Creating New Jobs
If we are going to incentivize district residents to stay in Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City, and Astoria and make these neighborhoods their permanent home, we must do the work to create good-paying jobs in our communities. Far too many residents in our neighborhoods are unemployed or underpaid, especially coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. As your next City Councilwoman, I will:
- Protect tax incentives for businesses who move into the outer boroughs, including Queens, as opposed to Manhattan.
- Partner with local businesses to offer job training and apprenticeship programs to local community college and Cornell Tech students in growing sectors including IT, computer science, and other technology-focused occupations.
- Work to create a Tech Hub within Long Island City to encourage companies of the future to plant roots in the 26th District.
- Allow gig workers to perform in outdoor spaces with revised permits enabling them more opportunities to work and to do so while earning a decent wage.
- As the Amazon Co-Chair of the General Project Plan Sub-Committee, I supported their move to Long Island City because of the 10,000-15,000 local jobs that would have been created. The move could have brought with it hundreds of ancillary opportunities for restaurants, hair salons, dry cleaners etc. I believe that their commitment to considering and mitigating a potential adverse impact on our local housing, transportation, and education needs was a serious commitment, and that the net result on our local economy, tax revenue, and infrastructure would have been a major boost for our neighborhoods.