|District||Name||Overhauling the City's Workforce Development Strategy||Ending the Work Experience Program (WEP)||New Revenues for Public Housing||Joining the Participatory Budgeting NYC Effort||Comments|
|1||Council Member Margaret S. Chin||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||To the last question, my answer is "Not Yet".|
I am very interested in the Participatory experiment and still watching to see how the process plays out where it’s being tried in other districts. If I am convinced it is a process that would dramatically expand citizen accountability and access in government spending, then I would do it, but I do have some concerns with how the process is currently conducted.
During my time as Council Member, I have been a strong support of Community Voices Heard. I am a founding member of the Progressive Caucus, and I have participated in your events and advocated for the expansion of the Parks Opportunity Program and an end to WEP. As a Council Member for the Lower Manhattan including Chinatown and the Lower East Side, I have also been a staunch supporter of affordable housing and public housing. I have called for an end to the NYPD contract between NYCHA and NYPD that costs NYCHA a significant amount each year. I have also called for immediate repairs to NYCHA housing – particularly Smith Houses in my district, which has suffered from prolonged and repeated gas outages in the last couple years.
|2||Rosie Mendez||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No, I cannot commit to engaging in the Participatory Budgeting NYC process. The process I have used during the past 8 years is also very participatory and it has successfully served the needs of my community. I hold meetings with groups that advocate for parks and gardens, with parents who advocate for school improvements, with tenant and block associations, as well as any organized group that requests a budget meeting. I consult with my Community Boards, Community Education Councils, school principals, CBOs, and city agencies. As a result of those meetings, I decide what can be funded in the current year or next or what work could/should be phased over several years. I prioritize the needs of the district with the money that I have, the amount needed and capital requests that are made.|
|3||Yetta Kurland||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||I am deeply committed to community-based empowerment and look forward to working closely with CVH to address issues ranging from affordable housing, fair wages, and community empowerment. I have worked with and supported the work of CVH for many years and am excited by the possibility of continuing this work in my role as a City Councilmember.|
|6||Marc Landis||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||I am proud to subscribe to the principles espoused by Community Voices Heard!|
|6||Debra Cooper||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||I am so grateful for the work of your organization. I hope that if elected to the City Council, I will be able to push for progress on issues such as a lack of affordable housing, lack of access to public education and workforce training, excessive and arbitrary sanctions in the public assistance application process, and any other barriers to the success of low income people and the rest of our community. It is time to ameliorate our workforce programs.|
|6||Noah Gotbaum||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||These are all great initiatives and I fully support them.|
|6||Helen Rosenthal||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Workforce Development Strategy: My work as Chair of ParentJobNet - a not-for-profit dedicated to help public school parents train for and find jobs - brings me in day-to-day contact with hardworking New Yorkers who more than anything else simply need to be connected to available opportunities, upgrade their skills to a level equal to their native abilities, and be paid a living wage for their efforts. If elected, I'll work to enact wage subsidy legislation - so that people re-entering the work force by joining a small business can be paid a decent wage as they move up the economic ladder; and to increase funding for training in computer-based skills such as Microsoft Excel and Word which are practical requirement for many well-paying jobs with attractive benefits.|
Ending WEP: Particularly for the unemployed and underemployed, restoring self-esteem in one's value as an employee is critical to finding and keeping any future job - and central to regaining self-esteem is being paid for work performed. In addition, almost any employer will tell you that it often takes several months or longer for new workers to really hit their stride - that pay in the initial months is as much investment as it is compensation. Therefore, I favor replacing unpaid work-fare with a 12-month wage subsidy program, which assumes 40-hour work week at the prevailing living wage ($11.50/hour). In addition, the City should establish a hiring incentive program for small businesses (20 or fewer employees) - modeled after President Obama's successful "cash for clunkers" program - which would make $5,000 cash payments to businesses for each net new hire kept on the payroll for 24 months.
New Revenues for Public Housing: I favor instituting a "financial transactions tax" to pay for additional public housing, fund repairs at NYCHA buildings, and pay for additional, needed police services. This financial transactions tax would focus of 1) securities purchased with borrowed money; 2) "short sales" made with borrowed securities for purposes of financial market speculation; and 3) complex financial structures whose principal motivation is tax-deferral or avoidance. In addition, the use of city tax dollars to subsidize luxury and market rate housing (principally 421-a and J-51 programs) should be ended, with the saved proceeds re-directed to public housing and other permanent affordable housing options.
Participatory Budgeting/Funding Increase: Given my experience in the NYC Office of Management and Budget and on Community Board 7, the mission of Participatory Budgeting resonates for me. I was thrilled to join the Board of the Participatory Budgeting Project when it first came to NYC. It's eminently reasonable for the City to allocate an incremental $5 per resident (or approximately $2 million) per Council District for the purposes of Participatory Budgeting NYC, in addition to the $1 million from Members' capital discretionary funds. This incremental expenditure can be financed by repealing the "carried interest" tax loophole - which enables developers and other financial businesses organized as private equity firms to pay a lower rate of income tax than teachers or administrative office assistants. Independent analysts estimate closing this loophole would save the City $250-350 million in tax revenues, more than enough to pay for this expansion Participatory Budgeting NYC.
|7||Gerard D. Powell||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|7||Mark Levine||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||I am thrilled to be working with CVH on these important priorities!|
|8||Angel Molina||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also include DSNY on the list to end revenue generating from NYCHA.|
|8||Ed Santos||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||I strongly endorse each of these measures. It's time to make sure people have programs that help them develop the skills to keep good paying jobs, that revenue for public housing is collected in a way that doesn't compromise or eliminate public housing land and facilities, and that all residents have the chance to register meaningful input in the budgetary process.|
|8||Melissa Mark Viverito||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|8||Sean Gardner||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||I apologize for the lateness of my responses. It is my intent to work on behalf of and for the constituents City Council District 8. The welfare, economic growth and implementation of innovative ideas to ensure the vitality of the community is at the forefront of my agenda. I have been labeled the People’s Candidate by the constituents of City Council District 8 because they know me personally as a result of my 20 years of service.|
|10||Francesca Castellanos||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||As a life long resident I am aware of the real needs of my community. We need better paying jobs that assure job security. We need a vocational school that will train our kids for jobs who do not wish or cannot attend college. And we need more affordable housing and regulation of rent increase for commercial lease. We deserve better. We deserve someone who will give back to our community and not take back. For the above reasons and many more I am running for city council as I m certain that I am the best candidate to work to address these needs.|
|11||Cliff Stanton||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||I attended your Participatory Budgeting Workshop in the winter and within 24 hours committed to bringing it to District 11 when elected.|
|16||JOHNSON, DARYL L||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|17||Maria del Carmen Arroyo||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|18||Annabel Palma||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||I believe PBNYC does not engage the community in a reak way. $1 million put neighborhoods and organizations against each other. As a council member, I engage the community in helping me understand their needs and funding the capitol request to my office|
|19||Chrissy Voskerichian||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||On June 18, 2013 I signed a public pledge before members of the community and the media that I would continue participatory budgeting in the 19th Council District. I have also stated a personal goal of doubling the 1170 people who participated in PB last year. |
I am a major supporter of universal pre-k, and providing more access to education to benefit both young students and working parents.
Please note, my answer to question #3, "New Revenues for Public Housing" does not mean that I am opposed to these efforts, or that I would not work with CVH on it. However, I do not want to commit to a position on this matter before reviewing the payments, contracts, and speaking with both NYCHA and the NYPD.
|19||Paul Graziano||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||My answer for Participatory Budgeting is Yes under major conditions: there must be equalization for discretionary funding throughout the city and an investigation into the actual finances of the City Budget before I will sign on. When our district, which is the 2nd highest taxed in the city, gets $2.3 million while others get $6-8 million in discretionary funding because they are politically favored by the Speaker, under this current way of creative accounting based on political loyalty, it's very hard for me to sign on.|
This is also due to several issues that have occurred in my district (currently Dan Halloran's, who is heading to trial for, among other things, misuse/misdirection of discretionary funds). However, the previous Councilmember - Tony Avella - who is regarded as highly ethical, was also punished financially, in terms of discretionary funding, because of his opposition to the Speaker on several major issues.
Additionally, based on what I witnessed during the round of participatory budgeting in the 19th this year, the entire exercise ended up pitting neighborhoods against neighborhoods in what amounted to a beauty contest: 1,100 people voted in total, in a district where 155,000+ people live, or less than 1% of the population participated with about 2/10 of 1% deciding where the money actually went. Ultimately, it created a lot of tension and hard feelings between different legitimate non-profit organizations who normally are supportive of each other but are all desperate for any funding streams that they can get.
If the things I brought up are changed, then I will wholeheartedly support Participatory Budgeting, but in its the current form I find it very hard to support it.
|20||Evergreen C. Chou||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Housing, Jobs, Education and Health Care are critical issues in my campaign. |
Your organization is spearheading fundamental solution to our housing and lack of jobs crisis. I applaud you.
Social and Economic Justin and the rest will flow.
|24||Rory Lancman||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||I would need to study how the Participatory Budgeting Process has worked in other districts, and in particular whether those districts' most needy residents were fairly represented in the process.|
|24||Andrea Veras||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||If elected, I would welcome all residents of District 24 to be active participants in the different programs I will work towards the betterment of our communities, including the budget. My job as a Councilwoman will be proactive as long as I work with the people in my district and be always ready to listen to them with a committed focus on the solution of all the issues affecting all the communities comprised in District 24.|
|27||I. Daneek Miller||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||On Participatory Budgeting, my commitment to it has appeared on my website since at least mid-April; it publicly states at See http://tiny.cc/qzaa0w: |
April 16, 2013
To the editor,
Last month Community Voices Heard reached out to me to discern my interest in the participatory budgeting process you editorialized in support of (“More Participation.” April 12-18, 2013). The success of an inclusionary and open process used by four members of the City Council last year and doubled to eight this budget year certainly heartens me. I embrace this tool to empower, engage and educate the constituency of the 27th Council District about the city budget process. What's not to like about a process where the local elected officials secures upwards of $1 million or more of the city's capital budget and engages the district residents to propose projects, vote on them, and in a second round, choose one of a number of them to fund. It could be school computers, something for the libraries or one of them, a park or playground repair, street repair, or perhaps even be a flooding study as a precursor to doing a flood relief project. This kind of open process should induce more and more district residents to step forward to help make a difference in our community. The process reflects the inclusive approach I take as a union leader fighting for the needs of working men and women and their families. I look forward to introducing participatory budgeting in District 27.
I. Daneek Miller.
Candidate for City Council Member, District 27, Southeast Queens
In addition, my homepage - voteIDaneekMiller.com, include a little about me with this concluding sentence, "As a Council Member, he will introduce Participatory Budgeting to the 27th District as part of the I. Daneek Miller Program that engages residents and builds coalitions to meet community needs."
Concerning revenues, my proposal for the “Millionaire's tax will capture sufficient revenue to remove any NYC PIT for NYC taxpayers earning $30,000 or less.
The so-called WEP program should be about training and empowering people with meaningful jobs and not a mechanism for city agencies to avoid paying living wages to workers.
As a well-recognized champion and advocate for public transportation, I have spent a lifetime fghting for the families of Southeast Queens. I will use my experience as a labor leader with a record of hard-fought victories, benefts and services delivered to working people in Southeast Queens. Setng an example for other union locals, under my leadership, Local 1056 supports numerous community activities that bring residents together and provides them access to recreation, government services, health care and employment. I will use that approach – building coalitions, bringing folks together in common cause to make a diference for workers and working families. My experience as an ofcer and labor activist has taught me the value of protecting our workforce. Unions ensure more than a living wage; they fght for fair salaries, proper benefts, and to make sure that workers’ voices are heard. Unions also must take a greater role in the community – we follow that mantra at Local 1056. Recognizing how access to quality child care makes a diference to working families, I conceived and negotiated the frst ever provision supporting child-care for municipal workers anywhere in the United States. I led my union's successful efort to secure fair wages, improve working conditions and better benefts for its members and safety reforms for the riding public.
Thus, I would seek to engage my constituents, community groups and concerned issues and members groups in our work to support our agenda; I take that approach as a Union leader.
|28||Hettie Powell||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||While I agree with the concept, at this time I don't know if the monetary amount will be available. So I will agree to participate in the Participatory Budgeting NYC Process and put aside "funding" to be decided by the residents of my council district.|
|29||Jon Torodash||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||"New Revenues for Public Housing" -- My knowledge of the facts concerning NYCHA is that it is a deeply dysfunctional agency. The NYPD payout is very problematic, but I do not believe that simply driving more money to the agency will help its residents, especially seeing as it was reported to be sitting upon nearly a billion of unspent federal aid to make repairs. Its cost per housing unit is, by some estimations, higher than even market rate apartments in the outer boroughs. The agency needs serious reform.|
"Joining the Participatory Budgeting NYC Effort" -- I cannot at this time commit to a specific amount for participatory budgeting as described by PBNYC.org. I also have concerns with discretionary money controlled by direct democracy in general. Sheer numbers do not automatically reflect the severity or variety of community need.
|32||Lew M Simon||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||The efforts of Community Voices will help many New Yorkers work their way up from unemployment to good jobs in our labor force. Our community has many worthy organizations. Participatory budgeting is a useful way of determining which groups have the greatest impact of our residents.|
|35||Ede S Fox||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||While working with Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito, I have worked with your organization. Throughout my political career, I have worked hard to improve the quality of life for working families, to provide affordable housing, educational opportunities and jobs paying a living wage to all who work, even those who are receiving assistanct. I will stand by my commitment to work with your you and other groups who have worked hard to improve life for their constituents.|
|35||F Richard Hurley||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|40||Saundra Thomas||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Government under a new administration and with a new city council holds promise. As a city council member I believe, we can change life for NYCHA residents.|
If you work, you should be paid. Work should be a path to a better life. Menial jobs and lack of training and opportunities not only stifles the participants of the workforce, it stifles our city's economy.
I am looking forward to participating in the structuring of a real workforce development program where participants are targeted for meaningful jobs and trained to work in today's job market. Job training in the fields of technology and healthcare at the ground level-put people on the path to success for jobs in fast-growing industries.
In addition to job training, entrepreneurship is one of the keys to the future. Giving people the knowledge and tools to start and grow a business not only unleashes untapped talent that we have in our communities, it prepares citizens for a successful and dignified future. They will give back to the community in countless ways and boost the economy.
Historically, the services provided to NYCHA residents keeps them trapped both literally and figuratively in their own community. Together we have to fight to assure the funds received are being spent properly and fight just as hard to increase the funding.
Participatory Budgeting in my estimation is a cornerstone of a democracy. Giving community members the ability to weigh-in on the spending of money which they have paid into government and affects their day-to-day life is essential. There is tremendous opportunity to develop innovative projects, remove antiquated systems and tighten community by bringing in these funds to the community stakeholders-the people.
An effective Workforce Development Program can dramatically change the face of our city. I look forward to affecting the program in the city and in district.
|42||Regina Powell||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||The endorsement from CVH will be an asset for me to win my seat in City Council. I will be able to speak on bejalf of my constituents to address critical issues.|
|45||Jumaane D. Williams||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|46||Mercedes Narcisse||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||These are "Family Issues: & my campaign slogan is: "Children + Families First."|
|48||Theresa Scavo||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||I vow to work with your organization to help each individual|
|49||Deborah L. Rose||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||I am uncommitted with respect to Participatory Budgeting NYC. I would need to consider what capital needs arise in my district; prior commitments could prevent me from identifying $1 million for this process. Staten Island electeds have an additional burden because we do not have an HHC acute care hospital facility and it is important that we support upgrades to our existing facilities. We also have culturals and parks that do not have the same level of non-governmental financial support that exists in other boroughs. Further, Staten Island often is not included in many “citywide” allocations. Thus, while I am very interested in this process, I am not able to commit to it at this time.|
|5||Benjamin Kallos||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||I authored an opinion editorial calling for Participatory Budgeting to combat member item corruption. Read more at http://kallosforcouncil.com/press-clip/gotham-gazette-op-ed-fight-member-item-corruption-using-participatory-budgeting-ben-kallo|
|41||Kathleen Daniel||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||District 41's unemployment rate is above 20% and it has more public housing than any other district in the City. Instead of addressing these issues, the existing job training programs simply funnel people into low-wage, low-skill, unsustainable jobs, while NYCHA budget cuts mean that public housing residents have to put up with filth, disrepair, and playgrounds that are unsafe for children to use. Tackling the jobs crisis and housing issues, particularly in public housing, are two of my highest priorities.|
|6||Mel Wymore||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Mel believes our budget should be both transparent and participatory. Every resident is a stakeholder in the city’s budget, yet many are left in the dark about the budget and process. |
Served in several roles to successfully implement participatory budgeting in New York City.
○ Member, Citywide Steering Committee that developed procedures and guidelines
○ Facilitator, neighborhood assemblies in the 8th District
○ Co-Chair, Parks and Recreation delegation
○ Advocate, encouraged members of City Council to implement PB in their district
Visit melwymore.com to learn more about Mel and his vision for our city.
|6||Mel Wymore||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||It's my honor to work with CVH to empower the people of NYC to achieve social, economic and racial justice for all. As an early and avid volunteer for participatory budgeting, I have seen first hand the transformational effect of making budget decisions accessible to people of all walks of life. |
My campaign for City Council is rooted in the values of social justice, economic fairness, environmental stewardship, and civic engagement. We aspire to create truly inclusive communities where every member has a voice and enjoys the highest quality of life. As a community leader, I've worked collaboratively and successfully for more than 20 years to expand public schools, create permanent affordable housing, and build community facilities that serve all ages, incomes, abilities, and cultures.