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Troy City Council District 5

Troy City Council District 5
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    David Bissember (Dem) Program Rep, New York State Nurses Association

  • John Vanalstyne (Rep)

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If elected, what will be your top three new priorities for the city?

How would you choose to improve city services while keeping taxes at the same level?

Solid waste is an issue in our city. What would you do to promote reduction of solid waste and increase environmentally sound practices of waste removal?

Campaign Address 89 4th street
Troy, NY 12180
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Relevant Education Master of Science, Comparative Politics London School of Economics Bachelor of Arts, Political Science Siena College
Relevant Experience and Qualifications David Bissember grew up right outside of the Capital Region, in the town of Cobleskill New York. For over a decade, David has called the Capital Region home, attending undergraduate school at Siena College. He spent 4 years living abroad as a student and educator in Latin America and Europe. Upon returning to the Capital Region, David has worked to better our communities through working in public service, organizing, community outreach, and advocacy. His experiences inform the way he thinks about government and what it should be doing to better address the needs of the people of Troy.
I. Strengthen city finances Working with the current administration on fact-based budgeting, supporting our small businesses, and expanding the tax base by attracting more owner-occupied buildings

II. Modernize Infrastructure Improving streetscape design to promote multi-modal transportation for better access to more of our residents, including repairs of sidewalks, expanded bicycle lanes, and improved bus routes. Encouraging energy independence for the city of Troy through investments in solar and other clean energy systems.

III. Improve Quality of Life Incentivizing mixed-use development, improving parks and trails and unifying our neighborhoods with community policing.
Troy is seeing a renaissance downtown, however more must be done to ensure prosperity is shared among the neighborhoods of Troy and that requires long-term development plans to expand the tax base by tackling our issue of vacant houses ("zombie properties"), holding negligent landlords accountable and cleaning up our parks, sidewalks and alleyways so that our city continues to attract new residents while ensuring our neighbors can age in place. Furthermore, we must do more with the resources we have, and utilize the grant writer to seek outside funding to fill budget gaps where they exist.
As nearby landfills reach capacity, Troy and other municipalities in the Capital Region are facing waste challenges that must be addressed. Currently the city's recycling program is underutilized and while many people I know, including in my own home, compost our food scraps to create nutrient-rich soil for our backyard, residential composting in the city is still in its early stages. Removing organic waste and recyclable materials from solid waste has the potential to significantly reduce tipping fees which will save taxpayer money. We must collaborate with local organizations, such as Troy Zero Waste, that are identifying policy solutions to improve the long-term sustainability of our city. Increased recycling and composting will not be accomplished unless the city takes up the strategies that our citizen-working groups have already invested time in researching and identifying.
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