Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Challenger running for City Council for the first time

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Background: Public health, human rights and director of constituent services for the Mayor’s Office | Focuses: Affordable housing; childcare support and youth development; and transparency and access to public services


Q&A

Compiled by Matt Rocha

Klein has served as director of constituent services for Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui for the past three years. At the height of the Covid pandemic, she was a member of the NYC Medical Reserve Corps and a public health adviser for NYC Health + Hospitals. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and toddler.

Housing: “My phone rings off the hook every day with people who are worried about their housing … We need to support and incentivize low- and middle-income housing … We want people who have invested years of their lives in this community to be able to stay. How can they stay? We build more housing.”

Climate policy: “Being a parent, I care about the climate because I want to ensure that my son has the opportunities that I have … I think that Beudo is a really important first step, and I support the Green New Deal. I think we need to focus on creating green jobs.”

Road infrastructure: “I really care about bicycle safety. I think we need protected bike lanes. We need to protect what we have, and we need to do a study on how the rollout of the Bicycle Safety Ordinance has gone and ensure that, moving forward, we have a plan for citywide protected lanes and networks.”

Pet project: Klein wants to revamp the city’s inclusionary housing program, especially for middle-income residents.

Participatory budgeting: 

“Translating city materials into multiple languages – from forms to guides and applications – and creating a public greenhouse, funding additional homeless case management services and a drop-in center that would offer services and a safe places for homeless residents to utilize during the day and possibly provide storage.”

Favorite place: “The Charles River Bike Path. it’s beautiful, enjoyable and I have precious memories along it.”