We get it: Everyone is ready for their hot girl summers. But before you skip town or start “WFH” from the closest rooftop bar, don’t forget about the Democratic primary for the 5th Council District (UES - that's us!). It’s actually one of the most competitive races in the city and could have a *huge* impact on our neighborhood. (Answers are listed alphabetically by candidate and have been edited for length and style)Last updated 10:48 PM - 5/23/21 by Xana O’Neill
What’s the biggest change you’d like to see to the UES? BILLY FREELAND: We need to create truly affordable housing, not luxury giveaways. That means requiring developers to include affordable apartments at all income levels, taxing lots that sit vacant and building permanent supportive housing for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.
What’s the biggest change you’d like to see to the UES? REBECCA LAMORTE: I’d like the UES to become a welcoming community for more New Yorkers. Right now we are facing an affordability crisis - we need to make it easier to live and work here. That means lowering rents and building affordable housing.
What’s the biggest change you’d like to see to the UES? KIM MOSCARITOLO: The UES has been my home since 2009, and I love our neighborhood. As Council member, I’ll fight for all New Yorkers who live on the UES, not just the most powerful and well-connected. That means working towards more affordable housing, keeping tenants in their homes, creating more parks and green spaces, and ensuring that our local small businesses thrive.
What’s the biggest change you’d like to see to the UES? JULIE MENIN: We need to make the UES an affordable place where everyone can live, complete with fully opened, high quality schools, an abundance of park space, revitalized NYCHA, and improved transportation system.
What’s the biggest change you’d like to see to the UES? CHRISTOPHER SOSA: Our community is being threatened by exorbitant rent prices that drive out long-time residents and businesses. We need to create an environment where small businesses can thrive and affordable housing is accessible and abundant.
What’s the biggest change you’d like to see to the UES? TRICIA SHIMAMURA: As a Council Member, I will fight to increase affordable housing in our community by providing true rent relief for tenants, expanding rent-stabilized apartments, building new affordable housing, and fully funding and improving NYCHA.
What’s the biggest change you’d like to see to the UES? MARCO TAMAYO: Reducing the overdevelopment in the UES and creating accountability for the mayor and City Council members.