Issues

Leading the Way on Affordable Housing for Working Families and the Middle Class

To address New York City’s critical affordable housing shortage, Jeff proposed a bold and historic plan to increase housing and encourage middle class families to stay in New York City. The plan reinvests in one of New York’s most effective housing programs of the 20th century. The first step in his Mitchell Llama 2020 plan, which was adopted in the 2014-2015 state budget, will develop and renovate thousands of units of affordable housing for the middle class and working families.

Keeping Communities Safe

Last year, Jeff led the fight in the Senate to pass landmark gun control laws known as the NY SAFE act. The legislation established some of the toughest gun laws in the nation including: a full ban on assault weapons; taking high capacity magazines off the shelves; closing loopholes in gun laws; and getting guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. In recent years he has also secured funding for the proven local anti-gun violence SNUG program. These reforms will make our families and communities safer in the Bronx, Westchester and all across the state of New York.

Providing Opportunities for our Children

At the start of 2014, Jeff made a promise to fully fund universal pre-k for the tens of thousands of New York City toddlers receiving inadequate or no preschool education. This year’s state budget fulfilled that promise. Starting in September 2014, more than 54,000 students will have access to new, safe and high-quality preschool programs. Jeff also fought to ensure that funding for public schools remains at its highest levels and that parent choice is protected by promoting charter school growth. Students in public and religious schools will also see a $2 billion dollar technology investment in the year ahead.

Improving Quality of Life

As a lifelong resident of the Bronx, Jeff works to ensure that quality of life for his constituents is protected and improved. Jeff believes in holding landlords’ feet to the fire to ensure they provide adequate services and he continues to organize graffiti cleanups throughout the district each year. To force developers to listen to community concerns, Jeff fought to create a new community approval process for major health facilities like Montefiore that seek to develop in residential areas. Jeff also led the way in opposing the LG tower in the New Jersey Palisades that would ruin the historic, untouched vista on the other side of the Hudson River. Finally, Jeff’s plan to freeze rents for thousands of NYC seniors and lower their prescription drug costs was adopted in the 2014-2015 state budget.