Democratic Party, Working Families Party, Greater Syracuse Labor Council
Graduated for Nottingham High School
The poverty rates in Syracuse are tremendously troubling, and my desire to improve the situation was a major reason I was compelled to run for public office. The city's poverty did not appear overnight, and reversing the trend will be a long and difficult process.
The most immediate thing we can do to address poverty is to improve the connectivity between the jobs that are available, the training required for them, and outreach to the communities struggling with underemployment. This relates to our school district as well, and ensuring that our students are being prepared for the jobs of the future.
Another great way that cities facing similar problems have addressed them is to reach out to local institutions, such as hospitals & universities, encouraging them to hire from within nearby local communities struggling with underemployment. By increasing local hiring efforts, we can begin to connect those seeking employment with opportunities that can begin the journey to end poverty
I hope to have an active role in implementing the new Municipal Ticketing Bureau. I also hope to advocate for new legislation similar to Rochester's Lead Law, addressing the problem of lead exposure here in Syracuse. Our city has one of the highest rates of lead poisoning for children, and the effects are life long. We must do better, and as a councilor- I will fight to see this change.
I will work to advocate for more transparency and better community engagement within local government. The connection between elected officials and the communities they serve has become weak. One immediate step we can take is to live stream public meeting, and have at least some meetings in the evening, when working people are more likely to be able to attend them.
My other focus will be on the ideas discussed regarding local employment, and making sure there are stronger connections between the jobs available locally, the training needed to be qualified, and outreach to underemployed communities.