Some key policy goals:
Preserve Natural Areas and Our Coastline
Over twenty years ago, I helped to make Fort Totten into a city park and historic district. Our Council District has over 40 miles of waterfront; some of it is parkland, much of it is private – and in increasing danger from climate change, sea level rise and decades of degradation and pollution. In the last decade, a series of devastating storms has proven how vulnerable our communities are with houses destroyed and lives lost; this will almost certainly happen again, particularly if we are not proactive in protecting ourselves NOW. Throughout College Point, Whitestone, Bayside, Douglaston and Little Neck, sensitive parcels of private land need to be purchased by the city to protect them; other parcels, already owned by the city, need to be reclaimed and restored for both environmental protection and increased public access. The preservation and restoration of our waterfront will significantly protect and strengthen all of our northeast Queens neighborhoods; as your Council Member and land use / planning expert, I will oversee and promote this process from execution to completion.