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NY State Assembly District 46

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Overview

 

Brook-Krasny

 Lilikakis

Alec Brook-Krasny (D, WF)

Stamatis Lilikakis (R)

 

Brook-Krasny (D, WF)

Brook-Krasny

Alec Brook-Krasny (D, WF)

Website-Official Assembly Member's Page
Facebook-Official Assembly Member's Page
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On the Issues

Endorsements:

Record in Office

Currently: NYS Assembly Member for the 46th District (2006-present)

Previous Work: Executive Director, Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations; Small business owner

Education: BS, Moscow Technological Institute; Institute for Not-for-Profit Management at Columbia University Graduate School of Business


On the Issues

*Source for Alec Brook-Krasny's issue stances: Gotham Gazette Questionnaire

Top 5 Legislative Priorities↓


In his own words:
1. Military and Veterans Services. I have crafted legislation that would provide that spouses who voluntarily separate from employment to accompany a spouse who is the subject of a military transfer shall be eligible for unemployment benefits. Additionally, I worked to implement the "Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act." The act sets a 6-percent participation goal in the awarding of state contracts to service-disabled veteran-owned businesses.
2. Substance Abuse. I introduced legislation to establish a community chemical dependence services expansion program. Which provides funding for local governmental units for the provision of new and expanded chemical dependency services. I also authored a bill to direct the Commissioner of the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse to create a public awareness and educational program on the dangers and costs of heroin use.
3. Education. I advocated to add an extra $1.1 billion to the Education Budget for full-time universal Pre-K and expanding after-school programs in New York City. I will continue to fight for a quality education for New Yorkers at all levels of their academic careers.
4. Expanding Public Transportation. I worked alongside my partners in government to finally restore the B37 bus in Bay Ridge and expand evening and weekend express bus service in Dyker Heights, Coney Island, and Seagate. I will continue to fight to expand the service route on the B37 to make public transportation work for the people of my district.
5. Helping those affected by Superstorm Sandy and working to prepare for potential future natural disasters. I fought for the passage of legislation that will help to streamline the recovery process and prioritize rebuilding efforts by authorizing New York City to grant partial abatement of taxes on real property that was seriously damaged during the storm and has since been rebuilt. Additionally I authored legislation that would require the Superintendent of Financial Services to prepare a report card containing information on how insurers licensed to write personal lines insurance or certain commercial lines insurance policies respond to an emergency or disaster.

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 $10.10.
Stated that municipalities such as NYC should be able to set their own minimum wage.

Education↓


Supports implementing Common Core state standards with changes.
Supports maintaining the cap on charter schools.
Stated that government should pay for both location of charter schools in private space and for co-locations of charter schools in public school buildings.
Supports statewide universal pre-kindergarten.

Environment↓


Opposes hydrofracking in NYS.
Stated that municipalities should not 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.
In addressing Governor Cuomo's dissolution of the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, stated: "I feel the Moreland Commission should have been dissolved and replaced by a completely neutral and impartial commission."
Supports implementing the following reform measures to increase voter participation and reduce barriers to voting:

  • Early voting,
  • Reforming special elections,
  • Consolidating state and federal primaries.


Housing and Development↓


Supports mandatory inclusionary zoning at the 50-30-20 ratio.
Supports reforming the Scaffold Law from absolute liability to comparative negligence.
Supports reforming the Urstadt Law.

Immigration↓


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

Policing and Criminal Justice↓


Opposes broken windows policing.
Supports the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes only.


Endorsements

Organizations: 1199SEIU

Individuals: 


Record in Office

NYS Assembly Committee Assignments: Vice-Chair, Majority Steering; Previous Chair, Task Force on New Americans; Member, Aging, Cities, Election Law, Governmental Employees, Housing and Social Services Committees; Member, Subcommittees on Mitchell-Lama and Outreach and Oversight of Senior Citizen Programs.

NYS Assembly Caucuses: 

Notes:

 

Lilikakis (R)

 

Lilikakis

Stamatis Lilikakis (R)

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On the Issues

Endorsements

Currently: Small Business Owner

Previous Work: 

Education: 


On the Issues

*Source for Stamatis Lilikakis' issue stances: Gotham Gazette Questionnaire

Top 4 Legislative Priorities↓

 

In his own words:

 

1. Changing our tax code to create a better business environment: Our community has the highest total tax burden in the nation along with an unemployment rate well above the national average. We face burdensome fees and tolls, and abusive fines to our business and homeowners. As our Assemblyman, I will fight to lower taxes for our district's seniors and tremendous number of middle and working class families. I will fight for a reduction in our community's onerous property taxes and always be a voice for the middle class in the NYS budget process. We need to keep families and young workers here in our community by not only relieving the tax burden on them, but creating a more welcoming tax code for the businesses that create jobs. We need to keep big employers in New York rather than watch them move to places like Texas and Florida, and we need to encourage entrepreneurship on the commercial avenues of our neighborhood. As Assemblyman, I will make these goals my priority everyday and guarantee that the middle class finally has a seat at the table in Albany.
2. Making sure victims of Super Storm Sandy finally get proper aid: Thousands of people in our district suffered from the destruction caused by Super Storm Sandy. While much has been rebuilt and progress has been made, it's still not good enough. We need an Assemblyman who will tackle inefficiency and confusion in government to make sure that people get the help they need in a timely and meaningful way. I'll be an advocate for every resident of Coney Island, Sea Gate and Brighton Beach. I'll make sure that we get all of the relief we still need two years after Sandy, and I'll be a leader in all storm preparation planning should a disaster like Sandy every strike again. I'll fight for Albany to create a rainy day fund in the NYS budget so future storm victims can relief immediately, not wait for action from Washington.
3. Reforming Common Core: As a father, I know how important our kids are not only to us but to the future of our community. They deserve a world-class education so that they can compete for the best jobs and succeed. I'll fight for maximum funding for our local grammar and high schools and for an affordable and quality education at CUNY and SUNY schools. We already have some of the best schools in New York City and new school buildings, but we have to make sure that the funding remains intact to keep us on the cutting edge. School construction and development never ends, especially in our world of ever changing technology. I will make sure that our kids always have access to state of the art education tools and technology, and I'll fight against any effort to apply a one size fits all curriculum in the form of Common Core. Teachers, principals, and parents need to work with students to provide them the education they need to thrive, not a bureaucrat in Albany. I'll fight for successful charter schools, funding for after school and arts programs, and as a father of two Bay Ridge public school students, I will always be closely involved in making sure our schools get all the support from government that they need to succeed.
4. Reforming Albany: It's a shame that the words scandal and corruption are synonymous with the New York Assembly. The abuse of young women in Albany was disgusting, the fact that it was covered up is unforgivable. Strict new rules should be in place, preventing politicians in power from abusing their young female interns.

 

 

Budget↓

 

In addressing how to utilize NYS' multibillion dollar surplus, stated: "It should be put into a rainy day fund."

 

 

Civil Rights↓

 

Would vote yes on the full, ten-point Women's Equality Agenda.

 

Supports 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 "what the market can bear."

 

Stated that municipalities such as NYC should not be able to set their own minimum wage.

 

In addressing developing a NYS jobs program, stated that NYS "should develop a jobs program where they incentivize small businesses to train people with skills they can use to gain employment."

 

 

Education↓

 

Opposes implementing the Common Core state standards.

 

Supports raising the cap on charter schools.

 

Stated that government should pay for co-locations of charter schools in public school buildings.

 

Supports statewide universal pre-kindergarten.

 

 

Environment↓

 

Supports hydrofracking in NYS.

 

Stated that municipalities should 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 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:

  • Consolidating state and federal primaries.

 

In addressing how to properly monitor and enforce ethics laws and appropriate conduct of legislators, stated: "Setting a commission isn't a bad idea, but there has to be a non-partisan commission who cannot be bullied by either party."

 

In addressing legislative oversight of public authorities such as the MTA and Port Authority, stated: "Have stricter oversight over their financials and treat them as a private business, because they're a monopoly there is a lot of waste in their organizations."

 

 

Health↓

 

In addressing challenges with the NYS Health Exchange rollout and the high cost of Medicare, stated: "Well the website was handled badly, but the bigger problems with healthcare is that insurance companies and bureaucrats are having more to do with healthcare decisions than doctors. When it comes to medicaid costs, I would support a more aggressive task force looking at fraud, waste, and abuse."

 

 

Housing and Development↓

 

Opposes mandatory inclusionary zoning.

 

Supports reforming the Urstadt Law.

 

In addressing the affordable housing needs in the state and city, stated: "Leave it up to the local zoning board."

 

In addressing the rising cost of commercial rents and the loss of local retail businesses, stated: "This is not a black and white issue, people invest in property to make a profit, but when the government are raising taxes they are cutting into profits causing them to raise rates."

 

 

Immigration↓

 

Would vote no on the DREAM Act.

 

Opposes non-citizen voting.

 

Opposes drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants.

 

 

Infrastructure↓

 

Stated that the biggest infrastructure needs in the district are: "The roads are falling apart and desperately need repair, we're seeing street collapses. I would work with other members of the state legislature to find monies for street repair, raise money privately if need be."

 

 

Policing and Criminal Justice↓

 

Supports broken windows policing.

 

Opposes the legalization of marijuana.

 

In addressing whether there is a role for state government in overseeing the conduct of municipal police forces, stated: "No, it should be left up to the community and municipalities."

 

 

Transportation↓

 

In addressing road safety, and the appropriate approach to balancing the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers, stated: "That's more the role of the city council than the State Assembly."

 


Endorsements

Organizations: Conservative Party

Individuals: Former State Senator David Storobin 

 

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