I was born and raised in Kew Gardens right here in the 29th Council District in which I plan to be your next Council Member…
I went to school locally in this neighborhood. I operate my small business in Kew Gardens.
My father has a deep history of public service. I vividly remember how much he accomplished when he was elected to the local school board. He also interned at the Queens District Attorney office, worked as an assistant Attorney General, and was Director of Senior, Health and Human services for the Queens Boro President office. Currently my father works as general counsel for one of the largest non-profits in NYC. Throughout the years, I have had the opportunity to communicate with local elected officials as a community activist to try and implement changes for the betterment of our communities.
I believe that at this time our city and our community face unprecedented challenges, and we need real change rapidly. So I have decided to take a step into the public space utilizing my experience to help our community progress and get things done. This is why I am running for the New York City Council.
My career in healthcare has allowed me to help hundreds of elderly patients navigate the complicated and sometimes challenging routes to get the healthcare services they need and deserve.
We need to stop defunding health care and ensure that all of the elderly citizens in our city can get the care they truly need and deserve.
We need to do more for those who struggle with mental health.
What I am most proud of is the volunteer and charity work I have done and continue to do daily. In 2008, I co-founded a non profit organization called Chaverim of Queens that provides
assistance to stranded motorists and other non-medical emergencies. We started with just under ten volunteers responding to 2 calls a week, and have grown in the last 12 years to over 100 volunteers who have responded and continue to respond to thousands of calls every year for assistance, throughout the borough of Queens.
As a volunteer EMT / first responder for over 10 years with a local volunteer ambulance company, I’ve responded to many emergency calls to help my neighbors in Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Rego Park and Richmond Hill, providing medical care & transporting them to local hospitals.
However, even with years of experience as an EMT, nothing prepared me for anything like Covid19. While many people and organizations have contributed to first responders and EMS as I have, not many people have voluntarily walked into and stood face to face with Covid patients to provide treatment. That is something saved for the fearless first responders, EMS, FDNY and private ambulance personnel in our community, of which I am proud to be a part.
Over the years I have assisted local food pantries with deliveries and fundraising, assisting them to raise over $200,000 in charity and donations. I understand the needs of the low income population as I used to assist with renovations for shelter and section 8 apartments for homeless and low income housing recipients.
I believe in the ideals my parents taught me which I believe are also American ideals. Work hard. Be honest. Help your neighbor. Look out for the poor, the sick, the immigrant. And yet as I look around this city, I feel like these core values are fading, and more quickly than our community can afford. I am asking you to elect me to represent you to fight for the value of these ideals. I plan to use them to govern, and combined with my experience and intimate knowledge of our neighborhoods and how to actually get things done, you will have a voice in keeping this city and this community one that you love and believe in.