Our top issues are to maintain law & order in our neighborhoods, to preserve our children’s educational opportunities, and to protect quality of life. Our current members do not seem too concerned with preserving our communities. This is the failure of a one-party city government. Rather, they are focused on recklessly defunding law enforcement, abolishing police from schools, and letting crime run rampant in our neighborhoods. The City Council is more concerned with pursuing their own radical agenda that is causing us to backslide into a time when criminals had more rights than working everyday-citizens.

Preserve Public Safety

The New York City Council is leading us down a bad path that will only get worse unless we fix this now. Crime is on the rise throughout the city and we cannot allow policy makers to let us backslide into a time when criminals had more rights than working everyday-citizens. This city does not need a defunded and demoralized NYPD. As a result of astronomical increases in crime, we need to restore safety in NYC and stand behind the NYPD by ensuring they are fully funded and empowered to do their jobs. We must reverse the failed bail reform legislation, restore the plainclothes anti-crime unit, and legally crack down hard on lawbreakers by once again implementing the broken windows theory of policing that worked for decades. Our fine officers need an advocate who will have their back in the city council, and I will be that person.

Rebuild the Economy

It is clear that the New York City economy is in the worst shape it has been in since the 1970s, Many small businesses have closed and many are heading down that unfortunate path with no relief in sight. COVID 19 has decimated our local economy and the terrible handling of it by our current elected officials has only made things worse. We need to insure that indoor dining remains open. Small businesses need tax breaks and the elimination of red tape regulations to get their businesses back on track.

Oppose Neighborhood Jails

I am vehemently opposed to the jail in Kew Gardens, or in any local-residential neighborhood for that matter. Neighborhood residents did not want this jail from the start. Exiting City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz sold out her own constituents who do not want a jail where they raise their kids and care for their families. I put the question out to all the other candidates – do you agree with this sentiment or do you side with the current representative that sold everyone out?

Keep Rikers Island Open

The City Council has voted to move the jurisdiction of Rikers Island from the Department of Corrections to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, essentially closing the facility. I believe that this was a great mistake. The only option that has been proposed by the out-of-touch City Council is to place jails in our neighborhoods. I ask those who are opposed to keeping the Rikers Island facility open…how would you like to place the next community jail in your neighborhood? This is the only place that is left to put them. When elected to the City Council, I will fight my hardest for the reversal of the Borough Based Community Jail Plan.

Halt Overdevelopment

District 29 is a hotbed for overdevelopment. The district is overpopulated, lacks adequate parking, and has enough traffic issues as it is. I have created a petition to halt the construction of a high-rise on Queens Boulevard that would wipe out a row of local stores, the Ohr Natan synagogue, formally the Trylon Movie Theatre, and the Tower Diner. We must strive to preserve our community and not let it fall into the hands of wealthy developers.The community must stay strong and have a strong voice for comprehensive rezoning and any new construction projects.

Reduce Taxes and Regulations

Taxes are reaching record levels and are hurting New York City residents and business owners. New Yorkers pay some of the highest taxes in the country, yet our Democratic-controlled City Council has demanded record level government spending. State and city property taxes, corporate taxes, red tape regulations, and the city’s new “hidden tax” collected by inappropriate speed cameras, all have to be reformed. Rising rates are becoming a burden and are the catalyst for people to further flee our city and state in record numbers.

Maintain Quality of Life

Every resident of District 29 deserves a good quality of life. No one wants to see graffiti at the local store, overgrown weeds, trash on the street, a concerning rise in crime, and a jail to be built in Kew Gardens. I will put more trash cans on the street, I will make sure that our police are given the power to enforce the law and I will do everything in my power to stop local elected officials from putting a jail in Kew Gardens. Bike lanes and bus lanes take away valuable parking spaces and cause ridiculous traffic jams. As your Councilman, I will modify the operating times of bus lanes and I will stop the creating of new bike lanes that are hardly being used.

Defend Quality Education

As a CEC 24 Board Member, I support the Hecht-Calandra Act, which calls for a sole admission test (SHSAT) for the entrance to a Specialized High School. I agree and will fight to keep the SHSAT in place and have it be the sole admission criteria for admittance into a Specialized High School. We must preserve the gifted and talented program, honors classes, and advanced classes, eliminating these programs and classes would only hurt our students. I will fight to preserve these programs and classes.

Resist Critical Race Theory

We must stop the indoctrination of our kids in public schools. Critical Race Theory (CRT) does nothing for our children, except pin themselves against each other based on racial lies. I grew up in a time when people were judged on their merit, not the color of their skin. Schools are meant to educate and empower children, not indoctrinate them.

Combat Hate Crimes

As your councilman, I am dedicated to preventing hateful attacks in our community. I will propose a new law mandating that if a vehicle is used in the commission of a hate crime, the vehicle will be impounded for a proposed duration of six months and the license of the perpetrator will be suspended.

Eliminate Unnecessary Speed Cameras

The use of these cameras has far exceeded their original intent. These cameras are being intentionally placed to entrap people in their communities. The original intent of these cameras was to keep schools safe and free from hazard. This is not its purpose today. This is yet, another tax implemented by the city of New York in their attempt to balance their bloated city budget.

Protect Religious Institutions

Anti-semitism is an age-old trope that has once again reared its ugly head. We must do more to protect synagogues and other religious institutions from hate crimes. This is why I propose bolstering the amount of police officers we have outside synagogues and churches so we can better protect those that seek to peacefully practice their religion.

Defend Religious Education

We must do more to protect religious schools, such as Yeshivas, from constant attacks by progressive, top-down education policies. Parents have the right to send their kids to the school of their choice whether it be a Yeshiva, Catholic school, or public school, this right must not be infringed upon by the city government. I am a proud graduate of both Catholic and Public schools and will make sure to protect everyone’s right to the education they see fit.

Assist Our Seniors

There is a considerable gap between services offered to seniors and their accessibility. As your councilman, I will be dedicated to passing legislation that will help seniors better navigate programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and city-wide services.

Support Our Veterans

We thank our veterans for the great service they have given to our country. They have served boldly and bravely. I have been dedicated to assisting our veterans through my work with the United Veterans Services Foundation and the honorable Samuel Mantilla. Together we have raised benefit awareness campaigns and assisted with disability claims, GI education assistance, employment readiness, homeless services, and funeral arrangements. While in office we will continue to support these valued organizations and alike.

Ease Traffic and Congestion

Our streets are the product of several poor decisions made by transit officials. Traffic has been exasperated by improper bike lanes, the elimination of parking, ridiculous speed limits, and inappropriate cameras. The first step in fixing traffic is to elect someone who actually uses our neighborhood streets each and every day. Upon election, to the City Council, I will introduce legislation targeting the disastrous traffic on major thoroughfares such as Queens Boulevard. I invite people to send their opinions on this ever-developing matter.

Build Capable Civil Servants

The City Council has voted to move the jurisdiction of Rikers Island from the Department of Corrections to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, essentially closing the facility. I believe that this was a great mistake. The only option that has been proposed by the out-of-touch City Council is to place jails in our neighborhoods. I ask those who are opposed to keeping the Rikers Island facility open…how would you like to place the next community jail in your neighborhood? This is the only place that is left to put them. When elected to the City Council, I will fight my hardest for the reversal of the Borough Based Community Jail Plan.