“The protection of the air we breathe, the water we drink and the open space we enjoy is not an academic or feel good exercise for me or my constituents. I take it very personally and it is critical to our heath, the quality of life in our area and the sustainability of our community and our city.”
- As Chair of the City Council Education Committee, fought to get PCBs out of classrooms. Through hearings, legislation and press events, fought the Bloomberg Administration 10-year timetable and pushed for faster clean-up;
- Sponsored the City Council resolution in support of state legislation to ban fracking in New York State;
- Fought to phase out dirty boilers that our polluting the air, particularly in Northern Manhattan and in our schools;
- Worked with Bill Perkins to protect children from the deadly effects of lead in their homes;
- Continued the fight against lead poisoning in the Dominican Republic where he joined with a delegation from “Friends of Lead Free Children” to advocate for the cleanup of toxic site in Haina, resulting in a full clean-up of the site;
- Been a strong advocate for open space that is so important to both our physical and mental health. This has included bringing irrigation for the first time to historic 20-acre Isham Park; working with the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance on the development of a new Eco Dock in the Dyckman Marina.
- Expand dramatically investment in our infrastructure – roads, bridges, tunnels, etc.
- Expand use of technology that is environmentally friendly including high speed rail, wind turbines, geo-thermal technology and solar panels;
- Pass legislation related to planning, financing, energy efficiency and preservation of open spaces and wetlands to protect our environment for ourselves and future generations;
- Be big and bold in our ambition to build a clean-energy economy that works for everybody.