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Safeguarding Our Communities

Between 2015 and 2016, New York State’s Division of Criminal Justice Statistics recorded a 5.9% decrease in violent or property crime. 1 Despite this, crime remains a persistent concern for residents of our district. As your Congressman, I will work with law enforcement and local civic groups to address these concerns:
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Supporting Our Schools

Our schools are severely underfunded. Teachers on the front lines are overstretched. My mother, who has dedicated 40 years of her teaching career helping special education students achieve, has to scrounge through donated or recycled materials at a warehouse in Long Island City to have what she needs Read More

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Caring for Our Seniors

Social Security is at risk of collapse as congressional Republicans continue to backpedal on the promises of the New Deal, having proposed everything from implementing a means test and reducing benefits to increasing the full retirement age. While these measures might extend the life of the Social Security trust Read More

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A New Prescription for Healthcare

My family and I have experienced our fair share of health crises over the years. In 2001, my father was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure. As his condition deteriorated, I — a university student — was quickly thrust into the role of parent to my three youngest siblings. The cost of care forced my family onto public assistance. In 2005, my mother had a stroke from the strain of being the sole breadwinner Read More

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Protecting Our Environment

Climate change is here, and we are the chief cause. 7 We now find ourselves at a critical juncture in the history of our planet, which has seen more natural disasters in the first two decades of the 21st century than in any period in recent history. As seas continue to warm and rise, Long Island is being held hostage by a government chock-full of climate change deniers, who only do so at our peril. I want to ensure our region leads the nation in Read More

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Improving Our Infrastructure

If you’re wondering why our roads and bridges have fallen into disrepair, or why our trains and buses face service cuts despite the fact that tolls and fares have doubled and tripled, then you’re not alone. The reason why New York is unable to make necessary improvements or timely repairs despite increases in commuter fees is that debt servicing is taking up an increasing portion of our state and municipal budgets. Read More