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NY State Assembly District 79

«NY State Assembly District 77 NY State Assembly District 45»

Overview

 

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Michael Blake

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George Alvarez (D)

Michael Blake (D)

Lanita Jones (D)

Marsha Michael (D)

Frederick Ricks (D) 

Raul Rodriguez (D)

 

Alvarez (D)

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George Alvarez (D)


Campaign Website
Facebook
Twitter - Campaign

 

On the Issues

Endorsements

Currently: CEO, Apple Consultants; Member, Coalition for a New Future in the Bronx

Previous Work: Vice-President, Democrats in the Heights; Systems Analyst, Liz Claiborne; IT System Architect, Wyckoff

Education: BA; MA


On the Issues

*Source for George Alvarez's issue stances, unless marked otherwise: Gotham Gazette Questionnaire

Top 5 Legislative Priorities↓


In his own words:
1. Advocate for more affordable housing and uphold tenants' rights.
2. Bring more economic relief to my constituents and enhance job creation in our borough.
3. Address the many public safety concerns of my constituents and tackle the high crime rate and violence in the Bronx.
4. Improve and strive to resolve the legal issues afflicting our undocumented constituents who account for a large, important and yet often forgotten portion of our community.
5. Knowing the importance education has had in my life, I will introduce and support legislation which would enable our children to attend and stay in school all the way from pre-school up to their college graduation.

Budget↓


In addressing how to utilize NYS' multibillion dollar surplus, stated: "We should give that money back to the tax payers in the form of services by investing it into our struggling schools, decaying infrastructure, and more housing development."

Civil Rights↓


Would vote yes on the full, ten-point Women's Equality Agenda.
Opposes the strategy of removing the 10th point in the WEA, which deals with abortion access, in order to push for passage of the other 9 points with less controversy.

Economy↓


Supports a statewide minimum wage at $13.
Stated that municipalities such as NYC should be able to set their own minimum wage, "as long as the minimum wages does not go below the state or federal minimum wage."
In addressing developing a NYS jobs program, stated: "I would like to see the creation of an apprenticeship program where we help the unemployed acquire new skills by actually being at the place of work and learning from the people performing such jobs. This way the apprentice will get first hand experience and hands on training, and also we would be providing intensives for employers to participate."

Education↓


Supports implementing Common Core state standards with changes.
Supports raising the cap on charter schools.
Stated that government should pay for location of charter schools in private space.
Supports statewide universal pre-kindergarten.
In addressing how the legislature can ensure that adequate funding is distributed to all school districts to comply with the Campaign for Fiscal Equity decisions, stated: "We should ensure that each schools receives sufficient funds for the school year proportionate to the school's costs of running. We should not have school fail due to lack of funding. If elected I will ensure that enough funds are appropriated for our school."

Environment↓


Opposes hydrofracking in NYS.
Stated that municipalities should not decide, via zoning processes, whether hydrofracking occurs in their jurisdiction.

Good Government↓


Opposes reducing individual campaign contribution limits.
Opposes instituting a public-matching campaign-financing system statewide.
Stated that Governor Cuomo should have dissolved the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption.
Supports implementing the following reform measures to increase voter participation and reduce barriers to voting:

  • Same day voter registration,
  • Early voting,
  • Reforming special elections,
  • Instant runoff voting,
  • Consolidating state and federal primaries.

In addressing how to properly monitor and enforce ethics laws and appropriate conduct of legislators, stated: "As elected officials, there is a code of conduct they most follow. I believe we have an obligation to our constituents to investigate every legitimate claim of misconduct. Should an investigation find fault then the accused should have legal charges brought on to the offender and he or she should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
In addressing legislative oversight of public authorities such as the MTA and Port Authority, stated: "A good way to start would be to oversee who gets appointed to run the these institutions and also ensure to approach their budgets responsibly."


Health↓


In addressing challenges with the NYS Health Exchange rollout and the high cost of Medicare, stated: "The biggest challenge in my opinion is to get more people enrolled, young people in particular. The system is designed in a way that can only succeed if a large number of people composed of a large number of young and healthy people make up for those receiving care. Therefore, the most immediate concern should be finding ways to boost enrollment."

Housing and Development↓


Supports mandatory inclusionary zoning at the 40-30-30 ratio.
Opposes reforming the Scaffold Law from absolute liability to comparative negligence.
Supports reforming the Urstadt Law.
In addressing the affordable housing needs in the state and city, stated: "We could start by boosting housing construction so as to reduce the high demand for housing and possibly slow down rate at which rents are increasing. Another way could be to reduce property taxes in exchange for rent reductions. We could also give more tax intensives to working families that have to spend a high percentage of their income on housing."
In addressing the rising cost of commercial rents and the loss of local retail businesses, stated: "One way to tackle the problem is by lowering property taxes, thus reducing landlords' need to keep on increasing the rent on their tenants. Another way would be to give a tax exemption to new businesses for their first year to ensure they prosper."

Immigration↓


Would vote yes on the DREAM Act.
Opposes non-citizen voting.
Supports drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants.

Infrastructure↓


Stated that the biggest infrastructure needs in the district are that: "There are far too many apartment buildings in disrepair in our community. I will strive to introduce legislation to ensure every residential building is inspected and brought to code."

Policing and Criminal Justice↓


Supports broken windows policing.
Supports the legalization of marijuana on;y for medicinal use.
In addressing whether there is a role for state government in overseeing the conduct of municipal police forces, stated: "I believe the state legislature has a constitutional role in these affairs. Should the local government prove inefficient in resolving matters of the sort, then the state legislature have the obligation to step in."

Transportation↓


In addressing road safety, and the appropriate approach to balancing the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers, stated: "First, we need to ensure that our roads are properly cared for. This means ensuring that in a timely fashion traffic lights are working, potholes fixed and lanes painted. Next would be to enforce traffic laws to discourage traffic violations."


Endorsements

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Individuals: 

 

Blake (D)

Michael Blake (D)


Campaign Website
Facebook
Twitter - Campaign

On the Issues

Endorsements:

Currently: Director of Public Policy and External Affairs, Green for All; Senior Advisor, Operation Hope

Previous Work: Senior Advisor, Reshma Saujani's 2013 Campaign for Public Advocate; Director, White House Outreach to Small Businesses; Director, White House Outreach to African-Americans

Education: BS, Northwestern University


On the Issues

Economy

Supports a statewide minimum wage at $15.

Stated that he "will push for full funding of nonprofit job training programs that are committed to a 100% gun ban and non-violence in our communities."

Good Government

Supports reducing individual campaign contribution limits. Citizens Union Questionnaire

Supports instituting a public-matching campaign-financing system statewide. Citizens Union Questionnaire

Supports reforming voting by instituting:  

  • Same day voter registration,
  • Early voting,
  • Reforming special elections,
  • Instant runoff voting,
  • Consolidating state and federal primaries. Citizens Union Questionnaire

Housing and Development

Stated that he "will demand immediate repairs to public housing."

Stated that he will "promote development projects that give renters access to supermarkets and transit."

Stated that he will "fight for a rent freeze."

Stated that "[d]evelopers should use local labor and include at least 20% minority - and women-owned contractors."


Endorsements

Organizations: New York Communities for Change; 1199SEIU; Amsterdam News; Community Voices Heard Power; Voices of Community Activists & Leaders Action Fund; Progressive Power Coalition; Tenants PAC; Citizens Union; NY Daily News

Individuals: Bobby Tolbert, VOCAL-NY Action Fund Board Member; Kristina Andreotta, NYC Campaigns Manager, Citizen Action of NY

 

Jones (D)

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Lanita Jones (D)

On the Issues

Endorsements

Currently: 

Previous Work: 

Education: 


On the Issues

*Research Ongoing

*Research ongoing


Endorsements

Organizations: 

Individuals:

 

Michael (D)

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Marsha Michael (D)

Campaign Website

Facebook

Twitter

On the Issues

Endorsements

Currently: Principal Law Clerk, New York State Supreme Court, Criminal Term

Previous Work: Clerk, Bronx County Supreme Court, Civil Term

Education: BA, Binghamton University; JD, Albany Law School 


On the Issues


*Source for Marsha Michael's issue stances, unless marked otherwise: Gotham Gazette Questionnaire

Top 5 Legislative Priorities↓


In her own words:
1. The renewal and strengthening of the State's rent regulation law when it comes up for reauthorization next year is a critical priority for New Yorkers from all walks of life.
2. It is essential to improve services and support programs for our seniors so they can live healthy and productive lives.
3. We must enhance economic opportunities for families throughout the Bronx with a special emphasis upon communities that have experienced persistently high rates of unemployment.
4. It is critical to invest in educational opportunities for New Yorkers of all ages so they can achieve the greatest possible success in today's competitive economy.
5. We must finally enact the New York State DREAM Act.

Budget↓


In addressing how to utilize NYS' multibillion dollar surplus, stated: "The reported budget surplus gives us an extraordinary opportunity to make a long overdue commitment to investing in the expansion of educational opportunities for all New Yorkers."

Civil Rights↓


Would vote yes on the full, ten-point Women's Equality Agenda.
In addressing the strategy of removing the 10th point in the WEA, which deals with abortion access, in order to push for passage of the other 9 points with less controversy, stated: "We should make every effort to ensure that WEA is enacted as a comprehensive piece of legislation that protects the full array of women's rights of all kinds."

Stated that she "will fight for strong laws to insure equal pay for equal work, to stop employment discrimination, to end sexual harassment and to protect domestic violence victims." Campaign website

Stated that she "will work to secure more funds for our senior centers and to protect and expand senior services." Campaign Website



Economy↓


In addressing what the dollar amount should be set as the statewide minimum wage, stated: "Clearly the minimum wage needs to be increased by a substantial amount. As a member of the state Assembly, I would meet with advocates and economists before making a commitment to support a specific amount."
Stated that municipalities such as NYS should be able to set their own minimum wage.
In addressing developing a NYS jobs program, stated: "The development of a jobs program would make an important difference in the lives of New Yorkers throughout our City and our State as a whole. Such a jobs-related initiative could be tied to the construction of new affordable housing - potentially by a Quality Affordable Housing Bond Act - that would create tens of thousands of jobs while addressing our housing crisis."

Education↓


Supports implementing Common Core state standards with changes.
In addressing caps on charter schools, stated: "I would like to hear more from the residents of the 79th Assembly District before making a commitment on this issue."
In addressing whether government should pay for location of charter schools in private space or for co-locations of charter schools in public school buildings, stated: "I look forward to reviewing these options and discussing them with local residents and educators before upon being elected to the New York State Assembly."
Supports statewide universal pre-kindergarten.
In addressing how the legislature can ensure that adequate funding is distributed to all school districts to comply with the Campaign for Fiscal Equity decisions, stated: "We should start by seeking to utilize the State's apparent budget surplus to invest in the educational needs of our children. Funding formulas must also be reformed so that New York will finally achieve full compliance with the terms of the CFE settlement."

Stated that she "will work to increase funds in the State budget for our schools and more after-school programs." Campaign website


Environment↓


Opposes hydrofracking in NYS.
Stated that municipalities should decide, via zoning processes, whether hydrofracking occurs in their jurisdiction.

Good Government↓


Supports reducing individual campaign contribution limits.
Supports instituting a public-matching campaign-financing systems statewide.
Stated that Governor Cuomo should not have dissolved the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption.
Supports implementing the following reform measures to increase voter participation and reduce barriers to voting:

  • Early voting,
  • No-excuse absentee ballots,
  • Reforming special elections,
  • Consolidating state and federal primaries.

In addressing how to properly monitor and enforce ethics laws and appropriate conduct of legislators, stated: "While the vast majority of state lawmakers are law abiding public servants - I look forward to working with legislative colleagues from both sides of the aisle to ensure that ethics rules achieve their stated goal of protecting the public trust."
In addressing legislative oversight of public authorities such as the MTA and Port Authority, stated: "As a member of the state Assembly, I would look forward to supporting legislation that ensures public transit riders, utility consumers and those who utilize important transportation links have representatives and advocates on the boards of these important entities."


Health↓


In addressing challenges with the NYS Health Exchange rollout and the high cost of Medicare, stated: "I am deeply concerned about the impact the recommendations of the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) have had on the healthcare services that are available to low income New Yorkers. The impact these cuts have had on the Health and Hospitals Corp. and other healthcare providers has been devastating and I look forward to joining efforts to reverse these dangerous policies."

Housing and Development↓


Supports mandatory inclusionary zoning at the 50-50 ratio.
Opposes reforming the Scaffold Law from absolute liability to comparative negligence.
Supports reforming the Urstadt Law.
In addressing the affordable housing needs in the state and city, stated: "I believe we need to look into the possibility of enacting a Quality Affordable Housing Bond Act that would support the construction of additional affordable housing. But while such a move is being considered we also need to renew and strengthen the existing rent regulation law and provide the funding needed to have an effective Tenant Protection Unit at the state level."
In addressing the rising cost of commercial rents and the loss of local retail businesses, stated: "I look forward to working with small business owners to craft legislation that would protect the economic viability if their businesses."

Stated that she will "act to extend rent regulations and increase access to truly affordable housing." Campaign website

Stated that she will "work to have long needed NYCHA repairs made without more delays." Campaign website



Immigration↓


Would vote yes on the DREAM Act.
In addressing non-citizen voting, stated: "I am open to considering the adoption of such a reform if it is proposed in the state Assembly."
Supports drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants.

Infrastructure↓


In addressing the biggest infrastructure needs in the district, stated: "I am particularly concerned with maximizing the investment in our schools to ensure that the overcrowding of our schools is eased and our children are provided with the best possible learning environment."

Policing and Criminal Justice↓


On broken windows policing, stated: "We need to fully consider a range of potential reforms of the so-called 'broken windows' strategy of policing and I look forward to being a part of that process."
On the legalization of marijuana, stated: "I am a strong supporter of decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana and would actively support such a policy as a member of the New York State Assembly."
In addressing whether there is a role for state government in overseeing the conduct of municipal police forces, stated: "l look forward to working closely with the residents of the 79th Assembly District as well as advocates and my legislative colleagues to develop a strategy that makes it possible for state government to play a constructive role on this issue."

Transportation↓


In addressing road safety, and the appropriate approach to balancing the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers, stated: "Mayor de Blasio's Visions Zero plan is an important initiative and I look forward to working with his administration to ensure that our City has the resources that are needed to make it a success."

 


Endorsements

Organizations: Hotel & Motel Trades Council (HTC), Bronx Democratic Committee, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU); Working Families Party; Teamsters Joint Council 16; Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC; DC37, AFSCME; NYSUT; Public Employee Federation (PEF); United Brotherhood of Carpenters; NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Empire State Pride Agenda

Individuals: Letitia James, NYC Public Advocate; Bronx County Democratic Party Chairman Carl Heastie; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; Bronx Deputy Borough President Aurelia Greene; Council Member Vanessa Gibson; 79th Assembly Male District Leader Tee Lawton

 

Ricks (D)

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Frederick Ricks (D)

Twitter

On the Issues

Endorsements

Currently: Comedian

Previous Work: 

Education: 


On the Issues

*Research Ongoing

*Research ongoing


Endorsements

Organizations: 

Individuals:

Rodriguez (D)

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Raul Rodriguez (D)

On the Issues

Endorsements

Currently: Member, DC37 Local 372; Parent Coordinator Fannie Lou Hammer Middle School

Previous Work: Parent Coordinator, Accion Academy; Account Executive, Cablevision

Education: 


On the Issues

Good Government

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Supports reducing individual campaign contribution limits. Citizens Union Questionnaire

Supports instituting a public-matching campaign-financing system statewide. Citizens Union Questionnaire

Supports reforming voting by instituting:

  • Same day voter registration,
  • Early voting,
  • Reforming special elections,
  • Instant runoff voting,
  • Consolidating state and federal primaries. Citizens Union Questionnaire

Endorsements

Organizations: 

Individuals:

 

 

Candidates' statements taken from their respective websites and press releases, unless otherwise noted.