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                                                                                             

World-Class Education


If you’re like me, you’re extraordinarily impressed by the maturity and leadership of today’s youth, and it’s our job as adults to see that they reach their fullest potential in order to be happy and move our society forward. That means we must make funding our public schools a budgetary priority so that our students can step into any job that NYC offers without the need for employers to look elsewhere.

To start:

  • I will work to make all schools commensurate with Stuyvesant High School in funding, infrastructure, reputation and opportunity. I will work to consolidate schools into larger ones that serve their local areas, eliminate exclusive “neighborhood schools” and programs of micro-segregation like G&T, and make the specialized test for high school unnecessary so that children won’t need to spend their formative years studying for a high-stakes test and those who cannot afford to will not be shut out of high-paying jobs.
  • I will work to ensure that all schools have a robust on-line program, training and broadband infrastructure to ensure smooth transitions to working from home when necessary or desired.
  • I will work to include mandatory anti-racist and LGBTQ+ history components in NYC public schools’ social studies curricula in order to eradicate bigotry and misconception and to further bring about acceptance and normalcy of others to students at a formative age.
  • I will work to ensure that all schools support and promote careers in the arts, history, language arts, social work, etc., equal to support for tech, finance and other Type-A personality careers.
  • I will work to ensure parent fundraising efforts benefit all schools by placing all monies raised in a general fund to be distributed evenly, and to build solidarity city-wide by encouraging groups to work together.
  • I will work to mandate that all middle and high schools start at a later time, as California recently mandated, so that our teens will be healthier, happier and more productive in the classroom.




Teachers


In order to give our children a world-class education, we will need lots of teachers and support staff! Teachers are some of the most important and influential people in our children’s lives and should be valued, respected and paid commensurately.

To start:

  • I will work to hire more full-time teachers, counselors and support staff and pay them well so that they can afford to live in the city, raise their own children here, and feel connected to the community. I will also require that a greater proportion of non-white teachers, more closely aligned with the student population is added.
  • I will work to hire adequate support staff so that all students will be able to learn the same high-level curriculum without falling behind or becoming discouraged. This will give teachers more time to focus on the most current curriculum as well as the most creative and effective ways to convey that knowledge.
  • I will work to require that colleges and universities receiving tax incentives from NYC hire a minimum number of full-time employees and pay them a living wage with benefits instead of á la carte employment where adjuncts are left scrambling for work at a poverty wage from numerous different institutions with no safety net.




Transparency


I love NYC, but it is structured and run in a way that is profoundly corrupt so that the moving parts of our democracy are stuck. To fix it, we need transformative transparency so that everyday New Yorkers – not only the most powerful – can learn how the wheels of government turn in order to make informed decision about their lives.

To start:

  • I will work to make all public records available for view online without needing to make a formal request as per the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). If there is any sensitive data, an independent, bipartisan FOIL committee will decide what can be released.
  • I will record and make meetings with constituents and others available for view by people in my district in an effort to end backroom deals that undermine confidence and lead to suspicion in the community about whose interests are being met. I will also commit to holding monthly Town Halls to address neighborhood concerns.
  • I will work to make civics training a requirement for all school children beginning in middle school where they will learn how to spot propaganda, how to recognize reputable news sources, and how to be engaged in the electoral process beginning with their borough’s county committee.
  • I will work to make information available to all by investing in infrastructure for high-speed internet at low or no cost starting in the most underserved areas.





World-Class Education


If you’re like me, you’re extraordinarily impressed by the maturity and leadership of today’s youth, and it’s our job as adults to see that they reach their fullest potential in order to be happy and move our society forward. That means we must make funding our public schools a budgetary priority so that our students can step into any job that NYC offers without the need for employers to look elsewhere.

To start:

  • I will work to make all schools commensurate with Stuyvesant High School in funding, infrastructure, reputation and opportunity. I will work to consolidate schools into larger ones that serve their local areas, eliminate exclusive “neighborhood schools” and programs of micro-segregation like G&T, and make the specialized test for high school unnecessary so that children won’t need to spend their formative years studying for a high-stakes test and those who cannot afford to will not be shut out of high-paying jobs.
  • I will work to ensure that all schools have a robust on-line program, training and broadband infrastructure to ensure smooth transitions to working from home when necessary or desired.
  • I will work to include mandatory anti-racist and LGBTQ+ history components in NYC public schools’ social studies curricula in order to eradicate bigotry and misconception and to further bring about acceptance and normalcy of others to students at a formative age.
  • I will work to ensure that all schools support and promote careers in the arts, history, language arts, social work, etc., equal to support for tech, finance and other Type-A personality careers.
  • I will work to ensure parent fundraising efforts benefit all schools by placing all monies raised in a general fund to be distributed evenly, and to build solidarity city-wide by encouraging groups to work together.
  • I will work to mandate that all middle and high schools start at a later time, as California recently mandated, so that our teens will be healthier, happier and more productive in the classroom.




Teachers


In order to give our children a world-class education, we will need lots of teachers and support staff! Teachers are some of the most important and influential people in our children’s lives and should be valued, respected and paid commensurately.

To start:

  • I will work to hire more full-time teachers, counselors and support staff and pay them well so that they can afford to live in the city, raise their own children here, and feel connected to the community. I will also require that a greater proportion of non-white teachers, more closely aligned with the student population is added.
  • I will work to hire adequate support staff so that all students will be able to learn the same high-level curriculum without falling behind or becoming discouraged. This will give teachers more time to focus on the most current curriculum as well as the most creative and effective ways to convey that knowledge.
  • I will work to require that colleges and universities receiving tax incentives from NYC hire a minimum number of full-time employees and pay them a living wage with benefits instead of á la carte employment where adjuncts are left scrambling for work at a poverty wage from numerous different institutions with no safety net.




Transparency


I love NYC, but it is structured and run in a way that is profoundly corrupt so that the moving parts of our democracy are stuck. To fix it, we need transformative transparency so that everyday New Yorkers – not only the most powerful – can learn how the wheels of government turn in order to make informed decision about their lives.

To start:

  • I will work to make all public records available for view online without needing to make a formal request as per the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). If there is any sensitive data, an independent, bipartisan FOIL committee will decide what can be released.
  • I will record and make meetings with constituents and others available for view by people in my district in an effort to end backroom deals that undermine confidence and lead to suspicion in the community about whose interests are being met. I will also commit to holding monthly Town Halls to address neighborhood concerns.
  • I will work to make civics training a requirement for all school children beginning in middle school where they will learn how to spot propaganda, how to recognize reputable news sources, and how to be engaged in the electoral process beginning with their borough’s county committee.
  • I will work to make information available to all by investing in infrastructure for high-speed internet at low or no cost starting in the most underserved areas.





World-Class Education


If you’re like me, you’re extraordinarily impressed by the maturity and leadership of today’s youth, and it’s our job as adults to see that they reach their fullest potential in order to be happy and move our society forward. That means we must make funding our public schools a budgetary priority so that our students can step into any job that NYC offers without the need for employers to look elsewhere.

To start:

  • I will work to make all schools commensurate with Stuyvesant High School in funding, infrastructure, reputation and opportunity. I will work to consolidate schools into larger ones that serve their local areas, eliminate exclusive “neighborhood schools” and programs of micro-segregation like G&T, and make the specialized test for high school unnecessary so that children won’t need to spend their formative years studying for a high-stakes test and those who cannot afford to will not be shut out of high-paying jobs.
  • I will work to ensure that all schools have a robust on-line program, training and broadband infrastructure to ensure smooth transitions to working from home when necessary or desired.
  • I will work to include mandatory anti-racist and LGBTQ+ history components in NYC public schools’ social studies curricula in order to eradicate bigotry and misconception and to further bring about acceptance and normalcy of others to students at a formative age.
  • I will work to ensure that all schools support and promote careers in the arts, history, language arts, social work, etc., equal to support for tech, finance and other Type-A personality careers.
  • I will work to ensure parent fundraising efforts benefit all schools by placing all monies raised in a general fund to be distributed evenly, and to build solidarity city-wide by encouraging groups to work together.
  • I will work to mandate that all middle and high schools start at a later time, as California recently mandated, so that our teens will be healthier, happier and more productive in the classroom.




Teachers


In order to give our children a world-class education, we will need lots of teachers and support staff! Teachers are some of the most important and influential people in our children’s lives and should be valued, respected and paid commensurately.

To start:

  • I will work to hire more full-time teachers, counselors and support staff and pay them well so that they can afford to live in the city, raise their own children here, and feel connected to the community. I will also require that a greater proportion of non-white teachers, more closely aligned with the student population is added.
  • I will work to hire adequate support staff so that all students will be able to learn the same high-level curriculum without falling behind or becoming discouraged. This will give teachers more time to focus on the most current curriculum as well as the most creative and effective ways to convey that knowledge.
  • I will work to require that colleges and universities receiving tax incentives from NYC hire a minimum number of full-time employees and pay them a living wage with benefits instead of á la carte employment where adjuncts are left scrambling for work at a poverty wage from numerous different institutions with no safety net.




Transparency


I love NYC, but it is structured and run in a way that is profoundly corrupt so that the moving parts of our democracy are stuck. To fix it, we need transformative transparency so that everyday New Yorkers – not only the most powerful – can learn how the wheels of government turn in order to make informed decision about their lives.

To start:

  • I will work to make all public records available for view online without needing to make a formal request as per the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). If there is any sensitive data, an independent, bipartisan FOIL committee will decide what can be released.
  • I will record and make meetings with constituents and others available for view by people in my district in an effort to end backroom deals that undermine confidence and lead to suspicion in the community about whose interests are being met. I will also commit to holding monthly Town Halls to address neighborhood concerns.
  • I will work to make civics training a requirement for all school children beginning in middle school where they will learn how to spot propaganda, how to recognize reputable news sources, and how to be engaged in the electoral process beginning with their borough’s county committee.
  • I will work to make information available to all by investing in infrastructure for high-speed internet at low or no cost starting in the most underserved areas.





World-Class Education


If you’re like me, you’re extraordinarily impressed by the maturity and leadership of today’s youth, and it’s our job as adults to see that they reach their fullest potential in order to be happy and move our society forward. That means we must make funding our public schools a budgetary priority so that our students can step into any job that NYC offers without the need for employers to look elsewhere.

To start:

  • I will work to make all schools commensurate with Stuyvesant High School in funding, infrastructure, reputation and opportunity. I will work to consolidate schools into larger ones that serve their local areas, eliminate exclusive “neighborhood schools” and programs of micro-segregation like G&T, and make the specialized test for high school unnecessary so that children won’t need to spend their formative years studying for a high-stakes test and those who cannot afford to will not be shut out of high-paying jobs.
  • I will work to ensure that all schools have a robust on-line program, training and broadband infrastructure to ensure smooth transitions to working from home when necessary or desired.
  • I will work to include mandatory anti-racist and LGBTQ+ history components in NYC public schools’ social studies curricula in order to eradicate bigotry and misconception and to further bring about acceptance and normalcy of others to students at a formative age.
  • I will work to ensure that all schools support and promote careers in the arts, history, language arts, social work, etc., equal to support for tech, finance and other Type-A personality careers.
  • I will work to ensure parent fundraising efforts benefit all schools by placing all monies raised in a general fund to be distributed evenly, and to build solidarity city-wide by encouraging groups to work together.
  • I will work to mandate that all middle and high schools start at a later time, as California recently mandated, so that our teens will be healthier, happier and more productive in the classroom.




Teachers


In order to give our children a world-class education, we will need lots of teachers and support staff! Teachers are some of the most important and influential people in our children’s lives and should be valued, respected and paid commensurately.

To start:

  • I will work to hire more full-time teachers, counselors and support staff and pay them well so that they can afford to live in the city, raise their own children here, and feel connected to the community. I will also require that a greater proportion of non-white teachers, more closely aligned with the student population is added.
  • I will work to hire adequate support staff so that all students will be able to learn the same high-level curriculum without falling behind or becoming discouraged. This will give teachers more time to focus on the most current curriculum as well as the most creative and effective ways to convey that knowledge.
  • I will work to require that colleges and universities receiving tax incentives from NYC hire a minimum number of full-time employees and pay them a living wage with benefits instead of á la carte employment where adjuncts are left scrambling for work at a poverty wage from numerous different institutions with no safety net.




Transparency


I love NYC, but it is structured and run in a way that is profoundly corrupt so that the moving parts of our democracy are stuck. To fix it, we need transformative transparency so that everyday New Yorkers – not only the most powerful – can learn how the wheels of government turn in order to make informed decision about their lives.

To start:

  • I will work to make all public records available for view online without needing to make a formal request as per the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). If there is any sensitive data, an independent, bipartisan FOIL committee will decide what can be released.
  • I will record and make meetings with constituents and others available for view by people in my district in an effort to end backroom deals that undermine confidence and lead to suspicion in the community about whose interests are being met. I will also commit to holding monthly Town Halls to address neighborhood concerns.
  • I will work to make civics training a requirement for all school children beginning in middle school where they will learn how to spot propaganda, how to recognize reputable news sources, and how to be engaged in the electoral process beginning with their borough’s county committee.
  • I will work to make information available to all by investing in infrastructure for high-speed internet at low or no cost starting in the most underserved areas.





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