Every New Yorker deserves to feel safe walking on our streets, using our parks, and riding our subways. While New York has made great strides towards improving safety and reducing mass incarceration, our entire community has faced a reckoning in the last year. The reality is that too many Black and Brown New Yorkers are disproportionately targeted for arrest and incarceration, too many Asian New Yorkers experience frequent hate and harassment, and too many parents with strollers and seniors with disabilities struggle to navigate streets that are unsafe for pedestrians. As our city begins to recover our public health and our economy, we must also take a critical eye toward how we rebuild public safety and reform criminal justice.
The City must create a true community-informed approach to policing. Tricia will fight for coalitions of local community stakeholders to have a say in shaping public safety in their neighborhoods, and collectively working to implement more effective deterrents of crime and recidivism, including community-based early interventions, workforce development, expanded youth service programming, and structural changes to our streets and public spaces. As a social worker, Tricia is committed to ending the school to prison pipeline, providing compassionate treatment for mental illness and substance abuse disorders, and decriminalizing sex work and marijuana usage.
Tricia will fight for policies that help struggling New Yorkers to make a permanent exit from the revolving door of crime and incarceration, and will build a justice system that serves all members of our community.
Students in our city are facing unprecedented mental health challenges in the face of social isolation, financial insecurity, and an uncertain and unstable return to normalcy. As a school social worker, Tricia is dedicated to addressing this problem by increasing school resources that provide compassionate, trauma-informed care to redirect young lives,
rather than incarcerating them.
Tricia will advocate for an immediate structural reform of policing tactics by moving toward community-oriented policing. Our communities must have the right to shape the way public safety looks in their neighborhood. This framework empowers community members to have a voice in the policing process and allows residents to build relationships and accountability with the officers who police them. Community-oriented reform should also empower programs like Citizen Crisis Intervention Teams, a model for community policing that employs “violence interrupters” instead of police to resolve conflicts. Violence Interrupters are trained professionals and members of the targeted community that have removed themselves from criminal activity yet remain trusted as a result of their history. These individuals can use their influence to prevent retaliations and create peace between communities and high-risk individuals through outreach, conflict mediation, and community mobilization.
As a City Council Member, Tricia will advocate for a restorative and community-based approach to issues of justice and incarceration. She will fight for investments in re-entry programs that help formerly incarcerated individuals reacclimate into their communities and thrive post-incarceration. Tricia will continue to push for additional bail reforms, including the right to a speedy trial and replacing cash bail. She will also work to provide educational programming and workforce training programs in our incarceration system in order to further reduce recidivism and assist in breaking cycles of incarceration.
As a City Council Member, Tricia is committed to increasing accountability in the NYPD. She will work to take immediate steps to demilitarize the police and eliminate their arsenal of battle-weapons and vehicles. The City Council must demand transparency in the NYPD budget to assess how funding is being allocated. Tricia will fight to strengthen the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), so it actually has the resources and ability to investigate and defend the rights of New Yorkers subject to police violence. It is critical that the City increase the funding of CCRB so that it can appropriately investigate allegations and expand its educational outreach throughout the City. She will advocate to make CCRB recommendations binding and to remove the Police Commissioner from the process of reviewing recommendations. Only through serious reforms to the NYPD will we be able to move towards a more compassionate justice system that serves all New Yorkers.
Tricia believes that all New Yorkers have a right to safe, affordable and consistent housing. All too often, New Yorkers in crisis enter a vicious cycle of arrest, incarceration, and homelessness that fails to make our community safer in the long-term. Tricia will support the expansion of behavioral health and substance abuse treatment alternatives to incarceration. She will also work to provide wraparound supportive services, including housing, mental healthcare, counseling, and job training.
Tricia is a subway and bus rider, and knows personally that our public transportation system is the lifeblood of New York City. Tricia is committed to ensuring the safety of transit workers, many of whom are women of color, and the riding public in our public transportation system. As a City Council Member, she will push to have permanent homelessness and mental health outreach social services in our public transit, including a social worker and an EMT at every subway stop.
Tricia works with immigrant and undocumented students every day who are forced to operate under extremely stressful circumstances as they pursue their academic goals. It is inexcusable that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers continue to use deceptive tactics like hanging outside of work places and college bars in plainclothes to arrest immigrants. Tricia will work to end all practices in which the NYPD coordinates with ICE. She will also advocate for increasing penalties for workplaces that use ICE to harass and intimidate their workers. Finally, Tricia will fight to increase funding for legal representation in immigration, housing, and worker exploitation cases.
Sex work is work. As a City Council Member, Tricia will advocate for the decriminalization of the sex industry. Black and brown community members in particular are left vulnerable by the criminalization of sex work and the lack of regulations that could prevent abusive practices. Tricia will work to enact policies that protect people in the sex trades from exploitation and interpersonal violence.
Tricia supports the legalization of recreational marijuana and believes it should be regulated like alcohol. Revenue from marijuana taxation should be reinvested in Black and brown communities that have been hardest hit by the criminalization of marijuana. Further, Black and brown communities should have priority access to marijuana business licensing and opportunities. Tricia will advocate for expunging the records of those who were formerly fined and incarcerated for the use and distribution of marijuana.