Housing Is A Human Right: Anthony Beckford has always been an advocate for tenants and homeowners. He has taken on the #1 Worst Landlord of New York City, Jason Korn, and will continue to fight against crooked slumlords and greedy developers on behalf of community members in the district and throughout New York City. He helped to advocate for the progressive NYS Tenant Laws that recently passed in Albany. He plans to release his Housing Justice Plan within his first 30 days in office. His plan includes 40% Rent Rollbacks, turn shelters into permanent housing, Moratorium on Rezonings, Reform the ULURP Process, Land Use decisions based on community input, implement a vacancy tax on landlords who try to warehouse their available units (which includes storefronts as well), increase Fep Voucher amounts, rollback of property tax for homeowners to reflect the purchase price of their home and not the market price due to newly built towers, prosecution and property seizures of corrupt landlords, tenant protection unit in each council district, AMI to be calculated based on per zipcode, building of 100% Affordable Low Income housing, penalize banks for racially bias redlining and predatory lending, Fully Fund and Fix NYCHA, provide a pathway to home ownership along with providing Tenants with the option to purchase their apartments, get rid of MCIs, put an end to deed theft, protect home owners from foreclosure and much more. Beckford will also make sure that he advocates for parts of the community that seek to be landmarked. Anthony supports the need to create supportive housing for persons with disabilities. *Anthony Beckford is also the only candidate that does not take REBNY money and has taken the #HomesGuarantee Pledge and the only candidate that supports Expanding Right To Counsel. Anthony Beckford also stated the following, "During this pandemic we must Cancel Rent and Mortgages. We must protect not only tenants living in apartments, but also commercial tenants and homeowners who are tenants to their banks. The cancellation must be implemented for a year and go back retroactively to February 2020. Upon the year timeline, if this pandemic persists, then the cancellation must be renewed. Homeowners who are small landlords, must also be given access to a grant that they can use to pay their property taxes and water bills. Corporate landlords must be exempted by using a guideline that allows anyone with less than 18 units to be able to have access and approval to the grants."
Education: Anthony Beckford will push for the release of the over $1.4 Billion owed to New York City Public Schools. Anthony has advocated for more social workers in schools, pay increases for Teachers, Mentorship Groups and Vocational training in schools, Free Afterschool Programs, Free Childcare, creation of Financial Literacy courses, as well as a year round K to 12 curriculum of Black History Education. Anthony Beckford will introduce his #CUNYforAll initiative which aligns with the demands of the #FreeCUNY movement. This will not only expand the CUNY ASAP program, but will make CUNY Free for all New York Residents. Anthony will work to not only make CUNY tuition free under his #CUNYforAll initiative for all New Yorkers, but his plan also includes free monthly metrocards, monthly food stipends and free books for students. Adjuncts must also be able to receive the $7,000 per course that they have been demanded for some time now. *Anthony supports the "New Deal For CUNY" initiative by Cuny Rising.
Climate Justice: Anthony Beckford aims to push for more community gardens and rooftop gardens. He has been an avid supporter of green spaces and eco-justice. Beckford is a supporter of the #GreenNewDeal and is the only candidate to take the #NoFossilFuelMoney and the #GreenNewDeal pledges. Beckford believes that we must have clean renewable energy. Anthony has also been an advocate for rooftop gardens which will help provide cleaner air and reduce utility costs. Also, calls for there to be Public Power.
Healthcare: Anthony Beckford believes that their must be #SafeStaffing to provide an safer patient to nurse ratio in all hospitals and healthcare facilities. Beckford has been an advocate in regards to ending the high mortality rates in our hospitals and is pushing for all New Yorkers to be able to have affordable healthcare and lower prescription costs. Beckford also believes that when it comes to patient care, that there must be a focus on Patients over Profits, which is why he is the only candidate to take the #PatientsOverProfits pledge. Anthony is ready to release his Comprehensive Care Plan which will address the lack of access to care and the Black Maternal Mortality Rate. Anthony Beckford also believes that medical coverage should be affordable and adequate for everyone, which is why he supports the New York Health Act.
Police and Criminal Justice Reform: Anthony Beckford advocated for the original 911 Anti-Discrimination Bill, that would have held people such as Amy Cooper accountable for calling 911 against a person based on a racist agenda. Anthony has always been vocal for the redistribution of NYPD funds that be used to provide funding for youth and senior programs, education, mental health services and to hire more counselors for our schools, even before there was a national call. Anthony will introduce legislation for a portion of the civil suits to be taken from the pension of officers, the denial of any paid leave for officers under investigation for brutality and the murder of unarmed people, any officer that is charged with a felony to automatically lose their pension, provide Mayoral and City Council Control over the firing of Officers, implementation of the Elected Civilian Review Board and much more. Anthony has been advocating for the Repeal of the "Walking While Trans Ban", the closure of Rikers without expanding mass incarceration with the building 4 new jails, and the end to solitary confinement. "I will put an end to the building of thr 4 new jails that my opponent voted for and use those capital funds to build affordable low income housing for New Yorkers." - Anthony Beckford / Anthony is also the President of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn and the President of the Brooklyn Chapter of Copwatch Patrol Unit.
Animal Rights: Anthony Beckford supports the push to end classroom incubation projects, cease the slaughter of animals in live animal markets, banning wildlife-killing contests, ban commercial sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits by pet shops and ban the sale and manufacturing of new fur apparel. I also look forward to banning horse carriages in New York and will promote the adoption of companion animals as I have done.
Tax The Rich: Anthony Beckford is committed to making the billionaires and millionaires pay their fare share of taxes. There are about 119 billionaires in New York with a combined wealth of over $600 Billion. There are 979,000 high maintenance millionaires who make $1.5 million to $29 million a year. 8,800 ultra high maintenance millionaires who make $29 Million and up. The combined wealth reaches past $4.759 Trillion a year. Anthony will seek to push the state and city to implement a 5% to 10.5% Equity Tax on that combined wealth to bring in more than $287 Billion a year in revenue for New York to full fund services and programs that we need. Anthony also supports Assemblywoman Yuh Lin's legislation to implement a "Stock Buy Back Tax" and other pieces of legislation that will create another possible $13 Billion in revenue.
Small Business: Anthony is a strong business for small businesses. He has been vocal and consistent in his support of the Small Business Job Survival Act (SBJSA). Anthony believes that in order to create economical growth, that we must protect our small businesses and their employees. Anthony Beckford is ready to reintroduce the SBJSA and get it passed once he is elected the new City Council Member of the 45th District. In regards to.our small businesses that have been closing due to Covid, Anthony will work to make sure that the businesses are provided city, state and federal relief so that they do not permanently shut their doors.
Public Safety: New Yorkers must feel safe in their communities and in their homes. In order to do this, we must implement a community mentorship program for our youth, provide mental health services and be able to rid our communities of poverty. Poverty is one of thr leading causes to crime, due to the various hardships and disparities it causes. Once we fully fund our schools, community programs and provide more job and economical growth, we will see a drastic decrease in crime.
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