Jessica has worked hard to preserve affordable housing so that middle class families can still afford to live in Manhattan and Roosevelt Island. And she's supported legislation to protect tenants from discrimination and harassment.
To position New York’s economy for the 21st Century, Jessica sponsored a biotech tax credit that was signed into law last year. The credit has already been a success, encouraging small biotech companies to create jobs in New York City at a faster pace than the national average.
She has also launched a campaign to bring a world-class applied sciences and engineering school to Roosevelt Island. The campus is expected to generate 30,000 new jobs and hundreds of new technology firms in NYC.
Jessica is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, and believes strongly in giving each and every child in New York City access to a high quality public education.
As Chair of the Council Land Use Subcommittee that approves new schools, Jessica personally oversaw the approval of roughly 22,000 new public school seats.
On the East Side, Jessica spearheaded the successful efforts to open two new elementary schools and one new middle school in the past two years. She's also fought to expand after-school activities, arts programs, and slots for gifted and talented children. And, she's worked to help families with special needs children to make sure those students receive the services to which they are entitled. Top
According to the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV), "Jessica is one of the leading environmental lights on the City Council."
Jessica has secured funding for three waterfront parks in Manhattan. She also got Mayor Bloomberg to start a public space recycling program and a textile recycling program, passed legislation to make playgrounds safer, and authorized a bill to protect our drinking water from hydrofracking. To learn more about her views on hydrofracking, please click here.
EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL NEW YORKERS
Jessica is a loud and proud champion of equal rights for all, including those in the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender communities (LGBT). She supported same-sex marriage and has been an active advocate on this issue.
IMPROVING CONSTRUCTION SAFETY
After two tragic crane collapses in her district, Jessica took the lead in drafting legislation to dramatically improve construction safety by requiring greater oversight of building contractors and training of crane operators. The four bills she authored have been signed into law by Mayor Bloomberg and go a long way towards making our city safer.
MARINE TRANSFER STATION AT EAST 91ST STREET
Jessica believes that Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to reopen the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station for commercial and residential waste is a mistake. And she’s been fighting this misguided plan for years. This site is not only situated in the heart of a residential community, but is also adjacent to Asphalt Green - a recreational facility that sees 675,000 visits a year.
She voted against the proposal in both the Sanitation Committee and the full Council, and was dismayed that the final Solid Waste Management Plan was passed over her objections.
She is still working actively with the Gracie Point Community Council, Residents for Sane Trash Solutions, other neighborhood groups, and her colleagues in government to defeat this proposal. There are currently lawsuits pending and other efforts underway. Please sign up for updates to learn more about what you can do to help.
Jessica has been working to fill the gaps along our waterfront to complete a green necklace around Manhattan. She has worked with colleagues and community activists to reclaim land that had been fenced off and inaccessible to the public - like at One Sutton Place and the southern tip of Roosevelt Island. And she formed the East River Esplanade Task Force with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney to rebuild the existing esplanade from 60th to 125th Streets.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Whether it's keeping our local libraries open six days a week or preserving vital services for seniors, Jessica cares deeply about protecting our quality of life. She understands that the issues that matter most are often those that hit closest to home, like fighting neighborhood noise or saving a local bus stop that seniors depend on.
Jessica has pushed for greater transparency in government and has been a consistent voice for reform on issues like the city budget and campaign finance. She supported and voted in favor of tougher laws to limit the influence of special interests.
Jessica is leading efforts to make New York City’s streets safer for pedestrians and drivers. She wrote a law requiring the NYPD to post detailed traffic-accident data on its website. She’s also partnered with AARP to survey and report dangerous intersections in our community.
Jessica is a thoughful and independent voice in the City Council. Last year, she took a principled stand and voted against the extension of term limits.
TRANSPORTATION AND THE 2ND AVENUE SUBWAY PROJECT
Anyone who rides the Lexington Avenue subway line in the morning understands that we desperately need to expand our transportation options on the East Side. As a result, Jessica has been a longtime proponent of a full-build Second Avenue Subway, ferry service, and Bus Rapid Transit.
Now that the long awaited construction of the 2nd Avenue Subway is underway, Jessica has been working with area residents and business owners to mitigate the impacts of this major public works project.
Unfortunately, construction is wreaking havoc on the community. Jessica has been working to address air quality concerns and to help local businesses stay afloat during the building process.
WOMEN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE
Before running for office, Jessica was a trained clinic escort for Planned Parenthood. As a legislator, she has been a leader in the pro-choice movement. She co-sponsored and worked to pass one of the strongest clinic access laws in the nation. She authored a landmark bill to regulate crisis pregnancy centers in New York City . In an editoral, the New York Times said her measure should aid women in New York City, and inspire other cities to do the same.