What I am Fighting for

Empowering
and Protecting Workers 

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In New York, the unquestioned popularity of urban spaces such as Riverside Park, the High Line, Brooklyn Bridge Park and others has demonstrated the incredible drawing power and civic value these public areas can have. And although Southern Brooklyn doesn’t currently possess such a space, I want to change that. 

The key to a strong economy starts with a workforce that is valued, respected, and paid fairly for the work they do. While the most far-reaching changes to empower and protect workers can come at the national level with passage of the Pro Act, there are some key things we can do right here in New York to put workers on a level playing field. 

Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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In New York, the unquestioned popularity of urban spaces such as Riverside Park, the High Line, Brooklyn Bridge Park and others has demonstrated the incredible drawing power and civic value these public areas can have. And although Southern Brooklyn doesn’t currently possess such a space, I want to change that. 

If we are serious about the condemnation we express when abusers fall from grace, we have to be willing to do the hard work in the in-between times to dismantle the institutions, cultures, and legal structures that foster and perpetuate harassment and discrimination.

Building the Pipeline to Our Next Generation Workforce

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In New York, the unquestioned popularity of urban spaces such as Riverside Park, the High Line, Brooklyn Bridge Park and others has demonstrated the incredible drawing power and civic value these public areas can have. And although Southern Brooklyn doesn’t currently possess such a space, I want to change that. 

We need talented people teaching our children, filing our taxes, running our transit systems, and the myriad of other functions that public servants perform. The need for a strong, robust public sector to perform the core, essential functions of government couldn’t be more clear.

Protecting and Valuing New York’s Public Workers

In New York, the unquestioned popularity of urban spaces such as Riverside Park, the High Line, Brooklyn Bridge Park and others has demonstrated the incredible drawing power and civic value these public areas can have. And although Southern Brooklyn doesn’t currently possess such a space, I want to change that. 

Whether you are a high-level agency official, an entry-level desk clerk, or anyone in between, the work you do for the public good should be valued and you should be treated with the dignity and compensation you deserve.   As the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Civil Service and Pensions, I fight hard to stand up for all public workers, at all levels of government.

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The key to a strong economy starts with a workforce that is valued, respected, and paid fairly for the work they do, and who are protected equally and fairly by the law. That, combined with a strong, robust public sector to perform the core, essential functions of government will create a promising future for 21st century economy.