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Residence: Little Italy for 25 years; born in Washington Heights
Office: Male District Leader, 65th Assembly District, Part B
Current Occupation: Aviation consultant
Why are you seeking this office?
The 65th AD Part B has been continually declining in virtually every aspect of community life from access to affordable housing, education, economic opportunity, quality of life, access to government services, language barriers, revitalization, land use and public transportation. The incumbents, Alice Cancel and Pastor Pedro Cardi have failed our community for years and have no record of accomplishment on which to run. Extell’s towers are going up while at least three others are currently being promoted all on their watch with no planned infrastructure such as schools and public transportation to support the thousands of residents that will move in. Many of our residences (i.e. Smith Houses Building 11) live in horrendous conditions and go hungry almost every day and suffer from mental illness such as depression and anxiety. This is not just unacceptable, but, unconscionable and we’re going to fight like hell for change.
What are your professional qualifications for this position?
Former VP Lower Manhattan Democratic Club, Board Member, former Judicial Delegate, Board Member – Synagogue for the Arts, Board Member – Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth, Volunteer and Supporter of the NY City Center for Space & Science Education in the LES, Little Italy community leader.
Top Legislative Priority: What is the first piece of legislation that you would advocate for if elected?
Prioritize Affordable housing over the construction of market rate residential towers.
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?
Education: Sde Boker International High School in Israel, attended Boston University.
Key Endorsements: The Community who asked me to run because they desperately need change.