COVID-19 has hurt our community in so many ways. The pandemic has brought loss and hardship to everyone. It also created an economic recession that will dramatically harm our municipal budget. But we must not govern from a deficit mindset. I am dedicated to implementing policies and legislation that focus on recovery, equity, and growth!
Demand New Investment in Rochester
Rochester must raise new revenues from organizations and institutions that are well-resourced, rely on our city, and do not invest enough in our municipal budget.
Cities across the country have created Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTs) to facilitate investment from non-profit universities and hospitals. I will lead the effort to pursue PILOTs in Rochester.
Foster Equitable Development in the Marijuana Industry
New York State has committed to legalizing recreational marijuana soon. We must ensure that this new industry opens up opportunities for entrepreneurship and livable wage careers for individuals who have previously been marginalized and harmed by the war on drugs. I propose to do this effectively by creating a public, private and non-profit partners to create the first of its kind Marijuana Industry Incubator, which will train for the countless opportunities to come.
Generate Growth Through the ROC2034 Comprehensive Plan
The ROC2034 plan can be transformational; it intentionally moves our city from assuming decline to generating growth. I am proud of the role I played in shaping this plan, and vow to work to make it come to life through City Council legislation. We must grow our city by implementing proposals like Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Placemaking Plans.
In addition to these issues, I will always be responsive to emerging needs and the voice of constituents.
That is why I worked hard in my first term to help create citizen-led policy committees on the topics of food justice and active transportation.