1. "Corruption Control
Once labeled as half of the most dysfunctional legislature in the nation, the New York State Assembly remains crippled by leadership that blocks reforms while giving tax breaks and other favorable legislation and budget items to cronies and contributors who provide millions in campaign donations for these pay-to-play preferences. Worse yet, the Speaker continues to blatantly violate Section 74 of the Public Officers Law through employment and investments that are illegal under conflict of interest laws.
To fight this debilitating corruption as the Assembly representative of the 65th District, Maureen Koetz will:
-Assure enforcement of existing ethics and conflict of interest rules through establishment of a permanent, independent, and public investigatory commission with non-partisan and term-limited membership.
-Support creation of an independent budget review office on the model of the federal Congressional Budget Office and the City's Independent Budget Office
-Introduce and advocate legislation to reform pension entitlements for elected officials convicted of, or censured for, violations of the Public Officer Law
-Work to revise Assembly legislative procedures as recommended by the Brennan Center for Justice to secure the legislative due process to which all citizens of New York are entitled"
2. "Women's Equality
Since her first days of working as a teenager, and throughout a career that including many years as a working single Mom, Maureen Koetz knows what it means to be paid less than a man while also dealing with legal inequities and the indignities of sexual harassment. Nor can there be anything but a No Tolerance policy for sexual abuse and harassment of any kind, whether direct or suggested, verbal or physical, male or female in any workplace, but especially in Albany. Those who coverup for sexual perpetrators should be considered as aiding and abetting the underlying offenses.
To support Women's Equality as the Assembly representative of the 65th District, Maureen Koetz will:
-Advocate bipartisan passage of the Women's Equality Act
-Assure stringent enforcement of investigatory and ethics rules regarding allegations of sexual harassment by supporting the Cahill Plan for a dedicated division in the Attorney General Office for domestic violence and sexual harassment cases
-Introduce legislation to limit use of taxpayer funds to pay damages for sexual harassment, forcible touching, or other violations of law by legislative members and their staffs."
3. "Schools and Education
As one of the many New Yorkers who become the first in their family to graduate college and then law school, Maureen Koetz understands the role of education in giving every child a chance at fulfillment and success. New York must have schooling options and choices that deliver high-quality and committed instruction at all levels of learning in safe, well kept infrastructure.
To support Schools as the Assembly representative of the 65th District, Maureen Koetz will:
-Develop legislation to recoup and redirect revenues from ineligible or inappropriate 421-a property tax abatements to school construction and recapitalization
-Reform tort and construction liability laws that needlessly increase construction and insurance costs to sustain, repair, and build schools
Work to revamp or eliminate Common Core state standards
-Raise the cap on charter schools and continue co-location in available public school buildings
-Support statewide universal pre-kindergarten and reform of funding allocation formulas"
4. "Historic Preservation for Distinctive and Irreplaceable Lower Manhattan Assets
The Lower Manhattan Community has the longest, most diverse, and most unique history of all New York neighborhoods. That heritage traces from the first settlements on Governor's Island to the post-9/11 revitalization as Silicon Alley, supporting the expanding Technology, Advertising, Media, and Information (TAMI) industry at the same time more and more residents and families rediscover the built and natural infrastructure that makes Lower Manhattan the ideal community in which to live and work.
To support the Lower Manhattan economy, ecology, and habitat as the Assembly representative of the 65th District, Maureen Koetz will:
-Assure South Street Seaport Development that comports with its irreplaceable, low-scale historic character and value
-Evaluate repurposing of the Battery Park City Authority to support and sustain Lower Manhattan built and natural infrastructure assets
-Continue funding for Governor's Island Park
-Support adaptation programs such as NY Rising to protect valuable and vulnerable LoMa infrastructure assets
-Secure construction liability reforms that assure sustainable, resilient, and energy efficient infrastructure is available for LoMa businesses and residents"
5. "Sustainable and Resilient Lower Manhattan
Manhattan Island is a marvel of efficiency, sustainability, and resiliency that must meet newer and greater challenges in the 21st Century. These 21st Century needs and requirements can't be met with 19th century models for insider development and crony politics that sap resources and assets for the exclusive benefit of the billionaire classes.
To assure the sustainability and resiliency of Lower Manhattan, as the Assembly representative of the 65th District, Maureen Koetz will:
-Amend state law to require threshold energy efficiency requirements in developers' existing portfolios as a condition of new or additional construction
-Reform tort and construction liability laws to reduce construction and insurance costs to sustain, repair, and build infrastructure in Lower Manhattan
-Revamp or eliminate property tax abatements to private residential development
-Maximize sustainable development capacity at existing housing and other public realty assets
-Create natural capital inventories for all public realty assets to assure transparent sales, use, and transfer that support sustainable development
-Develop and assign natural capital credits to green infrastructure such as mass transit, clean energy production, and conserved use"