Eric McClure

It's Election Day! Vote the StreetsPAC Slate for Safer Streets and Better Transit!

There's an important general election today in New York, and polls will be open until 9 p.m. You can find your polling site, review a sample ballot, confirm your registration status, and see other election-related information at vote.nyc.

StreetsPAC's Board of Directors has spent the better part of the past year evaluating responses to our in-depth candidate questionnaire, analyzing policy platforms, and conducting personal interviews with dozens of candidates. We've endorsed 16 candidates for the New York State Senate and Assembly, and you can read more about them, and crucial aspects of their street-safety and transportation platforms, below. Endorsed candidates are listed in ascending order by district number. We've said this often, but it bears repeating that state government exerts enormous influence over New York City's streets and transit system, and your vote for a StreetsPAC-endorsed candidate can help to ensure that the legislature will pursue policies that make our streets safer and our buses and subways more efficient and reliable.

There's a great deal at stake in today's election beyond transportation issues. We want you to have your say, so please make a plan to vote, and remember that as long as you're in line at your polling place by 9 p.m., you can't be turned away.

Thank you for your support, and happy voting!


General Election Tomorrow – Here's Our Voter Guide!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 8th, is Election Day, and polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can find your polling site, review a sample ballot, confirm your registration status, and see other election-related information at vote.nyc.

We've endorsed 16 candidates for the New York State Senate and Assembly, and you can read more about them, and important aspects of their street-safety and transportation platforms, below. Endorsed candidates are listed in ascending order by district number. State government exerts enormous influence over New York City's streets and transit system, and your vote for a StreetsPAC-endorsed candidate can help to ensure that the legislature pursues policies that make our streets safer and our buses and subways more efficient and reliable.

There's a great deal at stake in tomorrow's election beyond transportation issues. Turnout is critical, so please make a plan to vote, and remember that as long as you're in the queue to vote by 9 p.m., you can't be turned away.


published 2022 NYS General Election in Endorsements 2022-10-28 12:06:53 -0400

2022 NYS General Election

2022 State Senate Endorsees

Jabari BrisportJabari Brisport, 25th State Senate District, Brooklyn (Incumbent) – Senator Brisport, who won his seat in 2020 with StreetsPAC's endorsement, is running unopposed for re-election after besting two challengers in August's Democratic primary. He supports eliminating parking minimums across the city, connecting the 25th District's disjointed bike network, with an emphasis on protected lanes, and increasing access to secure bike parking, especially for NYCHA residents. He's committed to improving transit service, and supports traffic-calming redesigns of streets to slow down vehicles and improve safety.

Andrew GounardesAndrew Gounardes, 26th State Senate District, Brooklyn (Incumbent) – Senator Gounardes, who earned our endorsement when he won his seat in 2018 and was re-elected in 2020, has proved to be a transformative figure in the State Senate. He's led the fight in Albany to expand New York City's speed-camera program, and authored the legislation that now allows cameras to operate around the clock, which should have a huge effect on reducing speeding. His bill requiring that the written portion of New York State's drivers' test include instruction in pedestrian and bicycle safety became law in July, and he also introduced a bill that would require pedestrian-safety ratings for motor vehicles. He's called for revoking the license of anyone who racks up three or more dangerous-driving violations within a one-year period, and he's been a staunch advocate for improved transit service and subway accessibility.

Kristen GonzalezKristen Gonzalez, 59th State Senate District, Brooklyn, Manhattan & Queens (Open Seat) – Kristen Gonzalez, a tech worker with a strong organizing background, won the August primary for this newly created seat spanning parts of Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan while running a broadly progressive campaign. Deeply dedicated to public transit, she'll fight for improvements in service, especially for buses, and wants to see the entire bus fleet electrified. She supports making a number of streets within the 59th District car-free, in order to improve safety and prioritize walking and biking. She's also committed to improving conditions for the city's Deliveristas, and to making the bike-share system affordable and available to all New Yorkers.

 

2022 State Assembly Endorsees: Queens | Brooklyn | Manhattan | Bronx

Queens


Khaleel AndersonKhaleel Anderson, 31st Assembly District, Queens (Incumbent) – Assemblymember Anderson won his seat in 2020 with StreetsPAC's endorsement, becoming the youngest African American to ever serve in the Assembly. He's been a vocal supporter of improved public-transit service since his days as a youth activist, especially better and more reliable buses. He's co-sponsored a number of bills aimed at improving safety and access for cyclists and pedestrians, and frequently bikes to meetings within his district. Assemblymember Anderson is also lead sponsor of a bill that would tax air travel to create an environmental justice fund. He's advocated for creating more open space within his district, including an effort to de-map several blocks beneath the elevated A train line to create a network of public plazas. Anderson does not face a general election challenge, a testament to his work in his first term.

Jessica Gonzalez-RojasJessica González-Rojas, 34th Assembly District, Queens (Incumbent) – Assemblymember González-Rojas won her seat in 2020 with StreetsPAC's support. She was the lead sponsor in the Assembly of, and worked tirelessly to pass, the MTA Bike Access bill, which was signed into law late last year and mandates the creation of a strategic plan to facilitate access to the MTA's bridges and stations. She's proudly championed the 34th Avenue Open Street, and wants to see it turned into a linear park. Assemblymember González-Rojas has continued to advocated for the redesign of dangerous Northern Boulevard, pushing for dedicated bus lanes and protected bike lanes. She's certainly earned another term in Albany.

Juan ArdilaJuan Ardila, 37th Assembly District, Queens (Open Seat) – Ardila, whom StreetsPAC endorsed when he ran for City Council in 2021, is running to succeed Cathy Nolan, who is retiring from the Assembly. He wants to reduce the car culture in the eastern part of the district by improving transit access and making it easier and safer to bike, and supports the expansion of Citi Bike and the bike-lane network. He's excited about the prospects for the Interborough Express, and was supportive of the successful effort to allow speed cameras to operate around the clock. He's also committed to pursuing reform of the Department of Motor Vehicles, including the periodic retesting or recertification of drivers, and ongoing education efforts.

Catalina CruzCatalina Cruz, 39th Assembly District, Queens (Incumbent) – Assemblymember Cruz, the first DREAMer to win elected office in New York State, earned StreetsPAC's endorsement in both 2018 and 2020. She's been a vocal proponent of the 34th Avenue Open Street, which borders the northern end of her district, and led a coalition of elected officials seeking safer Open Street designs in 2020. Cruz supports implementation of the city's congestion pricing program without further delay, and she's interested in efforts to improve the Department of Motor Vehicles, including potentially requiring periodic retesting of drivers. She's also determined to ensure that the renewed effort to redesign the Queens Bus Network makes meaningful improvements to service for her constituents, many of whom rely on the bus. 

Brooklyn


Brian CunninghamBrian Cunningham, 43rd Assembly District, Brooklyn (Incumbent) – Assemblymember Cunningham, who won a special election to succeed Diana Richardson in March, is running for re-election to a full term. A member of the Assembly's Transportation Committee, he co-sponsored the speed-camera reauthorization bill, and supports creation of a dedicated bus lane on Flatbush Avenue, something he looks forward to working toward with a fellow StreetsPAC endorsee, Council Member Rita Joseph. He's an advocate for Citi Bike expansion, in conjunction with a safer, more robust network of bike lanes.

Robert Carroll, 44th Assembly District, Brooklyn (Incumbent) – Assemblymember Carroll, whom we've endorsed multiple times since 2016, has been a consistent champion for safer streets and better public transit. He continues to advocate for implementing congestion pricing as soon as possible, with no additional exemptions, and for improved bus service, especially a Brooklyn bus network redesign with more dedicated lanes. He's been a vocal supporter of expanding the city's allocation of speed and red-light cameras, and supports expanding the use of cameras to keep bus lanes and bus stops clear of parked cars.

Emily GallagherEmily Gallagher, 50th Assembly District, Brooklyn (Incumbent) – Emily Gallagher pulled off perhaps the biggest upset of the 2020 election cycle, winning her seat by defeating 24-term incumbent Joe Lentol with StreetsPAC's endorsement and a platform that centered progressive transportation policies. Since taking office, she's continued to champion safer streets, serving on the Assembly's Transportation Committee and successfully lobbying New York City to invest $39 million in improvements to McGuinness Boulevard. She's been a staunch advocate for Open Streets, and her bill with Senator Andrew Gounardes requiring that New Yorkers taking the driver's pre-licensing course be instructed in pedestrian and cyclist safety passed the legislature this past spring. Next on Assemblymember Gallagher's agenda: advocating for major design changes to her district's Manhattan Avenue.

Manhattan


Grace LeeGrace Lee, 65th Assembly District, Manhattan (Open Seat) – Lee, a neighborhood organizer and small-business owner, impressed us when she ran for this same seat in 2020 against Yuh-Line Niou, who is not seeking re-election. Lee will make upgrading public transit a priority, especially improving bus service and subway accessibility on the Lower East Side, and she's also interested in reforming the MTA board and making sure the agency is focused on enhancing service. A regular Citi Biker, she supports a safer and more robust bike network, speeding up desperately needed safety fixes to Canal Street, and cracking down on the placard abuse that plagues the district's streets and sidewalks.

Eddie GibbsEddie Gibbs, 68th Assembly District, Manhattan (Incumbent) – Gibbs, the first formerly incarcerated person to serve in the State Legislature, was elected to succeed Robert Rodriguez in a special election in January. Assemblymember Gibbs supports implementing congestion pricing with no additional carveouts, and would like to see the MTA improve bus service with more Select Bus Service routes and crosstown busways. He backed the renewal and expansion of the city's speed-camera program and passage of the Crash Victims Rights & Safety Act, and would like to see more street space dedicated to cycling and pedestrian uses.

Alex BoresAlex Bores, 73rd Assembly District, Manhattan (Open Seat) – Alex Bores, who won a highly competitive Democratic primary in June, is running to succeed past StreetsPAC endorsee Dan Quart in this Upper East Side district. Bores has worked at the intersection of government and technology (he got the Roosevelt Island tram added to Google Maps), and became interested in street-safety efforts after both he and his father (twice) were struck by drivers while biking. He supports expanding the district's network of protected bike lanes, and redesigning Manhattan's bus routes to speed up service and reliability.

Harvey EpsteinHarvey Epstein, 74th Assembly District, Manhattan (Incumbent) – Assemblymember Epstein, whom we endorsed in 2018 and 2020, and who's seeking his third term in the Assembly, has been a reliable vote for safer streets and better public transit. He's championed automated camera enforcement, and has expressed interest in authoring legislation that would increase the consequences for habitually dangerous drivers. He's an advocate for improving bus service, and as someone who often gets around by bike, he supports building more protected bike lanes across the city. He's also been a vocal supporter of Open Streets.

Tony SimoneTony Simone, 75th Assembly District, Manhattan (Open Seat) – Come January, the people of the 75th District will have a new Assemblymember for the first time in more than half a century, as Richard Gottfried is retiring. We believe Tony Simone is best qualified to succeed Gottfried. Simone, who's had extensive experience inside and outside government, believes fewer cars, better transit, and more people on bikes are key to a more livable city. He supports moving ahead quickly with congestion pricing, and taking steps to speed up buses. He also supports rethinking the way the city manages its curb space, and told us he thinks the Hudson River Greenway should be widened by taking a vehicular lane from West Street.

Bronx


Jeffrey DinowitzJeffrey Dinowitz, 81st Assembly District, Bronx (Incumbent) – Assemblymember Dinowitz has long been a champion for public transit, authoring the MTA "lock-box" bill that became law in 2019. Though he came later than some of his colleagues to support for congestion pricing, he now backs its implementation without any exemptions not already in the law, citing the need for revenue to improve service and accessibility. He wants the Bronx Bus Network redesign to lead to more frequent buses, especially on east-west routes, and he's expressed interest in introducing a bill that would allow bus cameras to operate universally. He'd also like the city's Department of Transportation to restart the Neighborhood Slow Zone program, which he feels has improved safety in his district.


published StreetsPAC's General Election Voter Guide! in News 2022-10-28 12:04:39 -0400

StreetsPAC's General Election Voter Guide!

Early voting for New York's November 8th general election begins Saturday, October 29th. Early-voting sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. over the weekend, and hours will then vary through the conclusion of early voting on Sunday, November 6th. You can find daily poll-site hours here, and you can confirm your early-voting and election-day polling locations, review a sample ballot, check your registration status, and see other election-related information at vote.nyc.

We've endorsed 16 candidates for the New York State Senate and Assembly, and you can read more about them, and important aspects of their street-safety and transportation platforms, below. Endorsed candidates are listed in ascending order by district number. State government exerts enormous influence over New York City's streets and transit system, and your vote for StreetsPAC-endorsed candidates can help to ensure that the legislature promotes policies that make our streets safer and our buses and subways more efficient and reliable.


published October 2022 Fundraiser 2022-09-27 13:04:37 -0400

October 19, 2022 Fundraiser

Please join Larry Greenfield and Liz Marcello for a rooftop fundraiser benefiting StreetsPAC, New York's only political action committee dedicated to improving safe streets and public transit.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
366 Broadway, 12B (Buzzer #133)
Manhattan


published StreetsPAC's Primary Day Voter Guide! in News 2022-08-23 05:56:10 -0400

StreetsPAC's Primary Day Voter Guide!

Good morning! It's Primary Day in New York, and polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you're registered to vote with a political-party affiliation, you are eligible to vote today in your party's primary.

We've spent several months evaluating responses to our in-depth candidate questionnaire, analyzing policy platforms, and conducting personal interviews with dozens of candidates. We've endorsed seven candidates for the New York State Senate in today's primary. You can learn more about each of our endorsees below, as well as the street-safety and transportation issues they'll champion if elected.

To find your polling location, see a sample ballot, and check your voter-registration status, please visit vote.nyc.

Today's primary will undoubtedly continue a trend of low-turnout elections. While we'd much prefer to see robust voter participation, the silver lining to lower turnout is that your vote for a candidate who supports safe, complete and livable streets, and reliable, efficient and affordable public transit, has the potential to make a real difference in a close race. Please vote!


published StreetsPAC's August Primary Election Voter Guide in News 2022-08-22 17:30:48 -0400

There's A Primary Election Tomorrow – Here's Our Voter Guide!

Tomorrow is, once again, Primary Day in New York, and polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you're registered to vote with a political-party affiliation, you are eligible to vote in your party's primary.

We've spent the past several months evaluating responses to our in-depth candidate questionnaire, analyzing policy platforms, and conducting personal interviews with dozens of candidates. We've endorsed seven candidates for State Senate, all of whom appear on primary ballots tomorrow. You can learn more about each of our endorsees below, as well as the street-safety and transportation issues they'll advocate for in office.

The August 23rd primary will undoubtedly continue a trend of low-turnout elections. While we're fans of robust voter participation, the silver lining to lower turnout is that your vote for a candidate who supports safe, complete and livable streets, and reliable, efficient and affordable public transit, has the potential to make a real difference in a close race.

To find your polling location, see a sample ballot, and check your voter-registration status, please visit vote.nyc.

And if you have an hour or two to spare tomorrow, it's not too late to help our endorsees get out the vote. We've compiled links to all of our candidates' volunteer opportunities – just click here to find a GOTV opportunity near you.


Primary Tuesday – Vote Early Through Sunday

Early voting in advance of Tuesday's Primary election for New York State Senate continues today until 3 p.m., and then on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Tuesday, the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

You can find your early-voting and Primary day polling sites, and more election-related information, at vote.nyc.

We've endorsed seven terrific candidates for State Senate, and you can read more about them and their safe-streets and pro-transit platforms below. Given the timing of this election, we expect turnout to be anemic. While that is of course less than ideal, it also presents an opportunity to unite behind candidates who are committed to improving our transportation system and making streets safer.

While your vote for our endorsed candidates is crucial, you can do even more by volunteering for a couple hours to help push them across the finish line. Click here for links to sign up to help our endorsees get out the vote!


August 23rd Primary Election Early Voting Continues All Week

Early voting for the August 23rd Primary for New York State Senate continues all week, with polling sites open as follows:

Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can find more information about early voting, find your early-voting and election-day polling locations, check your registration status, and see other election-related information at vote.nyc.

We've proudly endorsed seven candidates in the primary for the New York State Senate; you can read more about them, and aspects of their street-safety and transportation platforms, below. Our endorsees are listed by district number in ascending order.

And you can find information about volunteering to help our endorsed candidates get out the vote, which is especially critical with a low-turnout August primary, here.

[Note: there are also primaries for Congress in a number of districts, but we are not registered with the Federal Election Commission and only endorse in city and state races.]


Early Voting for August 23rd Primary Begins Tomorrow

Early voting for the August 23rd Primary for New York State Senate begins tomorrow, Saturday, August 13th. Early-voting sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and hours will then vary through the conclusion of early voting next Sunday. You can see the daily poll-site hours here: https://www.vote.nyc/page/primary-elections-2022.

You can check your registration status, find your early-voting and election-day polling locations, and see other election-related information at vote.nyc.

We've proudly endorsed seven candidates in the primary for the State Senate, including two incumbents, two candidates challenging sitting State Senators, and three candidates running for open seats. You can read more about them, and aspects of their street-safety and transportation platforms, below. Our endorsees are listed in ascending order by district number.

You can find information about volunteering to help our endorsed candidates get out the vote, which is especially critical with a low-turnout August primary, here.

[Note: there are also primaries for Congress in a number of districts, but we are not registered with the Federal Election Commission and only endorse in city and state races.]


Volunteer to Help StreetsPAC Endorsees Get Out the Vote

Early voting for the August 23rd primary for New York State Senate runs through August 21st. All of the State Senate candidates we've endorsed are facing competitive primaries and need your help to get out the vote.

We've listed below links to volunteer opportunities over the final days of their campaigns for each of the candidates we've endorsed. Even an hour or two of your time knocking on doors, phone-banking, or handing out literature could make the difference between a victory or loss in a closely contested election – and the difference between electing a candidate who will support protected bike lanes or a dedicated busway and one who will defend the cars-first status quo.

Click on the links below to sign up for volunteer shifts with StreetsPAC's 2022 State Senate endorsees.

Kaegan Mays-Williams, State Senate District 21, Brooklyn: Get Out the Vote

Rajiv Gowda, State Senate District 23, Staten Island & Brooklyn: Get Out the Vote

Jabari Brisport, State Senate District 25, Brooklyn: Get Out the Vote

Andrew Gounardes, State Senate District 26, Brooklyn: Get Out the Vote

Angel Vasquez, State Senate District 31, Manhattan & Bronx: Get Out the Vote

Christian Amato, State Senate District 34, Bronx & Westchester: Get Out the Vote

Kristen Gonzalez, State Senate District 59, Brooklyn, Manhattan & Queens: Get Out the Vote

 


published 2022 NYS Senate Primary in Endorsements 2022-08-08 12:32:50 -0400

2022 NYS Senate Primary

2022 State Senate Endorsees

Kaegan Mays-WilliamsKaegan Mays-Williams, 21st State Senate District, Brooklyn (Challenger) – Kaegan Mays-Williams, a gun-safety advocate, and David Alexis, a labor and climate organizer, are challenging incumbent Kevin Parker for this central Brooklyn seat. While both are attractive candidates, our choice is Ms. Mays-Williams. A former assistant Manhattan District Attorney, she's been touched closely by traffic violence: her best friend's father was struck and killed by a driver while crossing a street. She supports redesigning Brooklyn's bus network to simplify routes and speed commutes, and as a mom with a young child, she's committed to supporting expansion of a network of protected bike lanes throughout the 21st District.

Rajiv GowdaRajiv Gowda, 23rd State Senate District, Brooklyn & Staten Island (Open Seat) – Rajiv Gowda, a retired civil engineer whom we endorsed in 2020, is running for this now-open seat covering Staten Island's North Shore and a portion of southern Brooklyn. A former union leader and Community Education Council president, Gowda also chaired his Community Board's Transportation Committee. He's committed to advocating for a pedestrian and bicycle path on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, reactivation of Staten Island's North Shore rail line, major upgrades to the district's bike lanes, and improved transit accessibility.

Jabari BrisportJabari Brisport, 25th State Senate District, Brooklyn (Incumbent) – Senator Brisport, who won his seat in 2020 with StreetsPAC's endorsement, is running for re-election against two challengers. He supports eliminating parking minimums across the city, connecting the 25th District's disjointed bike network, with an emphasis on protected lanes, and increasing access to secure bike parking, especially for NYCHA residents. He's committed to improving transit service, and supports traffic-calming redesigns of streets to slow down vehicles and improve safety.

Andrew GounardesAndrew Gounardes, 26th State Senate District, Brooklyn (Incumbent) – Senator Gounardes, who earned our endorsement when he won his seat in 2018 and was re-elected in 2020, has proved to be a transformative figure in the State Senate. He's led the fight in Albany to expand New York City's speed-camera program, and authored the legislation that now allows cameras to operate around the clock, which should have a huge effect on reducing speeding. His bill requiring that the written portion of New York State's drivers test include instruction in pedestrian and bicycle safety passed the legislature in June, and he's been a staunch advocate for improved transit service and subway accessibility. In addition to that, and much more, no one works harder in Albany or for the people of his district.

Angel VasquezAngel Vasquez, 31st State Senate District, Manhattan (Challenger) – Angel Vasquez, a Teachers' Union official and former middle-school teacher and Albany staffer, is running against incumbent Robert Jackson in this upper Manhattan and west Bronx district. A fan of Bogota's TransMilenio bus rapid transit system, he'd like to see that type of high-level service implemented in New York as part of a concerted effort to reduce driving in the city. He supports building out a more robust network of protected bike lanes uptown, and extending bike-share to all corners of the 31st District.

Christian AmatoChristian Amato, 34th State Senate District, Bronx (Open Seat) – Christian Amato, an ex-staffer for State Senator Alessandra Biaggi and former theater producer with abundant political-organizing experience, is running for the open seat in this east Bronx district. Amato is committed to expanding transportation options in the district as a means to reducing driving. As Vice Chair of CB11's Transportation Committee, he's championed the area's scooter-share pilot, and he wants to see Citi Bike expanded into the district, served by a better-connected and upgraded bike-lane network. He'll push to have the Interbrough Express extended to the Bronx, supports improvements to bus service, including dedicated bus lanes, and would like to see ferry service expanded and integrated with New York City Transit.

Kristen GonzalezKristen Gonzalez, 59th State Senate District, Brooklyn, Manhattan & Queens (Open Seat) – Kristen Gonzalez, a tech worker with a strong organizing background, is running a broadly progressive campaign for this newly created seat spanning parts of Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. Deeply dedicated to public transit, she'll fight for improvements in service, especially for buses, and wants to see the entire bus fleet electrified. She supports making a number of streets within the 59th District car-free, in order to improve safety and prioritize walking and biking. She's also committed to improving conditions for the city's Deliveristas, and to making the bike-share system affordable and available to all New Yorkers. Former New York City Council member Elizabeth Crowley has also put forth a creative transportation platform, but we believe voters in this new district will benefit most by electing Ms. Gonzalez.


StreetsPAC Endorses Seven Candidates in New York State Senate Primary

We are proud today to announce our endorsement of seven candidates in the August 23rd primary for the New York State Senate!

Our endorsees include two incumbents, two candidates challenging sitting State Senators, and three candidates running for open seats, in districts that touch on all five boroughs.

In-person early voting begins on Saturday, August 13th, while the deadline to request an absentee ballot is today. You can check your registration status, find your early-voting and election-day polling locations, and see other election-related information at vote.nyc. We've included links to district maps for each of the candidates we're endorsing.

We anticipate making a final round of endorsements in advance of November's general election, as a number of state legislators whom we've endorsed in the past are not facing primary challenges. Check back for updates.

We hope you'll join us in supporting these outstanding candidates for the New York State Senate. Read on to learn more about our endorsees and aspects of their street-safety and transportation platforms. Candidates are listed below in ascending order by district number.


StreetsPAC's Testimony to City Council on Greenway Master Plan, Public Restrooms

We testified at yesterday's New York City Council Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure oversight hearing on managing public space, in support of bills that would require a Greenway Master Plan, foster creation of more public restrooms, and make it easier for schools and other institutions to use adjacent open spaces. Our full testimony follows below.

StreetsPAC is strongly supportive of this committee’s assessing of the large and crucial task of managing the city’s public space. Welcoming, dynamic, easily accessed, and equitable public space is critical to the health of New York City and its citizens, and we believe the creation of a high-level entity within city government to coordinate and manage the city’s public spaces is urgently necessary.

The pandemic has underscored just how important access to open space is to New Yorkers, and just how immensely popular – and good for business – welcoming, strollable, and sittable areas are across diverse communities. We urge this committee and the full Council to prioritize improvement in the city’s management of public space.

As to the three bills before the committee today, we support all of them.


published StreetsPAC's 2022 Primary Election Voter Guide in News 2022-06-27 17:39:47 -0400

StreetsPAC's 2022 Primary Election Voter Guide

Today is Primary Day in New York, and polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you're registered to vote with a political-party affiliation, you are eligible to vote in your party's primary.

We've spent the past few months evaluating responses to our in-depth candidate questionnaire, analyzing policy platforms, and conducting personal interviews with dozens of candidates. We've endorsed 19 candidates for State Assembly, 16 of whom appear on primary ballots today. You can learn more about each of them below, as well as the street-safety and transportation issues they'll advocate for in office.

This primary will undoubtedly continue a trend of low-turnout elections. While we're fans of robust voter participation, the silver lining is that your vote for a candidate who supports safe, complete and livable streets, and reliable, efficient and affordable public transit, has the potential to make a real difference in a close race.

To find your polling location, see a sample ballot, and check your voter-registration status, please visit vote.nycWe urge you to get out and vote for our endorsed candidates. Read on for our full voter guide; you can click the links at the top to jump to our endorsements in a particular borough.

And if you have an hour or two to spare today, it's not too late to help our endorsees get out the vote. We've compiled links to all of our candidates' volunteer opportunities – just click here to find a GOTV opportunity near you.


Vote for Our Assembly Endorsees – and Help Them Get Out the Vote!

Vote Early for StreetsPAC Assembly Endorsees

Early voting continues this week in advance of the June 28th Primary, and if you haven't voted already, you have until 3 p.m. today, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, to vote early. And poll sites will of course be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the Primary on Tuesday. You can locate your early-voting and regular polling site, check your registration status, and find other election info at vote.nyc.

We've endorsed 19 candidates for Assembly, 16 of whom are on the Primary ballot (three incumbents are not facing challenges, noted below). New York State will hold a separate primary for State Senate races on August 23rd – stay tuned for our Senate endorsements in July.

You can read about all 19 of our endorsed Assembly candidates below, listed chronologically by district number, with links to their websites and maps for each district. You can also click the borough links to jump ahead. Please vote and help us grow the pro-safe streets, pro-transit majority in the Assembly!

Volunteer to Help StreetsPAC Candidates Get Out the Vote

A number of our endorsees are running in tight primary races, and with low turnout, every vote is hugely important. There are numerous opportunities to help them get out the vote between now and Tuesday, from phone-banking to door-knocking to Primary Day visibility near polling sites. Even just an hour or two of your time could help make the difference in a close election.

We've compiled links to all of our endorsees' volunteer opportunities here. Please pitch in for a few hours and help them win!


Help StreetsPAC's Assembly Endorsees Get Out the Vote

Early voting continues through Sunday, June 26, before the June 28 primary election, and many of the Assembly candidates we've endorsed in the primary need your help to get out the vote.

We've listed below links to volunteer opportunities over the coming days with all the candidates we've endorsed. Even an hour or two of your time knocking on doors, phone-banking, or handing out literature could make the difference between a victory or loss in a closely contested election – and the difference between electing a candidate who will support protected bike lanes or a dedicated busway and one who will defend the cars-first status quo.

Click on links below to learn more about upcoming volunteer shifts with StreetsPAC's 2022 Assembly endorsees.

Queens

Anthony Andrews, Assembly District 32: All Volunteer Opportunities

Jessica González-Rojas, Assembly District 34: All Volunteer Opportunities

Juan Ardila, Assembly District 37: All Volunteer Opportunities

Brooklyn

Brian Cunningham, Assembly District 43: All Volunteer Opportunities

Emily Gallagher, Assembly District 50: All Volunteer Opportunities

Samy Nemir Olivares, Assembly District 54: All Volunteer Opportunities

Hercules Reid, Assembly District 58: All Volunteer Opportunities

Manhattan

Grace Lee, Assembly District 65: All Volunteer Opportunities

Ryder Kessler, Assembly District 66: All Volunteer Opportunities

Eddie Gibbs, Assembly District 68: All Volunteer Opportunities

Delsenia Glover, Assembly District 70: All Volunteer Opportunities

Adam Roberts, Assembly District 73: All Volunteer Opportunities

Tony Simone, Assembly District 75: All Volunteer Opportunities

Patrick Bobilin, Assembly District 76: All Volunteer Opportunities

Bronx

Jeffrey Dinowitz, Assembly District 81: All Volunteer Opportunities

Jonathan Soto, Assembly District 82: All Volunteer Opportunities


published 2022 NYS Assembly Primary in Endorsements 2022-06-16 11:57:10 -0400

2022 NYS Assembly Primary

2022 State Assembly Endorsees: Queens | Brooklyn | Manhattan | Bronx

Queens


Khaleel AndersonKhaleel Anderson, 31st Assembly District, Queens (Incumbent) – Assemblymember Anderson won his seat in 2020 with StreetsPAC's endorsement, becoming the youngest African American to ever serve in the Assembly. He's been a vocal supporter of improved public-transit service since his days as a youth activist, especially better and more reliable buses. He's co-sponsored a number of bills aimed at improving safety and access for cyclists and pedestrians, and frequently bikes to meetings within his district. Assemblymember Anderson is also lead sponsor of a bill that would tax air travel to create an environmental justice fund. He's advocated for creating more open space within his district, including an effort to de-map several blocks beneath the elevated A train line to create a network of public plazas. Anderson does not face a primary challenge, a testament to his work in his first term.

Anthony AndrewsAnthony Andrews, 32nd Assembly District, Queens (Challenger) – Dr. Andrews, an educator and community leader, is challenging long-time incumbent Vivian Cook in this eastern Queens district. He supports improving public transit, including the redesign of the Queens Bus Network and expansion of the Freedom Ticket for LIRR customers, and believes that use of bus-lane enforcement cameras and transit-signal priority should be broadened significantly. He also wants to see the area's haphazard bike lanes connected and expanded into a safe and contiguous network. Dr. Andrews supports allowing speed cameras to operate 24/7, and backs the deployment of specialized cameras to combat noise pollution from illegally modified mufflers.

Jessica Gonzalez-RojasJessica González-Rojas, 34th Assembly District, Queens (Incumbent) – Assemblymember González-Rojas won her seat in 2020 with StreetsPAC's support. She was the lead sponsor in the Assembly of, and worked tirelessly to pass, the MTA Bike Access bill, which was signed into law late last year and mandates the creation of a strategic plan to facilitate access to the MTA's bridges and stations. She's proudly championed the 34th Avenue Open Street, and wants to see it turned into a linear park. Assemblymember González-Rojas has continued to advocated for the redesign of dangerous Northern Boulevard, pushing for dedicated bus lanes and protected bike lanes. She's certainly earned another term in Albany.

Juan ArdilaJuan Ardila, 37th Assembly District, Queens (Open Seat) – Ardila, whom StreetsPAC endorsed when he ran for City Council in 2021, is running to succeed Cathy Nolan, who is retiring from the Assembly. He wants to reduce the car culture in the eastern part of the district by improving transit access and making it easier and safer to bike, and supports the expansion of Citi Bike and the bike-lane network. He's excited about the prospects for the Interborough Express, and is supportive of operating speed cameras around the clock. He's also committed to pursuing reform of the Department of Motor Vehicles, including the periodic retesting or recertification of drivers, and ongoing education efforts.

Brooklyn


Brian CunninghamBrian Cunningham, 43rd Assembly District, Brooklyn (Incumbent) – Cunningham, who won a special election to succeed Diana Richardson in March, is running for re-election to a full term. A member of the Assembly's Transportation Committee, he co-sponsored the speed-camera reauthorization bill, and supports creation of a dedicated bus lane on Flatbush Avenue, something he looks forward to working toward with a fellow StreetsPAC endorsee, Council Member Rita Joseph. He's an advocate for Citi Bike expansion, in conjunction with a safer, more robust network of bike lanes. In an attractive field of candidates (we were especially impressed by Tim Hunter, a certain rising star), Cunningham, whom we endorsed for City Council in 2017, stands out for his experience.

Robert Carroll, 44th Assembly District, Brooklyn (Incumbent) – Assemblymember Carroll, whom we've endorsed multiple times since 2016, has been a consistent champion for safer streets and better public transit. He continues to advocate for implementing congestion pricing as soon as possible, with no additional exemptions, and for improved bus service, especially a Brooklyn bus network redesign with more dedicated lanes. He's been a vocal supporter of expanding the city's allocation of speed and red-light cameras, and supports expanding the use of cameras to keep bus lanes and bus stops clear of parked cars. Assemblymember Carroll does not face a primary challenge.

Emily GallagherEmily Gallagher, 50th Assembly District, Brooklyn (Incumbent) – Emily Gallagher pulled off perhaps the biggest upset of the 2020 election cycle, winning her seat by defeating 24-term incumbent Joe Lentol with StreetsPAC's endorsement and a platform that centered progressive transportation policies. Since taking office, she's continued to champion safer streets, serving on the Assembly's Transportation Committee and successfully lobbying New York City to invest $39 million in improvements to McGuinness Boulevard. She's been a staunch advocate for Open Streets, and her bill with Senator Andrew Gounardes requiring that New Yorkers taking the driver's pre-licensing course be instructed in pedestrian and cyclist safety passed the legislature last month. Next on Assemblymember Gallagher's agenda: advocating for major design changes to her district's Manhattan Avenue.

Samy Nemir OlivaresSamy Nemir Olivares, 54th Assembly District, Brooklyn (Challenger) – Samy Nemir Olivares, a Democratic District Leader, is challenging incumbent Assemblymember Erik Dilan in the 54th District, which includes parts of Bushwick, Cypress Hills, and East New York. He's committed to advocating for improved transit service, especially faster and more reliable buses by way of dedicated lanes, and believes buses should eventually be fare-free. A regular cyclist, he supports significant expansion of the district's bike-lane network. He'll also push for the speedy implementation of congestion pricing once in office.

Hercules ReidHercules Reid, 58th Assembly District, Brooklyn (Challenger) – Reid, a former aide to Eric Adams, joined Families for Safe Streets after he was struck by a driver while riding his bike in 2015. That experience shaped his advocacy for better pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, something he'll prioritize for the 58th District. He'll also push to bring Citi Bike to the area. Reid is committed to working to improve the area's transit options, like speeding up the B46 on Utica Avenue by reducing double-parking, increasing the reliability of the B8, a key east-west bus route, and identifying locations for busways. Monique Chandler-Waterman, who won the May special election for the 58th District Assembly seat, completed our questionnaire but did not schedule an interview.

Manhattan


Grace LeeGrace Lee, 65th Assembly District, Manhattan (Open Seat) – Lee, a neighborhood organizer and small-business owner, impressed us when she ran for this same seat in 2020 against Yuh-Line Niou, who is running for Congress. Lee will make upgrading public transit a priority, especially improving bus service and subway accessibility on the Lower East Side, and she's also interested in reforming the MTA board and making sure the agency is focused on enhancing service. A regular Citi Biker, she supports a safer and more robust bike network, speeding up fixes to Canal Street, and cracking down on the placard abuse that plagues the district's streets and sidewalks. Lee's main primary opponent, Illapa Sairitupac, also impressed us greatly with his enthusiasm around street-safety and transportation issues, but we believe Grace Lee has the experience and commitment to best deliver for the district.

Ryder KesslerRyder Kessler, 66th Assembly District, Manhattan (Challenger) – Kessler, a progressive organizer and former social-impact entrepreneur who's challenging long-time 66th District Assemblymember Deborah Glick in the Democratic primary, has made transforming and improving the safety of the city's streets a central plank in his platform. He's an advocate for replacing free curbside car storage with more space for pedestrians, containerized trash receptacles, protected bike lanes, dedicated busways, and improved outdoor-dining setups. He believes the bike network should be expanded and universally hardened against incursion by drivers, and will advocate to end delays in the implementation of congestion pricing. Despite Kessler's robust agenda, this was not an easy decision for us. Assemblymember Glick has worked with Families for Safe Streets to champion speed cameras and other street-safety initiatives. Yet she was slow to come around on congestion tolling, and more recently, rallied with opponents of the Open Restaurants program. We believe the district is ready for new leadership, and we're confident that Ryder Kessler will be a leader in Albany on transportation issues.

Eddie GibbsEddie Gibbs, 68th Assembly District, Manhattan (Incumbent) – Gibbs, the first formerly incarcerated person to serve in the State Legislature, was elected to succeed Robert Rodriguez in a special election in January. Assemblymember Gibbs supports implementing congestion pricing with no additional carveouts, and would like to see the MTA improve bus service with more Select Bus Service routes and crosstown busways. He backed the renewal and expansion of the city's speed-camera program and passage of the Crash Victims Rights & Safety Act, and would like to see more street space dedicated to cycling and pedestrian uses.

Delsenia GloverDelsenia Glover, 70th Assembly District, Manhattan (Challenger) – Glover, a long-time housing-rights activist and former Deputy Public Advocate for Housing Equity, is challenging incumbent Assemblymember Inez Dickens in this district that covers much of Harlem. Glover believes the city would be a much better place with fewer cars, and supports improving bus service with new busways, and expanding the bike network, including improving the greenway along the Harlem River. She supports the expansion of the city's speed-camera program, and will support efforts to pass noise-camera legislation. We believe voters in the 70th District would do well to elect this "big believer in changing the whole cityscape." 

Adam RobertsAdam Roberts, 73rd Assembly District, Manhattan (Open Seat) – There's a very competitive race shaping up to succeed past StreetsPAC endorsee Dan Quart in this Upper East Side district, but we believe Adam Roberts stands above the pack. Roberts, who directs policy for the American Institute of Architects' New York chapter and was an aide to former Council Member Ben Kallos, is committed to improving transit service and making it safer and easier for people to walk and bike. He supports converting all crosstown bus routes serving the district to Select Bus Service, completing the Second Avenue Subway, and expanding the congestion-pricing zone north of 60th Street, and is a proponent of wider sidewalks, protected bike lanes (including on 72nd Street), and containerizing trash in the street. Two of his competitors, Alex Bores and Kellie Leeson, also impressed us with their positions, but we believe Adam Roberts, with his commitment to transforming the district's built environment, is best positioned in this race.

Harvey EpsteinHarvey Epstein, 74th Assembly District, Manhattan (Incumbent) – Assemblymember Epstein, whom we endorsed in 2018 and 2020, and who's seeking his third term in the Assembly, has been a reliable vote for safer streets and better public transit. He's championed automated camera enforcement, and has expressed an interest in authoring legislation that would increase the consequences for habitually dangerous drivers. He's an advocate for improving bus service, and as someone who often gets around by bike, he supports building more protected bike lanes across the city. He's also been a vocal supporter of Open Streets. Epstein does not face a primary challenge.

Tony SimoneTony Simone, 75th Assembly District, Manhattan (Open Seat) – Come January, the people of the 75th District will have a new Assemblymember for the first time in more than half a century, as Richard Gottfried is retiring. We believe Tony Simone is best qualified to succeed Gottfried. Simone, who's had extensive experience inside and outside government, believes fewer cars, better transit, and more people on bikes are key to a more livable city. He supports moving ahead quickly with congestion pricing, and taking steps to speed up buses. He also supports rethinking the way the city manages its curb space, and told us he thinks the Hudson River Greenway should be widened by taking a vehicular lane from West Street.

Patrick BobilinPatrick Bobilin, 76th Assembly District, Manhattan (Challenger) – Bobilin, a community organizer and digital-marketing expert, is challenging four-term Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright for this Upper East Side seat. Bobilin supports transit improvements, especially to bus service – he'd like to see a 14th Street-style busway on 86th Street – and ultimately envisions a fare-free transit system supported by progressive taxes. He'd like to improve ferry service by integrating it with the larger transit system, and plans to advocate for major improvements to the East River Greenway. He's also expressed an interest in pushing for reform of the State Department of Motor Vehicles.

Bronx


Jeffrey DinowitzJeffrey Dinowitz, 81st Assembly District, Bronx (Incumbent) – Assemblymember Dinowitz has long been a champion for public transit, authoring the MTA "lock-box" bill that became law in 2019. Though he came later than some of his colleagues to support for congestion pricing, he now backs its implementation without any exemptions not already in the law, citing the need for revenue to improve service and accessibility. He wants the Bronx Bus Network redesign to lead to more frequent buses, especially on east-west routes, and he's expressed an interest in introducing a bill that would allow bus cameras to operate universally. He'd also like the city's Department of Transportation to restart the Neighborhood Slow Zone program, which he feels has improved safety in his district.

Jonathan SotoJonathan Soto, 82nd Assembly District, Bronx (Challenger) – Soto, a former staffer for Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with a background in law and urban planning, is challenging incumbent Assemblymember Michael Benedetto, who's represented this East Bronx district for 18 years. Soto is concerned with the area's too-often "dangerous" car culture, and wants to make it much easier, and safer, for residents to get around without driving. He'll advocate for better biking infrastructure in the district, and would like to see ferries – critical for speeding up long Bronx commutes – made more environmentally friendly and integrated into the transit system. 


StreetsPAC Endorses 19 Candidates for New York State Assembly

We are excited today to endorse 19 candidates for the New York State Assembly!

Our endorsees include eight incumbents, seven candidates challenging sitting Assemblymembers, and four candidates seeking open seats. Three of the incumbents we're endorsing are not facing primary races, which we've noted below, so they won't appear on the ballot until November's general election. We also anticipate making additional Assembly endorsements this summer.

The majority of our endorsees, however, will appear on the Democratic Primary ballot on June 28th. In-person early voting begins this Saturday, June 18th. You can check your registration status, find out where to vote, and find other election info at vote.nyc. We've included links to district maps for each of the candidates we're endorsing.

As you probably know, New York State will hold a separate primary for State Senate races on August 23rd. We will be making endorsements in Senate races in the coming weeks.

We are delighted with the 2022 class of Assembly endorsees, and hope you'll join us in supporting their candidacies. Read on to meet them all, listed below chronologically by district number. You can also click the borough links to jump ahead.


StreetsPAC's Testimony to City Council on the Influx of Federal Infrastructure Funding

We testified today at the New York City Council's Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure oversight hearing on assessing the state of the city's infrastructure and laying the foundation for federal infrastructure funding, a broad and somewhat complicated topic (there are reportedly 34 separate funding streams for infrastructure projects). We focused on certain aspects of the city's transportation system; our full testimony follows below.

Thanks to an unprecedented flow of federal infrastructure funding, New York City has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to upgrade and expand its transportation system.

While there are many pots of federal money, quite a few of which are tied to competitive grants, StreetsPAC believes the city should be guided by a few overarching principles.

First, similarly to the Priority Investment Areas outlined in the New York City Streets Plan, funding should be prioritized in communities that have historically been underserved. Economically disadvantaged and predominantly Black and brown neighborhoods should receive priority when it comes to these transportation initiatives.

Secondly, investments in transportation infrastructure should emphasize safety and accessibility, especially the safety of vulnerable street users. The reversal in the progress of the city’s Vision Zero initiative has reached a critical juncture. We know that investments in complete streets, protected bike lanes, curb extensions, raised crosswalks and similar design treatments improve safety for everyone, and the influx of federal funds can both expand and speed up the implementation of these types of infrastructure. Similarly, we should take this opportunity to accelerate the pace of investment in making our transit system 100% accessible.

Thirdly, we believe the city should prioritize quick-build projects wherever federal funding will support that. Dedicated bus lanes, busways, protected bike lanes, and a host of traffic-calming installations can be implemented quickly, and often at relatively low cost. Bus and bike improvements can also help to plug gaps in transit deserts.

Relatedly, we believe the availability of federal funds for alternative transportation modes presents a golden opportunity to subsidize accelerated expansion of the city’s bike-share program. Bike share remains the only aspect of our transportation system that receives no subsidy, and we should seize this chance to expand bike share across the five boroughs and to New Yorkers of all means.

Finally, we want to amplify the call by Council Member Rivera and others to make a substantial investment in the city’s Greenway network. Greenways have the potential to extend open space into all corners of the city, and to serve as the backbone of a safe, separated, and resilient citywide bike network. Federal funds can jumpstart the city’s decades-old plan to build a robust, interconnected Greenway network. Let’s not let this opportunity go to waste.


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Eric McClure
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Eric McClure is StreetsPAC's Executive Director and Treasurer. He's a co-founder of Park Slope Neighbors, a grassroots community-advocacy organization based in Brooklyn.