It’s time to get out the vote!

Dear Neighbor: 

Even as we face difficult challenges in the city—and worldwide—I’ve never been prouder to represent the West Side on the City Council.  In the 6th Council District—northern Hell’s Kitchen, Central Park and Central Park South, and the Upper West Side)—I’ve been working 

—Cataloging every street tree and working to fill empty tree pit (and passed legislation to include the tree canopy long-term planning criteria).

Surveying every graffiti tag (and removing it!). 

—Conducting tours of trash & rat hot spots with the Dept. of Sanitation. 

—Organizing a youth development and community safety program with Goddard Riverside for young adults living in NYCHA’s Amsterdam Houses and Amsterdam Addition—providing pathways to job training, GED degrees, and alternatives to “street life.”

—Sponsoring dozens of events in the district including “Fresh Food for Seniors” (affordable fruit and vegetables grown in tri-state farms); monthly tenant Housing Clinics (and weekly SCRIE/DRIE assistance);  Older Adult Tech Clinics; visits from the Mammogram Bus; an annual Children’s Book Fair; Local Law 97 forums to help put buildings on a path to compliance and sustainability.

—Convening a “Micromobility Task Force” with stakeholders to pinpoint ways to improve e-bike and scooter safety for drivers, deliveristas, pedestrians and the neighborhood at large.  

On the Council, I’ve passed legislation that bans the sale of used lithium-ion batteries that have caused too many fires and deaths; curbs automobile catalytic converter theft by requiring salvage yards to obtain proof of ownership; and requires an outreach campaign to make hourly employees more aware of the Paid Sick Time Act (which I passed during my first stint on the Council) and the Temporary Schedule Change Act. 

I chair the Council Committee on Oversight and Investigations, where my staff and I work to bring accountability to city government while protecting schools, public safety and the social safety net. As a member of the Council’s Finance Committee (and budget negotiating team), I fought to undo the Mayor’s cuts this year to CUNY, public libraries, Legal Aid, and older adult meals.

I hope I’ve earned your vote to continue serving the 6th District for two more years. Early voting starts October 28 and Election Day is November 7. Please make sure you vote!