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Gigi’s Policies

Gigi 2021 - Housing

Housing

  • Advocate to increase investment in NYCHA and oppose any privatization efforts
  • Fight for truly affordable housing including passing and expanding rent stabilization, thoughtfully defining affordability, and ensuring that all developments on public land are 100% affordable
  • Guarantee the universal right to counsel and support for tenants in housing court
  • Create more avenues to homeownership such as Community Land Trusts, and mutual housing models
  • Assess all proposed development and housing policy through an equity lens including formalizing racial justice impacts and possible secondary displacement
  • Reform the ULURP process to prioritize community voices throughout projects and incorporate standards around engaging residents whose primary language is not English

Gigi 2021 - COVID-19 RecoveryCOVID-19 Recovery

  • Support small businesses by monitoring funding from city, state, and federal government to ensure that businesses get all promised resources. Reduce the bureaucracy and fees currently burdening small businesses
  • Improve health equity by ensuring that New York City’s health systems are fully funded, and staff are trained to provide culturally competent care
  • Ensure universal access to mental health programs, and approach recovery with an understanding of the impacts of loss and trauma, particularly on children and our hardest-hit communities
  • Invest in artists and cultural institutions by ensuring easier access to use of public spaces and providing rent relief
  • Create jobs by investing in projects that make our city stronger, increasing job training and placement opportunities, and strengthening protections for all workers

Gigi 2021 - Disability JusticeDisability Justice

  • Create and fully fund a Department of People with Disabilities with meaningful regulatory authority
  • Conduct an assessment of the accessibility of all city owned property and develop a plan to address updates within four years
  • Ensure that all City Council and Community Board events are fully accessible including having mandatory ASL interpretation
  • Improve the accessibility in online spaces by making all city websites fully accessible and partnering with the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications to provide free support to help small businesses make their websites accessible
  • Invest in education that leads to employment for people with disabilities by building job placement opportunities for CUNY students with disabilities
  • Prioritize accessibility in public transportation by creating a team led by the Chief Accessibility Officer to push for MTA’s capital investments in necessary accessibility features.
  • Ensure that the Department of Education invests in education access for all students including expanding programs for students with disabilities

Climate

  • Build a resilient New York by investing in green jobs and infrastructure
  • Prioritize locally sourced food and use large scale vendor purchasing power to support sustainable food production
  • Protect and expand canopy cover to reduce heat, improve air quality, manage street flooding, and improve quality of life
  • Reduce the need for single use plastics by building water fountains in public places and advocate for clean water for all.
  • Repair and modernize public transportation and ensure it is accessible to all New Yorkers
  • Expand protected bike lanes in the district and make Citi Bike cheaper and more accessible
  • Increase composting programs throughout the district

 

Quality of Life

  • Invest in open spaces by maintaining and improving existing parks and adding new green spaces
  • Hold developers accountable to adding green spaces as part of any building project and ensure that standards are clearly defined to avoid loopholes
  • Ensure clean and welcoming streets by implementing containerization, mandating trash compactors for large buildings, and support supplemental trash collection in high visitorship areas through companies such as ACE
  • Enforce construction timelines and fees for developers that don’t comply
  • Coordinate with City, State, and federal agencies on limiting the number of parking placards distributed, and enforce illegal “placard parking” such as construction vests, photocopied permits, etc.

 

Seniors

  • Advocate for investments in senior centers including expanding programing and ensuring that there is a trained mental health professional based in every center
  • Improve access to physical and mental healthcare, and prioritize culturally competent care and language access
  • Make re-enrollment in SCRIE/DRIE automatic and work with the State elected officials to allow seniors who lived in buildings under the Mitchell-Lama program and transitioned to private residences to be eligible to apply for SCRIE/DRIE
  • Increase housing stock specifically set aside for older New Yorkers and increase protections to help older New Yorkers stay in their homes
  • Double the budget for the Department of the Aging