I am a father of 3 children and lived in Bensonhurst and Dyker for 30+ years. I have lived in NYC my whole life and am a product of the NYC Public School system including both my BBA and MS from Baruch College. I worked as a programmer for 30+ years and am now retired living on a fixed income.
Raising children here in the district I have seen the problems with our public education system. I have worked to fight for equal education access for our school communities during my 10 years on the D20 Community Education Council (CEC) and on the Citywide Council on High Schools (CCHS). In 2007 I even sued New York City for asian discrimination for admittance in the test prep program for the specialized high school. In 2018 I lobbied to keep the SHSAT as the sole admission standard for entrance in the specialized field. Both of these fights I won for our students and their futures.
Seeing the impact of the Corona Virus on residents here in the city I decided to get involved and be proactive in my community. I volunteered and ran food pantries and food banks throughout NYC and here in district 43, to ensure people had access to quality food during the uncertain times of the coronavirus pandemic. As I saw everyday people struggling with bare necessities like food, I knew that I had to do what I could to help.
Starting in 2022 I volunteer regularly with the Asian Crime Watch Unit in Sheepshead Bay. We are tasked with observing and reporting potential criminal activity. I appreciate doing community based approaches to public safety. It is important that we have members of our community be active in keeping our residents and businesses safe.
I decided to run for city council to make city hall accountable to you the voters. Living in the district for 30 years I have seen a change. Crime is at an all time high and families are hurting. Schools are not fully funded to serve our local communities and parents are having a hard time keeping up. Inflation and rising costs are making district 43 evenmore expensive. I am running for city council to ensure all families here in district 43 feel safe, have access to quality education and school choice for parents, and to reduce costs for residents in the district. I am not a career politician and will bring my outside perspective to attack the pressing needs of people here in the 43rd district. Using my work experience as a programmer I come at problems with a data driven, calculated, and scientific approach. I can bring my experience as an outsider to have a fresh perspective on the problems that face the residents in district 43. I look forward to serving you as your voice in City Hall.