Making Staten Island & Bay Ridge More Affordable
Every utility rate is going up and people are overburdened, opening their wallets far too often. It’s time for residents to have someone who has a seat at the table to navigate government and raise revenue without raising taxes. Staten Island and Bay Ridge residents should not continue to carry the financial burden of the rest of the city. We need to create low density, in context, opportunities for first time homebuyers and solve the issue of zombie properties across the district once and for all. We're going to give unions, civil servants, and veterans a piece of home ownership and the American dream.
Helping Small Businesses
The cost of doing business is increasing everyday. We need to ensure that agencies are kept in check so that mom and pop stores are able to survive and function. It’s getting too difficult for these places to open and flourish - we need to see an end to the rising rents and fees on small business expenses.
Brandon has built a career on understanding government and how to cut through the red tape that makes it so difficult. He has first hand experience cutting red tape through various administrations. Brandon will introduce legislation to streamline government so that our neighbors can continue to shop at the places they love.
Creating Opportunities for Families
It’s getting harder and harder for families to find access to the resources required for their kids to continue their education. We need to expand the Excelsior Scholarship and ensure college affordability for the next generation. And to keep people here in New York, we need to build jobs locally to ensure that we can continue to have thriving small businesses and financial opportunities on both sides of the bridge. Whatever their job, we will get them to work quicker.
Staten Island and Brooklyn can be leaders in energy moving forward. We can ensure that we are a leader in wind energy and natural gas programs not only in the state, but on the Eastern Seaboard. We need a leader who is ready to take bold action. We're going to activate our ports, create jobs, and clean up the environment.
We need to ensure that costs are going down, especially post COVID. We're going to wipe out erroneous co-pays to make everyday life more affordable, but also focus on the long term. We're going to ensure that all front line and essential workers get Line of Duty benefits. Firefighters, EMS, police officers, nurses, doctors, transit workers, grocery store employees, pharmacists and everyone on the front lines.
Life will look different, and we must ensure our buildings do not turn vacant like a scene from a zombie thriller. We must turn our unused spaces into new classroom seats, hotels, and middle class housing.