Putting Public Policy Experience to Work for District 4
Drawing on her background in public policy, as well as her time as an NYC public school teacher and a diplomat representing the U.S. overseas, Vanessa believes that to achieve lasting, positive change in the community elected officials must:
- Include all relevant stakeholders in the process.
- Analyze both the benefits and the costs in policy discussions.
- Identify resources for new ideas.
With this in mind, Vanessa drafted a policy memo outlining solutions to 18 issues (10 specific to the 4th District and 8 city-wide) for 2018. The selected issues and their prioritization were informed by conversations with hundreds of District 4 residents regarding their concerns about the community.
District 4 Issues
Affordable Housing (video)
Vacant Storefronts (video)
L Line Shutdown (video)
Trump Tower Security Costs
Bike Lanes (video)
Tour Busses at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (video)
Brookdale Sanitation Garage (video)
East Side Coast Resiliency Plan
Pedestrian Ramps (video)
MTA Infrastructure and Inaccessibility (video)
Special Education Services Deficit (video)
Residential Recycling and Composting
Immigrant New Yorkers
Supporting Seniors (video)
Big Money in Politics
Access to Reproductive Health Care (video)
Plan for Stuyvesant Town & Peter Cooper Villiage
Vanessa also released a policy plan specifically for Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village in which she presents nine policy actions she will take as City Council Member to advance the way of life and protect the rights of residents of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, including defending tenants’ rights, ensuring affordable housing options, uniting STPCV into one school district, and protecting senior citizens.