Dear Members of Grand Street Democrats,
I hope you are healthy and safe during these unprecedented times. Thank you for the opportunity to talk with you and share my vision as a City Council Candidate for District 1 on Sunday, November 15.
Please allow me to re-introduce myself. I am a life-long advocate for Lower Manhattan, serving as an elected District Leader for the last twenty five years and a board member of a $190M+ nonprofit organization, while keeping a professional private sector career for 29+ years. I’m ready to put my proven skills, passion for Lower Manhattanites, and knowledge to work and help District 1 and the City recover from the devastation caused by COVID.
I have spent my whole life helping Lower Manhattan, empowering women, immigrants and people of color, and fighting for our progressive values.
- I’ve been on the board of Eleanor’s Legacy for the last 10 years. We helped build a very progressive farm team of women and women of color in the state for elective office.
- As a District Leader for 25 years, I’ve been able to raise political awareness in our community and in doing so expanded our political voice and empowerment.
- As a board member of the Chinese-American Planning Council for 30 years, I’ve helped enable countless immigrant and low-income families to become economically self-sufficient.
- I currently serve as the Director the Administrative Services Division at the New York City Council’s Office of Speaker Corey Johnson where I oversee a team that manages the internal operations of the Council. Before that, I was the Director of the Community Engagement Division, where I worked to engage New Yorkers through civic participation and enhance their connection with the Council.
People have been asking me to run for years because of my proven track record and years of experience. And I’m glad that Congresswomen Nydia Velazquez and Carolyn Maloney and NYS Senator John Liu have already endorsed me. I have been thinking about running, but especially now amid the COVID pandemic, and seeing the devastation across the district, I’m getting off the sidelines and ready to put my skills, experience, and passion to work, fighting for an equitable recovery from this pandemic as the next Council Member in District 1.
I am ready to put my decades of experience as a community leader and my skills in the private and public sectors as our next Council Member to:
- Fight for working families
- Get small businesses the support they need
- Address our affordable housing crisis
- Demand real reforms at the NYPD
- Expand access to healthcare and support healthcare workers on the frontlines
- Improve the public schools that opened opportunities for me, and
- Help seniors and families with food insecurity
2021 will bring huge turnover for the City Council. Our district needs a Council Member who doesn’t need any training. With my demonstrated track record in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, I can hit the ground running on day one as a Council Member representing the 1st District.
Grand Street Dems asked each CD1 candidate to submit a statement ahead of our endorsement meeting on Sunday, November 15.