New York is where their employees and families want to be.

To start:

  • I will work to charge companies an entry fee to relocate here, along with a monthly “usage fee” for access to our personal data, the use of our streets and recycling facilities, and other services that companies like Amazon rely on to deliver goods and to dispose of their packaging.
  • I will work to require that companies operating in NYC, especially those that receive enormous subsidies like film production companies, employ local residents for substantially all jobs and run incubator projects to help local residents start their own companies.
  • I will work to track all subsides given to companies operating in NYC and reduce, eliminate or enforce those that have not provided the promised number of full-time, living-wage jobs with benefits upon which the subsidy was based, or where company revenues are so high that they do not warrant subsidies anymore.
  • I will work to require that the largest private landowners in NYC such as Columbia University and NYU with $11B and $4B endowments, respectively, pay into a fund specifically earmarked to subsidize housing for unhoused New Yorkers as compensation for those whom they have crowded out.
  • I will work to require that internships in the city are paid a full-time, living wage so that the wealthy will not be the only ones who can afford to accept them.




Change City Government So It Works For The People


All too often city governing is done by a handful of insiders with connections while plenty of good ideas from folks without political ambitions go unnoticed. I will work to bring inclusiveness to governing in New York City to make if fairer for all and less susceptible to cronyism.

To start:

  • I will work to amend the City Charter to reduce mayoral power by reducing the number of appointments he or she can make to city agencies so that the scale is not eternally tipped in favor of mayoral interests.
  • I will work to amend the City Charter to make sure each agency is free of conflicts on its Board and that such positions as Comptroller, Conflicts of Interest Board and Department of Investigations are controlled by the minority party to better root out corruption and serve the public. I will also give them more power to force compliance.
  • I will work to enact a “democracy voucher” program for our elections which has had success in Seattle in giving a voice to folks who cannot afford large contributions which tend to influence our electeds. I would also work to put a cap on contributions from any source to no more than $250.
  • I will work to amend the City Charter to make community boards 100% lottery-based with two neutral experts approved by the neighborhood as each committee co-chair. I will also work to amend the bylaws to prohibit private meetings between board members and people with business before them.
  • I will work to roll back the 32% pay raise that City Council gave themselves in 2016 to dissuade career politicians from holding office, and will lead by example by placing the excess to be paid to me in a fund to help subsidize rents for people in need. I will also end giving perks such as placards to council members.




Justice For All


The special interests running NYC today are rapidly erasing our history - destroying our buildings and pushing us out – all in the name of “progress”, while simple matters of fairness and economic, racial and climate justice affecting regular New Yorkers move at a snail’s pace, if at all. We must invert this dynamic and begin making big changes to make our lives better AND keep us here!

To start:

  • I will work to bring the 21st Century to our courthouses by using technology to quickly select juries to reduce bias, speed up trials and ease the burden on jurors especially gig workers and those who lose money every day they serve.
  • I will work to greatly reduce the funds spent on policing by limiting their purview to preventing and solving violent crimes and domestic or foreign terrorist activities. The billions of dollars saved in man hours, overtime and lawsuits will help subsidize rents, fund our world-class public schools and programs to prevent anti-social behavior.
  • I will work to end prosecutorial immunity which lets DAs off the hook when they do not present exculpatory evidence, coerce witnesses to give false testimony in order to convict, or don’t bring charges against powerful people in exchange for campaign donations like Cy Vance did with the Trump family.
  • I will work to stop the poorly-disguised land-grab to build four new tower jails that keeps our criminal justice system on the same path of locking people away forever rather than holding them accountable, rehabilitating them into contributing members of our society, and empowering victims.
  • I will work to stop data collection programs such as the Google-backed LinkNYC kiosks that were installed throughout the city to collect our information and record our movements without our consent. Alternately, if New Yorkers vote to allow these activities, we should be paid for it.
  • I will work to stop companies and the city from saddling Black and Brown communities with pollutants and nuisances that white communities do not have that affect their health and well-being, and push for every New Yorker to have access to high quality health benefits based on sliding-scale payments.





The Power Of The People


With over 8 million of the smartest and hardest working people in the world, NYC is in a unique position to leverage our consumer and worker power to get what we want – and we should do just that! Studies have shown that big businesses and the wealthiest with deep ties to the community don’t leave when their taxes are increased or their abatements discontinued because New York is where their employees and families want to be.

To start:

  • I will work to charge companies an entry fee to relocate here, along with a monthly “usage fee” for access to our personal data, the use of our streets and recycling facilities, and other services that companies like Amazon rely on to deliver goods and to dispose of their packaging.
  • I will work to require that companies operating in NYC, especially those that receive enormous subsidies like film production companies, employ local residents for substantially all jobs and run incubator projects to help local residents start their own companies.
  • I will work to track all subsides given to companies operating in NYC and reduce, eliminate or enforce those that have not provided the promised number of full-time, living-wage jobs with benefits upon which the subsidy was based, or where company revenues are so high that they do not warrant subsidies anymore.
  • I will work to require that the largest private landowners in NYC such as Columbia University and NYU with $11B and $4B endowments, respectively, pay into a fund specifically earmarked to subsidize housing for unhoused New Yorkers as compensation for those whom they have crowded out.
  • I will work to require that internships in the city are paid a full-time, living wage so that the wealthy will not be the only ones who can afford to accept them.




Change City Government So It Works For The People


All too often city governing is done by a handful of insiders with connections while plenty of good ideas from folks without political ambitions go unnoticed. I will work to bring inclusiveness to governing in New York City to make if fairer for all and less susceptible to cronyism.

To start:

  • I will work to amend the City Charter to reduce mayoral power by reducing the number of appointments he or she can make to city agencies so that the scale is not eternally tipped in favor of mayoral interests.
  • I will work to amend the City Charter to make sure each agency is free of conflicts on its Board and that such positions as Comptroller, Conflicts of Interest Board and Department of Investigations are controlled by the minority party to better root out corruption and serve the public. I will also give them more power to force compliance.
  • I will work to enact a “democracy voucher” program for our elections which has had success in Seattle in giving a voice to folks who cannot afford large contributions which tend to influence our electeds. I would also work to put a cap on contributions from any source to no more than $250.
  • I will work to amend the City Charter to make community boards 100% lottery-based with two neutral experts approved by the neighborhood as each committee co-chair. I will also work to amend the bylaws to prohibit private meetings between board members and people with business before them.
  • I will work to roll back the 32% pay raise that City Council gave themselves in 2016 to dissuade career politicians from holding office, and will lead by example by placing the excess to be paid to me in a fund to help subsidize rents for people in need. I will also end giving perks such as placards to council members.




Justice For All


The special interests running NYC today are rapidly erasing our history - destroying our buildings and pushing us out – all in the name of “progress”, while simple matters of fairness and economic, racial and climate justice affecting regular New Yorkers move at a snail’s pace, if at all. We must invert this dynamic and begin making big changes to make our lives better AND keep us here!

To start:

  • I will work to bring the 21st Century to our courthouses by using technology to quickly select juries to reduce bias, speed up trials and ease the burden on jurors especially gig workers and those who lose money every day they serve.
  • I will work to greatly reduce the funds spent on policing by limiting their purview to preventing and solving violent crimes and domestic or foreign terrorist activities. The billions of dollars saved in man hours, overtime and lawsuits will help subsidize rents, fund our world-class public schools and programs to prevent anti-social behavior.
  • I will work to end prosecutorial immunity which lets DAs off the hook when they do not present exculpatory evidence, coerce witnesses to give false testimony in order to convict, or don’t bring charges against powerful people in exchange for campaign donations like Cy Vance did with the Trump family.
  • I will work to stop the poorly-disguised land-grab to build four new tower jails that keeps our criminal justice system on the same path of locking people away forever rather than holding them accountable, rehabilitating them into contributing members of our society, and empowering victims.
  • I will work to stop data collection programs such as the Google-backed LinkNYC kiosks that were installed throughout the city to collect our information and record our movements without our consent. Alternately, if New Yorkers vote to allow these activities, we should be paid for it.
  • I will work to stop companies and the city from saddling Black and Brown communities with pollutants and nuisances that white communities do not have that affect their health and well-being, and push for every New Yorker to have access to high quality health benefits based on sliding-scale payments.





The Power Of The People


With over 8 million of the smartest and hardest working people in the world, NYC is in a unique position to leverage our consumer and worker power to get what we want – and we should do just that! Studies have shown that big businesses and the wealthiest with deep ties to the community don’t leave when their taxes are increased or their abatements discontinued because New York is where their employees and families want to be.

To start:

  • I will work to charge companies an entry fee to relocate here, along with a monthly “usage fee” for access to our personal data, the use of our streets and recycling facilities, and other services that companies like Amazon rely on to deliver goods and to dispose of their packaging.
  • I will work to require that companies operating in NYC, especially those that receive enormous subsidies like film production companies, employ local residents for substantially all jobs and run incubator projects to help local residents start their own companies.
  • I will work to track all subsides given to companies operating in NYC and reduce, eliminate or enforce those that have not provided the promised number of full-time, living-wage jobs with benefits upon which the subsidy was based, or where company revenues are so high that they do not warrant subsidies anymore.
  • I will work to require that the largest private landowners in NYC such as Columbia University and NYU with $11B and $4B endowments, respectively, pay into a fund specifically earmarked to subsidize housing for unhoused New Yorkers as compensation for those whom they have crowded out.
  • I will work to require that internships in the city are paid a full-time, living wage so that the wealthy will not be the only ones who can afford to accept them.




Change City Government So It Works For The People


All too often city governing is done by a handful of insiders with connections while plenty of good ideas from folks without political ambitions go unnoticed. I will work to bring inclusiveness to governing in New York City to make if fairer for all and less susceptible to cronyism.

To start:

  • I will work to amend the City Charter to reduce mayoral power by reducing the number of appointments he or she can make to city agencies so that the scale is not eternally tipped in favor of mayoral interests.
  • I will work to amend the City Charter to make sure each agency is free of conflicts on its Board and that such positions as Comptroller, Conflicts of Interest Board and Department of Investigations are controlled by the minority party to better root out corruption and serve the public. I will also give them more power to force compliance.
  • I will work to enact a “democracy voucher” program for our elections which has had success in Seattle in giving a voice to folks who cannot afford large contributions which tend to influence our electeds. I would also work to put a cap on contributions from any source to no more than $250.
  • I will work to amend the City Charter to make community boards 100% lottery-based with two neutral experts approved by the neighborhood as each committee co-chair. I will also work to amend the bylaws to prohibit private meetings between board members and people with business before them.
  • I will work to roll back the 32% pay raise that City Council gave themselves in 2016 to dissuade career politicians from holding office, and will lead by example by placing the excess to be paid to me in a fund to help subsidize rents for people in need. I will also end giving perks such as placards to council members.




Justice For All


The special interests running NYC today are rapidly erasing our history - destroying our buildings and pushing us out – all in the name of “progress”, while simple matters of fairness and economic, racial and climate justice affecting regular New Yorkers move at a snail’s pace, if at all. We must invert this dynamic and begin making big changes to make our lives better AND keep us here!

To start:

  • I will work to bring the 21st Century to our courthouses by using technology to quickly select juries to reduce bias, speed up trials and ease the burden on jurors especially gig workers and those who lose money every day they serve.
  • I will work to greatly reduce the funds spent on policing by limiting their purview to preventing and solving violent crimes and domestic or foreign terrorist activities. The billions of dollars saved in man hours, overtime and lawsuits will help subsidize rents, fund our world-class public schools and programs to prevent anti-social behavior.
  • I will work to end prosecutorial immunity which lets DAs off the hook when they do not present exculpatory evidence, coerce witnesses to give false testimony in order to convict, or don’t bring charges against powerful people in exchange for campaign donations like Cy Vance did with the Trump family.
  • I will work to stop the poorly-disguised land-grab to build four new tower jails that keeps our criminal justice system on the same path of locking people away forever rather than holding them accountable, rehabilitating them into contributing members of our society, and empowering victims.
  • I will work to stop data collection programs such as the Google-backed LinkNYC kiosks that were installed throughout the city to collect our information and record our movements without our consent. Alternately, if New Yorkers vote to allow these activities, we should be paid for it.
  • I will work to stop companies and the city from saddling Black and Brown communities with pollutants and nuisances that white communities do not have that affect their health and well-being, and push for every New Yorker to have access to high quality health benefits based on sliding-scale payments.





Opłacona przez Emily Sharpe dla Rady 2021

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