"We are pleased to welcome you to the United States." A statement as simple as that, inscribed on my parent's immigration papers, remains a poignant reminder of my family’s humble beginnings. Papers only given after my mother received help from local politicians. It’s the reason I am motivated to make sure that our community is given the same support.
As a teacher and advocate for District 8, I believe it is my responsibility to make sure that residents of my community get the opportunities that makes living in New York City great. I believe that every single child deserves a great education, every adult a job that can pay the bills, and every family a safe place to call home.
In District 8, we have the highest rate of violent crime - more than any other district. We have a 17% unemployment rate, which is more than double the city average. And we have 90% of our students not ready for college. We must do better, and there are steps we can take - right now. We can create a pathway for better learning with free college in New York City. We can ensure that we create better infrastructure from street lighting to trash pickup. And we can create programs that will create home ownership and go beyond affordable rental units.
I look forward to hearing from you. I want to know what's working well and where you’re concerned. Together we can work towards a greater District and I hope I can count on your vote.