As we continue on the road to recovery from the pandemic, it’s never been more important that we have strong voices in Albany fighting for our families, for our communities, for the values we share as Democrats. Whether it’s standing up for tenants and homeowners, helping our small businesses, protecting the right to choose, or tackling climate change, you can count on me to lead the fight as your next State Senator. I look forward to meeting you in the months ahead and I hope I can earn your support on August 23rd.
I will fight tirelessly to protect tenants and homeowners as your next State Senator. Every family and every New Yorker should have a good, affordable home. I will work to make sure those laws meant to protect are enforced and that unscrupulous landlords don’t illegally push longtime tenants out of their homes. I’ll also work to support the tens of thousands of homeowners in the Bronx and Westchester by keeping taxes down for working and middle-class families.
Helping our neighborhood’s small businesses recover from the pandemic will be a top priority for me in the State Senate. As the daughter of a bodega owner, I know firsthand how challenging it is for mom-and-pop stores to make ends meet even when times are good. In tough times, a helping hand from government can be a key to survival. I’ll make sure the needs of our local businesses are met as we recover from the pandemic. They’re not just anchors that contribute to the life and character of our neighborhoods, they’re a critical source of jobs that keep New Yorkers working.
Strong public schools are essential to ensuring a lifetime of opportunity for our children. As a product of public education, I know that first hand. As your State Senator, I’ll fight to make sure our schools get the funding and resources they need to improve programs and facilities, reduce class sizes, and support our teachers. I’ll also work to make sure our excellent CUNY and SUNY schools are supported and affordable to all students and that robust financial aid and scholarships are available so that a college education is within the reach of every New York family.
Ensuring public safety is the first and most important responsibility of government. And any uptick in crime is something that should concern all of us. As someone who’s spent years in our courts, I’ll make sure that law enforcement, across the board, has the resources it needs to keep our neighborhoods safe. And I’ll stand up to the NRA to advance common-sense laws to keep guns off our streets, including bullet microstamping which will help our police solve violent, gun-related crimes. I’ll also work with community leaders and groups to address concerns at the local level, whether it’s a broken streetlight or an intersection that needs a stop sign, because neighborhood safety is a team effort.
I am strongly pro-choice and I will always work to defend abortion rights and access to reproductive health. With the Supreme Court on the verge of outright overturning Roe v. Wade, the right to choose is already being taken away in varying degrees all across the country. That’s one reason it’s more important than ever for legislators in New York to lead on this issue—whether it’s increasing funding for reproductive health care, requiring full insurance coverage, or making sure we expand access here especially as more and more American women lose access in their own states.
While too many Republicans still pretend climate change isn’t real, we need Democrats at every level who understand just how urgent the threat is—and are ready to act. As your State Senator, I’ll make sure New York state continues to lead on this all important fight—by ending our dependence on fossil fuels, reducing carbon emissions, making new buildings more energy efficient, and making New York a leader in creating green jobs.
As a first generation immigrant, I know too well that discrimination is still a real issue in 21st century America. The ideals of equality, respect, and equal treatment under the law are fundamental for me. As your State Senator, I will fight to protect the civil rights of all—from immigrants to LGBTQ+ New Yorkers to people with disabilities. And as we see a disturbing rise especially in anti-Semitic and anti-Asian attacks, I will work to strengthen our hate crimes laws and see that they are aggressively enforced.
Everyone should have access to quality health care that they can afford. That’s why I support the New York Health Act which is the best way to create a healthcare system that works for everyone. COVID-19 showed how much more work there is to do to end deep-seated inequities in healthcare, especially among the poor and people of color. The pandemic also underscored the need to make prescription drugs more affordable. There’s no reason Americans should pay 3 times as much as people in other countries do for the same medication. And no one should have to ration insulin or skip a doctor’s visit when they need one.
In the past few years we saw the COVID pandemic ravage our communities killing a million Americans nationwide. In the Bronx we saw 40% of our businesses shut down, our children struggle through remote schooling and our most vulnerable communities were left without the ability to seek any relief in our Courts. We must be prepared for the next pandemic and create support for our essential workers and services so that we do not see such tragedy repeat itself. As a legislator, I would advocate to develop pandemic preparedness plans and strengthen our capabilities to respond to different pandemic scenarios.