LEONARDO ON THE ISSUES
Owning a home or acquiring Affordable Housing has been the primary way working families have built wealth in this country, but for generations of residents in District 16, this dream has eluded them. Not because they didn’t possess the financial discipline or the fiscal knowledge it took, but because this government did not intend for them to have such economic stability.
Until the 1960s, the Federal Government systematically denied African-Americans and other marginalized groups the ability to obtain mortgage credit, buy homes, and build wealth for their families while subsidizing the American dream for white families.
As the City Council Representative for District 16, I will push measures that will takes steps toward addressing the racial wealth gap by helping District 16 residents and descendants of individuals who were harmed by the housing discrimination and neglected by our government officials.
The best way to describe the educational approach needed for District 16 is an educational ecosystem.
No matter where an educational idea comes from, it should be designed to positively affect all aspects of a child’s life. The proper education of a child should be felt throughout the family and throughout our community.
The educational ecosystem in District 16 will not be limited to those students who are motivated, supported and encouraged by a circle of loving well intentioned stakeholders. An even greater level of effort and focus will be made for the children who are unmotivated, least prepared and do not have the advantage of having vested stakeholders. This educational ecosystem approach will have the ability to transform lives, and communities for generations.
Covid 19 Recovery for the Bronx should be focused on an economic and workforce development strategy focused on opportunity, equity, education and training will reshape New York City’s economy to create healthier communities, more skilled workers, deeper talent pools, and a more resilient business climate.
Education & Training for the Displaced Workforce & Marginalized Communities
Rebuilding through Public Works & Direct Public Employment
Relief Programs for Individuals & Hard-Hit Communities
Recovery for Local Small Businesses & Nonprofits and Support for New Business Development
The pandemic has shown us who keeps our city running. Bronx residents make up the majority of our city's food delivery workers, home health aides and nurses, cab drivers, custodial workers among many. Despite their essential status to our economy, inequity here expresses itself as low wages, few safety supports, and long and unstable schedules. An equitable recovery requires bold and decisive action and must center on;
Hardest hit and marginalized communities
Small businesses and community-based organizations
Racial and economic justice
Voices of a diverse community of leaders
These policy changes and initiatives are suggestions to be implemented by the New York Police Department intended to make a critical shift in the departments overall culture. Further details on each of the items below will be distributed in the near future.
· Implicit bias trainings for all levels of the police department
· Larger role for civilian oversight
· Larger expansion and diverse youth police programs lead by NCO
· Mandated workshops that educate officers on the role of policing in historical and present injustices and discrimination of the black/poor community
· Department surveys gathering data from new and low ranking officers explaining their thoughts on policing strategies, in terms of enhancing or hurting their ability to connect with the community
· Resident Officer Program – An Officer is provided rent support for 5 years while a member of the local New York Police Department and living in the community.
· A census like deployment of a survey to measure and track the level of trust in police by the community
· A review of police staffing models that offer varied work models. Flexible shifts can achieve better work life balance while attracting a variation of candidates to the profession.
· Programs focus on police relations with the immigrant community.
· An honest recognition of quotas and the elimination of any unwritten policy
· Improved transparency in NYPD hiring process
Make COMSTAT available to public via online streaming
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2013, women who worked full time earned on average, only 78 cents for every dollar men earned. The figures are even worse for women of color. African-American women earned only approximately 64 cents and Latinas only 56 cents for each dollar earned by a white male. The wage gender gap within District 16 is squeezing families and making it tremendously difficult to survive.
It is critical to understand the factors that contribute to the gender wage gap in District 16 as it can serve as a blueprint to making legislative changes impacting all women. Closing the gap will require multifaceted solutions that take into account variables such as:
Where District 16 women work
CCD16 women travel an average of 90 minutes one way to work. This is due to living in areas that are two fare zones away, as well as a lack of employment opportunities in or near the district
The type of hours/schedules District 16 women work
The level of education of women in District 16
Many District 16 women are single parents that have child care challenges impacting the types of jobs they can obtain.