How often do you ride a bike?
I ride regularly in the nice weather.
Do you support expanding or reducing the number of current bike lanes in Manhattan?
Before we invest more to expand the program or scale it back, we need a thorough study of what is working and what is not – in terms of safety to bikers and pedestrians, the amount of use and effects on traffic and small businesses, and how to proceed in a smart way that benefitsneighborhoods and our city.
Do you support congestion pricing?
Yes, it is important to reduce traffic congestion and promote better environmental alternatives. It should be combined with a real commitment and significant improvements to mass transit.
DevelopmentDo you support a ban or limit on chain stores in Manhattan, including Walmart?
Yes. These big box stores have been destructive to small businesses and neighborhoods and have set off a race to the bottom in terms of workers benefits and rights.
Do you support NYCHA's recently announced plans to build market rate apartments on publichousing parking lots and playgrounds?
No. First, it does not make sense to propose this luxury development in public housing projectswithout consulting and working with the residents. Second, luxury development with no affordablehousing on this land is ridiculous. And third, this simply appears to be a giveaway of public land and public benefits to wealthy developers. Any plan should have significant review and public input and not be rushed through in the remaining months of this Mayor’s term.
Do you support the "public-private" model of park development used under the Bloombergadministration?
There is no doubt that New Yorkers have benefitted from the financial assistance provided to our parks through “public-private” partnerships. You see it in the restoration of Central Park, theclean-up of Bryant Park and the creation the High Line. This has been particularly important inthese times of budget cuts. Parks must be for everyone, and it is unclear whether this model canalso sustain parks that do not have wealthy neighbors. We must continue these partnerships, but also restore funding and commitment to parks so all people in all neighborhoods can enjoy theimportant benefits of clean, safe and enjoyable parks.
How would your development policy differ from the one put forward by Scott Stringer? Inparticular, please comment on your position regarding:East Midtown Rezoning –
This rezoning plan is moving much too fast, with talk of buildings far toohigh with not nearly enough community input. While I support the concept of encouraging theupgrade of office space in this area, this plan must move forward on a timetable that serves thecommunity and all New Yorkers, not one that is guided by Mayor Bloomberg’s term of office. It isimportant that concerns about infrastructure, open space, sustainability and the preservation of landmarks be addressed and all the stakeholders be brought into the process before a plan isapproved.
Hudson Yards Redevelopment –
I support this project that will transform an under-utilized hole inthe ground into a thriving residential and commercial area. It will provide job opportunities and needed assistance for mass transit.
SPURA Redevelopment –
I support the plan and the process that has enabled the community tomove forward in a cooperative way on a development plan, now more than 40 years since