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Record in Office
Currently: NYS Senator for the 34th District (2005-Present); Co-Leader & President, Pro Tempore of the NYS Senate
Previous Work: NYS Assembly Member for the 80th District (1995-2004)
Education: BA, Queens College-CUNY; MPA, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs; JD, CUNY- Law School
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Organizations: Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Workers (RDWSU); Joint Council 16; District Council 9; Hotel & Motel Trades Council (HTC); Transport Worker's Union (TWU) Local 100; Uniformed Fire Officer's Association Local 94; Plumber's Local Union No. 1; Steamfitter's Local Union 638; Liberty Democratic Association; Ben Franklin Reform Democratic Club; Mason Tenders' District Council of Greater New York and Long Island; The Detectives' Endowment Association; Sergeants Benevolent Association; 1199SEIU; Superior Officers Association; Empire State Pride Agenda; Citizens Union; Bronx Chronicle; NY Daily News; New York League of Conservation Voters; NYS Nurses Association
Individuals: NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo; NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.; Assembly Member Marcos Crespo (D-85); Assembly Member Jeff Dinowitz (D-81); Assembly Member Mark Gjonaj (D-80); Assembly Member Luis Sepulveda (D-87); Council Member Andrew Cohen, (D-11); Council Member James Vacca (D-13), Assembly Member Amy Paulin (D-88); Assembly Member Michael Benedetto (D-82); Council Member Annabel Palma (D-18); Council Member Ritchie Torres (D-15); Council Member Vanessa Gibson (D-77); Former Council Member June Eisland; Village of Pelham Trustee Joe Marty; Lewis Goldstein, Executive Committee of NYS Democratic Committee; Former Bronx Borough President Fer94pxdo Ferrer; Bronx Democratic County Committee Chairman, Assemblyman Carl Heastie; Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz
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NYS Senate Committee Assignments:
Independent Democratic Conference Membership:
Koppell (D, WF)
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Record in Office
Currently: Attorney, G. Oliver Koppell & Associates
Previous Work: NYC Council Member for the 11th District (2002-2013); NY Attorney General (1994); NY State Assembly Member (1970-1994)
Education: BA, Harvard University; JD, Harvard Law School
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*Source for G. Oliver Koppell's issue stances, unless marked otherwise: Gotham Gazette Questionnaire
In his own words:
1. Increasing the minimum wage immediately to $10.10 and to $15 in the near future.
2. Women's Equality agenda, involving economic justice, non-discrimination, and the right to choice
3. The NY DREAM Act
4. Comprehensive campaign fi94pxce reform, including public fi94pxcing
5. Expanded mass transit development; Energy conservation; Restrictions on hydrofracking
In addressing how to utilize NYS' multibillion dollar surplus, stated: "Surplus should be used to address urgent problems, including deteriorated infrastructure, healthcare needs, including deficit of NYC HHC, increases to education aid to reduce class sizes, and potentially to make the tax system more progressive."
Would vote yes on the full, ten-point Women's Equality Agenda.
Opposes the strategy of removing the 10th point in the WEA, which deals with abortion access, in order to push for passage of the other 9 points with less controversy.
Supports minimum wage increase to $15, indexed to inflation. Huffington Post
Supports a statewide minimum wage at $10.10.
Stated that municipalities such as NYC should be able to set their own minimum wage.
In addressing developing a NYS jobs program, stated: "New York State should provide for increased job training and use workers to enhance infrastructure reconstruction and development."
Supports implementing Common Core state standards with changes.
Supports maintaining the cap on charter schools.
Stated that government should pay for co-locations of charter schools in public school buildings.
Supports statewide universal pre-kindergarten.
In addressing how the legislature can ensure that adequate funding is distributed to all school districts to comply with the Campaign for Fiscal Equity decisions, stated: "The legislature must reform the school funding formula and provide enough money to meet the mandates."
Opposes hydrofracking and supports a moratorium on it. Website
Stated that municipalities should not decide, via zoning processes, whether hydrofracking occurs in their jurisdiction.
Supports reducing individual campaign contribution limits.
Supports instituting a public-matching campaign-fi94pxcing systems statewide.
Stated that Governor Cuomo should not have dissolved the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption.
Supports implementing the following reform measures to increase voter participation and reduce barriers to voting:
- Early voting,
- No-excuse absentee ballots,
- Reforming special elections,
- Instant runoff voting,
- Granting voting rights to parolees,
- Consolidating state and federal primaries.
In addressing how to properly monitor and enforce ethics laws and appropriate conduct of legislators, stated: "A special permanent investigator or investigation commission should be established with term appointments and non-partisan requirements. Full disclosure should be required for all legislators, including, with safeguards, clients and business interests of legislators."
In addressing legislative oversight of public authorities such as the MTA and Port Authority, stated: "The legislature should have regular hearings on MTA and Port Authority operations. There should be a special consumer advocate to represent utility consumers."
In addressing challenges with the NYS Health Exchange rollout and the high cost of Medicare, stated: "It is too early to full evaluate the operations of the health exchanges. The legislature should have oversight hearings and develop responses to problems identified."
Supports mandatory inclusionary zoning but is "not prepared to support a specific ratio for all projects."
Opposes reforming the Scaffold Law from absolute liability to comparative negligence.
Supports reforming the Urstadt Law.
In addressing the affordable housing needs in the state and city, stated: "We need to provide State funding to enable the development of more affordable housing. The State should also mandate inclusionary zoning so that affordable units are made available."
In addressing the rising cost of commercial rents and the loss of local retail businesses, stated: "Zoning changes should encourage more commercial space availability. Second-floor commercial development should be encouraged, as in Hong Kong."
Would vote yes on the DREAM Act.
Opposes non-citizen voting.
Supports drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants.
Stated that the biggest infrastructure needs in the district are: "better safeguards against storm damage, both on the coast and inland; numerous roads and bridges need to be rehabilitated; many subway stations need comprehensive rehabilitation; elevators and escalators at subway stations need to be provided."
Supports broken windows policing.
Supports the legalization of marijuana.
In addressing whether there is a role for state government in overseeing the conduct of municipal police forces, stated: "The State can play a role in mediating controversies. State District Attorneys should investigate and prosecute improper police conduct."
In addressing road safety, and the appropriate approach to balancing the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers, stated: "I support the lower speed limit recently enacted. I support separate bikeways isolated from motor traffic, as on several NYC avenues. For pedestrians, I support timed crossing signals at all intersections with beepers at main intersections for the blind."
Organizations: Working Families Party; Northwest Bronx for Change; Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC; Amsterdam News; Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club; Te94pxts PAC; Janel Towers Te94pxts Association; Public Employees Federation; New York Times; Sierra Club; The New York Times; Yonkers Tribune; 504 Democratic Club; Janel Towers Te94pxts Association; Americans for Democratic Action (ADA); Blue America; The New York Carib News; KidsPAC
Individuals: Gustavo Rivera, NYS Senate (D-33); Liz Kreuger, NYS Senate (D-28); Betsy Gotbaum, Former NYC Public Advocate; Michael McKee, Treasurer of Te94pxts PAC; Bill Samuels, Former Fi94pxce Chairman, NYS Senate Democratic Campaign Committee
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NYC Council Committee Assignments:
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Currently: Chair, Bronx County Green Party
Previous Work: Candidate, Bronx Borough President (2013); Candidate, NY State Senate District 34 (2012); Candidate, NY State Assembly District 82 (2010)
Education: Coursework, NY Institute of Technology
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We look forward to an exciting 2018 full of promise. Our success in 2018 will be built from our progress in 2017, working with the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention on a new plan for a safe Milwaukee , building together greater economic prosperity, vibrancy of place, and an innovative and talent filled Milwaukee. There is still much work that needs to be done.
In 2017 we helped drive region-wide business growth, workforce talent development and retention, improvements in school quality and curriculum, and improved teacher recruitment and retention rates. Our initiatives and strategies are deployed by our staff, our partners, and our members, like you. We summarized our achievements below, demonstrating the impact our work –your work- is having in Milwaukee.
As we look forward, here are our team and GMC members’ wishes for Milwaukee in 2018
“That Milwaukee continues to prosper, and that the prosperity is spread more throughout the community. Also, that Milwaukee becomes less of a hidden gem.” – Greg Marcus, Marcus Corporation
“Health and wellness for all.” –Cristy Garcia-Thomas, Aurora Health Care
“That Milwaukee would embrace positive change.” – Elizabeth Cizinsky, Greater Milwaukee Committee
“That we can continue progressing on the positive trajectory that we achieved in 2017.” – Elmer Moore, Jr., Greater Milwaukee Committee
“A stable environment with ample education and health and wellness resources for all youth.” – Heather Pechacek, Greater Milwaukee Committee
“Unity.” – Shawn Allen, Greater Milwaukee Committee
“That we start saying more nice things about Milwaukee, while building capacity to support those who are actively engaged in solving our challenges.” – Michael Hostad, Greater Milwaukee Committee
“Decrease in the amount of young deaths in Milwaukee.” – Samantha Giles, Greater Milwaukee Committee
“For more people to be doing more things and taking leadership positions.” – Joe Poeschl, Greater Milwaukee Committee
“To increase cross-cultural conversations city-wide, regionally, and state-wide.” – Tony Panciera, Greater Milwaukee Committee
“Authenticity. Have difficult conversations about our own perceptions of each other. Intentionality. Be more purposeful in making connections and sharing your network with those around you. Growth mentality. When looking at the dynamics of power and resources, it’s not about redistributing the limited pie, rather, about baking a much bigger and ridiculously tastier pie, together.” – Leana Nakielski, Greater Milwaukee Committee
“Increased compassion for each other and understanding of what it’s like to be in others’ shoes. Understand each other’s struggles.” – Rich Greene, Greater Milwaukee Committee
“For people to be honest about the issue of race and the power around it.” – Julia Taylor, Greater Milwaukee Committee
Our wishes can come true if we work together towards that north star of a better, great and equitable Milwaukee. Milwaukee is thriving, it is growing, and it can be greater for all of us.
Happy holidays, and cheers to a prosperous New Year!