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Vision for the 26th District

Through my extensive community leadership experience, I will lead our neighborhoods into the future not through a partisan ideological lens, but through a deep understanding of our community's most pressing needs. Select an issue that you care about below to learn about my stance and my record.

Issues

Click on an issue below to read Denise’s plans.

Creating More Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing is perhaps the most important issue facing New York City in 2021. As we rebuild from the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, we must ensure that all New York City residents have access to affordable housing. As your next City Councilwoman, I will:

  • Advocate to recalculate Area Median Income (AMI) by using a more local district or zip code so that residents aren’t priced out of their own neighborhood.
  • Work with Community Land Trusts to acquire city owned buildings and/or land to build with non-profit partners and develop truly affordable housing. We must put affordable housing decisions in the hands of our community members, and not developers.
  • Work with developers to ensure that dedicated portions of any new building are designated for seniors and veterans.
  • Fight to ensure full public funding for NYCHA without privatization, and demand adequate maintenance for NYCHA buildings and complexes.

My Record:

  • As Community Board 2 Chairwoman, I advocated for a portion of every new housing development within the district to be available for lower than market rate Area Median Income (AMI). Additionally, every project in which tax abatements were offered to developers was done with affordable housing in mind. And finally, as a resident of our community, I vocally supported housing for seniors and veterans in the new Hunter’s Point South development.