Instructions: Gothamist plans to interview all candidates for citywide office in 2013.

This survey will give us and our readers an overview of each candidate’s positions on issues of particular import to our audience of young New York voters. For each question, please give a a short response outlining your candidate’s position. You may include a link to longer position statements at the bottom of each response, which we will include when we publish the piece. If you do not wish to answer any question, please specify “no comment”. If you have any questions, please contact us. Candidate Overview 1. Why should young people in NYC vote for you instead of the other candidates? Young people stay and move here to enjoy the endless opportunities that only New York City can offer. But with a high unemployment rate, lack of affordable housing, and a transit system that’s falling behind, many young people are wondering if they can still make it here. Too many politicians, including my opponents, aren’t paying attention. They have become indebted to special interests and thus cannot make decisions based on good data or in the best interests of New Yorkers. That puts everything that young people love about our city at risk. As a former teacher, I want to revolutionize our public schools so that students have a world-class education from the day they’re born to the day they graduate college. As a candidate with 15 years of experience in the private sector, I want to make New York City a mecca for young entrepreneurs. That means providing space to grow, a skilled workforce, and a thriving street life with expanded public space, bike lanes, and rapid transit options. And as an independent Democrat, I want to represent everyone fairly, no matter where they come from, who they love, or what language they speak. 2. How would you distinguish your future administration from the present one run by Mayor Bloomberg? Mayor Bloomberg’s undemocratic third term has been a disaster. From demonizing teachers and workers to ignoring community input to leaving hurricane victims to fend for themselves, he has proven incapable of relating to regular New Yorkers. As an immigrant raised in Brooklyn and a former public school teacher, I’m made from a different mold. An Albanese administration would leave no neighborhood and no borough behind. I will take a collaborative approach to reforming our schools. I would consult communities from the very beginning when undertaking major developments and redesigning streets. I would give small business owners the room they need to grow and hire their neighbors. And I would advance the positive aspects of the Bloomberg administration – political independence, waterfront development, and public health initiatives – by uniting New Yorkers behind a common vision: a safer, smarter, and fairer city. Personal Questions 1. Do you rent or own your home? Will you move to Gracie Mansion if you win? I own my home in Brooklyn. I would consider moving to Gracie Mansion out of respect for my neighbors, working and middle class folks who haven’t asked for the hassles that come with having a Mayor next door. 2. Do you have a pet? I had pets for 24 years, two dogs named Princess and Joey. But I currently do not have any pets. 3. If you have children, do/did they attend public schools? I have two daughters who attended public and parochial schools. They are now young adults starting their own lives in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Both are public school teachers. 4. Have you ever been the victim of a crime?

I had property stolen out of my garage once and scared away a man who attempted to break in to my house. But I’m fortunate not to have been the victim of a more serious crime. Safety 1. What changes would you like to see in the NYPD's stop and frisk policies? We live in the United States of America, and our constitution clearly states that no one should be subjected to a stop without probable cause. Being stopped is a dehumanizing experience, and nobody should go through it unless absolutely necessary. The current program is driven by quotas instead of quality stops. This has created tension between police and communities that isn’t helpful to either. Stop and frisk is a legal tool that has been valuable in reducing gun violence. Unlike my opponents, I have a clear plan for reforming it: ● Strengthen police academy training so new cadets are properly trained to understand what constitutes a legal stop. ● Implement an in-service training program that continuously tests and trains officers on the constitutionality of stops. ● Hire 3,800 new officers to address the reduction in patrol in many neighborhoods. Putting more police on patrol allows us to address local crime concerns and build trust with community members. That trust is essential. 2. Would you replace Ray Kelly as police commissioner? As someone who has worked in the private sector, I think it’s irresponsible to make declarations about personnel, including commissioners of any department, without proper due diligence and screening. As such, I will not be making decisions about any commissioners until elected. 3. Do you support the decriminalization or legalization of marijuana in New York City? I fully support the taxation, regulation, and legalization of marijuana. The current system unnecessarily criminalizes New Yorkers, especially young men of color, and creates a public record that makes it extremely difficult for them to become gainfully employed and responsible citizens. It also wastes billions of dollars police resources that could be better used to resolve more pressing issues. Taxing marijuana would raise billions of dollars in new revenue to invest in schools and public safety, and regulating it would put black market dealers out of business.

4. Do you support an independent inspector general for the NYPD? The inspector general concept is a red herring. An inspector general appointed by the Mayor is no more independent than a police commissioner appointed by the Mayor. The New York City Council, on which most of my opponents have recently served, has subpoena power and oversight responsibilities. They just haven’t had the courage to use it. 5. Would you change the way the NYPD handles protests in the city, including the present "free speech zones"? Americans have the right to free assembly in public space, plain and simple. Occupy Wall Street, for example, was a legitimate outcry from those that have been ignored by the political class and whose voices have been drown out of the political process by big money. As long as protests are non-violent and do not pose safety concerns to non-participants, I see no reason to restrict them. I do believe that the NYPD has the authority to carefully limit some events to protect the security and rights of all New Yorkers, protesters and bystanders alike. 6. Do you favor an increase in funding for the Accident Investigation Squad, and directing AIS to investigate all accidents, which include a serious injury (rather than just deaths)? Over the past decade, more New Yorkers have been killed in vehicle crashes than by guns. Vehicular deaths are one of the great, invisible public health crises facing New York. Directing AIS to investigate all serious accidents is just a start. We need to design safer streets and bolster

enforcement of speeding laws, which have long been flaunted, resulting in the senseless deaths of many New Yorkers. 7. Should people be allowed to drink alcohol on their own stoops? What about in public parks? People should be allowed to drink on their own private stoops. Buildings with shared entrances are an exception, since all residents should be able to enter their homes without having to ask permission from their neighbors. I view drinking in public parks similarly. Parks should be a place where all New Yorkers, especially kids, can take break from the pace of the city and enjoy themselves without having to compete with adults who may abuse drinking in parks. Transportation, Bikes and Bike Lanes 1. How often do you ride a bike? I am not a frequent bike rider, but I am a big believer in expanding shared and protected bike lanes. Anything that gets people out of their cars helps create a healthier, safer, and fairer city. 2. How will you change Mayor Bloomberg's bike lane policy? The city’s commitment to bike lanes should be applauded, but it has had a poor messenger in Mayor Bloomberg. His inability to relate to regular New Yorkers has created backlash against bike lanes that is unprecedented in other American cities. I would expand protected and shared bike lanes by involving communities in their design and placement from the very beginning. 3. How often do you ride NYC subways and buses? Unlike Mayor Bloomberg, I actually own and use my MetroCard! I take the train about once a week, but the pace of a mayoral campaign requires that I drive most of the time. Despite being a driver, I am a big believer in mass transit and am proud to be the first and only candidate with a comprehensive plan to improve our transportation system. 4. Should livery cabs be allowed to pick up street hails in the outer boroughs? Of course! The vast majority of New Yorkers do not live in Manhattan and places outside of Manhattan are increasingly becoming centers of economic activity. There is no good reason that they should not have access to the multitude of transit options that Manhattan residents enjoy. Unfortunately, some of my opponents, like Bill de Blasio, have taken contributions from the yellow cab industry and stood in the way of this expansion. 5. Do you support congestion pricing? I’m the only candidate in this race calling for common sense changes to tolls in the city. In February, I unveiled my fair tolling plan, a system that is more sophisticated and fairer than congestion pricing. I believe it should cost less to drive in areas where mass transit and congestion are limited and should cost more in areas where transit options are plentiful and congestion is a major concern. My plan calls for lowering the tolls on bridges that connect Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Bronx while adding smart tolling systems to the East River bridges. This would raise $1 billion for the city, better direct commercial traffic, reduce congestion, and ensure that every borough gets a fair shake. 6. Should the new Staten Island ferries be required to have outdoor decks? I’m concerned about the safety of outdoor decks, but they are also an important part of enjoying the water. My top ferry priority at this point is increasing service to areas that need it, like the south shore of Staten Island and the Rockaways. 7. Do you favor adding platform gates on New York City subways? I am open to adding gates where it is financially feasible, such as on the L line. However, the MTA estimates that adding gates systemwide could cost upwards of $1 billion dollars. I would rather use that money to install communications-based train control and track sensors that would make trains on all lines safer. Health

1. Will you change or repeal any of the following Bloomberg administration policies? a) Salt ban – Currently, there is no ban on salt. I applaud the city’s work to encourage companies to reduce sodium in their products and to better inform New Yorkers of food’s nutritional value. b) Soda size limits – I have a Master’s in Health Science from NYU and taught health in our public schools. So, like health experts around the country, I support portion control in theory. I think the Bloomberg administration’s approach is flawed and treats certain small businesses unfairly. If we really want to impact obesity, the city should focus on expanding, instead of cutting, in-school and after-school fitness programs. c) Smoking in public parks On a beautiful day, New York City’s parks get crowded enough that second-hand smoke could easily affect our fellow park-goers. As we’ve known for years, second-hand smoke kills thousands of Americans every year. So I support the ban and would maintain it. d) Restaurant letter grades Giving consumers more information empowers them to make the healthiest choices. However, the current letter grade system has been abused to raise revenue for the city on the backs of small business owners. Every one of them that I’ve spoken to understands the value of the grades but shudders at the absurd payments they have had to make to earn an A. Letter grades should be a mark of exceptional businesses, not a way to shake down business owners who already operate on a thin profit margin. e) Styrofoam ban I’m a big supporter of the styrofoam ban. New York lags behind other American cities in reducing and properly managing the huge amounts of waste it produces. Banning styrofoam and other environmentally destructive packaging is a smart policy that saves us all in the long run. We should embrace it and work toward a zero waste future. Disaster Preparedness 1. Should residents be allowed to rebuild their homes in flood-prone areas like The Rockaways? New York is a city of islands, so retreating from the waterfront is a shortsighted and short-term fix. I believe that we need to take a neighborhood-by-neighborhood approach. The residents, after all, know better than anyone the costs associated with staying put. Already, voluntary buy out programs are in high demand in neighborhoods like Oakwood Beach in Staten Island, where more than 140 residents have chosen to relocate after years of fighting flood waters to no avail. In other communities, like Red Hook, Coney Island, and parts of Rockaway, Sandy represented the first major flooding in memory. In these areas, we must rebuild in a way that protects citizens and the city from the incredible damage and massive costs that another storm could bring. Higher homes, flood-resistant materials, and natural and man-made flood barriers should be at the center of those efforts. I’ve also called for a federal/state/city partnership to provide a $10,000 annual flood insurance subsidies to homeowners until the city finishes resiliency efforts. 2. What specific measures should the City take to prevent widespread destruction from Sandylevel storms? There can be no doubt that storms of equal or greater strength will hit the city more frequently in the years ahead, so all options should be on the table. I will implement a 100-year infrastructure plan, coordinated by a Deputy Mayor for Infrastructure who will work with communities and coordinate agencies in a creative rebuilding process. We will restore natural barriers in neighborhoods like Midland Beach, construct sea walls to protect much of our coast, and build rock jetties in place like Rockaway, On land, homes and businesses will be elevated. Mass transit entrances will be raised and floodgates installed to protect our trains and tracks from being forced offline every year. Major redundancies will be put into place to protect power stations and waste facilities. And we will craft an evacuation plan that accounts for medical patients, public housing residents, disabled New Yorkers, and seniors to prevent the tragic conditions endured postSandy.

Development 1. Do you support a ban or limit on chain stores in New York City? Life in New York City is unique because of the entrepreneurs that took a risk and opened small stores and restaurants that have become cornerstones of so many neighborhoods. They hire their neighbors and provide stability in a city that is battling high unemployment and undergoing rapid changes. But an all-out ban on chain stores ignores the reality that, in many neighborhoods, a “formula business” or franchise can be a welcome improvement to blighted avenues with empty storefronts and no jobs. 2. Do you support Walmart building stores in the City? No. Wal-Mart has proven itself too willing to lead a race to the bottom when it comes to labor rights, wages, and providing quality goods. 3. Do you support NYCHA's recently announced plans to build market rate apartments on public housing parking lots and playgrounds? As the only candidate not accepting money from developers, I absolutely oppose the NYCHA plan. It’s an underhanded effort to private public housing and drive low-income people out of the city. 4. Do you support tax breaks to keep corporations in NYC? What about for movies being filmed in NYC? The tax credit for filming has proven to be a major boon for business across the economic spectrum and should be preserved. Other corporate tax abatements, however, should only be targeted to those that create good-paying jobs and valuable services to New Yorkers. They must also have aggressive clawback provisions to ensure that no one can benefit from taxpayer support without fulfilling the promises they make to the city. 5. Do you support the "public-private" model of park development used under the Bloomberg administration? Private funding has proven effective not just here, but in cities around the world. I would encourage private funders, however, to contribute to the city’s fund for public parks, rather than targeting contributions solely to well-funded parks in wealthy neighborhoods. Every community deserves access to high-quality green space. While private funding will be important, I will also explore how we can expand funding for parks in the city budget. 6. How would you modify the Bloomberg administration's waterfront development policy? Waterfront development is one of the few areas where I applaud the Mayor’s work. He has helped reconnect New Yorkers to our waterways after decades of neglect. Education 1. How can the city reduce the number of teachers in "rubber rooms"? As a former teacher, I know firsthand how and why so many teachers fail. First and foremost, we need to implement an aggressive teacher recruitment, training, and support program. I am calling for a student teaching experience equal to those undertaken by medical professionals. Once welltrained teachers are in the classroom, they deserve innovative feedback and professional development to help them hone their craft. Some people simply are not cut out for the job, but our demonization of and lack of support for teachers as a whole has allowed many of these underqualified individuals to remain in the system long after they should have left. 2. Would you continue to allow schools to distribute "morning after pills" without parental consent? Yes. Recognizing reproductive rights in our schools has been effective in helping reduce teen pregnancy and keeping our students on a path to professional success and, when the time is right, to starting a healthy family of their own.

3. How would you change the present administration's Charter School policies? Charter schools are a fine way to experiment with new ideas, but they are no replacement for high-quality public schools in every neighborhood. To focus on charters is to tinker around the margins. To truly impact New York’s 1 million students, we need to revolutionize our public schools. I will create the city’s first public pediatric wellness centers, which would provide parents in low-income communities the support of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals. These centers would help children from six weeks to 4 years old develop the learning skills necessary to enter pre-K programs and Kindergarten ready to learn. Miscellaneous 1. Do you support or oppose term limits for NYC politicians? As a City Council member, I was a key supporter of term limits, which were undemocratically scuttled in 2008 for political gain. I’m still a big believer in term limits and would never serve more than two terms as Mayor. 2. Should short-term vacation rental services like AirBnB be legalized in New York City? I’m open to it. Well-run, short-term rentals provide an important niche service for tourists and provide a boost for local businesses. But they must be properly regulated to ensure the safety of neighbors and customers alike.

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