As an educator in the Boston Public Schools for over twenty years I know what is working well and what needs to be addressed. I will make it a priority that all families have access to a high quality public school in every neighborhood. I will advocate for a re-commitment to a comprehensive vocational high school and I will focus on providing more inclusive options for our special needs students. I will see that we provide trauma training for our school nurses, guidance counselors and social workers to properly address the social and emotional needs of so many of our students and streamline the after-school programs so that all students and families have affordable and enriching after-school opportunities.
I will address the Opioid Epidemic head on by providing recovery services and addressing the mental health needs of so many of those struggling with addiction. I fully support the rebuilding of the Long Island Bridge and creating a comprehensive recovery campus on the island. Until that can happen I will advocate for more beds at detox centers and halfway houses so that no one who is ready for recovery is turned away. I will support prevention through education and programming at Boston Public Schools and Community Centers throughout the city. I will be out there everyday advocating for those struggling and supporting their families.
As a single mom, raising my family in Dorchester, public safety matters to me. I want every resident in every neighborhood to know they have a right to safety on our streets, no matter what time it is, what street it is, what they look like, or what they’re doing. I believe community policing works and I support the Boston Police Department's commitment to that and to continuing the cadet program that allows the police to recruit residents from all neighborhoods. Making sure there are great public schools, activities and jobs for our teens and young adults, and addressing the opioid epidemic will help. Empowering the residents in every neighborhood will offer them hope and have a positive impact on the public safety of our city.
It is becoming increasingly unaffordable to live in the city and we are losing so many great families who can no longer afford to stay. I will address this by the expansion of middle-income affordable housing lotteries and better oversight of development so that new affordable housing units are built with more meaningful input from existing residents. I will promote city-backed loans and grants so resident small businesses and home owners can thrive in our neighborhoods.
There is a transportation crisis in our city and we have to address it. Traffic, unreliable train service, parking and unsafe bike paths all make commuting around the city extremely difficult. One solution to easing traffic is making the MBTA more reliable and that will be a priority of mine. I will work to create a municipal oversight panel for the MBTA so that Boston stakeholders have a seat at the table as the T is reorganized and reformed. I will support a new Red Line station on the Braintree line at Morrissey Blvd.
The most important job of the City Council is to insure that the city runs smoothly for all residents. I will work diligently to make sure our city departments are working for our residents and are supporting the neighborhoods. From libraries to snow removal, to registering your child for school to calling 911 in an emergency, we all deserve our city to work for us!