Environmental Justice

  • Passing the Green New Deal which calls on the federal government to significantly move the United States away from a reliance on fossil fuels and curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions across the economy. It also aims to guarantee new high-paying jobs in clean energy industries.
  • Ending New York City reliance on fossil fuels.
  • Immediately enforcing the Climate Mobilization Act and push for the Renewable Rikers Plan.
  • Conducting a probe into the mismanagement and profiteering that have led to a rise in summer blackouts and other recent outages within the city. As well as the deceptive business practices by energy resellers (ESCOs) that have put an additional burden on families across the state.
  • Allowing New Yorkers to take control of their electric grid by making it a public utility. We must municipalize New York’s power delivery infrastructure.
  • Increasing green structures such as green roofs, solar paneling, hydroponic planting, community gardens.
  • Increasing community fridges in more locations and encourage use by restaurants to reduce waste.
  • Moving to totally energy efficient transportation.
  • Passing legislation that Mandates “LEED Certification” For New Construction And Existing Buildings Undergoing Improvement Work, Including Interior Design.
  • Beautifying and rehabbing our Neighborhoods—because we deserve it!
  • Advocating for the humane treatment of animals in NYC, because the fight for social justice cannot stop with justice for human beings, but must include all living creatures in our city.
  • Passing legislation to ensure the welfare of New York City’s carriage horses, either by increasing protections and guaranteeing that they receive humane care and living conditions, or by abolishing horse-drawn carriages altogether.
  • Restricting the use of animal products in classrooms, such as live birds and bird eggs for school projects, and enforce compliance with laws requiring instruction on humane treatment and protection of animals in NYC schools.
  • Protecting New Yorkers with pets by expanding pet-friendly affordable housing options, preserving the rights of seniors not to be denied housing because they have a companion animal, and developing resources to allow homeless pet-owners keep their animals.

Here are some legislative advancements we have made to fulfill our platform:

Introduction 0420: Exempts solar power energy installations from the fees for an application for a street crane permit

Cosponsored 0459: Creates rat mitigation zones and mandates that buildings located in rat mitigation zones put material out for collection between the hours of 4 am and 6 am.

Cosponsored 0544: Increases the penalties for failure to store waste properly in receptacles or on the street curb depending on the number of violations and the number of units in the building. Green 2 Greener Initiative: Green2Greener (G2G) is a funded proposal to create a carbon zero environment in city parks—including Marcus Garvey Park and Jackie Robinson Park—by utilizing city, state, and federal dollars to convert existing systems to carbon zero systems. These include solar panels, rain catchments, and green walls. This program launches in fall 2022 with dollars allocated in the budget and many community partners.