Our platform connects safety, education, economic opportunity, and community engagement.

 

SAFETY

Addressing Safety During Rally

Addressing Safety During Rally

Greater job opportunities in the city means:

  • More investment in our properties

  • Economic diversity in our public schools

  • Stronger involvement from surrounding companies and organizations.

 

We have a sickness in our city that will not go away with a bandage. The solution is not to have more policing or more involvement from Albany, and the answer will not (cannot) come from a single person or organization, but a collection of people working together to heal the pain and suffering of underrepresented communities in our city. We must work together towards empathy and true solidarity, serving those that are marginalized and are left voiceless -- help them speak out.

The work will not end with a march or speech, but a call to action, accountability, transparency, and commitment from everyone in our city.

We all want to feel safe, but the solutions and options being discussed are often being done in a vacuum. Some neighborhoods want more policing, while others feel they are being over policed. There is a damaging effect taking place, further dividing and segregating our city. We need to create opportunities to get different neighborhoods to come together to discuss their issues and develop creative solutions.

Organizations like the Good Life Youth Foundation, 100 Black Men, Peacemakers, Syracuse Cure Violence (SNUG), Street Addiction Institute Inc., OG's Against Gun Violence are at the forefront in addressing city violence and should be included in these conversations. Through my work and relationships, I would like to be that bridge to bring everyone together to the same table to discuss real, actionable improvements to dealing with crime.

  • Police – Citizen Review Board and stronger focus on getting guns off the streets

  • Community – Neighborhood watch groups and other residential organizations should work with Organizations like the Good Life Youth Foundation, 100 Black Men, Syracuse Cure Violence (SNUG), Street Addiction Institute Inc., and OG's Against Gun Violence

  • Gangs – Medication and Interrupters: Syracuse Cure Violence (SNUG), Street Addiction Institute Inc., and OG's Against Gun Violence


EDUCATION


Ashford University Commencement Speaker

Ashford University Commencement Speaker

I attended Frazier Elementary, Grant Middle School, and Fowler High School, and I’m proud to send my daughters to Syracuse City Schools. But we also know that our educational environment is not perfect and currently struggling with some serious problems.

As an educator and former assistant teacher in the Syracuse City School District, I personally know the challenges that our teachers and administrators face in the city. Through my advocacy work and mentorship services in our city schools with the Good Life You Foundation, 100 Black Men, Say Yes To Education, Peacemakers, and On Point For College, I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with our students and their parents.

These students and parents have shared some heartbreaking stories with me and expressed their frustration and challenges with the school system. While the Common Councilors don’t have direct authority over our schools, they do have a level of influence. I would continue working closely with our community partners to address the concerns in our schools, advocate on behalf of our parents and students, and work with residents, teachers, and administers to improve the academic experience and safety of our youths.

  • Committee – Will serve on the City’s Education and Human Development Committee

  • Public School – Currently working with several organizations to support city schools with programming, medication, counselling and advocacy (Good Life You Foundation, 100 Black Men and Peacemakers)

  • Community - Advocate on behalf of our parents and students, and work with residents, teachers and administers to improve the academic experience and safety of our youths


ECONOMY


Judge at Whitman Startup Pitch Competition

Judge at Whitman Startup Pitch Competition

 

As an entrepreneur and business professor, I am actively involved in the city’s economic ecosystem. I have mentored startup teams at the Technology Garden, counseled minority-owned businesses at the South Side Innovation Center, and judged business plan competitions across Upstate NY.

While I’m excited about development happening downtown and around Syracuse University, a lot of neighborhoods are still struggling with poverty. We need to advocate for economic development that favors job opportunities for our residents with living wages, and reinvestment projects that will directly impact our communities. We must provide more support and services to our small businesses, partner with local companies to create apprenticeship and ready to work internship programs. We need to continue to work with our public schools, trade institutions like BOCES, colleges, and the Institute Of Technology At Syracuse Central to offer programs to prepare our youth for the local job market and new economy.

  • Committee – Economic Development, Downtown & Metropolitan Planning, Transportation

  • Economic Development - Currently working with several organizations to advocate on the economic needs of our community with CenterState CEO, Upstate Minority Economic Alliance, CNY Community Foundation and involved in the local small business and startup community.

  • Community – Support community grid for I-81, support economic development projects that favors job opportunities for local residents and neighborhood investment, and ready to work training programs with guarantee career opportunities.