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What are the top challenges facing Brooklyn right now? How will you use the limited power of the Brooklyn Borough Presidency to solve these problems?
This is a pivotal moment for Brooklyn. Yes, we have drawngreat interest and investment in recent years—but thereare still many who live here who haven’t beneﬁtted fromthat. I want to turn our popularity into prosperity for all.The O
ce of the Borough President can play a major rolein shaping Brooklyn’s future as a leader, advocate andorganizer. First, the o
ce can improve access togovernment resources to those who need them. Second, itmust be pro-active in its approach to wider policy andchallenges. For instance, growing the Brooklyn economy bypartnering with businesses that will look out for workingfamilies.Finally, I will use the o
ce to improve quality of lifethroughout the borough—including initiatives andlegislation to better health, public safety and ﬁnancialliteracy.
How would you distinguish your future administration from the present one run by BBP MartyMarkowitz?
Marty utilized the limited resources given to him to do agreat job. Once in o
ce, I look forward to learning fromhim and his people in order to continue that good workwith my sta