• We live in a wonderful community of families and small businesses. But we live with decisions made by faraway power brokers who are not listening - decisions that affect the quality of our lives and the future of our community.

    Decisions such as a proposed homeless shelter – where a thousand children walk, every day, to and from three nearby schools.  Moving “community jails” into our neighborhood. Not replacing aging and leaking sewers and pipelines that flood raw sewage into our streets and homes.

    We want transparency from our elected officials. Respect for our wishes and needs. Decisions based on the best interests of our families, children, elderly, local businesses, and local public safety officials.

    City Hall and Albany may not be listening. But I am.
     

    –Slawek Platta

What are our Biggest Challenges?
 

PROTECT OUR CHILDREN

PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH

STOP COMMUNITY JAILS

Inserting troubled homeless and inmate populations into stable communities is risky and dangerous.

Society cannot fix the broken promises of elected officials, who only damage the stable communities that support the tax base, house our children, and serve our business needs.

The political indifference of elected officials from both parties at City Hall and in Albany fail to solve problems. Instead, they create problems.

Incredibly, these “public servants” refuse to listen to us. We want bi-partisan, transparent, proactive and sound public policy – and immediate solutions that address root causes, not the growing and dangerous results of bad decisions.

 

No homeless shelters

Caring for mentally ill men or recovering addicts is sound public policy.

Housing them in neighborhoods of schoolchildren and local business centers is not.

Address Our Water Supply

Repairing or replacing aging and rotting water and sewer lines may be disruptive and may be costly – but it is not rocket science – and high functioning infrastructure is critical to public health and welfare, and is sound – and essential - public policy.

Walking away from construction and installation that the state is helping to pay for is not.

No Community Jails

Incarcerating those who cannot afford bail for even petty crimes is filling our jails to overflowing, so yes, supporting bail reform that reduces jail populations by 70% is sound public policy.

Moving great numbers of prisoners into neighborhood “community jails” is not.

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Quality of life

Preserve and protect the Community we love, the Community where we live. The Community that educates or children. Houses are our only major investment for our futures, our homes.

BOTTOM LINE
Let Queens be Queens


Welfare Reform

Aid to the needy? Of course – but elected officials must end the revolving doors that keep generations of people in poverty. The only solutions and assistance that work are those that move people into employment.

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Assistance-to-Work


transportation

We must find and adopt common-sense alternatives for more parking and dense vehicular traffic, especially in peak morning and evening rush hours.

BOTTOM LINE
More parking, less traffic


MINImize regulations

We must sustain and grow the small businesses that form the heart of our communities, where we buy our food. Where we gather to socialize over coffee or dinner. Where we run on Saturdays to hardware stores for supplies.

BOTTOM LINE
Reduce costly regulations


public safety

Keep prisons and shelters away from our 1,000 school children walking to and from their schools - what good are safe measures inside school walls if children are surrounded on the streets by community jails and shelters for mentally ill? And, we must support the local police who protect us.

BOTTOM LINE 
Make Queens Safer


MIDDLE CLASS taxpayers

Elected officials must stop thinking of taxpayers as bottomless pits of money that sustain their costly projects and programs. We pay their salaries and retirement benefits; time for them to think of our salaries and retirement savings.

BOTTOM LINE
Reduce taxes across the board

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