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


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.”