As your State Representative, I will bring my knowledge and experience with me as an elected official, community organizer, and a new business owner to advocate for resources to help support our vital services for the 11th Essex District such as:
Public Safety & Health
I will fight for funding to either expand or replace the 100-year-old fire station in Nahant, to support addiction treatment programs, and Narcan trainings for all public servants and city officials within our district. Lynn recently hired 8 new police officers, but funding was available to pay their salaries for only one year. I will fight for the money to enable us to continue paying their salaries permanently, and to fully fund our police and fire departments.
After meeting with senior citizens throughout the district, they’ve helped me be more aware of the hardships many of our residents face. Many seniors are unable to afford their high insurance premiums, or are being completely dropped from coverage, due to preexisting conditions. We need to limit how much drug companies can charge in Massachusetts so that no one has to choose between paying for either medical copays or groceries. I will also fight for resources to increase nutritional food options for families and public school students, specifically to reduce the rate of diabetes and obesity.
From my discussions with various representatives of charter and public schools, it’s evident that they do want to work together for the benefit of our students. For example, I’ve worked to facilitate conversations about the possibility of creating a district-wide, shared curriculum to help all students improve SAT scores.
As a Councilor-at-Large, I’m in favor of building a new middle school in Lynn to accommodate the growing number of students. As your State Representative, I will fully support the effort to get state funding for it as teachers and school administrators are preparing our students to meet the demands of the highly skilled workforce. I will work to fight for state funding for new middle schools for Lynn and more Youth Job Program for the 11th district.
Economic Development & Infrastructure
To bring more businesses to Nahant and the Lynn’s waterfront, our homes and businesses need to be protected from high waves and hurricanes. Because we don’t have a natural reef barrier, we need to build a manmade breaker to prevent extensive damage from the natural disaster. I will fight for state funding to fund the project.
To promote these ideas, new businesses must be brought to our district by offering incentives and reduce commercial tax rate, while retaining businesses that are already here in order to create more jobs for our residents in our district.
Infrastructure updates will lead to true development of the waterfront. Lynn needs a hotel on its waterfront to host visitors and tourists, and additional pedestrian overpass on the Lynnway to connect the waterfront to the rest of the city and to attract businesses for further development without restricting the flow of traffic.
I will fight for more funds to improve our roads and bridges in the 11th district and addressing flood issues in several wards of Lynn and neighborhoods of Nahant. I also will work to build on the heritage of Lynn and Nahant by getting more state funding to improve the historic and art districts.
Human Rights & Immigration
Have worked with a human rights organization through the United Nations and authored the ordinance creating Lynn Human Rights Commission in 2012, I will continue to meet with community groups or agencies that have already tackled this issue.
Although we can’t change federal laws, but some specific issues need to be looked at closely case by case and make recommendations to our representatives in congress to support our new residents here, and avoid creating new hardships by breaking up families, which further taxes the state resources.