My vision for the 21st Senate District in Brooklyn
is one that embraces and includes everyone in its development
and progress. Not to have one part of the district fearing better
than the other. I am concerned about the level of education and
the fact that some parents feels its neccessary to bus their children
to the so-called "better schools" outside the district,
or to so-called better schools in the Southern section of the
district. We can do better than that. Concerts and plaques are
great, but our community is still suffering from the effects of
poverty, crime and lack of opportunity. I intend to change
On Police Brutality:
We cannot continue to ignore this problem. We cannot pretend that
serious abuse of police authority is not happening in our city,
and a disproportionate amount of this abuse is against communities
The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) must be given more
teeth as it can be one of a number of deterrents to help rein
in those cops who abuse theri position. While the vast majority
of police in the NYPD are well-meaning, decent, and hardworking,
there are undeniably some "rotten eggs", and its this
tiny group thats causing the problems and smearing the good reputation
of the NYPD. I support community policing because its one way,
perhaps the best way to break down barriers between police and
the community. When we get to know each other there is less likelihood
oftragedies happening. We can talk. We can disagree. But we
can still be friends.
There must also be serious education of NYPD personnel on the
differences and peculiaraties of the diverse communities that
make up New York City. An understanding of these cultural differences
is important in how cops handle people in these communities.
And perhaps the most important thing is the recruitment of more
Blacks and minoroties so that the NYPD reflects the racial and
ethnic make up of the city. But recruitment has become very difficult
because of the prevailing instances of police abuse in theses
Minotity and Black communities. So a serious repair job is needed.
Where NYPD "CPR" - courtesy, professionalisim and respect
- really mean something.
Until the NYPD is able to do these things then sporadic instances
of abuse will be the order of the day. Maybe it is time for an
independant Federal monitor to intervene and help the NYPD to
better police itself for the betterment of our commuinty.