Homelessness

Since Bill de Blasio took office, the homeless population in our city’s shelters and streets have hit an all-time high. A June report issued by the NYC Department of Homeless Services shared that street homeless has gone up nearly 40% this past year alone.

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Education

New York State spends $22,593 per student per year to educate our children, more than any other state in the nation and 87% above the national average. But, when it reaches New York City, it doesn’t seem to make it to the classrooms. A big chunk of money goes towards contracts with vendors and consultants!

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Jobs & The Economy

As the daughter of retired small business owners, Nicole understands the challenges entrepreneurs face on a daily basis. In the New York State Assembly, Nicole earned a reputation as a vocal opponent of burdensome regulations, red tape and taxes that make it difficult for businesses to survive and thrive in our communities.

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Immigration

As the daughter of immigrants, Nicole understands the promise of the American Dream and has advocated for Washington to fix the broken immigration system that has left so many in the shadows. While Nicole will continue the immigration policy put in place by Mayor Ed Koch and continued through Mayor Bloomberg, Nicole has been leading the opposition against Bill de Blasio’s policy of protecting individuals who are here illegally and have committed crimes against other immigrants and citizens.

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Transportation

Nicole has been an advocate for better public transportation, fighting successfully to restore bus service to Brooklyn and Staten Island and speaking out against subway overcrowding and service delays. She has sued the Port Authority for lack of transparency and has taken on the MTA for its mismanagement and constant fare and toll increases. Nicole has been sounding the alarm on the need to upgrade subway signals which is the main cause for the roughly 70,000 delays NYC’s commuters experience monthly.

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Taxes

Nicole has voted AGAINST tax and fee increases over 300 times, for a total of over $20 billion and has voted for tax CUTS over 60 times, for a total of nearly $10 billion. Bill de Blasio, however, has shown a blatant disregard for the taxpayer, increasing spending by a whopping 22% during his short time in office. Whether it’s property taxes, water bills, cash-grabbing traffic cameras, it seems the Mayor always has his hand in our pockets.

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Mental Health

Current programs designed to help mentally ill individuals do not target the severely mentally ill who are most likely to become homeless, hospitalized, incarcerated and create a danger for themselves, the public and the police.

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Children First

In 2015 the Office of Child and Family Services (the state agency overseeing ACS) issued a report establishing that 293 children who were in the ACS system died as a direct result of abuse.

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Crime & Quality of Life

During Bill de Blasio’s time in office, crimes like rape, felony and misdemeanor sex crimes, identity theft, felony dangerous weapon crimes, and felony criminal mischief have all increased. In 2016 alone, human trafficking cases have increased 50% Additionally, penalties for crimes like public urination and littering have been reduced and 750,000 open warrants are being tossed out, sending the wrong message to offenders and disrupting the quality of life for the rest of us..

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LGBTQ

As a State Assemblymember, Nicole voted for legislation that amended the estates, powers and trusts law to reflect the provisions of the marriage equality act. She also voted to expand adoption rights to same sex couples and make domestic partners eligible to receive crime victims’ compensation.

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Project Management

The process that the Department of Design and Construction currently uses to manage New York City projects has resulted in developments that are severely delayed and woefully over budget.

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Senior Citizens

Nicole has worked hard to improve Access-A-Ride services and has fought to protect funding for senior centers that are repeatedly under threat. She would ensure that our senior centers are properly funded and our seniors get the services they need. She believes the city needs to make an investment in senior housing.

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Veterans

The funding budgeted by Bill de Blasio for the Department of Veterans Services is simply not enough. It is truly shameful how military veterans, who have put their lives on the line to protect this country, are being short-changed. Nicole would authorize the expansion of a property tax exemption for the city’s veterans and implement a requirement that a portion of city contracts be awarded to veteran-owned businesses.

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Animal Rights

As an animal lover and owner of two adopted dogs, Peanut and Olympia, Nicole has co-sponsored many pieces of legislation that would protect those without a voice. Shelter conditions must be improved, and the animals must be treated with more care. The city should be making more of an effort to find homes for animals and work toward eliminating euthanasia.

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Storm Recovery

On October 29, 2012, Super Storm Sandy hit the shores of New York, taking lives and devastating neighborhoods. New York City’s recovery effort following Superstorm Sandy was a boon for consultants who failed to do required work and left thousands of victims without a home. Five years later, many homeowners are still living outside their home with little home.

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