While NYC is in the throes of a fiscal crisis, it’s important that we don’t slash basic services on Staten Island and the rest of the city. It will lead to a diminishment of the quality of life and contribute to an exodus out of our city.
MAINTAINING CITY SERVICES IN A FISCAL CRISIS
POLICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Push back against the demonization of our police force. Ensure that patrol strength on Staten Island and rest of the City remain robust.
Attack noise pollution on our streets and highways. It’s not only a nuisance but a health hazard. No reason that drag racing, unregulated mufflers on muscle cars, and motorcycles should be allowed to impact the health and quality of life of Staten Islanders and City residents.
Will fight to reduce class size and to maintain the infrastructure of our buildings including ensuring students have the latest technology tools. Promote and fund interscholastic sports and other enrichment after school programs such as music and art.
Will focus on ensuring that Staten Island has enough resources to keep the Boro clean with a special emphasis on our commercial strips and roads and highways.
Continue to maintain and refurbish parks as well as keep them safe. Safety and security involves adequate patrols by the police coordinating with Parks Enforcement Officers.
Will work with other elected officials to push hard for the completion of Staten Island seawall to protect the Boro from another Sandy-like disaster.
Staten Island has many great small businesses that need to be freed from unnecessary regulations that turn out to be revenue enhancement schemes. Post CoronaVirus they will need assistance from all levels of government to survive the terrible impact on their business.
TRANSPORTATION AND TRAFFIC
Will push to extend HOV lane to move traffic along. Will push to reduce or eliminate express bus fare on Staten Island. It will incentivize residents to minimize the use of their automobiles and ride the express bus.
Monitor zoning proposals by the City Planning Commission to up zone our residential areas. Important to prevent it because Staten Island’s infrastructure is already taxed to the maximum.
Dogs and cats are continuing to be euthanized because there is no room in the City’s poorly run animal shelters. I will fight for high-quality animal shelters and pass a law to have New York City join other urban centers as a no-kill jurisdiction.