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Syracuse Common Councilor - 1st District

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    Andrea B Wandersee (Dem, Wor) Candidate, Syracuse Common Council, District 1

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The City of Syracuse continues to rank highest in the nation in its number of residents living in poverty. What needs to be done to reverse this trend? (1000 characters)

What will be your top 3 priorities if elected? (1000 character limit)

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Campaign Phone (315) 414-9382
Campaign email andreawandersee@gmail.com
Facebook page www.facebook.com/electwandersee/
Twitter handle @AndreaWandersee
Endorsement(s) Democratic Party Working Families Party Greater Syracuse Labor Council 1199SEIU United Food & Commercial Workers Teamsters Local 317 United Auto Workers
Education Master of Public Administration, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University. BA, History, Hartwick College. Minors in Political Science and Women's Studies.
There is not one simple answer to reversing poverty. Top priorities include:

• Improvements in our public education system. Education is a critical tool both for individuals who are working to move out of poverty, and for economic development. An educated workforce is one of the most important criteria companies consider when locating a business is the quality of the workforce. • Access to services such as quality childcare, healthcare, mental healthcare and transportation. • Safe neighborhoods with decent, affordable housing stock that support healthy families. • A living wage. • Equal access and opportunity for people of color and new Americans. • Creative economic development initiatives. • Modern infrastructure, including universal access to internet services.
Poverty is the number one issue facing our community. If I am elected, I would want to reduce poverty and increase the quality of life for everyone by focusing on: 1. Improving community health and safety: We clearly have a shortage of police officers, as well as an opportunity to evaluate how the police interact with, and serve the community. In addition to hiring more police, I would advocate for an aggressive recruitment and training program that targets people who already live in the City of Syracuse, and a community-based approach to policing that allows our officers to have more interaction with the community. 2. Improve housing stock: Codes enforcement needs additional resources - both in terms of staffing and process - so they can be effective in identifying code violations and implementing corrections. 3. Supporting Local Business: Streamlining services with the City, identifying obstacles local businesses face, and working with them to solve problems (including parking).

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