(Voter Guide) Lee Berman – District Leader, 65th AD, Part A

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Lee Berman
Residence: Born and raised on the Lower East Side, where my wife and I are raising our daughters.
Websitegrandstreetdems.nyc
Office: Male District Leader 65th Assembly District, Part A
Current Occupation: Democratic State Committee Member, 65th Assembly District; member Community Board 3; employed by the City of New York.

Why are you seeking this office? 

I’m running for District Leader to make sure that every resident of the Lower East Side is represented and that their concerns reach those in power who have the ability to help.  After 40 plus years of too many in our community having their voices and concerns ignored Caroline and I want to change that.  With your help and your vote on September 12th, we want to mobilize the community for improvement.  Specifically, inviting elected officials into our community and holding forums and town hall meetings where they can hear your concerns, whether about transportation, development, safety, jobs or housing.  We’ll make sure that lawmakers and agencies give this community what we deserve.  We’ll also be a leading force in rallying against harmful Trump practices that affect the entire country.

What are your professional qualifications for this position? 

Former member Community Education Council for District 1 (CEC1) and currently work for the City of New York.

Education: Attended the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, received a Law Degree from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Top Legislative Priority: What is the first piece of legislation that you would advocate for if elected?: 

As District Leader I would continue advocating for greater support of our local public schools.  Our district has only a handful of high achieving schools, however every child in the community deserves a high quality education that will make them college and career ready.  In addition, I will work with our city and state elected officials to make sure that senior funding is increased, rather than cut, so that our community, one of the largest NORC’s in the city can grow old without fear.

In your opinion, what is the most pressing issue faced by the people who live on the Lower East Side? How would you deal with this issue as an elected official?

Among the most pressing issues facing residents of the Lower East Side which affect each and every one of us are development, its impact on traffic and the need for improved transportation.  I will advocate for increased community involvement from, and more notice to, our residents who will be directly affected by mega-developments sprouting up all over our community.  I will continue working with government agencies and elected officials, as well as organize the community to press for changes that reduce the dangerous traffic conditions throughout our community, and will continue to demand the MTA improve their deplorable service, whether on the M14A and other bus lines, or on our overcrowded subways, that are the lifelines for many of our residents.

Key Endorsements: Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club