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U.S. POSTAGE PAID Albany, New York Permit No. 75
1365 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10021 The office is located between 73rd and 74th Streets on the ground level
Tel: 212-860-4906 • Fax: 917-432-2983 • Email: KellnerM@assembly.state.ny.us
Dear Neighbor, One of the most important things I do is listen and learn from you. Because I am unable to meet personally with everyone in my district, I value the opportunity to hear from you in this survey. I want to know what you are concerned about, what I should be advocating for in Albany when we start a new legislative session this January and how you think I am doing responding to you. Please fill out as much of this survey as you would like. Once you are done, this survey is designed to be easily mailed back to me (just remember to put a stamp on it), or drop it off at our new office at 1365 First Avenue, between 73rd and 74th Streets. It is always great to hear from you and thank you for your valuable input. Sincerely, Micah Z. Kellner Assembly Member P.S. You can get regular updates from me by including your email address on this survey.
Responsiveness of My Office
Have you ever contacted my office? Did you find us responsive to your issue or request? Do you have a good idea of what services and assistance my office provides? How do you think my office and I could better serve you? _____________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ Yes Have you ever contacted your other elected officials? Yes Overall, were they responsive to your issue or request? Which offices did you contact?___________________________________________________________ Have you ever called 311? Did you find 311 helpful in resolving your issue? Have you ever attended a local Community Board 8 meeting? If yes, did you think the meeting was worthwhile? If yes, what issue(s) brought you to a Community Board meeting? _____________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No Somewhat Somewhat
Somewhat What’s that? Somewhat
Impact of the Economy on You and Your Family
In the past 6 months have you: Lost a job? Known someone who has lost a job? Had your paycheck reduced? Had your hours at work reduced? Had difficulty paying your rent, mortgage or carrying charges? Had difficulty affording basic necessities like groceries? Lost employer provided health care? Had difficulty affording needed medical care? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No
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Impact of the Economy on You and Your Family (continued)
In the past 6 months have you: Had to postpone needed medical care? Had to cut back on something you enjoy, like eating out or going to the movies? Had to reduce the amount of money you are setting aside for something important, like retirement or your kids’ college education? Had to spend money you were saving for something important, like retirement or your kids’ college education? Had to postpone your retirement? Not Confident How confident are you in New York City’s financial condition? How confident are you in New York State’s financial condition? How confident are you in the Federal Government’s financial condition? 1 1 1 2 2 2 Somewhat 3 3 3 4 4 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
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Since the beginning of the economic recession three years ago, have you had to seek any government assistance such as Yes No Not Sure unemployment, Medicaid, or food stamps? Is anyone in your household looking for a job? How responsible are Wall Street banks for the recession? How responsible is the government for the recession? Do you support the Occupy Wall Street movement? Yes Very Very Yes No Somewhat Somewhat No Not Sure A Little A Little Not Sure Not At All Not At All
If yes, why do you support the Occupy Wall Street movement? ________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The State Budget
What is more important, cutting taxes for millionaires or maintaining the current tax rate on millionaires to help close the State’s budget deficit? _______________________________________________________________________________________________ What is more important, protecting programs like Medicare to help the elderly and disabled or cutting programs like Medicare to help close the Federal budget deficit?_____________________________________________________________________________ What is more important, protecting programs like Medicaid or cutting programs like Medicaid to help close the State budget deficit? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ What is more important, protecting programs like Social Security to help retirees or cutting programs like Social Security to help close the Federal budget deficit? ________________________________________________________________________________ With the State facing an estimated $3.5 billion budget deficit, do you support any of the following sources of new revenue or service cuts to help close the deficit. Potential New Revenue Sources Legalize gambling throughout New York State Permit the controversial drilling of natural gas, known as hydrofracking, which could increase state revenue and create jobs Maintain the current tax level on millionaires, which expires at the end of 2011 Potential Budget Cuts Reduce subsidies to the MTA Reduce Medicaid services Decrease aid to New York City from the State Decrease education funding Overhaul pension system for new government workers 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5
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If services have to be reduced and/or programs cut which do you think should be cut? _____________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Access to Education
If you have children, do they go to public school or private school?
What were the factors in your decisions? _________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Did you have your child tested for the gifted and talented program? Yes No Continued on next page
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Access to Education (continued)
If your child attends public school or you are considering public school, please tell us how concerned you are about the following issues: Not Concerned Access to Pre-K Elementary school wait lists Middle school options High school options Overcrowded classrooms Shortage of classroom supplies Teacher retention at your child’s school Pressure on PTA to support the school budget Safety in schools Bullying in schools and online 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 Somewhat 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 Yes Yes 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 No No Extremely Concerned 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 Not Sure Somewhat
Do you think recent cuts to the school budget have impacted your child’s education? Has the economic downturn affected your family’s educational choices?
If yes, tell us how? ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Higher and Continuing Education
How important is it for the government to provide families like yours with access to new sources of financial aid to help pay for higher education? Have you considered or pursued returning to school for additional training to enhance your career? Have you considered or pursued returning to school to train for a new career? Has the recession made it less likely that a family member will be able to afford higher education (college or graduate school)? Very Yes Yes Yes Somewhat No No No Townhouse Not Sure Rental Not at All
Do you live in a: If you rent, do you live in a rent stabilized or subsidized apartment?
If you live in a rent-stabilized or subsidized apartment would you say your rent is too high, lower than you think is fair, or about right? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ If you do not live in a rent stabilized or subsidized apartment would you say your rent is too high, lower than you expected, or about right? _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Yes No Not Sure Is your home big enough for the size of your family? Does the owner/management company maintain your building and respond to your needs? If you pay property taxes, do you think they are: Yes No Not Sure Too low Just right Too high
If yes, is it:
Do you and your family have health insurance? A. Employer provided B. Privately purchased C. Medicare D. Medicaid
E. Other, please describe: _______ Very Somewhat Not at All
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ How satisfied are you with your health care coverage?
No Do you feel safe in your neighborhood? If you have ever contacted the police department, were you satisfied with their response? If you have ever contacted the fire department, were you satisfied with their response? Do you feel prepared for potential hurricanes? Are you aware of emergency evacuation zones? 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 Somewhat 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 Extremely 5 5 5 5 5
What would you say is the most significant public safety issue facing your neighborhood? _____________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ What would you say is the most significant public safety issue facing New York City? _______________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
As your local Assembly Member, working to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods is very important to me. I want to know how you feel about our community and what you think I should be working on. Please let me know which neighborhood concerns are important to you: Overcrowding of the 4/5/6 subway line Stopping the East 91st Street Waste Transfer Station Bicycle deliverymen riding illegally Nightlife’s impact on the neighborhood Please let me know which issues are priorities for you: Creation of new schools Mitigating the adverse impact of the 2nd Avenue Subway construction Access to the East River Esplanade Taking measures to improve air quality Improving the cleanliness of our streets Roads being in good repair Improving Bus Service Decreasing the amount of bike lanes Increasing the amount of bike lanes Not Important 1 1 1 1
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Would you support a City program creating a new neighborhood parking system that would require drivers to pay for a residential parking permit to allow them to park their cars on New York City streets? Yes I’d consider it No No opinion Would you support charging out-of-state drivers to park overnight on New York City streets and use the proceeds to support mass Yes I’d consider it No No opinion transit?
And Finally, Tell Me About Yourself!
Name: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Email address: _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Age: ________ Number of people in your household: ___________________________________________________________ Master’s Degree Doctorate Professional Degree What’s your education level (please circle): High School Associate’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree
What’s your profession? _______________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ How long have you lived in your neighborhood? ____________________________________________________________________ Do you see yourself ever moving out of New York City? A) Within 1 year B) Within 5 years C) Within 10 years D) Maybe when I retire E) Never
Is There Anything Else You Would Like To Share?
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Office of Assembly Member Micah Z. Kellner 1365 First Avenue New York, NY 10021
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