MTA DAY OF ACTION
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16
Andrew Gounardes, Democratic candidate for State Senate in Brooklyn’s district 22, is hosting an “MTA Day of Action” with Council Members Justin Brannan and Mark Treyger, Assembly Member Peter Abbate, and Former Council Members Vincent Gentile and David Yassky
EVENT: MTA Day of Action
DESCRIPTION: Andrew Gounardes will be joined by Council Members Justin Brannan and Mark Treyger, Assembly Member Peter Abbate, and former Council Members Vincent Gentile and Dave Yassky for a special Day of Action to discuss Andrew's plan to fix the MTA. Andrew, local officials, and more than 20 volunteers will be meeting with riders at various subway stations to listen to their concerns and share Andrew’s plan.
DATE: Thursday, August 16, 2018
TIME: 7am - 9am
R Train Stations: Bay Ridge Avenue, 77th Street, 86th Street, 95th Street
D Train Stations: 71st Street, 18th Avenue, New Utrecht
N Train Stations: Fort Hamilton, New Utrecht
F Train Station: Avenue U
MEDIA RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org (interviews, photo, and video coverage)
Andrew’s Plan for Fixing Our Broken Transit System
“Southern Brooklyn is starved for reliable public transit. Our subway and bus service is at an all time low, subway stations are inaccessible and literally falling apart -- yet fares continue to rise. If the MTA was a private business, it would have been run out of town years ago! New Yorkers need and deserve better.” - Andrew Gounardes
My plan to restore our broken public transportation system includes:
Holding the MTA accountable to riders, by giving riders in every borough a direct vote on the MTA Board so that the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on mass transit will go to service improvements and not wasteful spending. We shouldn’t be spending tens of millions of dollars putting fancy lights on the Kosciuszko Bridge while our stations are crumbling and our signal system is more than 100 years old.
Creating a lockbox for transit funds to ensure money is spent on improving speed, quality, and reliability of trains and buses, and rehabilitating our subway stations including structural and architectural components.
Fighting for accessible stations so all New Yorkers, including the thousands who use wheelchairs or have other mobility impairments, can ride the subways without unnecessary obstacles. Roughly eighty percent of our stations are inaccessible and many are unsafe because they lack elevators and are plagued by crumbling walls. This is unacceptable.
About Andrew Gounardes
Born and raised in Bay Ridge, it was in South Brooklyn where Andrew Gounardes started his work in public service. As an aide to former City Councilmember Vincent Gentile, he helped neighbors solve everyday quality of life problems. Currently, he serves as Counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and as a trustee of the New York City Employees' Retirement System, one of the largest municipal pension funds in the country. Before serving at Borough Hall, he worked for Citizens Committee for New York City, a non-profit that provides neighborhood improvement grants to community groups across the five boroughs. He also served on Community Board 10 and is a longtime member of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Bay Ridge.
After Superstorm Sandy, Andrew co-founded Bay Ridge Cares, an organization that prepared 25,000 hot meals for victims after the storm. Today, the organization still supports community members facing extraordinary need by providing them with emergency assistance. As a member of the Riders Alliance, he organized and formed the Concerned R Train Riders to fight for better service and demand handicapped accessible subway stations in South Brooklyn. He helped write and pass legislation to combat dangerous home conversions, and continues to work toward helping those who are displaced from unsafe living conditions.
His work with Bay Ridge Advocates for Keeping Everyone Safe (B.R.A.K.E.S.) successfully pressured Albany lawmakers to allow speed cameras in school zones. As an advocate for art and culture in our neighborhoods, he served as pro bono legal counsel for the Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk (S.A.W.) and as past president of the Bay Ridge Historical Society.
Andrew graduated from Fort Hamilton High School before going on to earn degrees from Hunter College and the George Washington University Law School.
Andrew has been endorsed by NYSUT, the local chapter of United Automobile Workers, the District 1 chapter of Communications Workers of America, SEIU 32BJ, DC9 The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, The Working Families Party, Bay Ridge Democrats, Brooklyn Young Democrats, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, Southern Brooklyn Democrats, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, Stonewall Democrats of NYC, Stars & Stripes Democratic Club, City Council Members Justin Brannan, Mark Treyger, Alan Maisel, and Lew Fidler, 41st AD State Committeewoman Lori Maslow, Assembly Member Peter Abbate, Former Council Member Vincent Gentile, Chairperson of the Kings County Democrats Frank Seddio, and Run for Something. He has also been named a Gun Sense Candidate of Distinction by Moms Demand Action.
About District 22
District 22 comprises the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, and Gravesend, as well as portions of Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park, and Midwood.
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