Rochester City Councilmember

2017 Platform

Let's Build a Healthier City

Healthy Neighborhoods + Healthy Politics = Healthy Rochester

Now’s the time to build a more just, equitable community. That work begins at City Hall. We can leverage private, public, and nonprofit dollars in order to eliminate health and economic disparities. We must continue to invest in innovative, people- and placed-based initiatives. Let’s help students thrive in school and graduate. Let’s support parents who seek good paying, middle-skills jobs. Let’s champion the efforts of families who want to eat healthy, play actively, and contribute to the future of our city.


Let’s build neighborhoods where the healthy choice is the easy choice, where we make safe homes and safe streets a priority. Let’s create safer spaces so that it is easier for us to walk, to bike, and for our children to play. As Rochesterians committed to a healthy city we can bring better food to our neighborhood stores and our kitchen tables.


Let’s realize a new era in progressive local government. It’s time to listen to calls for change from fresh voices and newly energized constituents. Let’s innovate. We can draw on our city’s strengths and integrate the best ideas from across the country. Let’s develop middle-skills job training programs, robust food policy councils, and flexible zoning regulations


Let’s train people for living-wage jobs. Let’s connect employees with employers in need. Middle-skill jobs make up the largest part New York’s labor market but key industries in our region are unable to find enough sufficiently trained workers to fill these jobs. There is a middle-skills gap in Rochester, and we must address it with smart training programs and policy initiatives.