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ACCOMPLISHMENTS

During her first months in office, Council Member Rita Joseph has allocated over $28 million for improvements to District 40's schools and parks.

  • FUNDING TO RENOVATE LIBRARY SPACE AND PURCHASE NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR COMPUTER LAB AT MS 246

  • FUNDING FOR TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES AT PS 397, PS 249, & PARKSIDE PREPARATORY ACADEMY

  • FUNDING TO RENOVATE AUDIO VISUAL SYSTEM AND LIGHTING AT PS 139

  • FUNDING TO REPLACE AUDITORIUM SEATING AT PS 6

  • FUNDING FOR TREE PLANTING AND TREE GUARD INSTALLATION IN DISTRICT 40

  • FUNDING TO REPLACE AND UPGRADE OF THE AUDIO SYSTEM AT BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC

  • FUNDING TO PURCHASE NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR ACADEMY OF HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM

  • FUNDING FOR COUNCIL OF PEOPLES ORGANIZATION TO ACQUIRE 1075-79 CONEY ISLANE AVENUE

  • FUNDING TO INSTALL A WATER LINE IN THE GARDEN AT MAPLE STREET COMMUNITY GARDEN

  • FUNDING TO RENOVATE TURF FIELD AND BLEACHER AREA & TO INSTALL NEW FOUNTAINS AT PARADE GROUND FIELD 9

  • FUNDING FOR IMPROVEMENTS AT PARADE GROUNDS ON CONEY ISLAND AVENUE

  • FUNDING FOR PATHWAY LIGHTING IN PROSPECT PARK

  • FUNDING FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND IMPROVES OF PARKSIDE ENTRANCE TO PROSPECT PARK

  • FUNDING FOR PROSPECT PARK LAKESHORE RESTORATION

  • FUNDING TO RECONSTRUCT PLAYGROUND AND SITTING AREA OVER MTA TRACKS ON WOODRUFF AND OCEAN AVENUE

  • FUNDING RECONSTRUCT THE TRACK, UPGRADE BLEACHERS, & IMPROVE FIELD AT WINGATE PARK

ISSUES

 

EDUCATION

All children deserve a free, high quality public education. Public education has the power to cause a ripple effect that can create progress and prosperity across our district and our city. Transforming our schools is a top priority.

 

  • Improve funding for our public education system via increased taxes for the super-rich and the reinvestment of the NYPD’s budget into services that directly benefit students.

  • Provide all classrooms with access to the latest tech to enhance students’ learning experience.

  • Provide every school with the number of school counselors, nurses, mental health professionals and teachers that its students need to thrive.

  • Increase teacher pay and decrease class size.

  • Increase community involvement in public education through community events, after school programs, and local partnerships.

TRANSPORTATION

I am a strong supporter of transit for all and making the city more friendly to car-alternative transportation.

  • Increase pedestrian walkways and bike lanes throughout District 40 and the city.

  • Increase Citibike access to communities that do not have it, like District 40. While Citibike has pledged to increase its locations, it is not doing it fast enough.

  • Support congestion pricing as a means to reduce car traffic and thus car pollution in the city.

  • Work to expand fair-fares to reduce the cost of buses and subways for all New Yorkers in need.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE & SAFETY

I am committed to keeping our communities and families safe, ending the scourge of gun violence on on streets, and ensuring our criminal justice system is fairer and more equitable.

  • Advocate for stronger gun restrictions in New York City

  • Support New York's red flag and bail reform laws

  • Holding those in charge of Riker's accountable for the conditions there

LABOR

As a UFT member for more than 20 years, I know how crucial the role of organized labor is in securing workplace safety and fairness for regular folks. I fully support workers forming unions and seeking Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs).

 

  • Provide oversight and assistance for union formations and CBAs.

  • Organize press conferences in front of City Hall or job sites to highlight any unjust actions by employers.

  • Participate in non-violent direct action to support workers organizing or seeking a collective bargaining agreement. Advocating for workers is a perfect opportunity to get into what Rep. John Lewis called “good trouble”.

  • Support pro-worker legislation with my allies in labor.

LGBTQIA+ RIGHTS

For decades, the LGBTQ+ community has fought for the rights they deserve. We have a moral obligation to make New York City a model of both inclusion and equality.

  • Commit to funding for programs that provide housing, training, job placement and professional development for LGBTQ+ youth. Approximately 40% of runaway and homeless youth in NYC are LGBTQ+: these people deserve better and as a city, we need to work to uplift them.​​

  • Increase civil penalties and enforcement against those in violation of New York City’s Human Rights Law, which prohibits workplace, housing, and public accommodation discrimination.

  • Decriminalize sex work.

CONSTITUENT SERVICES

I am unequivocally committed to providing top-tier constituent services. My team and I will be eager to help with the issues that District 40 residents have, no matter how big or small they might be.

  • Ensure Community Boards include adequate representation of underrepresented populations, including immigrants, working-class people, people of color, young people, senior citizens, union members, small business owners, LGBTQ people, homeowners, renters, NYCHA residents, disabled people, and religious and ethnic minorities.

  • Hosting monthly, open to the public, meetings where constituents can directly ask my staff and I questions to ensure maximum accountability.

  • Provide top-tier, multilingual constituent services by responding quickly to inquiries and ensuring that every issue is received with thoughtfulness, dignity, and intention.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

One of the issues I hear about the most from my neighbors is the need to ensure truly affordable housing for our community. Every year, rising rents and predatory landlords are pushing people out of their homes. Housing is a human right.

Strengthen rent regulations that protect tenants from unfair & unreasonable rent increases.

  • Advocate for passage of Good Cause Eviction legislation

  • Force developers to further increase permanent affordable units in new construction across the city.

  • Push our federally elected representative to change the way AMI (Area Median Income) is calculated, so that affordable truly means affordable for NYC.

  • Address the abhorrent conditions in NYCHA complexes across the city with a complete overhaul of the department that takes action on lead paint, crumbling infrastructure, & affordability. No more band-aids, we need real solutions.

  • Implement an ultra wealth tax and a pied-a-terre tax, which would help close the wealth gap in our city.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Nothing we face over the next decade will be more important to address than our growing climate crisis. We have an opportunity to reshape our City and be a leader on building a sustainable and resilient city while creating an economic engine to help us recover from the pandemic. Everything we do must have climate policies woven into it, whether it's affordable housing or public transportation or education.

  • Implement a full Green New Deal for NYC to create quality, good paying, green jobs with union benefits and protections.

  • Defend low income communities and communities of color from bearing the brunt of all types of pollution.

  • Advocate for a climate resiliency plan that addresses all 5 boroughs' most vulnerable coastlines.

  • Fight to reduce our carbon footprint through more pedestrian and bike friendly streets.

SMALL BUSINESS

Our local economy is driven by the success of the small businesses in our neighborhoods. We should do more than just visit their shops during the holiday season. We need a plan that not only increases the chances of success for existing local businesses, but increases incentives to bring new businesses in.

 

  • Provide tax incentives for new businesses that want to relocate to lower income communities.​

  • Increase funding for women and minority owned businesses to start & maintain their businesses.

  • Work with local Business Improvement Districts to build better marketing programs for small businesses.

  • Ensure that local businesses are not pushed out in favor of large chain stores and corporations not invested in building up our neighborhoods.

HEALTHCARE

Our community is facing many issues related to public health. While some of the issues we are facing are new, many of them we have been dealing with for decades. From health disparities in communities of color to inequities in maternal care, we have big problems to fix. We must fight to change our healthcare system and protect our frontline workers.

 

  • ​Advocate for passage of the New York Health Act.

  • Fight for the resources and protections our doctors and nurses deserve.

  • Push to expand pregnancy Medicare coverage for a full year.

  • Advocate for universal doula services.

  • Increase high quality, low-cost health care services for low-income communities.

  • Defend access to health care services and low-cost prescription drugs for seniors.

IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

As an immigrant, I am committed to elevating and improving the lives of immigrants in our community. We must work to protect the vibrant immigrant community in District 40 and all of NYC. I am fully committed to working for all of my neighbors, regardless of national origin.

 

  • Provide language access for constituent services in Haitian Creole, Spanish, and other languages spoken in the district.

  • Fund the New York Immigration Family Unity Project to ensure legal representation of all detained immigrants, regardless of charge or offense.

  • Extend voting rights in New York City elections to immigrant New Yorkers with green cards or work authorizations.

  • Work towards ending collaboration between the NYPD and immigrant enforcement agencies, while demanding transparency from the NYPD regarding its relationship with immigration enforcement.