With over thirty years of political and civic engagement experience, Dr. Andrew's result-driven plans to revitalize the 32nd District has set historical precedence in the community. When elected to the State Assembly, he will do even more.
THE WHITE PAPER
This document was drafted to outline the policy issues that Dr. Anthony D. Andrews Jr. believes can help solve the great problems facing the State of New York and his community of Southeast Queens. Here we will find numerous policy reforms he hopes to champion in Albany to help address issues like housing, protecting our seniors, economic development, education, criminal justice & more.
Reform the NYS property tax system to more equitably reflect real market value and more equitably collect property tax revenue
Redefine the Area Median Income that determines affordable housing income criteria
Mandate banks attempt to arrange independent financial counseling before any foreclosure filing is processed
Redirect homeless shelter funding to transitional housing vouchers
Mandate banks enroll customers in free & independent financial literacy training prior to approval of their first mortgage, with an option to opt-out following an info session
Allow developers access higher zoning limits if their properties will be sold as affordable cooperatives for increased home ownership
Fully fund the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to properly support the quality of life needs of its residents
Expand supportive housing for homeless LGBTQ youths
Support our Seniors
Remove zoning barriers to encourage the building of more senior housing
Increase state investment into affordable senior housing programs
Mandate the city conduct quarterly social services training for senior center staff
Study the creation of a state benefit corporation to purchase prescriptions wholesale or conduct generic manufacturing
Expand government financing for MWBEs to help them compete for multi-million dollar government contracts
Streamline the payment of MWBE subcontracts to protect them from cash flow bankruptcy due to bureaucratic shortfalls
Create “Tax-Free Tuesdays” by implementing a weekly sales tax holiday, every Tuesday, on services and products that are more likely to be paid for in-person to incentivize New Yorkers to spend locally.
Create sales tax exemption areas in struggling communities to foster economic development
Increase seed capital and lending parameters for Bank Development Districts. Expand low-interest business financing, microloans and grants for local residents through NYS & NYC Banking Development Districts and private development
Establish a nonprofit & small business incubator(s) to provide wrap-around services to start-up organizations. The facility will be in Downtown Jamaica formed in collaboration with a for-profit developer for financing, nonprofit legal counsel for mentorship, and York College for accreditation
Establish a NYS Small Business Certification that qualifies for all contracts not satisfied by MWBEs to make sure big business does not dominate all government contracts. The program would automatically enroll state-certified MWBEs that grew beyond the income restrictions of the program
Establish an independent small business regulatory commission to review New York State regulations on small businesses to eliminate redundancies in the law and laws that hurt responsible economic development
Eliminate fees for starting a small business including eliminating all filing and registration fees
The State should help recovering restaurants by splitting the cost of the salaries of unemployed restaurant workers with restaurant owners who commit to a certain level of employment, wages and hours while adhering to capacity limits and other health regulations
Reform the economic development system to increase community benefit from billions of dollars in tax benefits issued to corporations
Ensure New York State has a vibrant legalized marijuana industry that puts workers and racial equity first by holding the industry accountable for reinvesting in communities of color, and affords workers the option to unionize without obstruction
Study the feasibility of reimagine and repurpose the currently closed New York City Housing Authority community rooms and recreation areas to create trades and technology schools for NYCHA residents in partnership with labor unions and the private sector
Youth & Education
Expand vocational training and entrepreneurship in high schools through after school programming
Expand beacon programs to provide after-school programming in every middle and high school in New York State
Expand guidance services in all public schools and send social workers to check in on chronically absent students by conducting home visits and helping guidance counselors and social service providers identify people in need
Reintroduce home economics to all high school students by 2030 to teach personal financing, civic literacy and other basic life skills
Mandate all students left-back a grade receive free tutoring services
Close the TAP Gap which leads to the underfunding of SUNY campuses across the state
Make CUNY & SUNY 100% tuition-free
Build an academic conference center at York College by increasing state funding for the expansion of the school to better service students in the area
Expand support services for struggling students by establishing paid student mentors made up of upperclassmen on-campus. CUNY must also hire more mental health counselors and academic advisors for support services
Increase the investment in the quality of a CUNY education by increasing the ratio of full-time faculty to students and increasing compensation for adjunct faculty to create safe and accessible environments for all students by making significant capital improvements
Create a NYS Student Debt Refinance Fund for students and graduates to refinance their student loans at a lower rate. Participants commit to live and work in New York State for the life of the loan plus five years
Expand CUNY Prep, a Bronx-based program that helps high school dropouts earn their high school equivalency diploma and enter college. This comprehensive college preparatory program provides flexibility and college readiness.
Criminal Justice/ Public Safety
Expand funding for crisis management teams
Expand funding for mental health first responders
Establish a firm NYC residence requirement for all NYPD officers
Finance “focus deterrence” – a two-part crime prevention/rehab strategy, the method calls for police to aggressively learn about and pursue the small number of criminals that commit the bulk of crimes through community policing closely partnered with social services
Allow low-income individuals with unpaid fines or fees to volunteer to repay their debt through community service using a refundable minimum wage ($25 per hour)
Reduce all local & state violations and other summons for people of lower income across the board, i.e. Food Stamp recipients
Replace Access-A-Ride with the new DFTA subsidized ride-sharing app and expand the senior-citizen operated call center to help direct services
Mandate bus lane enforcement cameras and traffic signal prioritization on NYC buses by 2030
Expand the Atlantic Ticket that connects Southeast Queens and Downtown Brooklyn to include Penn Station
Require state agencies project capital maintenance for their agency over the next ten years annually to keep New Yorkers informed of the long term maintenance requirements of existing assets
Create a single-payer health insurance system for New York State
Establish opt-out organ registry to increase the supply of organ donors
Establish a CUNY General Practitioner scholarship program to help students to enter the medical field while addressing the General Practitioner shortfall coming in the near future
Expand incentives to address the nursing shortage by creating tax breaks to retain registered nurses to combat the wave of retirement, and encourage continued recruitment of the next generation of nurses
Create a preventative health taskforce that uses home visits to reduce the utilization of Medicaid by the chronically ill
Reform the Indigent Care Pool (ICP) and Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) funding to more equitably distribute state funding to safety net hospitals across the state
Form a unified statewide hospital network to address the lack of coordination between our health providers that coordinates care for indigent patients and shares data for more efficient use of the city’s collective healthcare resources in a crisis across both private and public hospitals.
Ban all single-use plastic in the State of New York by 2030
Make the State of New York hit 70% renewable energy by 2030, 100% renewable by 2040
Mandate statewide residential composting by 2027
Reauthorize and expand the Restore Mother Nature Bond Program to support environmentally restorative projects that make New York more resilient to flooding, including buyout programs, setbacks, and green infrastructure
Establish a $0.05 deposit on cigarette butts and increase the deposit on plastic bottles to $0.10
Establish a statewide construction worker injury and fatality database to track the high-risk employers in the industry
Automatically enroll all workers employed with over 100 employees into an unmatched 401k investing 5% of their income in a state-managed IRA, similar to NYSaves (529 plans). Also exempt employer-sponsored participants.
Automatically enroll all workers in employer-sponsored retirement programs with matching funds. This would increase the savings rate of all local workers by making the program opt-out.
Cap employer vesting periods to one year for all employer-sponsored matching funds programs. This would allow workers more mobility to leave workplaces without hurting their retirement savings
Digitize the process for applying for unemployment benefits and workers compensation, and provide funding to community based groups that help people navigate the process
Reform the partial unemployment penalty to make New York State align with many other states and not reduce unemployment benefits because workers return to work for reduced hours
Expand access to child care by increasing subsidies for working families to better afford services, and lift barriers to provide child care services to increase the supply and lower costs
Good Government Reform
Make Election Day a New York State Holiday
Establish a New York State 311 program to streamline government services
Create an online tracking system for NYS residents to get updates on the stated ten year goals of all state agencies with mandatory quarterly updates
Mandate that the Inspector Generals transparently track an agencies progress in undertaking reforms recommended after an IG probe
Require all civic meetings be live stream online on public access television and online
Establish income-qualified lower interest payment plans for fines issued by the state to ease the burden of regulations on low-income families and certified small businesses
Established an eRegulations system, based on Connecticut’s system, is an efficiently designed end-to-end electronic workflow for drafting, reviewing, and publishing agency regulations and tracking regulation-making activity. The system has increased efficiency by successfully implementing standardized drafting and editing processes, automation of approval workflows, document management, publication, and archiving for end-to-end regulation management by augmenting existing state technology and requiring minimal additional staff.
Establish the “NYS Research Institute” – a digital library for all studies conducted by or for state agencies as a single place to research for appropriate research material
Establish a Voter Information Station that provides unmanned service for basic voter information, such Government 101 videos, and campaign videos
Establish a nine-week contest for citizens to take full advantage of the open call to submit ideas ranging from businesses to policy changes and research proposals. Through a signature “venture governance” approach, based on the Fix California Challenge, ideas are reviewed, vetted, and eventually, four ideas are selected as challenge winners receiving funding, donations, or backing from outside investors.
We must allow building inspections by drones to reduce expensive regulatory costs, strengthen enforcement, and reduce potential slowdowns for any building developer. These costs either stall growth or are eventually passed on to tenants. Drones can and should be used to cut costs by performing inspections much more efficiently and cheaply.
Use city offices as anchor tenants in new outer-borough developments which will free up density for housing in high quality of life areas while stimulating growth in under-developed, underserved areas around outer-borough transit centers
Expand voter access on college campus to eliminate barriers for the newest eligible voters
Establish a bimonthly meeting of local clergy leaders to learn about a valued government resource and discuss the pressing topic of the day.
Establish five organizing areas with the 32nd Assembly District for quarterly community meetings to bring information and resources to residents in areas without civic associations
Expand camera enforcement to allow usage for illegal dumping, illegal truck traffic, and commercial overnight parking
Strengthen community input in the placement of liquor stores in their community
Establish community bulletin boards throughout the district in partnership with local churches, delis, barbershops and other businesses to share information about government programs and services
WATCH OUR VIRTUAL EVENTS TO LEARN MORE!
WATCH OUR VIRTUAL EVENTS TO LEARN MORE!
Dr. Anthony D. Andrews Jr. is an educator with a passion for coming to real solutions to the challenges this community faces. After extensive research he compiled a list of policy reforms he hopes to enact if elected, and hosted a series of events discussing how his ideas can address the biggest issues facing this community. Please watch one of our Virtual Issues Town Halls to learn more about Dr. Andrews plans for the 32nd Assembly District.