New York 2017 Voter Guide

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.

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Mayoral Candidates:

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.

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Nicole Malliotakis 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. Mayor de Blasio promised to make New York City more affordable and instead made his big donors and developer friends richer whike the rest of us continue to suffer. He has increased the property tax levy 28% and water rates by double digits making it more difficult for homeowners and renters.

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 believe we need to keep transit costs low for everyone and we can do so if the city and state both contribute adequately to the MTA so the agency doesn’t need to rely heavily on debt which leads to more fare and toll increases. Unlike Mayor de Blasio, I’ll work with Governor Cuomo to fix transit.

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 must continue to improve relationships between our communities and police. One program I believe strongly in is Atlas Cops & Kids, a boxing training program that has helped build trust between our NYPD and youth through sports. I’s only available in two boroughs. I want to see it in all five

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

Voter apathy is a major problem in New York City. I support automatic voter enrollment upon eligibility but I think the best thing we can do to produce higher turnout is ending the nonsense like pay to play that turns voters off to politics.

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, access to healthcare regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression is extremely important and is a right that must be protected.

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

Yes. Additionally, I have been one of the leading advocates in the state legislature to expand the tuition assistance program (TAP) and restore it for graduate students who have not been eligible for tuition assistance since 2010.

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 will uphold the executive orders to protect immigrants’ status which has been adopted by every mayor since Ed Koch. However, we shoukd not be protecting those who have committed crimes such as grand larceny, sex abuse and patronizing a child for prostitution which is our current mayor’s policy.

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?

As someone who represents a shoreline community devastated by Hurricane Sandy, I understand climate change is real and must be addressed by penalizing littering, encouraging and incentivizing recycling, improving mass transit options and reducing reliance on vehicles.

Bo Dietl (Dump the Mayor)

Akeem Browder (Green)

Aaron Commey (Libertarian)

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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?

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.

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:

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.

Aaron Foldenauer (Liberal)

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Bryan Sam Jung 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 this district. I know the people here quite well and I understand their concerns. I will fight for my home and my fellow residents to represent them in the City 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 do support affordable housing in my district. As a millennial, housing in NYC is too high for many in my generation.

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 make sure that all money allocated to our children is put to the best use 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?

I vehemently oppose any form of discrimination in this neighborhood. I will be out on the street to listen to any concerns in regards to prejudice. There is no space for hate here.

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

We must work with young people to bring them out. The millennial generation is one of the largest in history and they need to be more aware of the enormous political potential that they have. They will be the future leaders of this nation.

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

I have an official view at this time to comment. I can address this later.

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 a supporter of our police, I do think that more communication with the local residents when it comes to quality of life is an issue that needs to be addressed.

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 have no real say in this matter. I’m not an expert. I’ll address this later.

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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.

City Council District 2:

What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

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.

Manny Cavaco (Green)

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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.

Donald Garrity (Libertarian)

Jimmy McMillan (R, Rent is 2 Damn High)

City Council District 3:

Corey Johnson (D, Working Families)

What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

Marni Halasa on the Issues

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

I am a new unique voice that wants to improve the lives of others. As a lawyer, reporter and figure skating coach living in Chelsea for 25 years, I plan on making our vibrant, diverse community even better, a stronger viable support system for everyone, especially younger folks, to thrive in NYC.

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

Young New Yorkers should pay no more than 1/3rd of income towards rent. Development projects should only be approved if they provide a substantial amount of affordable housing, environmentally sustainable and fitting with the neighborhood. Also projects need public comment/approvals.

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 believer in public education, which exists solely to benefit everyone in society, I would protect and preserve all public education funding. I do not support charter schools that siphon money away from public schools or privatize education placing profit over 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?

I support legislation that penalizes businesses or city/state agencies that engage in any form of discrimination. I would also work to create education, arts and community-involved campaigns that celebrate diversity so children learn young to accept racial, religious, sex differences.

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

Free college tuition, student debt, affordable rents and a living wage –young folks need a clear issue they feel strongly about to get engaged. Connecting with them via social media for a specific campaign, or face to face in high school/college campuses/community centers would help engagement.

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

New Yorkers should pay no more than 1/3rd of their income towards rent. City Council should also pass the Small Business Jobs Survival Act to give small businesses more control over their leases. DeBlasio’s MIH program should be replaced with 100% publically-funded community run housing.

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 there needs to be a regular consistent interplay between police and the community, where community leaders and neighborhood folks engage with police in programs and events created to foster interaction and discussion. This will enhance both parties understanding of each other.

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 renewable clean energy projects that would reduce fossil fuel emissions contributing to climate change as well as general city air pollution. For safety, I would also close the Spectra Pipeline in the Meat Packing District due to possible explosion in a highly populated area.

City Council District 4:

What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

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.

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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

Rebecca Harary (R, Women’s Equality, Reform, Stop de Blasio)

City Council District 5:

What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

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.

Frank Spotorno (R)

City Council District 6:

What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

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.

Hyman Drusin (R)

William Raudenbush (Stand Up Together)

City Council District 7:

Mark D. Levine (D, Working Families)

Florindo Troncelliti (Green)

City Council District 8:

Linda Ortiz (Conservative)

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.

Daby Carreras (R, Reform, Stop de Blasio, No Rezoning 4 Ever)

City Council District 9:

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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

What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

Dianne L. Mack on the Issues

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

As a lifelong and community engaged resident, experienced social worker and administrator, I bring a unique blend of talent, skills, passion and compassion to serve the diverse constituents of CCD9.

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 envision an inclusive community that prepares and ensures young New Yorkers, especially those born and raised in the community, can remain or return to their neighborhoods or communities of their youth and preference.

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

It is essential that EVERY student of CCD9 receive a quality education that prepares them for a future that fosters personal development and academic advancement. Additional resources will be directed towards fortifying NY public schools to increase performance and educational outcomes.

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 my role to discourage discrimination against marginalized communities, address inequality and inequity, increase awareness and facilitate socially just solutions to address issues of racism, oppression, power and privilege.

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

I look to build a relationship with Rock the Vote and similar organizations, as well as, utilize social media to broaden exposure and deepen understanding about the duty, value and role of young voters.

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

There is a need to minimize community displacement for low-income residents and middle-income residents. One goal is to bring together developers, including non-profit developers, to devise strategies/plans to develop new and manage existing housing stock to address multi-level housing needs.

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 a daughter of a police officer, a native Harlemite who lived and served his community for more than 30 years, I would work to foster enhanced community policing addressing systemic issues of racial profiling, limited community engagement, mental health crises and special needs.

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 believe NYC has a role in addressing climate change and I would champion policies that reduce threats to quality of life, address the heat index, disaster preparedness and management, and reduce or prevent negative environmental impacts.

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?

Pierre Gooding on the Issues

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

Harlem is in need of elected leadership that understands the pressing issues in Harlem such as the 13% unemployment rate, our current affordable housing crisis, and the lack of quality schools in our District. I have advocated to end these injustices in Harlem, and will continue to do so.

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 analysis would depend strictly upon whether the project would create more affordable housing in Harlem, and this process requires negotiating on behalf of your constituents for more units priced for a neighborhood with a median income of $35,000. This is not currently happening.

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 teacher, I believe that allocating additional resources to schools is vital to the future of Harlem and NYC. I would also advocate to increase teacher salaries so that they can afford to live in NYC and are incentivized to stay in one of the hardest professional spaces that exists.

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 a daily basis, my role is to protect our community members and advocate for our residents civil liberties against gross housing abuses, violations of education state law, and other grievous injustices that occur daily in our community. No community member will have his or her rights violated.

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

From what I hear in the community on a daily basis, many of our young residents are either not registered or registered in a different district. I will be fighting to ensure that our laws encourage, rather than discourage, voter registration. This includes for formerly incarcerated residents.

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

Harlem’s City Councilor can create tremendous change if he or she advocates for a tax package that incentivizes any business in the community to hire long time residents who have not had these opportunities in the past, particularly considering the sweat equity invested by 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 Precincts must ensure resident safety and that our residents civil liberties are protected. When we held our community forum residents made it clear that the neighborhood is safe but we must do better at daily interactions so that a true partnership is formed.

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 must be a leader in ensuring that those in the political space understand that climate change is real, and that the failure to address this issue with effective policy in conjunction with other leaders around the country and world will have consequences noted by the science community.

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Jack Royster on the Issues

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

I believe every young person has the ability to be great! I have overcome many challenges and still do every day.

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 projects must reflect the existing community, meaning the average income for that area and base rents on that information.

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 change our ideas on education, standardized tests prove one thing, a child can take a test. Education must.

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?

Education and inclusion is the most effective way to combat prejudice or

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

We must make our youth feel that their opinions matter, their votes matter to what happens on their community. We have to find ways to make them feel part of

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

It has become so easy throw people away in our society because of color or income. Displacement can only be minimized by the deals that are made before the first ground is broken. Value is based on more than money.

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 police must be trained to see us as individuals, every young black man is not a criminal. I believe taking a page from the past in having beat cops who knew the people in the neighborhood. Respect the trust are two major goals to be achieved on both sides.

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 all have a part to play in saving and prolonging the life of our planet. We must recycle more and find ways to further decrease or carbon footprint

City Council District 10:

Ydanis Rodriguez (D, Working Families)

Ronny Goodman (R)

City Council District 11:

Roxanne Delgado (Animal Rights)

Andrew Cohen (D, Working Families)

Judah David Powers (R, Conservative)

City Council District 12:

Adrienne Erwin (Conservative)

Andy King (D)

City Council District 13:

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?

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.

Alex Gomez (New Bronx)

John Cerini (R, Conservative)

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.

City Council District 14:

Fernando Cabrera (D)

Justin Sanchez (Liberal)

Alan Reed (R, Conservative)

What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

Randy Abreu on the Issues

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

I am an attorney, born and raised in the same Bronx community I look forward to represent. I recently served in the Administration of President Barack Obama as a Special Advisor on clean energy investment initiatives. I know I’m privileged and I want to give it all back to The Bronx.

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 not support an "affordable housing" development project in my district until the current levels of affordability under the City’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing law are amended to include sufficient housing opportunities for low-income communities like mine.

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 Councilman, I will not support a City Budget proposal that blindly allocates millions of education dollars to Administrators while leaving our children in The Bronx without enough money to attend schools with 21st century resources.

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 the only candidate in my race who openly supports marriage equality. District 14’s current Councilman openly opposes marriage equality, and that in part, led to the current community tension and disassociation from the political system we live in.

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

I will target my political advertising where young voters are; online. I will disseminate local policy positions in tangible ways and continue building on our early efforts to develop a generation of engaged voters from The Bronx

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

We must resist gentrification in my District. The current Jerome Avenue rezoning proposal is a City-proposal which wholly ignores the community proposal established by local leaders. I will vote No on Jerome Rezoning until a comprehensive plan is put forward. This will minimize our 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?

Currently, police officers do a fine job of protecting us. But it is no secret that police-community tensions are rising, especially amongst young people. As Councilman, I will walk the streets of my community, at night, with our community police officers. I will engage through education.

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. As Councilman I will champion Mayor DeBlasio’s clean energy Executive Order starting with an update to current NYC School Bus Engine standards. I will ensure NYC school busses are equipped with Fuel Cell engines that emit zero-carbon and protect children from asthma causing pollutants.

City Council District 15:

Ritchie Torres (D, Working Families)

Jayson Cancel, Jr. (R, Conservative)

City Council District 16:

Vanessa Gibson (D, Working Families)

Benjamin Eggleston (R, Conservative)

City Council District 17:

Oswald Denis (Conservative)

Rafael Salamanca (D, Working Families)

Elvis Santana (Empower Society)

Patrick Delices (R)

City Council District 18:

Eduadro Ramirez (Conservative)

Ruben Diaz Sr. (D)

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Carl Lundgren on the Issues

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

The fact that I’m a member of the Green Party and am not beholden to either of the capitalist parties allows me to speak my mind and advocate for the people, not special interests. I’m not bossed or bought.

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 human right. Unfortunately, landlords and real estate developers will still be with us for the foreseeable future. Any project must have input of the residents — and not just through inconveniently timed and located public hearings — but direct ongoing participation.

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 a human right. Eliminate any publicly funded charter schools — their divisive..and failing — and redirect that funding back into public schools. Eliminate the rebating of the stock transfer tax, and keep those billions of dollars in our coffers.

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?

One of my goals is to establish community centers for nonviolent communication studies, conflict resolution, collaborative negotiation, and other aspects of the practice of nonviolence. Diversity and respect for all people are not only Green Party principles but they are our strength as a community

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

Go into the high schools and colleges with information and voter registration drives. I first registered to vote in 1971 during a voter registration drive in my high school. We need to introduce civic and democracy classes in schools.

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

KEEP OUT THE GENTRIFIERS BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. Let’s make it easier for local residents and entrepreneurs to open businesses without all the punitive requirements. Discourage or even forbid any franchise businesses or national chains who do not invest in the community or hire locally.

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 relations stink everywhere. Disarm and disband the entire NYPD and replace them with local community based operated and staffed constabularies. Stress the importance of finding nonviolent solutions and alternatives to arrest. Teach recruits about our rights.

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 advocate for 100% green, sustainable alternative energy sources by 2030 as per the Green Education and Legal Fund. Immediately divest the city of "King CONG" holdings: Coal / Oil / Nuclear / Gas. Reinvest and subsidize alternatives. Create a "Just Transition" program for worke

Michael Beltzer (Liberal)

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William Russell Moore on the Issues

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

I, William Russell Moore, am the only independent democratic candidate – of any party – who is talking about reforming our corrupt political system, combating gentrification, fighting for real affordable housing options and helping cash-strapped families to make more income and more… Moore2017

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

Good Government has a moral duty to protect its citizenry, whether young or old from being priced out of their hometown. I will not support any housing development project in my district that is not affordable under the current median income level of households in my 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?

Through Participatory Budgeting, I would offer $1 million to the community for them to decide how these resources should be spent on schools, quality education and other quality life projects in District 18.

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 Black man, my forefathers and mothers have fought and died to end racial discrimination and racism period. I will do everything in my power to protect everyone’s inalienable rights protected by the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and our Human Rights protected by God and the United Nations.

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

I would sponsor fun-filled voter registration drives and field trips to visit legislators in City Hall, Albany and Capital Hill in Washington, DC. I would create scholarships rewarding young voters for their community activism and participation to use as they wish.

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

I would force the New York City Housing Authority to build affordable housing. NYCHA has the authority to float bonds to investors so that they can build affordable housing. I am against the City turning over city-owned land over to private developers to build unaffordable luxury developments.

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 Propose the creation of a secondary police station that will assist with the policing of 50% of District 18’s geographical territory under the domain of 43rd Precinct’s scope in an effort to remedy slow response time to low level crimes, car break-ins, robberies, vandalism and muggings.

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 and we all have a responsibility to protect the environment and aggressively address climate change and weather modification and manipulation.

City Council District 19:

Paul Vallone (D, Working Families)

Paul Graziano (Reform)

Konstantinos Poulidis (R)

City Council District 20:

Peter A. Koo (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.

City Council District 22:

Costa Constantinides (D, Working Families)

Kathleen Springer (Dive In)

City Council District 23:

Barry S. Grodenchik (D, Working Families)

John Y. Lim (John Y. Lim)

Joseph Concannon (R, Conservative, Stop de Blasio)

City Council District 24:

Rory I. Lancman (D, Working Families)

Mohammad T. Rahman (Reform)

City Council District 25:

Daniel Dromm (D, Working Families)

City Council District 26:

Jimmy Van Bramer (D, Working Families)

Marvin Jeffcoat (R, Conservative)

City Council District 27:

I. Daneek Miller (D)

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Frank Francois on the Issues

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

I am a grassroots community organizer. I have been standing beside many victims of this oppressive system who are fighting for justice. From New York, with Kenneth Chamberlain Jr to Baltimore with Freddie Gray and many others for over 20 years I have been fighting for the people. Google my name.

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

This decision, like many of my other decisions on various issues would be based on a consensus of whats best for the community. I would look at each project individually then weigh the pros and cons. Inform the community and abide by the decision of the masses of well informed community members.

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 system of allocating funds for educating our youth needs to be totally overhauled. Every public school shall be alloted the same of amount money per student. No school should be over crowded. Every student in the public school system will have equal resources.

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?

Every human being regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, socio- economic background, or past criminal record shall be afforded eqaul opportunities, protection under the law, and the right to pursue happiness. Any person or organization in violation, shall be severly punished.

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

I would stress the importance of getting involved in politics ( the decison and law making process that affects us all) to the young and old. I would point out the various historic attempts to suppress involvement of the masses in voting and politics.

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

Gentrification, and affordable housing go hand and hand. I feel the solution to is break the monoply between the banks, developers, and corrupt democrat and republican politicians. Investments and development of property should be done collectively by 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?

I have been a strong advocate against police brutality. There is a dangerous level of distrust from many community members of the police. I am a strong proponent of community policing. Scale back the police budget, reallocate funds to local community organizations

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

Clean air, toxic free water, and a healthy environment is a priorty for everyone. Planet and people over profits. Everyone has a role to play in addressing corporation killing our planet. Go Green Elect Francois. Save mother Earth. I champion all environmental polices that protect our home.

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Rupert Green on the Issues

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

My attitude et al. With 20 years experience as a NYC educator, I am uniquely qualified to represent my diverse district. My experience is augmented by the fact I have formed and led block and parent/teacher associations engaged in empowering our community and the educational achievement of youth.

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 encourage workforce housing based on 80/20 developments (80 percent of units are at market-rate and 20 percent are affordable). My decision to support such a project would be based on data not decibel level, because facts formulate fiscal policy more accurately than just opinions.

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

Funding school equally could amount to treating one unfairly. Providing poorer school with twice the funding of a wealthier school could amount to waste of money. I would tie school funding to socioeconomic integration, with no school having more than 50% of high poverty 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?

I will lead by funding diverse groups engaged in researching and publishing findings on agencies and actors engaged in discrimination, and provide resources to offending groups to organize and promote meetings, gatherings, and events that showcase the strength of the combination of diversity.

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

Along with automatic registration of citizens contacting state agencies, I would also introduce measures that promote MORE polling facilities or increase the ratio of them to the population to provide easier access and voting opportunities and increased promotion at facilities populated by youth.

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

Along with the aforementioned 80/20 proposal, I would also explore what other cities are doing to alleviate their housing problem, noting and implementing “best practices”. Expanding mixed-income development through a variety of tax credits and low-interest loans are models to be explored.

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?

Successful law and order is a people acting to make their government succeed. Police must not be seen as an occupying force. Solution: Increase auxiliary police ranks to handle positions within the precincts to free up officers and make community involvement a greater part of their duties.

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 role in aggressively addressing climate change. I would advance conservation and champion laws that stringently regulate emission from public housing and vehicles in the city. More “bigly,” I would incentivize solar collectors on building along with the use of other green technologies.

City Council District 28:

Adrienne E. Adams (D)

Ivan Mossop (R)

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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.

City Council District 29:

Karen Koslowitz (D)

City Council District 30:

Elizabeth S. Crowley (D, Working Families, Women’s Equality)

Robert F. Holden (R, Conservative, Reform, Dump de Blasio)

City Council District 31:

Donovan Richards (D, Working Families)

City Council District 32:

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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.

Eric Ulrich (R, Conservative, Independence, Reform)

City Council District 33:

Stephen Levin (D)

Victoria Cambranes (Progress for All)

City Council District 34:

Antonio Reynoso (D, Working Families)

City Council District 35:

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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.

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Christine Parker on the Issues

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

Christine Parker is a proud Brooklyn resident, who has spent her entire life serving the public’s interest. As a workforce architect, inclusion strategist, and an advocate for economic empowerment, Parker has successfully combined strong organizational skills and financial expertise with commitmen

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 lack of affordable housing is a prime issue I recognize, which is affecting my community and much of the City as a whole. Thousands of families and youth are unable to obtain safe places to live, due to rising costs and increasing high-end developments. My willingness to work with development

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 a something I believe every child should have equal access to and equal available resources for. Unfortunately,this is not the case,a step in the right direction for this would be to foster student engagement through development of private-public partnerships & dev. vocational trai

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?

Acts of discrimination often stems from lack of knowledge and ignorance. Way of working to combat this on my end,would be increase the amount of information sharing sessions amongst those of different genders, races, cultures& of various religious persuasions to create more understanding and tol

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

I believe youth have not been invol when it comes to political engagement.Yet, with many of the recent turn of events which they recognize directly affect them, this has instilled a sense of urgency amongst many.In order to continue to stir up youth involvement,I would go to the places they are at.

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

Gentrification is something that unfortunately has dire affects on underserved individuals. This issue to boils down to money. Those with less often get pushed out, and those with more come in and implement changes.I will continue to advocate that luxury housing does not out pace real afford housing

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?

Safety is key in the community and our Precincts are an important factor when it comes to this. One of the ways to improve policing and enhance safety measures is to strengthen the Strengthen community and Precinct Relations which can enhance trust amongst community members and officers themselves.

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 must continue to re-imagine the complexity of CC, it is of critical importance. We must continue to review and analyze waste & how we reuse it. We must analyze how we revolutionize our food supply. Reevaluate our use of waterways & greenhouse emissions. There must be governanc &

City Council District 36:

Robert Cornegy (D)

City Council District 37:

Rafael Espinal (D)

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Persephone Sarah Jane Smith on the Issues

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

The people in my district are looking for some one that will fight for them. I have fought for people during the Iraq war, I continue to fight for people as an advocate and activist. I will fight for the things that the people in my district want.

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 that provides at least 30% units that are affordable. and this affordability would have to be based on the AMI for that particular 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?

We need to look at the poorer schools and provide for their needs first just so they are on par with other schools and then build from there on a basis of equal resources for 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?

As some one who is black and Transgender, I experience discrimination almost daily. I will continue to do what I am doing now. Continue marching and fighting and calling out discrimination in its forms.

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

I have been reaching out to organizations that work with youth, especially LGBT youth and speaking with them about how I got into politics and how local level voting can have an impact on their lives.

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

we have to ensure that new developments will still provide affordable housing for those that have lived in the neighborhood. Providing grant and loan programs for businesses that are already there so that they can grow with the neighborhood instead of getting pushed out.

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?

First, I believe that you should live in the precinct that you are going to police. Second there needs to be more training in how to engage and interface with the community. third, the police need to have rules of engagement just like the military does.

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 should be at the forefront of taking steps to fight climate change. We should be known as the Big Green Apple.

City Council District 38:

Allan Romaguera (Conservative)

Carlos Menchaca (D, Working Families)

Carmen Hulbert (Green)

Delvis Valdes (Reform)

City Council District 39:

Brad Lander (D, Working Families)

City Council District 40:

Brian Kelly (Conservative)

Mathieu Eugene (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?

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

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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?

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

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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.

City Council District 41:

Alicka Ampry-Samuel (D, Working Families)

Berneda Jackson (R, Conservative)

Christoper Carew (Solutions)

City Council District 42:

Ernest Johnson (Conservative)

Inez D. Barron (D)

Mawuli K. Hormeku (Reform)

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.

Bob Capano (Reform)

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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.

Angel Medina (Women’s Equality)

City Council District 44:

Kalman Yeger (D, Conservative)

Yoni Hikind (Our Neighborhood)

Harold Tischler (School Choice)

City Council District 45:

Jumaane D. Williams (D, Working Families)

What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

Anthony Beckford on the Issues

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

I have been an Advocate and Activist for many years now. I have been fighting for family rights, children’s rights, civil rights housing rights and much more. I am the leader of the Brooklyn Sector of CopWatch Patrol Unit I was out there at JFK airport protesting against Trump’s travel ban.

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 in my district, only if it was truly affordable for those in the community. That means no Preferential Rent, No Permanent MCIs and Yes to Rent Rollbacks. The rent must be based off of the median income of those in the community. 100% 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 would allocate the funds based on the need. If a school in one part of the community does not have an immediate need for funds compared to another, the one that is in more need would become a priority for funds. No school shall face any type of disparity. The need always outweighs the want.

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?

Being from a marginalized community, I understand the need for change. Any type of discrimination will be tolerated by me. I will create and help lead peer workshops to discuss the zero tolerance for discrimination and I will advocate for those who are discriminated against.

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

I would encourage the schools in becoming active again for high school students to register to vote. I would also create a young voters program which engages and educates young voters on the importance of making their voices heard through voting. I would also team up with existing programs as well.

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

I would make permanent MCIs temporary, push to implement rent rollbacks, push for shelters to become permanent housing, get rid of 421a for outside developers and offer it to developers who are willing to build 80 – 100% affordable housing. Also, strict penalties on landlords harassing 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?

The police have been functioning more as an entity to protect the privileged and property. I would implement community policing, which would be officers from the community policing the community in a supportive manner to the members of the community who are tasked with such duty.

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 does have a role in aggressively addressing climate change. I would push more stricter regulations on carbon emissions by buildings and for clean renewable energy sources to be used.

City Council District 46:

Jeffrey Ferretti (Conservative)

Alan Maisel (D)

City Council District 47:

Mark Treyger (D, Working Families)

Raimondo Denaro (R, Conservative)

City Council District 48:

Chaim M. Deutsch (D)

Steven Saperstein (R, Conservative, Reform)

City Council District 49:

What makes you the best candidate to champion young voters?

Deborah L. Rose on the Issues

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

Prior to being elected I was a member of the community board and headed several community organizations. These experiences helped prepare me for the results I have garnered for the district such as jobs, smart economic development, new parks and libraries, and funding for vital district 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?

My decision to support projects in my district will be based on income and demographic data for the considered area. I am seeking mixed income developments with a range of the area median income to accommodate the need.

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

Funding for our schools should be based on student enrollment and student population need to ensure the best education possible. The highly successful Community Schools model must be expanded. And, New York City Public Schools should receive priority in the allocation of public funding.

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 Councilmember I must lead by example in condemning discrimination wherever and whenever I see it, combined with education (media/school curriculum), funding (initiatives to support marginalized communities), and legislation (accountability/strict enforcement of human rights laws).

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

A youth voter initiative in the city council was very effective – a presentation on the process/importance of voting during school free periods, with registration forms available. 60 students enrolled in two hours at the school selected in my district. I would like to replicate this program citywide

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

I WILL DEMAND THE SIGNIFICANT INCLUSION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN ALL NEW DEVELOPMENTS. The city can also help in many ways – doing away with the many hidden taxes being imposed on residents (e.g., increasing tolls, water rates, etc.), and doing everything possible to fight wage inequality.

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 tragic death of Eric Garner in my district will always be remembered. But relations have improved because I have worked hard to cultivate positive relationships with the local precinct and its leadership, and have supported community policing efforts such as Neighborhood Coordinating 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?

Sustainability and resiliency standards must be in the building codes. The Council can also put into the capital budget funding for preserving/increasing park lands, tree planting programs, and storm resiliency measures. Also, tax incentives for the construction and modification of green buildings.

Kamillah Hanks (Reform)

Michael Penrose (R, Conservative)

City Council District 50:

Richard Florentino (D)

Steven Matteo (R, Conservative, Independence, Reform)

City Council District 51:

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Dylan Schwartz on the Issues

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

I’m a native Staten Islander that believes government should be responsive to the needs of its constituents. Too often, the most vulnerable among us fall through the cracks. I’m running to change that by fighting for more of our fair share, transparency and having all of our voices heard.

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

Young and old are being priced out of New York City at alarming rates. I will support the development of affordable union built housing with local residents given priority in the lottery and no shelters.

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 manages billions of dollars in education funding and I will work with my colleagues to provide students with a quality education, more seats in classrooms and technological upgrades to every classroom.

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 openly gay candidate, it has been part of my platform to address and educate residents about any forms of discrimination. I support and encourage all residents to get involved in the political process and stand up against ignorance and discrimination at my events.

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

If elected, I would advocate to pass legislation to register high school seniors to vote. I would also work with youth groups to get involved in community boards, precinct councils and civics at a young age to learn more about local issues.

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

I would work with housing and community groups to expand Dept. of homeless services home base services to help keep at risk residents in their homes. I would also advocate for more affordable housing to be created with supportive services in their building.

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 work with youth, clergy and community groups to encourage them to attend and get more involved at their local police precinct councils. I would also encourage all groups to work together with NYPD community affairs on improving community relations and dialogues.

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 was greatly impacted by Hurricane Sandy and is still in the process of rebuilding. I’m a strong supporter of addressing climate change and utilizing more ferries to reduce car emissions. I will work with my colleagues to reduce the city’s carbon footprint.

Joseph Borelli (R, Conservative, Independence, Reform)

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