2017 New York Primary Election

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New York Primary Voter Guide

Note: New York holds closed primary elections. That means you’ll only be eligible to vote for candidates in your registered party. So, if you’re a registered Democrat, you can only vote in the Democratic primary, and vice versa.

The mayor leads New York City’s government, proposing the budget, deciding what bills to approve (or veto), and appointing (or dismissing) department heads. Overall, the mayor sets the tone and policy goals for the city, so make sure you vote for a candidate whose vision aligns with yours.

Mayoral Candidates:

What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

MIKE TOLKIN on the Issues

New York remains a city of extreme economic inequality for young residents who are being priced out of the housing market as rents continue to outpace income. Do you think the current approach to affordable housing is effective, and what other approaches, if any, would you recommend?

Economic inequality is out of control. So we have a comprehensive approach to addressing it. Our #NYC2030 plan includes an immediate stimulus package and long-term investments to create new jobs and social programs. And our #NYCHomes plan includes the development of new affordable housing campuses.

Young voters rely heavily on public transportation. Do you support subsidizing public transit for poor New Yorkers, like the city does for other groups like senior and ferry riders?

Our #NYCWays plan includes free transit for people commuting to school and work, with the long-term goal of making public transit free for all New Yorkers. We’re also going to create a new public ride-sharing option, #NYCRides, to make it easier and cheaper for you and your friends to carpool.

Young voters want the criminal justice system reformed and police held accountable for misconduct. How will you ensure the law enforcement and legal systems are protecting and serving our communities?

Our #NYCProtect program will include end-to-end criminal justice reform with more compassionate policies: neighborhood-elected officers, new techniques and equipment like body cams, and greater transparency and accountability. And we’re going to #LegalizeMarijuana to end unnecessary arrests.

What actions would you take to ensure voting is seamless and accessible to all NYC residents?

We need a system overhaul. We’re going to implement a digital identity verification system to enable electronic voting and bring the voting booth to you. And with a more seamless, secure, and efficient voting system, we’ll be able to hold more regular referendums for ongoing voter engagement.

New York City recently introduced the first ever LGBTQ healthcare Bill of Rights. Do you support this bill, and how would you insure the city meets the healthcare needs of LGBTQ individuals?

As a proud member of the LGBTQ community, I’m not only in favor of this bill, but I’m grateful for it as well. More important than policy, our #NYCHappy mental health program will be the first-ever single-payer health program and will serve as the foundation for our comprehensive care program.

Would you support higher education programs that provide assistance to disadvantaged students, such as campus child care centers?

Absolutely. No matter your life circumstances, you should be able to pursue your passions and earn an income doing so. Education and vocational training – enabled by on-site childcare and other support and resources – are critical to your professional development.

Young voters want New York City to refuse to report undocumented immigrants for deportation. What would you do to make the more than 3 million New York City residents who are immigrants, documented or undocumented, feel safe?

No matter who you are or where you’re from, in New York, you are loved. We will protect and defend the rights of all immigrants so that they don’t need to live in the shadows. And our #LeagueOfLove will be a human rights council to help us shape and implement our ambitious human rights agenda.

Young voters demand New York City be proactive in protecting the environment. What steps would you take to protect our environment and combat climate change at the city-level?

Our #SmartCities alliance will unite NYC with other cities to craft policies and solutions that help us collectively combat climate change. This will include joint r&d and exploitation of renewable energy sources so that we can reduce our carbon footprint and eventually achieve energy independence.


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SAL ALBANESE on the Issues

New York remains a city of extreme economic inequality for young residents who are being priced out of the housing market as rents continue to outpace income. Do you think the current approach to affordable housing is effective, and what other approaches, if any, would you recommend?

Current approach is ineffective. It’s increasing homelessness and displacement. I want to pass a tax on foreign luxury property owners and direct it toward an affordable housing fund. We can build on the 1000 city owned parcels and use non profit developers.

Young voters rely heavily on public transportation. Do you support subsidizing public transit for poor New Yorkers, like the city does for other groups like senior and ferry riders?

I support subsidizing public transit for poor New Yorkers

Young voters want the criminal justice system reformed and police held accountable for misconduct. How will you ensure the law enforcement and legal systems are protecting and serving our communities?

My police commissioner and criminal justice coordinator will ensure that our police and criminal justice infrastructure are dedicated to administering justice in a fair and bias free manner.

What actions would you take to ensure voting is seamless and accessible to all NYC residents?

revamp board of elections by professionalizing it and depoliticizing it. I would also press for weekend voting.

New York City recently introduced the first ever LGBTQ healthcare Bill of Rights. Do you support this bill, and how would you insure the city meets the healthcare needs of LGBTQ individuals?

I do support the bill. I will instruct my health commissioner to do outreach to advocates so they can be in touch to determine success rate

Would you support higher education programs that provide assistance to disadvantaged students, such as campus child care centers?

I do

Young voters want New York City to refuse to report undocumented immigrants for deportation. What would you do to make the more than 3 million New York City residents who are immigrants, documented or undocumented, feel safe?

I support the sanctuary city police.

Young voters demand New York City be proactive in protecting the environment. What steps would you take to protect our environment and combat climate change at the city-level?

I would pass the MOVE NY Plan. encourage and cajole private property owners to make their buildings energy efficient. If they refuse to do it by a date certain I would impose fines. Convert our dirty diesel sanitation trucks into natural gas. Fund and fix our transit system


What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

RICHARD S. BASHNER on the Issues

New York remains a city of extreme economic inequality for young residents who are being priced out of the housing market as rents continue to outpace income. Do you think the current approach to affordable housing is effective, and what other approaches, if any, would you recommend?

No, the current approach is not effective. I plan to preserve existing housing, add a self-inspection system by tenants, coordinate agency information to improve efficiency. Expanding funding to build affordable housing and spreading affordable housing subsidies over more renters is also important.

Young voters rely heavily on public transportation. Do you support subsidizing public transit for poor New Yorkers, like the city does for other groups like senior and ferry riders?

I support subsidizing subways and buses, especially for low-income workers and job-seekers. I hope to ease commutes for many riders through extending mass transit in each borough to reach all communities, and integrating transit to allow travel throughout New York City on a single-fare.

Young voters want the criminal justice system reformed and police held accountable for misconduct. How will you ensure the law enforcement and legal systems are protecting and serving our communities?

I pledge to close Rikers Island jail, reform our unjust bail system, and advocate for amnesty for all those convicted due to discriminatory law enforcement. I plan to treat marijuana use as a medical problem, not a criminal problem through legalization, regulation, and taxation.

What actions would you take to ensure voting is seamless and accessible to all NYC residents?

Voting rights are central to democracy and need to be protected. Registration should be made easier and there should be a voting holiday so that everyone has the opportunity to cast a ballot.

New York City recently introduced the first ever LGBTQ healthcare Bill of Rights. Do you support this bill, and how would you insure the city meets the healthcare needs of LGBTQ individuals?

Yes, I support the bill. Our LGBTQ citizens are at a higher risk of homelessness, poverty, and violence. We need to ensure that transitional housing and medical facilities are equipped with safe spaces and sensitive, well-trained staff.

Would you support higher education programs that provide assistance to disadvantaged students, such as campus child care centers?

We should work to expand New York state’s pilot "Excelsior" scholarship program to include funding for childcare centers, part time students, and add a work study program to help cover additional expenses.

Young voters want New York City to refuse to report undocumented immigrants for deportation. What would you do to make the more than 3 million New York City residents who are immigrants, documented or undocumented, feel safe?

We must protect New Yorkers from the harmful policies of Donald Trump, regardless of their legal status. People should not live in fear that they, or their family members, will be deported. This is not only a human rights issue, but one of public safety – people need have trust in city authorities.

Young voters demand New York City be proactive in protecting the environment. What steps would you take to protect our environment and combat climate change at the city-level?

I’ve proposed two immediate, concrete steps to protect New York’s environment and reduce the impact of climate change: a carbon tax and congestion pricing. Both would have a significant impact in reducing harmful emissions and raises revenue.


What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

BOB GANGI on the Issues

New York remains a city of extreme economic inequality for young residents who are being priced out of the housing market as rents continue to outpace income. Do you think the current approach to affordable housing is effective, and what other approaches, if any, would you recommend?

The current approach is not effective. Also, we must start using the neighborhood median income to ensure homes for poor NYers. We’ll set up a NYC land bank to use city-owned vacant lots that will be transformed into affordable housing units. We need to work with community groups who have experience

Young voters rely heavily on public transportation. Do you support subsidizing public transit for poor New Yorkers, like the city does for other groups like senior and ferry riders?

Yes. We plan to provide free metro cards for all low-income New Yorkers and, by ending "broken windows" policing, we will also effectively decriminalize fair evasion.

Young voters want the criminal justice system reformed and police held accountable for misconduct. How will you ensure the law enforcement and legal systems are protecting and serving our communities?

We will end abusive & discriminatory broken windows policing. We will dismiss officers who make broken windows arrests. We will decriminalize marijuana possession, gravity knife possession, sex work, and fare evasion. We will also fire all the officers involved in Eric Garner’s killing on day on

What actions would you take to ensure voting is seamless and accessible to all NYC residents?

We will make sure that every NYC resident can vote in the primaries, regardless of party affiliation. We will also promote voting for undocumented people, parolees, & incarcerated people. Voting is a right everyone should have.

New York City recently introduced the first ever LGBTQ healthcare Bill of Rights. Do you support this bill, and how would you insure the city meets the healthcare needs of LGBTQ individuals?

Yes. We fully support this bill. We will provide more resources to LGBTQ groups which provide health care and psychosocial support to LGBTQ communities. We will also set up free clinics that specifically offer healthcare to LGBTQ people.

Would you support higher education programs that provide assistance to disadvantaged students, such as campus child care centers?

Yes. We will promote free tuition at CUNY colleges for low- & middle-income NYers. If students require child care assistance while taking classes, we will press to establish child care centers on college campuses.

Young voters want New York City to refuse to report undocumented immigrants for deportation. What would you do to make the more than 3 million New York City residents who are immigrants, documented or undocumented, feel safe?

We will end broken windows policing, which puts undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation or detention by ICE. We will also provide legal counsel to immigrants facing immediate removal or deportation. We will ban ICE from NYC court buildings.

Young voters demand New York City be proactive in protecting the environment. What steps would you take to protect our environment and combat climate change at the city-level?

We will initiate public works projects involving solar panel installations on city buildings as part of our commitment to using renewable energy in all publicly owned buildings. We will be sure to keep vegetable gardens and parks secure, especially in city areas that are considered food deserts.


What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

BILL DE BLASIO on the Issues

New York remains a city of extreme economic inequality for young residents who are being priced out of the housing market as rents continue to outpace income. Do you think the current approach to affordable housing is effective, and what other approaches, if any, would you recommend?

I’ve fought to make NYC more affordable for all New Yorkers, no matter what neighborhood they call home. Under my leadership, we’re building affordable housing at a record pace, requiring developers to pay for/build affordable homes in new developments, and have frozen rents for two straight years

Young voters rely heavily on public transportation. Do you support subsidizing public transit for poor New Yorkers, like the city does for other groups like senior and ferry riders?

Yes, as Mayor, I’ve put forth and ambitious plan to help 800,000 New Yorkers living below the poverty line have access to half-priced MetroCards. This program would be paid for with a small tax on our wealthiest residents, those making over $500,000 a year (or $1 million as a married couple).

Young voters want the criminal justice system reformed and police held accountable for misconduct. How will you ensure the law enforcement and legal systems are protecting and serving our communities?

As Mayor, I’ve drastically reduced stop-and-frisk and increased neighborhood policing. I’ve also committed to closing Rikers Island and have passed laws that build stronger, safer communities by reducing arrests and incarceration for low-level offenses, including marijuana possession.

What actions would you take to ensure voting is seamless and accessible to all NYC residents?

The right to vote is a cornerstone of our democracy. That’s why I’ve advocated for a series of state bills that would allow early voting in New York and digitize our poll books. I also strongly support same-day voter registration, allowing more people to participate in our democratic system.

New York City recently introduced the first ever LGBTQ healthcare Bill of Rights. Do you support this bill, and how would you insure the city meets the healthcare needs of LGBTQ individuals?

Every New Yorker deserves respect and dignity, including our members of the LGBTQ community. As Mayor, I’ve committed $23 million/year to increase HIV prevention and health care programming, and announced affordable housing protections for thousands of low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.

Would you support higher education programs that provide assistance to disadvantaged students, such as campus child care centers?

In order to help thousands of parents alleviate the cost of childcare, NYC has implemented a nationally-recognized pre-K program for every four-year-old so they can get a jump start on a good education. And now, we’re working to expand this program to every three-year-old as well with 3-K.

Young voters want New York City to refuse to report undocumented immigrants for deportation. What would you do to make the more than 3 million New York City residents who are immigrants, documented or undocumented, feel safe?

As Mayor, I’ve rejected federal immigration agent attempts to disrupt classrooms, signed into law a bill that severely reduced the Cit’s cooperation with federal immigration detainer requests, and will continue to protect the personal information of the millions of New Yorkers who have IDNYC ca

Young voters demand New York City be proactive in protecting the environment. What steps would you take to protect our environment and combat climate change at the city-level?

Under my leadership, NYC has a bold and ambitious plan to reduce NYC greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. I also support more solar and alternative energy investments. Not only will these policies reduce our carbon footprint and protect the planet, they will generate new jobs for our workers.

The city council is the governing body of the city. It develops local laws, approves or adjusts the budget, and keeps things moving and growing (with programs like traffic regulations and job incentives.) Your city council member is there to represent the best interests of constituents in the community, so vote for one that shares your values and priorities.

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City Council District 1:

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CHRISTOPHER MARTE on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I have a track record of standing up to injustice in my community. I have fought for tenants rights and stood up against the luxury developments that are displacing my neighbors and our small businesses.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I will only support projects that reflect the true AMI of the neighborhood, and will fight to have units affordable in perpetuity prevent future generations from losing opportunities to live in affordable housing.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

I will advocate for Controlled Choice in Education District 1 because the diversity of the Lower East Side should be used to unify communities instead of divide them.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

Representing a district of immigrants, I will pass zoning and legislation that ensures Lower Manhattan always stays this way. Discrimination will not be tolerated, and I will stand with my neighbors in peaceful protest against national hate speech and marginalization.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I would use Participatory Budgeting because of how it can engage younger residents. Since voting includes those under 18, I would encourage students to present their ideas for funding their schools or parks. By starting civic engagement at an early age, young voter turnout will increase.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

I will pass community-based zoning since the voices of neighborhood activists should shape policy, not the voices of large scale developers. I believe that long-term investments must be made in order to reduce deficit and will not support solutions that ignore future generations.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

There is a disconnect between the community and the precincts. I will increase police presence in community activities so that they are known in the neighborhood outside of times when they are enforcing the law.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

We have not done enough to address climate change. In the 5 years since Hurricane Sandy, there has still not been a plan agreed upon or put into place. I will make this a priority so that evacuation is smoother and our infrastructure is safer.


What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

MARGARET S. CHIN on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

As the first Asian American woman elected to the City Council, I gave voice to marginalized communities. I helped create and preserve hundreds of units of affordable housing, strengthened small business protections, and supported legislation to enhance government transparency.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

We must ensure that any young New Yorker coming home from college, or anyone who is ready to live on their own in the neighborhood they grew up in, can afford to do so. Any proposed affordable housing development must be affordable for those living in the immediate neighborhood.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

Despite our economic and racial diversity, this city’s school system continues to be one of the nation’s most segregated education systems. Once we achieve full integration, I believe parents of all backgrounds will be able to join together to ensure the fair allocation of resources to all schoo

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

As an Asian American immigrant, I know the sting of discrimination. As a local representative of immigrant communities, I will continue to strengthen the relationship between these communities and law enforcement to encourage reporting of any acts of discrimination in our community.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I am one of the biggest proponents of Student Voter Registration Day. I believe that when young voters engage in the electoral process, they become lifelong community advocates. I will fight to expand student voter drives to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to vote.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

With a Trump Administration in power, we can no longer rely on federal programs to create more affordable housing units. Therefore, we must work even harder to ensure that the community’s needs are being addressed in every potential land use decision that affects our neighborhoods.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

We can improve the relationship between immigrant communities and local law enforcement by increasing diversity within the NYPD. If officers at the precinct-level truly reflect the communities they serve and protect, we will see greater trust between residents and the police.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

As a Council Member, I introduced and passed legislation to reduce the number of single-use bags that clog our landfills and contribute to climate change. Though the State Legislature preempted my bill, I will never give up on efforts to reduce the use of plastic bags and help save our planet.


What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

DASHIA IMPERIALE on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I am a lifelong artist and housing activist that has helped countless families across the city. In 2010 on behalf of 600 families in my development I negotiated long time affordability against the largest real estate holders in the world, The Catholic church.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I would support developments only if they create real affordable housing by using the current AMI of the district as well implement height restrictions.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

I am in full support of District 1’s control choice plan that would ensure all classrooms resemble the city we love. I would make sure all high need schools receive discretionary funds to help their school communities.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

I would first make sure my staff is multi-cultural and diverse. I would advocate to oppose any discrimination against any group in my district.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I would work with High Schools to make sure all 17 yr old get a well thought out lesson in civics which would include covering roles such as district leaders to governors. I would also make sure that all 18 yrs old get registered to vote.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

I would stop luxury towers that receive tax abatements on public land from being developed because that will cause primary, secondary and voluntary displacement.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

I would continue to encourage more community outreach by asking for extended community events throughout the year.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

I believe that NYC must have an aggressive role in addressing climate change. I advocate implementation of solar panels on rooftops so in times of crisis such as blackouts, we can generate our own electricity.


Aaron Foldenauer (D)

City Council District 2:

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JASMIN SANCHEZ on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I have skills to navigate issues with concrete solutions without government assistance. I founded my own nonprofit serving over 1500 families without seeking city/state funding. I worked for NYS Senator Daniel Squadron as his community liaison. I’m a product of NYCHA & the public school system.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I support the complete overhaul of NYCHA, the oversight, financial and technical assistance to all Michell-Lama moderate and middle income housing developments, rent stabilization, rent control, & HDFC etc. I don’t support the privatization of public land and the construction of mega towers.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

I would recommend that tax payer dollars be based on the number of students enrolled within each school district. That each school district present their budget for approval to the Board of Education based on classroom versus administrative needs.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

NYC Council District 2 is racially, ethnically, economically, & religiously diverse. The sexual orientation in our district is diverse, as well. Anyone elected should be prepared to advocate in the strongest terms the need for inclusion, tolerance and respect.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

NYC High Schools should be encouraged to register each graduating class & teach the importance of voting as a civic responsibility. It’s important for every young person to understand the passage of the Voting Rights Act & what it means to all of us.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

I’d propose zoning to protect the character of a neighborhood. I would recommend areas within my district be land marked & designated a historic district. Lastly, any new building being developed in my district must offer 50% low income to moderate income housing & given first priority on un

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

When I was a child the NYPD was very active in my community. This has changed drastically. I will bridge the gap by mandating every after-school/summer camp to offer the NYPD youth programs & work with the NYPD to participate in monthly parent meetings, youth presentations & precinct meeting

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

Any effort that the City Council can do to improve the environment for generations to come should be encouraged. I would fight for making buildings more energy efficient, promoting low carbon transportation and connecting the unemployed to green jobs.


What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

RONNIE SUNG CHO on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I’ve dedicated my life to public service. As Obama’s White House aide, I advanced his agenda on issues like college affordability, ACA & high speed broadband in all NYC schools. At MTV, I promoted causes’ equal pay and LGBT rights. I have experience to bring fresh perspective to represent

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

Housing is a basic right and we need affordable housing. We have plenty of luxury condos and co-ops overall. When considering new developments, we should increase the minimum ratio of affordable to market-rate housing from 80:20 up to 50:50 to fit the need of those living in the neighborhood.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

Having attended public school my whole life, I know the transformational power of a quality public education. I will fight to improve public schools through increased funding, expand resources from classroom supplies to broadband and technology, and strong support for teachers.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

I am and I’ll be an advocate for underrepresented and marginalized communities. As the son of immigrants, I support immigrants and oppose efforts to discriminate against communities of color. I’m also a staunch ally and supporter of LGBT rights. A community that is more equitable is better for a

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

Our system inhibits civic participation. NYC need reforms: automatic voter registration, early voting, no-excuse absentee voting, even a registration form stapled to every rental lease. NY has made voting cumbersome. We must engage more young people for a better democracy.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

In our neighborhood, rising rents are outpacing wage growth. Affordable rents are a scarcity amidst gentrification. I’ll increase awareness of tenants rights, hold bad landlords accountable and protect the most vulnerable. Landlords can’t take advantage of tenants and make our city less affordab

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

We need policing reform and focus on building tighter relations between precincts and the communities they serve. I’ll prioritize enforcement of laws that keep us safe from serious crimes over petty offenses. We can’t allow inequitable policies to disproportionately target NYC’s communities of

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

Climate change is a pressing threat and District 2 knows its dangers after Superstorm Sandy. I’ll prioritize energy efficiency and green living. More so, it’s time to combat carbon emissions from protecting our green spaces and building retrofitting including installing solar panels on rooftops.


Erin Hussein (D)


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MARY SILVER on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I am a community activist, education advocate, and attorney, with a record of real results for my community. I want to improve our public schools, address the affordability crisis, and enhance our quality of life.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I will only support developments that fit with the character of a neighborhood and address a community’s needs , either by adding affordable housing units or by providing benefits to the community.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

Currently, our public school system is underfunded, overcrowded, and segregated along race and class lines. I will push for equitable rezoning, funding, and take a hard look at the high school screening process.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

Ending discrimination starts at an early age in the classroom. We need to desegregate our schools and provide safe learning environments for all children, regardless of race, sexual orientation, or religion.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

New York State and City should expand the opportunity to vote with more early voting, vote-by-mail options, and open primaries.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

New developments needs to come with added affordable housing units. We are currently adding too many luxury units, and pushing out families and seniors.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

I believe we need to focus on community policing efforts instead of on quotas or prosecuting petty crimes. I have worked with local precincts in the past, and will continue to foster a positive relationship with the NYPD to improve community relationships and safety.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

Yes. New York City is one of the most progressive places in the country, and our safety is directly threatened by climate change and sea level rise. We must lead on climate change and strive to cut our emissions by 80% by 2050.


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CARLINA RIVERA on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

As a lifelong resident of the district, I have developed a resume that delivers unmatched expertise, starting in education in high-needs schools and then in housing, services & community organizing. Most recently, I worked on policy, legislation & budget with our district’s current Council

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I grew up in affordable housing. We need to expand on existing models & use innovative solutions to house people young and old. Public land should be for public good, & new housing built with tax breaks should provide more permanent units with consideration to local infrastructure.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

Our NYC schools are segregated and II am committed to working with parents, teachers, PTAs & SLTs to integrate schools and to institute necessary reforms so that all students have the resources they need to be successful in their education from early age day care to higher ed.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

With hateful policies and rhetoric coming out of Washington DC, I believe local leadership will be key in fighting for civil rights and against discrimination. This work starts with facilitating cross-cultural dialogue and increasing education about the challenges faced by marginalized groups.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

Young voters feel ignored by government. I will work with tech leaders & allies on all levels and do everything I can to promote voting reform that makes it easier for all people, particularly young people, to exercise this right, including early voting and automatic registration.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

District 2 is an inclusive place. We welcome new families to the community, while we recognize and take care of long-term residents by strengthening enforcement of tenant protections, increasing legal aid to fight evictions, and identifying financing to promote truly affordable development.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

We must improve trust and reduce hostility between police and our marginalized communities. This starts with ending broken windows policing and creating legislation that ensures individuals are protected from aggressive tactics, while looking at speedy trial/bail reform & adding programs for you

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

NYC should lead the charge in combating climate change. I have focused on local resiliency, securing $300 million to protect our waterfront from future disasters. We need to be proactive with conversion to renewables, updating building codes, reducing traffic congestion & protecting waterways.


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JORGE VASQUEZ on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I was born and raised in LES NYCHA, and am a veteran of the public school system. It was through community resources I was able to get through law school only to return home in order to use those skills to prosecute human rights violations on behalf of the NYC Gov’t, and am a tenant rights attorney.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

It all begins with small businesses. Passing the SBJSA lessens the incentives to leave storefronts empty and price out small business owners from the neighborhood. As the price of goods increases so does the price of rent. We need fewer one-bedroom apartments, and more community input (e.g. CLTs).

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

De Blasio’s current public school matriculation plan is unacceptably slow. We must educate constituents on the segregation, and the school-to-prison pipeline. I support smaller class sizes/after-school programs and funding our public schools before charters, as well as demographic diversification.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

First, through my alliance and advocacy with & for these communities. We must be vocal. Second, by understanding that many obstructions stem from the practices of corporations, and by supporting small businesses we assure employment reflects the diversity and acceptance of our District’s people.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

As an elected official it is important to remind residents that the movement does not end when protests against the Feds fail. Our City budget is huge, and many are unaware. 70%+ of grads stay, so showing them they have a place in politics is invaluable (like my working/merge with Hebbur proves).

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

Negotiations with developers. Zoning laws that require more affordable housing units & fewer one-bedrooms. I’m closer to 40 than 30, and my fiancé and I want to plant roots here. For low-income residents, this is hardly a choice anymore. Once again, this relates to protecting SBs and passing SB

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

Community policing is a must. Becoming familiar with the 9th and 13th precincts, and encouraging 311 calls to document issues. But first, we must take basic action- body cameras should be standard, and more ways to voice complaints against the NYPD ought to exist. I will assure this happens in D2.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

ABSOLUTELY! Our ecological impact as a city is no secret. We must be proactive, not reactive (e.g. SS Sandy), and view disaster as inevitable, e.g. a sea-wall/zoning that reflects flood-prone areas. Moreover, wasted edible food decomposes and emits greenhouse gasses, thus social reallocation is key.

City Council District 4:

Maria Castro (D)


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RACHEL HONIG on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I served in state government at the Council on the Arts advocating for arts in education, and have owned or run three different businesses in the district in the last 20 years. I bring both a public sector sensibility and private sector pragmatism to serve my neighbors.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

It is essential that we support those projects which keep our neighborhoods integrated and vibrant with a mix of old and young residents. I would prioritize those development projects that allow for greater integration of neighborhoods as well as those that optimize quantity of affordable units.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

The City Council must work with Albany to secure funding for all NYC public schools, especially for poorer districts, to make up for funds raised from property taxes. Overdevelopment creates a problem for schools, so I would make developers contribute to local infrastructure, including schools.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

I will stand up and explicitly condemn any acts of discrimination. New York is a wonderful city and there is no place for hate and discrimination in it. As a community leader, it is my job to stand up for what is right and put an end to any form of discrimination as soon as it happens.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I recommend the use of tech to ease the voting process. I support early voting, vote by mail, allowing residents to change party affiliation online, and open primaries. Additionally, I would push the city to change to even-year municipal elections to save money and increase voter turnout.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

Unquestionably, our city’s public housing is in a need of a significant overhaul. There are units in grave units of disrepair. What we need are greater checks on the system along the way, and technological mechanisms to document and submit repair requests, and an honest recording of fixes.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

Community policing is the most effective way to improve police-community relations. My district enjoys good police-community relations, but residents feel that traffic enforcement should be more rigorous. I would work to advocate stronger communications there as well.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

I support the city’s position to adhere to the Paris Accords, regardless of federal policy. I applaud the Mayor’s intention of getting to net Zero energy and waste by 2030, but too little has been done to achieve that goal. I would work to accelerate education and communication around sustainabi


Bessie R. Schachter (D)


Alec Hartman (D)


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MARTI SPERANZA on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I’ve been deeply involved in our community as Democratic State Committeewoman, Community Board member, and President of a local Democratic club. As Director of the City initiative Women Entrepreneurs NYC, I worked to empower women from underserved communities to grow their own small businesses.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

New development must be contextual to the area and affordable to New Yorkers just starting their careers. We need to ensure that young people can continue to benefit from the City’s affordable housing lotteries––which housed 780 18-34 year olds in 2016––by increasing outreach to that demog

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

We need to work on ending the over-reliance on admissions testing, create more after school programs to build students’ extracurriculars, and address the issues that underlie segregation in public schools, like affordability in neighborhoods.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

We need to combat Trump’s bigotry at the local level. As part of my platform, I have adopted some proposals from Hollaback!, including one that would require schools and universities who receive City funding to train staff on how to respond when students experience cyberbullying.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I support pre-registration for 16 and 17 year-olds so that they become automatically registered to vote at age 18. My office would participate in Student Voter Registration Day and would educate students who are not yet eligible to vote about participatory budgeting — another way to get involved.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

When new residential development happens, we need to always fight for more and deeper affordability. I would also work to ensure that I appoint Community Board members that represent the interests of low-income residents to ensure their voices are heard and acted on.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

Constantly working to improve the relationship between civilians and police makes our city safer. I would work with our NYPD Community Councils to lower the age for official membership on the Councils from 18 to 16 –– the age at which New Yorkers can serve on their Community Boards.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

Yes, now more than ever. We need to implement the Passive House standard in more buildings, which would result 75% reduction in overall energy use compared to existing buildings. In NYC, buildings are the largest emitter of GHG’s so we need to focus on making them greener and more efficient.


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VANESSA ARONSON on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

In my career, I have consistently put public service over politics. I served the U.S. as a diplomat in the Foreign Service in Indonesia, Vietnam, and at the UN. Then, I returned to NYC to become a public school teacher, where I saw many challenges facing New Yorkers. Public service is my passion.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I would support a development project only if the neighborhood schools have sufficient class space to accommodate an increase in population density, occupancy rates remain high, and a sufficient number of units are available at prices that are affordable for low income and middle-class tenants.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

I will allocate funds towards updating NYC's predictive analytics to better plan for the future and prevent overcrowded schools. I will also advocate for students with special needs, 40% of whom are not currently receiving the services to which they are entitled by federal law.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

I will fight to ensure future funding for legal representation to immigrants facing deportation, and pass the POST Act, requiring the NYPD to develop use-policies around its surveillance tech. I will also fight to ensure that reproductive health is both accessible and equitable to all New Yorkers.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

It’s important to foster an environment where all communities are engaged in policymaking. I will invite young voters into public hearings and discussions about issues that directly impact them, such as higher education and climate change, so that their voices are heard and respected.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

I will fight to protect every existing affordable unit, audit the current inventory of affordable housing stock, build a coalition to repeal the Urstadt Law, include community needs in holistic development planning, and support free legal representation to low-income tenants for housing court.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

There is currently mistrust of police in some neighborhoods. As a first step, I support the Right to Know Act, so that there is transparency in all police interactions, and the public should know what kinds of data the NYPD collects and disseminates, and with whom that information is shared.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

New York City should be a leader in aggressively addressing climate change, yet we are falling way behind in even residential recycling rates. As a first step, I will advocate for the consolidation of all of the recycling, reuse, and composting programs into one comprehensive city-wide program.


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JEFFREY S. MAILMAN on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I have six years of experience working as Counsel & Legislative Director to a Council Member and as a member of The Turtle Bay Association and Public Member of Community Board Six, I stay attuned to the local issues that affect the residents of District 4.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

There are several factors that would guide me. The number of affordable units created, the levels of affordability, and whether or not community space or public realm improvements are included in the project would influence my support for a particular project.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

As a proud product of NYC public schools, I believe that public money should go solely to strengthening our public schools. The priority for allocating these resources should be based on need.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

I would support the funding of vital organizations that provide legal and social services to minority groups and sponsor cross-cultural educational forums that promote tolerance.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

First, accessibility to polling sites is extremely important. I would work with the Board of Elections to examine the suitability of poll sites in advance of elections to prevent last minute changes to poll site locations. I would sponsor voter registration drives targeted toward younger voters.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

I would look to hold discussions with developers and reconcile those interests against Community Development Plans. I would also reevaluate the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program to see how it can better benefit low-income earners and keep them in their residences.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

I would improve relations by supporting community-policing events and initiatives. I would call for greater enforcement of quality of life issues such as noise pollution and traffic rule violations that jeopardize pedestrian safety.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

I strongly believe that New York City has an obligation to address climate change. I would look to incentivize businesses and property owners to reduce their carbon footprints.


Barry Shapiro (D)


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KEITH POWERS on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I have worked for Assemblymember Jonathan Bing, State Senator Liz Krueger, and Council Speaker Peter Vallone, Sr. I serve on Community Board Six, as a tenant leader in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, and as a Democratic District Leader.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I have and will continue to advocate for new affordable housing. I support developments that serve the community’s current residents, match the local character, create significantly more low- and middle-income units, and address the development’s impact on local infrastructure and services.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

I plan to reform discriminatory admissions policies that hold back diversity, adjust school funding formulas to address needs of homeless students, and ensure that there are enough Pre-K seats by requiring new developments to build school space.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

I will fight to keep New York a sanctuary city, end discrimination against tenants based on their source of income, and make citizenship tests more affordable for low-income New Yorkers. I’m proud to have received the endorsements of the Stonewall Democrats and Make the Road Action.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I support early voting, online registration, and automatic registration. On a personal level, I plan to make myself accessible online, offer internships to high schoolers, and lead regular voter registration events for newly eligible voters, including both young people and new citizens.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

I plan to tie new developments to improving infrastructure like schools, subways, and sidewalks, to ensure that the surrounding communities actually benefit from new neighborhood developments and aren’t displaced by them. I oppose building high-priced properties in low-income neighborhoods.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

Relationships between the police and the residents remain strained in many neighborhoods. I support improving community-based policing and ending broken-window policing and policies that unfairly target youths, people of color, and individuals who commit misdemeanor crimes.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

NYC should take a strong lead in fighting climate change. I’ve proposed placing solar panels on underutilized bodies of water like the Central Park reservoir and improving coastal resilience efforts. I am honored to have received the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters.

City Council District 5:

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BEN KALLOS on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

Endorsed by The New York Times for his ‘fresh ideas’ and elected in 2013, Ben Kallos represent the East Side and Roosevelt Island in the City Council. He grew up in the neighborhood with his grandparents who fled anti-Semitism in Europe and his mother who still lives here.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

New York City must remain affordable for all of us. I help my resident stay in their homes and apply for affordable housing. I cosponsored the law guaranteeing a Right to Counsel in housing court and am leading a grassroots rezoning to fight overdevelopment with height caps and affordable housing.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

As a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science I believe that every child deserves a world-class education, starting with pre-kindergarten for all through a free public higher education. I’ve authored legislation reporting on geographic and racial diversity while fighting to build more schools.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

As Vice-Chair of the Progressive Caucus (prior to Trump), I have helped lead the fight against discrimination taking a strong stand for immigrants, religious freedom, marriage equality, or ending stop-and-frisk. I will continue to make sure New York remains a Sanctuary City for all.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

As Chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations I have authored legislation to bring online voter registration to New York City and provide voter registration forms with leases. I’ve also launched participatory budgeting where any resident can vote on how to spend $1 million in their community.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

We must preserve our affordable housing and keep residents in their homes which is why I authored laws to prevent displacement of tenants from harassment by landlords. I also fought for and won Mandatory Inclusionary Housing to require affordable housing for any increase in new development citywide.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

The NYPD keeps us safe and we must do more to support our city’s finest. I supported and we won an end to stop-and-frisk as well as funding for new bulletproof vests and vehicles to keep them safe. I support the Right to Know Act, oppose broken windows policing and believe in community policing.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

Climate change is real and as a city on the water we must do everything in our power to aggressively address climate change. That is why I authored the law reconstituting the Waterfront Management Advisory Board to plan for sustainability and climate change.


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PATRICK BOBILIN on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I worked on the Bernie Sanders campaign, organized with Black Lives Matter activists and taught in public schools on the south side of Chicago. I know through lived experience the reality of poverty and food insecurity and without people in office to represent us, we will continue to be overlooked.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

The next generation of New Yorkers needs permanent affordable housing. New developments should have minimum 50% permanent affordable units dispersed throughout, have equal ceiling heights across the building, and be eco-friendly.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

We need to unlink the patently racist practice of tying school funding to property taxes. We also need to solve segregation in our schools through affirmative action quotas, increased ADA compliance and nixing public funding for charter schools.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

We need firm and progressive laws to define the term "sanctuary city." We need police retraining for inclusiveness with firm penalties for NYPD acting in concert with ICE or accused of sexual/racial discrimination. We also need an elected civilian review board.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

We need to embrace the kind of "Democracy Voucher" program that Seattle has enacted, which will also help to take money out of politics. There are also experimental programs to actual pay voters a small amount in exchange for voting. This would decrease the need for candidate spending.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

We need rent freezes and rent control for any residents after a given tenure. I will introduce zoning amendments to limit building height and floor-to-floor limits so we can discourage luxury housing and build for density of this growing district. We also need rent control for small businesses.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

Police in our district serve the community well and respectfully. But broadly, we need more beat patrols, NYPD-wide de-escalation retraining and an independent review board to investigate all community complaints and who will make recommendation following incidents of misconduct.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

Our economy is the size of South Korea yet we have only 1% of families composting. We need to move toward zero-waste, electric buses and we need to make the 91st Street Waste Transfer Station redundant. By improving bus service and bike lanes, we can set an example for the rest of the USA.


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GWEN GOODWIN on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

Without holding public office, public service record stands out: 1) saved PS 109 from School Construction Authority demolition in progress; 2) Provided 400 free Cape May mini-vacations for 911 Firefighters/1st Responders; 3) Got prestigious lawfirm to sue MTA pro-bono for environmental racism.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

Reverse 80-20 ratio, so that at least 80% low/mid-income. Expand NYCHA, end Infill. Subsidize creation of new affordable housing supported by increasing real-estate landlord tax on a sliding-scale based on rent and income. Moratorium on demolishing rent-regulated housing.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

Increase Pre-K to relieve overburdened families and form favorable study habits and work attitudes. Provide more free, individual tutoring for early detection and correction of deficiencies. Combine stimulative activities to increase and intensify interest in otherwise separated subject matter.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

My office will dedicate resources to reports, forums and educational on detecting and proving discrimination claims, as well as investigative, enforcement and litigation teams involving appropriate agencies.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

Early, effective activism can create experience to fight, expose, correct and overcome alienation from cynical politics seen as a rigged system on-high of manipulative, specialized professionals, bought and paid for, full of rhetoric and betrayed promises, and beholden to big-money sponsors.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

Stop Upzoning. Preserve low-income housing and subsidization. End the epidemic of low/mid-income demolition. Sliding-scale landlord taxation based on rents. Support Small Business Congress Bill to save community-based business from lease cancels. Keep public facilities that serve basic population.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

While issues of race and ethnicity have been focal in sensitivity training, there are also authority/population relations, balancing aggressiveness with de-escalation, and reining abuses in, if any. Precinct Council dialogues may also extend greater participation to rank-and-file officers.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

Work toward minimization of hydrocarbon fuel. Install solar, wind, tidal and other non-greenhouse renewable energy as rapidly as possible. Stricter emission standards and enforcement. More education at all levels in climate science.

City Council District 6:

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HELEN ROSENTHAL on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

Councilwoman for D6, ranked top 5 in services. Thousands of UWS’ers/year helped. Passed 19 bills to address UWS issues– pedestrian safety, affordable housing, seniors, and job creation, in 3 1/2 years. Saved taxpayers $600 million. Was on CB7 as Chair (2X), Vice Chair (4X), 13 yr member.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I only support projects with affordable housing. At 606 West 57th Street, I was able to secure 20% of units plus 20 family-sized middle income apartments for permanent affordable housing. With new zoning, will get affordable housing in new buildings. I do NOT support developments without affordable.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

The majority of my discretionary funds go to all of the public schools in my district. Funding goes toward infrastructure improvements and arts education at each of the public schools. Schools that are unable to raise money from the parent body get additional funds from my allocations.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

I was the only elected official to support the successful desegregation plan in my district. I went to JFK to oppose the muslim ban and led the city to become a sanctuary city. My office funds programs to bring diverse communities together in public housing + schools. I sponsored all LGBTQ bills.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

My office spearheaded Student Voter Registration Day (SVRD), a day of civic engagement and voter registration, throughout NYC public schools. In March 2016, SVRD registered 8,500 students to vote in the 2016 presidential primary and brought civic engagement education to thousands more.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

Preserving affordable housing is the single biggest issue in District 6. We fund Housing Clinics and provide free legal advice, access to lawyers, and tenant organizers. We stand up to landlords + luxury high rise developers. Last month, we passed 19 bills to fight harassment- 3 were mine.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

We work closely with the NYPD 20th and 24th precincts and PSA6. My staff or I attend the monthly precinct council meetings. I’m a co-sponsor of the Right to Consent, Right to Know, and Right to Record bills.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

Yes. I’ve held Oversight Hearings to push the Mayor to more aggressively use solar panels on city-owned properties. I’ve written op-eds and introduced legislation to require the city comptroller to divest from fossil fuels. I’ve held community forums to educate UWS’ers about energy efficiency.


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MEL WYMORE on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

Engineer and small business owner. Served on Community Board 7 for 22 years, twice-elected its chair. Proven record of tangible results — food pantry, schools, parks, community facilities, safe streets — achieved by taking initiative, forging common vision, and uniting in action.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

Simple: do they bring truly affordable housing or not? This is about the ability to stand up to big developers. I return developer checks, and previously forced one of New York’s biggest developers to pay for 600 units of permanent affordable housing. We need activism and organizing- not just talk

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

Our public school system is underfunded, overcrowded, and segregated. Last year’s rezoning did not deliver real results and left out hundreds of families in marginalized schools. I’ve called for a full rezoning of District 3 and a plan to desegregate NYC, so every child gets a great education.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

As a transgender person, I’m no stranger to discrimination. I’ll fight for the equality of every human being, from every angle: police reform, education, housing desegregation, and more. It’s also about representation. I would be the first trans person elected in a major city.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I will partner with community organizations/leaders–particularly in marginalized communities. While the incumbent has thrown tax dollars at this issue, registering young people does nothing unless you also engage them and prove that their voices create change. I’ll fight to empower these voices.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

Low-income and public housing residents on the UWS have been neglected over the last four years, with a 16% response rate for constituent service this year. My #1 goal is to build a community that has a place for everyone. That means ensuring affordable housing and empowering low-income residents.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

I support community policing that engages and serves residents. More independent oversight and opposition to racial profiling, addressing unnecessary drug policies, hiring local police. I’ll expand precinct councils, foster engagement with community groups, and increase youth-police programs.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

We can achieve 80% carbon reduction by: 1-eliminating carbon footprint of every building (70% of NYC carbon); 2-requiring new buildings to net-produce energy; 3-retrofitting old buildings with renewable heat/cooling. Additionally, recycle organic waste, electrify vehicles, and plan storm resilience.


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CARY M GOODMAN on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I have been a community organizer for four decades fighting against prejudice, poverty and inequality in the South Bronx, across NYC and globally.
I have lived in a rent stabilized apartment for 40 years and know the importance of affordable housing.
I have been a public school teacher and parent.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

Any new developments on the UWS would have to be age-mixed, income-stratified and culturally diverse.
I would use a different standard to assess affordability based on a community median income adjusted for age and diversity.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

I would conduct a public advocacy campaign and force Albany to pay the $6 billion it owes NYC schools from the fair funding settlement.
I would priorIitize those funds for the schools that have the least resources including PTA, foundation and grant money.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

I have been cited as an ‘Upstander’ by the Mayor for my role in combating domestic violence.
I received an award from the UN for my role in helping to end apartheid.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

W pride and e live at a time of great peril and promise.
Global warming is being fueled by greed, pride and prejudice.
Save Our Parks.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

Start with NYCHA.
Instead of giving hundreds of millions of tax dollars to the museum of natural history, give it to NYCHA.
Collaborate with New York State and Federal officials to create an Affordability Fund to invest in NYCHA.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

I m a founder of the Neighborhood Partnership program developed by Commissioner O’Neil.
Together we have forged one of the city’s strongest cops-community alliances.
The policy must be expanded to all precincts.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

The city has an enormous role to play amidst the climate crisis.
It should adopt policies that protect green space and our air.
The museum of natural history wants to cut down 30 trees and erect a giant, fossil-fueled building that would add 2 million tons of pollution to our air every year.

City Council District 7:

Thomas Lopez-Pierre (D)


Mark D. Levine (D)

City Council District 8:

What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

DIANA AYALA on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I have worked as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. I was also Director of Carver Senior Center. But more than anything I believe it has been my personal life experiences that make me qualified for this position.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I would only support a development project in my district if the community votes in favor of it. I believe it should be a collaborative effort from everyone involved and effected by it. These developments must come with benefits for the community or I will not support them.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

I would fight to make sure that the City and State are equally funding our public schools. If charter schools want to use public school space then they must also share their funds. I am a product of public schools and my children currently attend public school, this is a priority for me.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

This district is one of the most diverse in NYC and I plan to represent everyone’s interest equally, regardless of who they are. The rights of marginalized communities are under attack, especially under our current administration that promotes bigotry and division, and my role will be to push back.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I would make sure young voters understand how much local elections impact their lives, then create spaces for them to be involved in our political processes, such as youth specific town halls where they would be able to freely share their ideas with me.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

I would demand that current affordable housing units be preserved and for all new housing to include a substantial number of affordable housing unites. Our housing system must be consistent with the needs of our residents.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

Our local precincts have made strong efforts to build relationships with our community members, but there is always more work to do to ensure safety on both sides, including through police transparency.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

Absolutely. New York City, like many other large cities, contributes to pollution an we can start working to reduce it by utilizing alternative energy sources. Solar power, for instance, would be a greatly efficient energy alternative for the city and would likely create jobs.


What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

TAMIKA MAPP on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

20 years of public service
President, NYC-PASI
Past PTA President
School Leadership Team Member (SLT)
Small business owner with experience in budgeting and leadership
Girl Scout Leader for grades K – 10
Service Unit Manager

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I don’t support any new housing unless I see a mixed-income proposal, this way I can ensure that young New Yorker’s and all New Yorker’s can afford to stay in this district.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

Well, first we need to make sure funds aren’t used for unnecessary things. Often, advantaged schools containing students with high socioeconomic background reap all the benefits of funding. So, essentially, the schools who actually are in need of more resources are having them taken away by advant

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

My role is to be an ADVOCATE and CHAMPION for marginalized communities in order to discourage discrimination of these groups. To hold town hall’s to make sure their voices are being heard. Bring community center’s and LGBTQ center’s in the district so, they can be among their peers as well.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I would make sure that the legislative process is taught in all high school.
Strengthing the internship and summer youth employment process for youth to work in public service. Create a credit program in the junior year as they work in City Council office’s while in school. Lower the voting age to

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

By creating a mixed-income housing model and holding NYCHA and HPD accountability for their actions.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

I think the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhood can be improved by passing The Right to Know Act. Holding police officer’s accountable for any wrong actions, holding monthly meetings with youth and the precinct to ensure they know their rights in the community. Making sure

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

The City Council is doing what it can to create a clean environment but I think it hasn’t addressed the issue with emission issues we have when ambulances, trucks or bus are idling. I think the city will benefit if we create a cleaner emission bill by allowing a filter to put in these vehicles so, N


Robert J. Rodriguez (D)


Israel Martinez (D)

City Council District 9:

What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

TYSON-LORD GRAY on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I am a Harlem resident and advocate for social and environmental justice. For over 20 years I have worked to increase social justice and environmental awareness with a diverse array of organizations including Harlem based organizations such as West Harlem Environmental Action (WEACT) and Harlem Grow

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

NYCHA currently has a $17 billion deficit of unmet housing repairs from mold remediation to unreliable heating systems and broken elevators. Meanwhile, wealthy developers are receiving tax breaks to build luxury condos. We must work to ensure that no family is left living in deplorable housing.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

Although some have opted to send their children to charter and private schools, education should not be a luxury afforded to those with economic means or those with good fortune. We must work to increase funding and resources to public schools to ensure that none of our children are unprepared.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

Allocating greater resources for LGBTQ community centers that provide comprehensive health and social services. Nearly 40% of the 1.6 million homeless youth in the U.S. identify as LGBTQ. In spite of the millions NYC invests in homeless shelters, few specialize in LGBTQ youth.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

My campaign aims to recruit young volunteers from the community, colleges, and neighboring communities to engage and gain first hand experience in the importance of local campaigns. The overwhelming make up of my volunteer staff are under the age of 25.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

I would implement preferential housing for members already in the community, and increase focus on wrap around service for the working middle class and homeless residents of Harlem.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

Although we know that all police are not bad, we must work to ensure proper mechanisms that protect our community and provide justice. Ensuring that the mayor keeps his promise of instituting police body cameras by 2019 and ending the over-policing of our communities via stop-n-frisk policies.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

Communities of color are often disproportionately impacted by environmental risks and burdens. Consequently, we must work to increase our community’s disaster preparedness as well as oppose any attempt by officials to make Harlem a publicly sanctioned city dumping ground.


What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

MARVIN HOLLAND on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

As a union organizer and activist, I value the work of activism and protest, but you have to be able to turn that protest into policy. In my role as political and legislative director for a 42,000 member union, I have learned how to move from advocacy to legislation.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

That decision has already been made; housing for younger adults is a tenant of our platform. Additionally, we are proud of our Legacy Housing initiative which calls for setting aside affordable units for young adults.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

Allocation would be need based, but funding would be open to include utilizing a variety of methods to achieve that goal.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

To consistently support and introduce legislation where applicable and to model acceptance by words and deeds. As a long time activist, these protections are exceptionally important to me.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

Our campaign began a model known as "MVP" – which stands for Millennial Voting Power. The goal was to encourage younger voters to become engaged in the political process. As a matter of course I speak to the youth about how local elections play a larger role than nationals.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

I believe we can diminish the homeless problem by stepping in with resources prior to their losing homes. In some cases that may be resources for mental illness; in others it may simply be providing a bridge to financial resources to help keep ones home.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

I believe community policing is key; when you know the people you are protecting and serving, that affects how you both manage and decide on the appropriate level of reaction to a given situation.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

I do believe New York can take a leading role and as a city councilperson would support policies that both address active situations and institute protective measures before they are needed. Superstorm Sandy showed the vulnerability of NY to the same disaster-level ravages of states farther south.


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BILL PERKINS on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

As a tenant leader, State Senator and City Council leader, I’ve stood up to real estate interests, Wall Street billionaires and political bosses to improve our schools for all children; save and create housing that is really affordable to our community; and promote equality, justice and opportunit

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

My priority is to create and preserve housing that is affordable to the people who live in our neighborhoods so our seniors can afford to stay here, young people can start here and workers can prosper.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

Education is the key to opportunity. We need to reduce overcrowded classrooms, expand the number of community schools, provide safe schools so that our children can learn, bring technology into the classrooms, get parents more involved and provide all students the chance to go to college.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

I understand the destructive power of discrimination, and it’s up to every one of us to stand up every time against hate and bigotry everywhere. Heightened by the lack of moral leadership from President Trump, we must send a clear message of equality and justice for all.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

Institute automatic voter registration and allow for same-day voter registration on Election Day; Remove barriers to voter participation by allowing for no-excuse absentee voting and establish early voting; Real campaign finance reform; and consolidate the state and federal primaries.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

We must work to protect the rights of people who live in neighborhoods from being pushed out of their neighborhoods. We must crack down on greedy, unscrupulous landlords and as part of the approval process, place greater emphasis on the projects impact on the character of the neighborhood.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

We need criminal justice reform that builds trust between law enforcement and the community including requiring videotaping of interrogations and passing The Right to Know Acts to protect the civil and human rights of New Yorkers while promoting NYPD officers’ transparency and accountability.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

Washington’s failure makes local acts more important. I was co-sponsor of Senate Bill 8005, The "New York State Climate and Community Protection Act" to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change in New York and supported the People’s Climate March and all of the related goals


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MARVIN SPRUILL on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

What makes me the best qualified to represent this district is because I was born and raised in district 9. I have experienced the bad times and I can relate to the residents of Harlem along with the trials and tribulations. I will be sensitive to the residents of Old Harlem as well as New Harlem.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

New York residents between the ages of 18-25 years should be eligible for rental vouchers that go according to their income level. Young residents should receive as much support as possible to increase independence, build housing longevity and minimize homelessness.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

New York City Public Schools need many resources to support the growing needs of students. Monies should be allocated to principals so they can use the funds to support school programs and activities such as recreational and arts programs, talented/gifted and special needs populations.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

As a District representative my role is to provide inclusive programs so people can learn more about each other. People who refuse to tolerate and learn from each other create problems in society and foment ideologies and policies detrimental to peace and harmony in our communities.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

The measures I would introduce to increase voter turnout in my community is to provide more community events such as; block parties, mini concerts, conferences, college outreach, poetic forums, open mic talent shows, etc.) to increase voter registration.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

I would minimize displacement by affording low income residents the opportunity to move when they want to. I would create financing programs to enable tenants to purchase their apartments and strengthen landlord-tenant laws including penalties for landlord harassment of tenants.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

My view of the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhood they serve in my district is that the police are not as sensitive as they should be towards the community residents. Activities such as sports and parks recreation build familiarity and connection.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

Yes, I do believe NYC has a role in aggressively addressing climate change. I will champion a reduction of GHG emissions by funding energy efficient building improvements along with waste management practices. My goal is to get residents to utilize transit options instead of driving.


Cordell Cleare (D)


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JULIUS TAJIDDIN on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I’ve been active in Harlem for 0ver 16 years. During my [tenure] I served on various community board and school committees and in fact I am currently a committee member for CB 10’s NYCHA Task Force subcommittee. More importantly I have gotten results for my community. Google me on the issues.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I co-created the slogan "Income Targeted Housing." The narrative needs to be different now. We cannot have luxury housing outpacing moderate and low incoming housing in a city occupied mainly by working class and low income families. That’s genocide. The new model must be 50/30/20.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

I have been in many of these fights in the past. They must be allocated fairly, that’s all there is to it. However, some schools need more support. So fair means that such support must be given to those in more need.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

It can’t be tolerated. But a guillotine approach is not the way. There needs to be more community discussions through town halls, which certainly I will host. But I will seek out the community and hear their voices to see what kind of laws can be passed that can stop such discrimination.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I would host events consisting of food, fun and games but with the main purpose of registering voters, especially young voters. There would also be theatrical presentations at these events to show the importance of voting.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

We have to integrate our small businesses some kind of way with projects that come to us for something. But also we can no longer afford luxury housing outpacing moderate and low income housing. It should be half open and middle and the other half consisting of moderate and low income.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

In my district we have good relationships. In 2013 I introduced a community policing program to the NYPD that they accepted. It’s called the Neighborhood Coordinating Officer Community Policing Program. Stop and Frisk has virtually been eliminated, at least at the precincts in my districts.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

Yes. I would have town halls with my community discussing green initiatives. But they have to include all stakeholders. Policies that push for realistic ways to reduce driving will

City Council District 10:

Ydanis Rodriguez (D)


Josue Perez (D)


Francesca M. Castellanos (D)

City Council District 12:

Andy L. King (D)


What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

KARREE-LYN GORDON on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

For nearly 25 years I have been an advocate for families and communities through non-profit agencies and schools. I understand budgets and the need to pool and distribute resources (including human resources) according to the most urgent needs.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

Any and all projects in the district would have to form an advisory board comprised of community residents from the start of the project. Such boards would have rotating membership from all aspects and parts of the community. The advisory boards would help decide which projects move forward.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

I would work with the DOE and community based organizations (CBO) to increase the number of Community Schools in the district. I would ensure schools are partnered with strong CBOs that can provide socio-emotional resources, after-school enrichment, mental health services and Saturday activities.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

As a first generation American it is my duty to provide resources and opportunity for ALL members of the community. There will be only one community, no sub or marginalized communities within District 12. Strong sanctions for anyone who encourages hate and discrimination including police.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I will include young people in all community affairs throughout the process. Use media that young people engage in. Bring district into the 21st century. Hire young people to work on community projects and invite them to join boards and committees. Work closely with the High Schools.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

Make sure we keep housing affordable. I will not accept donations from large corporations seeking to displace community residents with investments that do not benefit the community or will price them out. Investors will have to work directly with residents.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

I will continue to work with neighbor hood precincts and encourage community events that build relationships between police and community residents. Not just annually but monthly. I will look for resources to fund neighborhood Police Athletic Leagues that allow youth and police to work together.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

I believe New York has a huge responsibility because NY has a huge footprint. I would encourage increasing recycling and reduction programs. I would work with churches and ministerial leaders in the community to help lead the climate efforts in the community.


Pamela A. Hamilton-Johnson (D)

City Council District 13:

Victor R. Ortiz (D)


Egidio Sementilli (D)


What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

MARK GJONAJ on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

As a third-term New York Assemblyman, I have the experience and qualifications to make a great impact on the city council keeping our streets safe, expanding transportation options and improving quality of life.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

Any development project has to be examined independently and as a whole to understand the impact on local residents, commuters, the environment and the local economy. I believe the way to ensure affordable housing is for the city and state to regulate tenancy issues through bills like my "TRIE.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

I was very proud that in our last budget, New York put both more funding as a proportion into our public schools and more money as a whole than ever before. I want to continue this progress in the city council with an emphasis on community schools and after-school programs.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

As the son of immigrants, I take issues of discrimination very seriously. I have been proud to march in our city’s LGBTQ Pride parade each year as well as host annual festivals like the International Food Festival, Music Festival and International Family Day.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I believe New York has to reform its voting laws to include automatic registration, vote by mail and early voting. I also believe we need to do more to teach civic engagement in our schools and encourage young folks to register and vote.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

I believe it’s necessary to provide opportunities for residents to stay in their homes. I was a proud supporter of SCRIE and DRIE in Albany and introduced TRIE (tenant rent increase exemption) to ensure that residents are not displaced by economic development in their neighborhoods.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

Most residents I speak with are proud of the NYPD and want to see them better funded, better trained, better equipped and taken better care of in case of accident or death. I make sure to participate in events like National Night Out to improve police-community relations and support the NYPD.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

I do believe that NYC has a role in aggressively addressing climate change. When the federal government shirks its responsibility, it’s necessary for this great city to pick up the slack. That’s why I supported citywide minimum wage increases and why I support a city-based agenda to combat this.


What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

MARJORIE VELÁZQUEZ on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

Previously, I was an accountant for Direct TV Latin America, managing the books for 16 different countries. But after a series of accidents, I became the Treasurer of Community Board 10 and being elected the Democratic District Leader. With my experiences, I have become a fighter for my community.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

As Treasurer of Community Board 10, I believe the community must be actively engaged before the shovel hits the ground on any development project. The community must be presented a plan and have a say in what is being developed.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

Every student deserves and we must invest our resources in developing community schools. Currently, I am working with organizations such as Doctors Council SEIU and others to bring this community school model to my district and give students the quality education that is their right to have.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

As we have seen during these politically turbulent times, hate rallies that discriminate against marginalized communities have been on the rise, and it is unacceptable. As a City Council Member, I plan on setting a standard of zero tolerance for any form of discrimination.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

Too often our community is disenchanted with the political process because they feel their voices are not heard, and therefore I have been actively reaching out to hear their issues and encourage them to not only be active participants in the electoral process, but also the community.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

I believe the first steps to minimizing community displacement is holding the landlords accountable, closing the loopholes they use to evict families from their homes, and providing proper legal counsel for those families who face eviction.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

There is no denying that over the years, the police-community relations have been strained and must be addressed in order to keep both our community and our officers safe. We must go back to the days of beat cops who are community members, not just seemingly temporary personnel.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

I believe that our fight against climate change directly affects the quality of life, health, and affordability issues our communities currently face. We must work together to build a more environmentally conscience community so that our children and future generations can have a habitable city.


What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

JOHN C. DOYLE on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

Public service is about bringing people from different backgrounds to work for the common good. As a third-generation Bronxite, I want to make sure our communities are being left in a better place for future. Over the past decade I’ve tackled many community issues and achieved meaningful results.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I believe we must do everything we can to not allow development run amok to destroy the character of our communities. Community input in these developments would go a long way to making sure the voices of the neighborhood are heard.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

We must focus on more learning and less testing. In addition, reducing class sizes and building new schools will create a better environment for our students and prevent overcrowding. Finally, wraparound services are needed to address all aspects of student life, including health and family life.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

On several occasions I have taken action on health issues that disproportionately impact the minority communities in our district, such as working to set up the Stand Up to Gun Violence program in Allerton and working to get temporary air monitors installed on the Throggs Neck Bridge.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I would set up social media campaigns around elections to raise awareness, as well as fight for no-excuse absentee voting so people have more opportunities to vote if they are working on election day.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

Maintaining an affordable Bronx is one of my top priorities, and I will work with homeowner associations, residents councils, and merchants associations to attract new developments while making sure they do not harm the character of the community.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

As someone who serves on my local precinct council, I believe the relationship should be one of mutual trust and respect. We’re fortunate to mostly have good relations with the 45th and 49th precincts, but we can improve these with a renewed focus on community policing, including youth programming

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

New York City should take a lead on addressing climate change, as our city is susceptible to rising sea levels. Furthermore, I would champion supporting new clean energy developments as well as resiliency efforts to make sure we are ready for the next Sandy.

City Council District 14:

What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

RANDY D. ABREU on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

Being born and raised in the same community that I wish to represent, I personally know the issues that plaque us the most. Working for the Obama Administration helped me to develop a vision, a vision that I wouldn’t want to implement anywhere else but home.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I would support the notion of community land trust throughout the city helping young New Yorkers rent, buy, and own property. In my district specifically, deeper levels of affordable housing is needed in order for us to live comfortably.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

The education budget should always be distributed equitably with a lens towards our disadvantaged students. I also want to implement coding as a second language so our students can obtain the technology jobs of tomorrow regardless of zip code.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

No one is born with hate in their heart or mind. It is taught to them. I will call for early education on diverse communities to instill a culture of love, not hate.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

Young voters are often neglected because they are considered unreliable voters. However, if we took the time to engage and speak to them about issues that are relevant to millennials, I believe that they will become more active in having a voice and exercising their right to vote.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

Developments should always service the community that is undergoing the improvement. A community benefits agreement, will ensure that the investments and improvements are made while requiring local hire as well as, job trainings for the jobs of tomorrow providing sustainable and inclusive growth.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

Police should be an integral part of our community. That is why as councilman I want to walk the streets at night with the police and bridge the divide between law enforcement and the community.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

My district has the highest asthma rates in all of New York State. This is why I will push for a policy to reduce carbon emissions from both New York City school bus and MTA.


Felix A. Perdomo (D)


Fernando Cabrera (D)

City Council District 17:

Helen Hines (D)


Rafael Salamanca Jr. (D)

City Council District 18:

William Russell Moore (D)


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ELVIN GARCIA on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I am a lifelong resident of the Bronx and I have continued to live and work here. I am the son of a single mother, who came to this country for a better life. For the last three years, I served as both the Bronx Borough Director and the citywide LGBTQ Liaison for the Mayor’s office.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I have been endorsed by Tenants PAC, and am committed to reforming the Area Median Income (AMI) formula. We should calculate affordability by region, and not on a citywide level. I will support housing developments only if there are affordable housing units for the residents of our district.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

I am a proud K-12 NYC public school student. In the Mayor’s office, I helped expand universal Pre-K for Bronx families. I am the proud product of a career/technical education school and will advocate for these programs in my district to make sure students can graduate with a career.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

I am proud to be the only openly gay candidate in this race and I come from an immigrant family. I will continue to work with the 43rd precinct and the NYC Human Rights Commission to address the discrimination and hate crimes against marginalized communities.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

My campaign has engaged many young people in the community, and as a young candidate I believe in giving young people a voice. I believe in providing schools with the resources to ensure that their students are involved in their government.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

The Bronx is starting to feel the forces of gentrification very close to home, and I believe to combat this
major problem we must empower small businesses through merchant associations. We need to make sure that our communities have sustainable economies, and provide jobs for those that live here.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

We must ensure that the police have strong ties within the communities they protect by advocating for community policing, and empowering local precinct councils. As the police build ties to the people in the community, they can act as a resource for public safety.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

Yes, NYC has a role in addressing climate change. I will champion policies that limit our carbon footprint and ensure residents are informed about ways they can protect the environment and save money in the long run by converting to clean energy.


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AMANDA FARIAS on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I have spent the last 4.5 years working in City Council. While there I managed the Women’s Caucus, ran Participatory Budgeting, created legislation & allocated more than $50 million from the city budget into community programs & capital projects, which will help me deliver results for my com

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I would advocate for 100% affordable housing. Doing anything less would be unconscionable, as it would put families at risk of homelessness. I would also work to create community land trusts, and empower families to not only own homes, but to create investments into their own communities.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

I would work to expand free after-school opportunities and programs, cultural programming like art and music, improved technology in classrooms, expanded free meal programs to students in need in multiple grade levels, and expanded transportation programs for students.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

It is important to provide supportive services to marginalized groups to ensure they are not further isolated. This would include protections against deportation, dismantling broken windows policing that unfairly targets people of color, and creating sensitivity trainings to ensure safety for all.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

Having an online and digital presence for the younger voters through social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter while reaching out and meeting individuals voters on one-on-one, listening to their concerns, and building trust between them and the candidate to increase turnout.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

As a Council Member I want to create Community Land Trusts within my district to serve as a balanced representation of the community by ensuring affordability, building solidarity and strong communities overall, residential ownership, prevention of displacement, and restricting gentrification.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

I would address the harmful impact of broken windows policing and work to build better relationships between law enforcement and the community. Building trust and creating resources that address the many reasons so many of those within our community end up incarcerated would be a priority.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

I believe NYC has a responsibility to be a leader in addressing climate change. I would regulate the use of hydrofluorocarbons and create other reforms related to the cooling of our buildings, and support the use of solar panels, creating manufacturing, installation, and maintenance jobs.


Michael Beltzer (D)


Ruben Diaz Sr. (D)

City Council District 19:

Paul D. Graziano (D)


Paul A. Vallone (D)

City Council District 20:

Peter A. Koo (D)


Alison Tan (D)

City Council District 21:

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FRANCISCO P MOYA on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I’m a lifelong resident of Corona who has served the community in the Assembly & I know what issues are important to each of the neighborhoods in the district. My legislative record speaks for itself, and has earned me a reputation that will allow me to secure real results for the community.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

Any new development must set aside sufficient units at affordable rates, reserved for low-income & working class families & individuals. Development must also account for infrastructure. As we build up, we must build more schools, repair and expand mass transit and ensure that parking is ava

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

The schools in our community are far overcapacity. I would ensure that DOE works with the community to identify locations to build schools. I’d continue fostering public-private partnerships to fund STEM programs so all students have access to the skills & education necessary for tomorrow’s jo

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

As the sponsor of legislation to make NY a sanctuary state, I’ve fought to protect immigrants & secured funding for free legal representation in immigration court. I’ve supported leg. to recognize discrimination against sexual identity as a hate crime to protect transgender individuals in NY

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

In the Assembly I was proud to support legislation that would establish a 7 day early voting period, and no excuse absentee voting, online registration, ability to vote in a primary if you’ll be 18 at the time of the general, and to automatically shift address where you’re registered when you move.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

When the city negotiates with developers to create affordable housing, a majority of affordable units created should be explicitly reserved for residents of the community being developed. That way the community isn’t displaced by development, but benefited by it.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

The NYPD has made strides in making sure that neighborhood officers are present to hear concerns & walk the beat. I will continue to encourage the expansion of these programs, keep NYC a sanctuary city so immigrants don’t fear coming forward as victims and witnesses,& increase diversity on t

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

New York still hasn’t recovered from Sandy, and we’ll likely continue to experience hurricanes just as severe as a result of climate change. I will continue advocating for green policies and reducing our carbon footprint to put NYC on a path to being carbon neutral.


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HIRAM MONSERRATE on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I have served my community in a number of ways–first as a Marine, then a police office, and then I was elected successively as a councilman and state senator. This background, with my passion for social justice, make me the only qualified candidate in this race.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

We must demand developers to set aside an adequate number of affordable housing units. I will not support a development project that does not ensure affordable housing.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

The first thing we need to do is to ensure that the billions of dollars allocated for public schools be used more effectively. That means eliminating waste and investing directly in our classrooms. This will benefit our children the most.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

As a person of color, I kn ow what it is to be a victim of discrimination. I have supported and pushed through measures during my time in office that created equity and fairness in our city, primarily pushing through a key minority and women owned business initiative.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

If we say our young ones are the future, we must believe it. We need to change our voter registration and voting rules. Our arcane system holds youngsters back from participating in the electoral process. I will fight to bring about this needed change.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

We must demand a lot more from greedy developers, ensure affordable housing, while also strengthening our small businesses. This will have positive effects for our local neighborhoods.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

Police must engage their neighborhoods more intentionally and frequently. Only by establishing relationships of trust can we improve police-community relations.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

Because of a disastrous Trump administration, it will be the responsibility of cities and states to pick up the slack. Literally, the future depends on cities to combat climate change. I will support measures that will make this happen.

City Council District 23:

Benny A. Itteera (D)


Barry S. Grodenchik (D)

City Council District 24:

Rory I. Lancman (D)


Mohammad T. Rahman (D)

City Council District 27:

I. Daneek Miller (D)


Anthony Rivers (D)

City Council District 28:

What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

HETTIE POWELL on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I am an attorney, community organizer and activist. I have lived in this district for over 35 years, dedicating myself to working for my neighbors. Our district is vibrant and diverse, with hardworking residents who deserve better. I will work hard to make our communities stronger.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I will only support projects that provide affordable housing based on a properly defined Median Income for each district. I will also support non-profit developers who set aside 80-90% of their units to affordable housing.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

I’ve been a teacher. I know our schools need more support and resources. I would ensure that funding goes to every school in my district to help with expanding learning programs, academic tutoring, and afterschool programs that teach STEM programs.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

To stand up and speak against these hateful behaviors, as an immigrant, I will take measures to enact legislation that will further protect marginalized communities from discrimination. I will use my office as a voice for all communities that face discrimination.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

Over 25 years ago I started the Rochdale Village Youth Council to help young people prepare to find work or prepare for college. We have to increase voter education programs, and hold community meetings that include young people and emphasize the importance of their vote.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

To minimize community displacement, we must encourage small business investment. We have to invest in WMBE’S and Small business co-ops and provide job training programs. With any investment, we have to discuss affordability.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

I attend the 113th Pct Community Council in my District. We have to foster a partnership with the police department to keep the streets safe through community policing and develop sound policies that will strengthen the bond between the police and our residents.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

As New York’s government, we can subsidize a transition to part solar energy as a supplementary energy source. We should also provide incentives for those buildings that lower their greenhouse gas emissions.


Adrienne E. Adams (D)


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RICHARD DAVID on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

Richard David is a Democratic candidate for the NYC Council in District 28. He has worked at senior levels of government for over ten years, the most of any candidate in this race although he is the youngest at age 31. He has been a Community Board Member for 9 years.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

Development projects in my district must include a large percentage of real affordable housing. We’re a district of mostly homeowners, and Richard wants to make sure this is attainable for young people, for families and for seniors. This is why Richard was able to purchase his home at age 25.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

Richard will direct funding to community centers and nonprofits that offer quality programs for youth and families. We must develop a more robust network of after-school programs and build, new, modern community center. Richard will also fund technology upgrades within schools in the district.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

Richard was born in Guyana and came here as a child. As one of the most diverse districts, we must make immigration and tolerance a priority. Richard will have a zero policy for hate crimes, diversify the school curriculum to foster greater understanding and reduce bullying.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I will push to allow people to register to vote event on the day of the election, voting across party lines in primaries, voting across multiple days, voting online or digitally and for pre-citizenship voting.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

I will require preferences for occupancy by local residents in large developments, pre-determined cost estimates for rentals and sales of property to ensure newer prices are aligned with existing market rates in the area and programs to purchase existing, vacant homes to be transferred to residents.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

Richard, as a member of Community Board 9 for the last 9 years, has worked closely with residents all across the district and with our Police Department. He is a regular participant at public safety and community forums with the 113, 106, 102 and 103 Precincts – fostering greater partnerships.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

I would champion a faster transition to gas and electric vehicles. The Van Wyck pollution is literally killing our residents. We must do something about it now. I would also propose enhanced eco-friendly buildings, parks and more education about climate change.

City Council District 30:

Elizabeth S. Crowley (D)


Robert F. Holden (D)

City Council District 32:

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HELAL SHEIKH on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I served as a Student Body president during my college years in City Tech College and after that I served as a Public school teacher for approx twelve year in the area. Those experiences made me a leader and I found my passion for serving people to improve their lives regardless of race or religion.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I would decide on the basis that the development project benefits all parties. The development project should be affordable so that people can actually buy it. It should be sensible and should not hamper the environment and other beings living in it too. It should be sustainable and eco-friendly.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

For this it is important to work with all individuals, groups and institution that equally care about quality education for the future of our country. Our country is made up students belonging to various race or socioeconomic background, therefore it is important to be impartial to all.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

It is important to start from individual, family and then community in order to discourage any kind of discrimination. Let’s send messages that help shape positive views about marginalized communities and to support legislation that combats discrimination.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I would encourage the younger voters to participate in community activities by extending an open door from my campaign for them to get involved in. It would be a great hands on experience to learn the issues of our community and the needs of the residents that would help us determine how to engage.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

Firstly, by legislation that prevents development of high priced housing in low income areas. Secondly, by also giving tax credits to developers who set aside a percentage of housing units for low income residents.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

The current relationship tends to have a sense of distrust between the two but if elected I would create more community townhalls between the police and the community where they can learn to understand and feel comfortable with one another. Therefore creating a more trustful relationship.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

I would continue to support the clean water act, removable of gas emissions in our air through electric cars and fund sustainable energy projects. Also to provide additional funding to schools to educate regarding the need for need to protect our environment and hence climate.


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MICHAEL G. SCALA on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I’m an attorney with experience in both the private and public sectors, working as a civil litigator and legal counsel/legislative director in the New York State Senate. I currently serve as First Vice President of the Queens Public Transit Committee.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

The community must be involved in every major housing decision to determine if a development project is the right fit.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

Public schools must be the focus of our education strategy, as they are attended by the overwhelming majority of our students. I support after school programs that focus on coding, technology and skills that prepare students for the modern economy.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

I favor more education and outreach about our diverse cultures, while supporting stiffer penalties for hate crimes.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

Working in the Senate, I drafted legislation requiring all graduating high school seniors to receive a voter registration card. We also must educate our youth about community responsibility and the roles of local leaders.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

I support robust local hiring goals to ensure residents who live in areas where improvements are made can reap the benefits of those improvements.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

I’m a proponent of neighborhood policing programs, where specific officers are assigned localized areas so they can get to know residents on a personal level.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

Yes. We need more investment in alternative energy sources.


William Ruiz (D)

City Council District 34:

Tommy Torres (D)


Antonio Reynoso (D)

City Council District 35:

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EDE S. FOX on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

Top aide to Speaker of City Council & first Director of the NYC Council’s Economic & Community Development Division; former Chief of Staff for Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Legislative & Budget Dir. for Council Member Mark-Viverito. 1199 SEIU organizer. Brooklyn Community Bd 8 me

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

We must build 100% affordable housing on City owned land, pegged to local incomes so young people can afford to stay in our district. Every development project must have local hiring requirements & commit to using union labor. We must demand sustainable, living wage jobs & housing for our yo

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

I would do an assessment to identify schools with serious disparities: art/music teachers, physical education space, equipment, laboratory space. I’d allocate funds for well-rounded afterschool programming and artists-in-residence positions, as well as capital funds to improve classroom conditions

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

We combat discrimination by fighting back. I will empower community members to fight back by providing resources & passing legislation where appropriate. My district office will be proactive in finding and helping residents file discrimination complaints and connecting them with the right servic

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

Engaging younger voters needs to start in our schools. We can improve voter registration at high schools and the DMV to make sure that it’s easy for young people to get registered. We also need to support organizations working to increase voter participation with formerly incarcerated people.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

Balancing development while preventing displacement is a matter of political will. We can end illegal source-of-income discrimination against people with rental subsidies. We can create priorities for homeless families & move funds from building new shelters to building permanent low-income hous

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

To improve police-community relations, we first have to end broken windows policing. We cannot restore trust unless we eliminate policies disproportionately affecting communities of color and immigrants. Implementing the Right to Know Act is the first step to improving police-community relations.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

With the federal government’s inaction, New York City must address climate change on a local level to protect our communities. When elected, I will focus on increasing energy efficiencies and resiliency in NYCHA and providing opportunities for green technologies and green jobs training.


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LAURIE A. CUMBO on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

My greatest pleasure in my life is serving as a New York City Council Member in the 35th council district. Committees I serve include: Women’s Issues (Chair); Cultural Affairs, Finance; Higher Education; Public Housing; Youth Services. Caucuses: Women’s (Co-Chair) and Black, Latino/a, and Asian

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

Housing projects must meet the needs of the long-time residents of the community; affordable rental prices must be affordable for the community. Community board recommendations, and informal and formal conversations that take place during Town Halls and smaller meetings are essential.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

Pubic dollars must be provided on a rotating basis so ALL schools have the opportunity to grow and no school receives more than there fair share or less than neighboring schools. It is essential that elected officials tour schools and have conversations with school leadership about improvements.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

I have a track record of supporting organizations that lift up immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color. Working in collaboration with various community based organizations and city agencies, I bring resources, awareness, advocacy and legal assistance to our communities.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I am huge supporter of engaging our young people in both the voter process and running for office. This past year I proudly hosted a Why She Ran event with six other elected officials to encourage young women to run for office and to create a culture of information and resource sharing.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

It is essential to grow the affordable housing stock in NYC and central Brooklyn, both through the creation and preservation of units. Also, it is essential that we keep Mitchell-Lama housing intact so generations of people can benefit from this housing program.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

NYC’s neighborhood policing is a step in the right direction, but I think it is just the beginning on work to be done. As a city we should be playing a leading role in having difficult conversations about what has transpired both on a local and national level between police and communities of color.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

NYC absolutely has a role in addressing climate change. We must provide city sponsored opportunities to integrate green and environmentally friendly options for healthier communities. This past year I introduced legislation to promote the bulk purchasing of solar energy systems by city employees.


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JABARI BRISPORT on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I’m an activist, community organizer and political theater maker born and raised in Prospect Heights. I have worked alongside community boards to fight rezoning in the East Village. I’ve also worked with activists to craft legislation to make the NYPD’s appointed CCRB an elected body.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I will give high priority to non-profit developers. I firmly believe housing is a human right, and I don’t think developers should be making million-dollar profits while NYC slips further into a housing crisis.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

I will fight against any public money going toward charter schools, which should free up more money for public schools. I will also push for alternatives to high stakes testing. As an SAT teacher of 6 years, I know firsthand that those tests cause unnecessary stress and exacerbate racial divides.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

I will fight to sever any ties between the NYPD and ICE. If we’re gonna call ourselves a sanctuary city, we need to act like it. I will also fight against the NYPD’s disproportionate surveillance of mosques.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

Making election day a holiday and automatically registering 18 year olds. I’ll also drastically expand Participatory Budgeting in my district, to the full discretionary budget (PB garners a high youth turnout). Lastly, I’ll fight for elected leadership on community boards.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

I will fight for a higher community preference in the lotteries for affordable housing. I will also employ "claw-back clauses" to regain the money lost in tax breaks to developers who don’t follow through on their promises.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

We definitely need to pass the Right to Know Act. Beyond that, I believe the NYPD should be placed under community control. My platform advocates two starting points: 1 – Make the CCRB an elected body and 2 – Bring Participatory Budgeting to the NYPD.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

I will demand further retrofitting and weatherization to increase energy efficiency. I will also fully fund food rescue services to minimize food waste and the methane it emits. I will also work closely with the Comptroller to divest the city’s pension fund from fossil fuels.


Scott Hutchins (G)

City Council District 38:

Felix W. Ortiz (D)


Sara M. Gonzalez (D)


Carlos Menchaca (D)


Chris Q. Miao (D)


Delvis Valdes (D)

City Council District 40:

Pia Raymond (D)


What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

BRIAN CUNNINGHAM on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

No response.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

No response.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

No response.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

No response.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

No response.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

No response.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

No response.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

No response.


Mathieu Eugene (D)


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JENNIFER M. BERKLEY on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

As a housing advocate/tenant organizer, I am uniquely qualified to tackle our community’s most serious problems: the increasing cost of housing & displacement of long-term residents. I have worked in the City Council & have what it takes to get this job done well. I will stand up for our com

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

The high cost of living in NYC prevents a lot of young people from being able to stay here. For new housing developments in District 40, I will advocate for the use of Article 11, which customizes the level of affordability for each project & can be based on local incomes. It will be a game chan

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

Resources should be directed to schools that are struggling with under performing students, regardless of neighborhood income. We need to improve the quality of our local public schools so they can retain their students and spend resources to increase parental involvement whenever possible.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

My Council staff will reflect the demographics of our district. Just as I championed "Flatbush Is No Place For Hate" in the aftermath of Charlottesville, I’ll work to ensure our district remains a welcoming place for all. I’ll continue to meet with all groups & foster open, honest dial

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I will host voter registration events with pop culture personalities to encourage the participation of young people in our political process and send registration forms to all teens on their 18th birthdays, and consider lowering the voting age to 16 for local elections.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

By penalizing landlords who illegally evict tenants from rent-regulated apartments, we can effectively minimize the displacement of low income city residents. We must be vigilant about calling out landlords who neglect their buildings, refuse routine repairs, and allocate more funds for enforcement.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

Our local police have done great work on improving their relationships with the community in 2016-17 by meeting with community members on a quarterly basis and communicating in between. I would facilitate a meeting with our Community Affairs officers & local teens to foster those key relationshi

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

Yes, the city has an important role in addressing climate change through policies to encourage the use of of solar/green power in old and new buildings; improve commercial recycling, encourage more people to use public transportation and energy-friendly cars, and expand the composting program.

City Council District 41:

Royston Antoine (D)


Victor Jordan (D)


Leopold Cox (D)


Henry L. Butler (D)


David R. Miller (D)


Cory Provost (D)


Alicka Ampry-Samuel (D)


Moreen A. King (D)


Deidre Olivera (D)

City Council District 42:

Inez D. Barron (D)


Mawuli K. Hormeku (D)

City Council District 43:

What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

JUSTIN BRANNAN on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I wanted to get more involved so I started a new Democratic club which is now one of the biggest in Brooklyn, I founded a non-profit that helps seniors, and my wife and I opened a small business that is an art school for kids. I worked for Vinnie Gentile helping people get access to city services.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I will fight for stronger affordability components on new projects and make a commitment that my door will always be open to those who are being harassed by landlords or who feel that they are on the brink of homelessness.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

I believe that every New York City child deserves a quality education. It’s a right enshrined in our state constitution and confirmed by the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit. I will fight for public school students and the funding schools deserve.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

I will speak out against bigotry, xenophobia, racism and discrimination when it happens in my district. Elected officials are elected to lead and I will not stand by when marginalized communities are attacked in my district and the city in general.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I would start by introducing a measure that introduces automatic voter registration to everyone eligible when they turn 18. I would also advocate for early voting in NY city and state. We also need to have a national holiday on election day.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

New development needs to contain a truly affordable housing component. We as a city can’t maintain the path we are on. We need to start at 30% affordable housing stock of any new developments. We also need to make sure that "affordable" is truly affordable to low income residents of the

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

We need to stand behind new tactics that get to the heart of engaging officers in the communities they protect. There has been a lot of success with new community engagement tactics and I will push to expand these city-wide.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

As a vegetarian and an environmentalist, I am completely committed to creating energy efficiency and weening our reliance on products that have toxic emissions.


Vincent Chirico (D)


What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

KEVIN PETER CARROLL on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I love this community and try to give back however I can, from being a member of Brooklyn Community Board 10, 68th Police Community Council, and the Bay Ridge Community Council to a leader ahead of the curve on issues like redistricting reform, abolishing the MTA, and bringing back the B37 bus.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I am a supporter of building more affordable housing, especially for seniors. When looking for affordable housing projects, I would primarily look at the location – if the development would be close to critical, yet sometimes overlooked, infrastructure parts: mass transit, supermarket, and schools.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

I will make sure our schools are properly funded so they have the resources they need. I will work to change the school governance structure from complete mayoral control so there is parental and community oversight. Finally, I would look for more school construction to address overcrowding.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

The 43rd is one of the most culturally diverse council districts in the city. I will make sure New York continues to be a sanctuary city. I will work to expand the city’s anti-discrimination laws. If anyone tries to change our way of life, expect me at a protest and expect my name on a lawsuit.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

As a councilmember, I will be focused on constituent outreach, especially to young voters. That is why I plan to hold regular issue-based town halls so constituents can learn and discuss the issues import to them; and I will be sure to have voter registration forms on hand at each town hall.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

Too many people are being priced out of their communities and I have long advocated for more affordable housing, especially for our seniors. I would be open to amending the City Charter so community boards would have veto power over new developments which require rezoning – not just advisory power.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

We need more police officers on the streets and from the neighborhoods they patrol so residents know that they are really are here to ‘protect and serve.’ I also, would like to get more kids involved in Police Athletic Leagues so they grow up knowing officers are not folks to be afraid of.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

I am a strong advocate of expanding mass transportation to reduce car emissions. Also, I would co-sponsor Keith Powers’ proposal to add solar panels in the Central Park Reservoir (should he be elected and, if not, introduce myself); and look for areas where we can build wind farms in the city.


Nancy Tong (D)


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KHADER EL-YATEEM on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I am an Arab-American, immigrant, Lutheran pastor, and father of four who has lived and worked in the district for 22 years. I have worked across communities on tough issues like immigration reform, police accountability, drug abuse, and combatting inequality.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

New developments must be supported by the community through a transparent and accountable process. Any rezoning or new developments in the district can’t move forward without buy-in from residents and local businesses. This includes more robust environmental impact assessments for the public.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

As the husband of a public school nurse and father of 4 public school children, I’m deeply committed to supporting + strengthening our public education system. I will fight to audit the DOE to ensure school diversity, expand the free lunch program, Afterschool programs, and wraparound services.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

I will protect the IDNYC program and will support all measures that maintain NYC as a Sanctuary City in more than just name. For the LGBTQ community, we must keep direct service providers and advocacy orgs, many which serve TGNC and homeless youth, fully funded and supported.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

We must local government more accessible through town halls, participatory budgeting, extended office hours, and increased language access. I will promote and support political candidates and city appointees from diverse communities such as LGBTQ individuals, people of color, and immigrants.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

I will fight for rent freezes for lower + middle income families and seniors, rent stabilization, increased accountability for landlords, and real solutions to address homelessness. We should ensure that every tenant is educated on their rights (which I will fight to expand) and how to assert them.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

Law enforcement must work WITH the communities they serve. Pass the Right to Know Act for accountability and transparency, mandate comprehensive educational training on needs and experiences of LGBTQ community, and end all bias-based profiling of Muslim communities.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

NYC has a major role as a leader in addressing climate change. NYC must divest any city-owned assets or investments from the fossil fuel industry + the corporations that profit from it. Expand recycling and composting programs and mandatory retrofits for large public AND private buildings.


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LUCRETIA REGINA-POTTER on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

As the Republican District Leader of the 46 Assembly District I am well aware of the issues and problems facing our community. I am running for the office of City Council because I feel the needs of the people in the district are not being addressed.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

Since the 43rd Council District is part of a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community, it would be beneficial to the young people and the senior citizens to share housing. They could be roommates and/or neighbors who could learn and look out for each other.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

Resources for public school should be geared towards STEM education, pre-professional, arts, music and vocational programs. Everyone had a special talent that needs to be encouraged and brought to full potential. One size should not fit all when it comes to education.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

As the daughter of immigrants, I have experienced first hand accounts of discrimination. People need to become a larger part of their community and encouraged to be more active in their area. Starting the conversation and engaging each other will overcome many pre-conceived notions.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I would expand digital registration and voting. I would work for legislation that will make ballot access much easier for young voters, and get them involved in the political process.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

The disparity of the real estate tax system in NYC creates community displacement. Most one and two family homeowners are the real providers of affordable housing, but when the taxes and water bills increase, rents will increase just to keep up with cost. Reducing taxes keeps the community in place.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

The overall relationship between the police and the community in the 43rd CD is relatively good. We need more resources for police to fight crime in the area and continue keeping our community safe.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

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Bob Capano (R)


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JOHN F. QUAGLIONE on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I have a B.A. in Political Science from American University, am the Deputy Chief of Staff and Press Secretary to State Senator Marty Golden and worked in the City Council. For 20 years I served the community I love and was raised in. I’m well known in the community, because I get things done.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

I would consider the size of the project, its affect on the infrastructure of the area and whether or not the project is consistent with the character of the surrounding community.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

We should continue to move away from a system of zoned schools (which, because of residential patterns, tend to reinforce segregation) to one where there are programs that attract students from throughout the city.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

As I did after 9/11, I will sponsor and support a Unity Task Force, to bring community leaders from all different backgrounds together to address any discrimination issues in our neighborhood.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I will work with our local high schools to ensure students are registering to vote as soon as they turn 18. I will sponsor voter registration drives and essay writing contests to engage young students in their local government and offer internship opportunities to high school and college students.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

I will sponsor and support affordable housing for our Seniors who are quickly getting priced out of their neighborhoods because they simply cant afford to live there. I will offer tax incentives to build affordable housing in the district for both our young families and seniors.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

I believe the 43rd Council district has a good relationship between the police and community and would look to enhance that relationship. As I have with Senator Golden, I will regularly host community meetings with the local precinct Commanders to address specific issues as they arise.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

Yes, I would support establishing low-cost loans and tax incentive programs to support the NYC Clean Heat program. I would also promote the use of clean energy, such as geothermal, solar-energy and distributed-energy generation by offering real estate tax rebates to homeowners and developers.


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LIAM A. MCCABE on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

My dad was a homeless veteran, we had it tough and my community raised me up. That’s why I got into politics, worked for Congressmen, helped get underdogs elected to city and state offices. I’ve been working my whole life to be able to give my community as much as it gave me and more.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

People can’t afford to buy houses in their own neighborhoods. We must protect people who make our neighborhoods what they are. No luxury developments with a handful of affordable units/unfair lotteries. Affordable housing priority for NYC residents. People mean more than developers and bottom line

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

All NYC kids deserve access to the best education. We must audit the DOE to make sure money goes to teachers and instruction so we’re not spending more on buildings than students. Students especially those with special needs shouldn’t have to travel miles outside district to get quality education.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

I grew up with Irish, Italian, Black, Puerto Rican kids on the block, across from Palestinian and Chinese kids, around the corner from Korean and Egyptian kids, down the block from Mexican and Russian kids. Brooklyn is strength in unity. That’s how I see the world and how I’ll lead my community.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

Everyone says get on social media. We’re there. We’re also out in the streets, at all the festivals and block parties. We invite young people to learn about politics and volunteer on the campaign and learn grassroots organization. We’ve been doing it since February and we’re still at it.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

We need to stop the tax cuts for big developers, prioritize affordable housing for NYC residents, and create jobs in our communities. Bring in more small businesses who hire local to bolster neighborhood economies and discourage luxury condo development in our neighborhoods.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

We need to go back to the days of the ‘Cop on the Beat’ when police actually got to the know people in our neighborhoods. I graduated the Citizens Police Academy and respect the good work our NYPD does. We need to make sure police are part of building our communities.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

When it comes to climate change and protecting our environment we need to err on the side of caution. We need to look at how we can do things as individuals, businesses and within government to protect our resources and promote responsible conservation.

City Council District 45:

Jumaane D. Williams (D)


What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

LOU CESPEDES on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to represent this district?

I am a building and urban planning professional. I have over 20 years of experience working in New York and abroad designing schools, infrastructure and housing. I know how cities are made and how to make them sustainable, vibrant, and diverse.

Young New Yorkers are being priced out of the housing market. How would you decide whether to support a development project in your district?

My district needs zoning and housing education to empower residents to make the right decisions about housing in our community. My standard for development will be based on improved affordability and access, investment in community centers and creating co-op rental housing models.

How would you allocate resources for New York public schools to provide a quality education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

I do not believe BOE or the City can equitably accomplish this in such a greatly segregated system. I would create public magnet school programs alternatives within public schools, allocating funds for these types of programs based on performance. I would also opt for more private school choice.

As a representative for your district, what is your role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, such as immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color?

I am a Christian. I believe that the best way to promote tolerance is by acknowledgment. We must break bread with each other at all ages. I would encourage diversifying our schools as well as our public assembly, so we can learn about each other through food, language, and music.

What measures would you introduce to increase voter turnout in your community, specifically focused on engaging young voters?

I would implement time and some resources to use social-media and celebrity PSA’s to target youth voter registration drives, get out the vote campaigns, and use these platforms to create engagement between young voters and those seeking office.

How would you minimize community displacement, particularly of low income residents, while encouraging appropriate investment and necessary improvements?

Unfortunately, this question is not easy to answer. I would say greater education on tenant rights is needed – however the RGB, Air BB, Brokers, and Landlords make this near impossible. We need policy that penalizes displacement, better jobs and wages for residents to stay ahead.

What is your view on the relationship between the police precincts and the neighborhoods they serve in your district, and how would you improve police-community relations?

For the relationship to change, leadership within the precincts need to reflect the composition of our neighborhoods, and officers need to be invested in our districts. This means more Black, Latino, and Muslim captains. We also need to copy the Shomrim self policing model.

Do you believe that New York City has a role in aggressively addressing climate change? As a city councilmember, what policies would you champion?

I would move to call immediately for a voluntary and community wide business ban on all plastic bags and plastic bottles. I’ll would find ways to incentivize businesses ordering product in biodegradable packaging, and support recycling for profit sole proprietors.

City Council District 48:

Marat Filler (D)


Chaim M. Deutsch (D)

City Council District 49:

Kamillah Hanks (D)


Deborah L. Rose (D)


The District Attorney (DA) is the chief law enforcer for your community. They have the authority to investigate and bring issues to trial, prosecute criminal offenses, and make sentencing recommendations.

Your DA can make important changes in your community: they can impact cases on police brutality and misconduct; work to reform the criminal justice system and address inequities in sentencing, and strongly advocate for changes to cash bail standards. It’s important to vote for a DA who represents the goals you have for your community.

Brooklyn District Attorney Candidates:

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ANNE J. SWERN on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to be Brooklyn District Attorney?

I spent 37 years working as a prosecutor, public defender & law school professor. I created nationally recognized alternatives to traditional incarceration, including the Red Hook & Brownsville Community Justice Centers, Mental Health Court & Drug Treatment Alternative To Prison Program.

Due to persistent concerns regarding mass incarceration and human rights violations, Mayor de Blasio has proposed closing Rikers Island and opening jails elsewhere. What is your position on this proposal?

I support recommendations to close Rikers. However, the conditions that exist at Rikers need to be addressed now. I will use my discretion in charging, bail & discovery reform and make greater use of alternative sentencing to reduce the number of people at Rikers.

New York State recently passed a bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility to keep some teens out of adult prisons. What is your stance on this reform and do you think it is sufficient?

Raise the Age did not go far enough. The bill that passed left a lot of discretion with the DA. I plan to use it, consistent with brain development science, to ensure that young people are not unfairly punished and are given opportunities to change their behavior.

What are your ideas to ensure returning citizen are are informed about their right to vote after the completion of their sentence? Do you support this policy?

As co-chair of the ABA’s committee on Re-entry & Democratic District Leader, 52nd Assembly, I absolutely support re-entry policies which remind convicted felons, those on probation and/or have completed parole about their right to vote & will assist them in exercising that right.

Former Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson did not prosecute for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Would you continue this policy and do you think it should be expanded to other low level offenses?

Yes, I will expand this policy to include cases involving smoking marijuana, which are currently being prosecuted, and to other low-level offenses.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has called for an independent state commission to look into wrongful convictions. Do you support such a commision and what do you believe it could accomplish?

I support a TRULY independent review of prosecution procedures for factors contributing to wrongful convictions in Brooklyn and elsewhere. Key questions I have are: what will be their mandate, who will serve, and timetable of their report.

The school to prison pipeline pushes students out of school and into the criminal justice system. What can the Brooklyn DA do to break the school to prison pipeline?

Actively engage in prevention by closely interacting with school and law enforcement personnel to prevent referral to the system. Expanding alternative dispute resolution and mediation. If an arrest is absolutely necessary, expanded use of rehabilitative and vocational options.

"Broken Windows" policing institutes harsh penalties for low level crimes and has a discriminatory effect on Black and Latino communities. Is time to move past this type of policing and if so, what alternatives would you put in place?

Yes, my intake bureau will deflect from prosecution arrests borne out of broken windows policing that disproportionally impacts people of color. I would like to see more community policing that protects and serves the public and work to create alternatives to prosecution in Brooklyn.


Eric Gonzalez (D)


Vincent J. Gentile (D)


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ATTORNEY PATRICIA GATLING on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to be Brooklyn District Attorney?

special assistant AG to investigate CJS Howard Beach Prosecutor), Tawana Bradley investigation. I have tried and have investigated numerous narcotics cases and police brutality and have supervised thousands of trials as the executive and deputy DA in charge of major narcotics

Due to persistent concerns regarding mass incarceration and human rights violations, Mayor de Blasio has proposed closing Rikers Island and opening jails elsewhere. What is your position on this proposal?

I could close Rivers in less than two years. With the high cost of incarceration, that money can be spent to help individuals transition from prison to reentry programs, money for victims; money for mental health treatment and subsidized housing and to help them become whole

New York State recently passed a bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility to keep some teens out of adult prisons. What is your stance on this reform and do you think it is sufficient?

I do not believe that children should be incarcerated with adults.

What are your ideas to ensure returning citizen are are informed about their right to vote after the completion of their sentence? Do you support this policy?

anything that gives an individual convicted of a crime a feeling of connection to the community reduces recidivism and enhances public safety. I am in favor of restoring voting rights to individuals convicted of a crime.

Former Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson did not prosecute for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Would you continue this policy and do you think it should be expanded to other low level offenses?

Despite the mandates of the state and federal governments, the people of Brooklyn determined that we should not be wasting our resources prosecuting and incarcerating marijuana users.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has called for an independent state commission to look into wrongful convictions. Do you support such a commision and what do you believe it could accomplish?

Prosecutors Integrity Bureau mandates ethical conduct, investigates unethical conduct of prosecutors, audits DAs cases, conducts training, creates protocols for exculpatory evidence and interacts with all other units dealing with wrongful convictions, immigration status

The school to prison pipeline pushes students out of school and into the criminal justice system. What can the Brooklyn DA do to break the school to prison pipeline?

Work with police and school personnel and parents to prevent suspensions and arrests of school age children.

"Broken Windows" policing institutes harsh penalties for low level crimes and has a discriminatory effect on Black and Latino communities. Is time to move past this type of policing and if so, what alternatives would you put in place?

It is not clear that ‘broken windows’ policing, particularly the zero tolerance policies instituted in New York City, had or continues to have a direct impact on crime.


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MARC FLIEDNER on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to be Brooklyn District Attorney?

30 years in criminal justice from both sides. Served as manager of Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit, Major Narcotics, and Civil Rights. Left Brooklyn DA’s office to give voice to my concerns about the urgent need for criminal justice reform.

Due to persistent concerns regarding mass incarceration and human rights violations, Mayor de Blasio has proposed closing Rikers Island and opening jails elsewhere. What is your position on this proposal?

His proposal would take 10 years, far too long to close a house of horrors. I was deeply disappointed to see the plan for replacement beds and no substantive discussion about how to empty the beds via bail reform.

New York State recently passed a bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility to keep some teens out of adult prisons. What is your stance on this reform and do you think it is sufficient?

I’m glad Raise the Age passed, but I was a proponent of the more comprehensive bill, with less "exceptions" whereby kids can in fact be tried as adults. The law has to be considered a work in progress.

What are your ideas to ensure returning citizen are are informed about their right to vote after the completion of their sentence? Do you support this policy?

I support the policy 100%. Instructions about the voting rights of those completing their sentences must be built in to the reentry process, presented in a standardized taped presentation using culturally competent terminology and reinforced in writing.

Former Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson did not prosecute for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Would you continue this policy and do you think it should be expanded to other low level offenses?

Yes, I would continue it and makes sure that cases are not continuing to slip through the cracks. It should be significantly expanded to include survival crimes that disproportionately criminalize the poor and offenses that disproportionately criminalize people of color.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has called for an independent state commission to look into wrongful convictions. Do you support such a commision and what do you believe it could accomplish?

I support the proposal for an independent state commission because the current in-house bureau has been revealed to be politically motivated. What it should accomplish is not only vacating the convictions of those whose rights were violated, but reporting to the public about habitual abuses.

The school to prison pipeline pushes students out of school and into the criminal justice system. What can the Brooklyn DA do to break the school to prison pipeline?

1) Advocating to get police out of our schools and classrooms; 2) Screening cases involving youthful offenders to identify what drove the criminal conduct (mental health, substance abuse, poverty issues) and address these factors with diversionary and non-jail sentences whenever possible.

"Broken Windows" policing institutes harsh penalties for low level crimes and has a discriminatory effect on Black and Latino communities. Is time to move past this type of policing and if so, what alternatives would you put in place?

I abhor the "broken windows" policy and am advocating strongly for its demise. My list of offenses NOT to be charged includes all offenses that disproportionately criminalize those from traditionally disenfranchised communities. It is time, once and for all, for equal justice.


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AMA DWIMOH on the Issues

What in your background and/or experience makes you the most qualified to be Brooklyn District Attorney?

I spent more than 20 years in the Brooklyn DA’s office, created the Crimes Against Children Bureau, and became its chief. My work led directly to major changes in public policy and State law. I focused on helping victims, winning dozens of cases on behalf of them and their families.

Due to persistent concerns regarding mass incarceration and human rights violations, Mayor de Blasio has proposed closing Rikers Island and opening jails elsewhere. What is your position on this proposal?

I am in support of this plan. By reducing the number of prisoners who are unnecessarily incarcerated pre-trial for low-level crime, the Rikers population could be decreased and allow the City to use local satellite jails for its prisoners.

New York State recently passed a bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility to keep some teens out of adult prisons. What is your stance on this reform and do you think it is sufficient?

NY State’s changes to the age of criminal responsibility this year were welcome and long-needed, however, more has to be done to ensure children are treated appropriately by our criminal justice system.

What are your ideas to ensure returning citizen are are informed about their right to vote after the completion of their sentence? Do you support this policy?

Yes, I support. Every person who interacts with my office will also have a social worker who will ensure each citizen knows his or her rights.

Former Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson did not prosecute for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Would you continue this policy and do you think it should be expanded to other low level offenses?

Yes, I would continue that policy. I would also expand it to include other low-level offenses.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has called for an independent state commission to look into wrongful convictions. Do you support such a commision and what do you believe it could accomplish?

Yes I support the commission. In fact, I called for one earlier this year. As DA, I will send all overturned cases to the commission for review. If it finds evidence of misconduct by DA office staff or law enforcement, I will then petition the court for a special prosecutor.

The school to prison pipeline pushes students out of school and into the criminal justice system. What can the Brooklyn DA do to break the school to prison pipeline?

First and foremost, City policies at schools must be clear so that simple misbehavior by young people doesn’t result in a criminal record or unnecessary suspension that can lead to criminal behavior. The DA must also reflect Brooklyn’s values, and only pursue legitimate cases forwarded from scho

"Broken Windows" policing institutes harsh penalties for low level crimes and has a discriminatory effect on Black and Latino communities. Is time to move past this type of policing and if so, what alternatives would you put in place?

I will fight the use of Broken Windows policing by helping Brooklynites quickly deal with summonses that are issued as a result of the tactic, by instructing my office to review criminal cases that are the result of a Broken Windows summons, and by moving to dismiss low-level misdemeanor cases.

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