By Council Member Keith Powers
Starting on January 1, I have the privilege to represent the community that I have called home throughout my life. Our district has been lucky to have been represented by Council Member Dan Garodnick for 12 years that were exciting, turbulent, and important to our future. As I take office, I look forward to building on Dan’s legacy and focusing on a few priority areas:
Creating and Preserving Affordable Housing
As I promised during my campaign, I’ll work to make housing laws fair and to provide residents an opportunity to stay in their homes for the long haul, especially right here in ST/PCV. The next few years will need to include addressing the long-term future of “Roberts” tenants in ST/PCV and assisting overburdened settling tenants in Waterside Plaza. The city and state also need to address the rising cost of housing through MCI reform, expanding SCRIE benefits, and continuing the push for zero or low rent increases for rent-regulated tenants.
Building Sustainable Transportation Alternatives During the L Train Shutdown
As we prepare for the 15-month L-train shutdown, I am working to make the process as seamless as possible. I will fight to make sure the city’s plan adequately addresses the need to get across 14th Street, and presents new options for travel. We need to invest in Select Bus Service, as well as more space for pedestrians along 14th Street. With the noise, construction and shift in people traffic and vehicles to come, I also want to make sure quality of life remains sustainable for those in the surrounding area.
Helping Small Businesses Thrive
The city needs to act swiftly to address retail vacancies and present a lifeline to struggling small businesses. Building on Council Member Garodnick’s repeal of the Commercial Rent Tax (CRT) for Manhattan’s smallest businesses, I will help lead the charge in the City Council on creative solutions to keep our neighborhood businesses alive including new incentives, tax reforms, and zoning solutions. As the son of a small business owner, I know how important these businesses are to our day-to-day lives.
Keeping New York Protected from Changes in Washington, D.C.
It’s incumbent on the Council to protect New Yorkers – and that goes for anything from addressing homelessness to guaranteeing quality education. Recently, we have added taking on the growing challenges from the Trump Administration to that list. Regardless of what comes out of Washington, I am ready to fight for New Yorkers on taxes, health care, climate change and more.
I look forward to keeping in close touch with my neighbors and constituents to ensure their needs are met. Please call us anytime to express your priorities at (212) 818-0580.
Keith Powers is Council Member for New York City’s District 4, covering Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, Waterside Plaza, Tudor City, East Midtown, Midtown West, and the Upper East Side.