Catalina’s Plan

Fix the MTA

Reliable Subway & Bus Service

The decline of the MTA did not happen overnight. For more than 30 years, funding for the system (including funding for capital projects) has been cut at the state and city level. Ridership has increased, while maintenance spending has declined, directly impacting the MTA’s on-time performance and creating a legacy of lateness. The Authority is now almost completely reliant on fares, tolls, and revenue from taxes and fees earmarked for transit- while existing debt obligations balloon.

Working families in our community rely on public transportation to get to work, to get to school, to get around our city. The never-ending delays on trains and buses are costing us our livelihood. Short and long term solutions are needed in order to provide New Yorkers with the quality of service they deserve and have paid for over the decades:

  • The MTA must work to immediately decrease the existing times allotted for repairs to be made, and concentrate on repairs that affect on time ridership, rather than cosmetic upgrades.
  • The MTA, as it exists must be broken up into several agencies capable of managing smaller systems. Control over the City’s transit system (train and buses) must be handed over to New York City.
  • The existing debt must be restructured to facilitate free cash flow and allow for spending on repairs. 

A Healthy Community &
Medicare For All

Single Payer Health Care in NYS

The top health ailments in the 39th district continue to be heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and respiratory diseases, including flu and pneumonia. While mental health issues are not prioritized and often go untreated. Additionally, under the existing health care system there are thousands of healthcare organizations involved in the provision and payment of services- creating a confusing and expensive system, where the costs are passed down to the patient/consumer. In order to create a healthier district, we must:

  • Expand existing health programs to provide holistic community based services that truly address the underlying causes of physical and mental health afflictions of our community.
  • Establish a true Single Payer healthcare in New York state, where costs can be cut down significantly. Under this system a single government entity, and not private insurance companies, would pay medical bills. This system would be funded by taxes and not payroll deductions or disposable income.

Invest in Our
Public Schools

Smaller Classes Size, More School Seats

Schools in the the 39th Assembly District remain one of the most overcrowded in the city, affecting how the educational needs of our children are met. To truly provide our children with the resources they need and deserve, we must:

  • Prioritize capital funding to build new schools and permanently end the use of trailers.
  • Increase funding for Tech upgrades, STEM, arts and music programs at schools in our community.
  • Demand that the District receive all Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) money still due to our schools, providing much needed funding. Our schools are still owed $3.9 billion in CFE, most of which is owed to districts with high percentages of black and brown students like our own.

 


Support Our Immigrants &
Enact the Dream Act

The 39th Assembly district has one of the largest immigrant communities in New York City. Although New York state has made strides to support immigrants, the current political climate demands that more be done. We must enact stronger policies and laws that integrate immigrants and establish true sanctuary state policies that protect their rights:

  • Provide driver licenses for all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status.
  • Increase funding for the Office of New Americans and fully fund the immigrant Right to Counsel program for immigrants facing removal proceedings.
  • Ensure equitable access to college for immigrants, regardless of immigration status, by passing the DREAM Act and allowing undocumented students access to in-state financial Aid and the Governor’s Excelsior Scholarship.

Expand Affordable Housing &
Protect Tenants

While the affordability of housing in the 39th Assembly District continues to decrease, our community remains one of the top 10 most overcrowded communities in New York City. Higher rents, combined with insufficient income, often forces families in our community into overcrowded living conditions, creating health and safety risks, as well as negatively impacting cognitive and behavioral development of children. For many, overcrowding is also the step before homelessness. To combat this crisis, we must:

  • We must repeal vacancy deregulation and vacancy bonuses, and mandate that landlords renew run-stabilized leases at the preferential rent level until the voluntary end of the tenancy.
  • Ensure that all affordable housing remains permanently affordable by tying it to any incentives provided to developers.
  • Prevent and reduce the need for transitional housing by increasing funding for holistic programs (tenant education, legal services, employment, and mental health services) for families and individuals at risk of homelessness.