Originally from Louisiana, Tiffany Winbush moved to New York City 15 years ago to embark on a career in marketing communications. She has since made her home in lower Manhattan, raising two children with her husband in the Financial District and serving three terms on the Community 1 board of directors. She says she is running for city council in part to resolve the crisis. affordability that pushes families and workers out of town. If elected, she will succeed Limited Council Member Margaret Chin and represent District 1, which encompasses Chinatown, the Financial District, the Seaport, the Lower East Side, Tribeca and Soho. Here are our questions / answers for candidates with Winbush:
Why are you running for District 1 City Council?
I decided to run for municipal council because I have the feeling that there are a lot of people who look like me and who look like my family; we set foot in our careers, we raise families and we try to do what’s right. But our voices are not necessarily always heard in the process because we are often so busy with our heads down trying to live and trying to survive. I really want to be a voice for everyone in our community.
District One is a very diverse neighborhood where we have some of the most expensive neighborhoods in the country right here in the district, but we also have historic working class neighborhoods on the Lower East Side and Chinatown. We really have to get to a point where District One is no longer a silo where parts of the district are heard because they are able to amplify their voices, or because they have the time, they have the money, and they can have whatever the resources. We must collectively work together as a district if our entire community is to move forward and resurrect after COVID-19.
The central issue in every race this year is recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic – if elected, what kind of policy would you follow to help workers, families and small businesses get back on their feet?
First, what we need to do what we need to do as a city, and the leaders of our city, to convince more people that they need to get vaccinated so that we can potentially benefit from collective immunity, at a minimum as a city, even if as a country it is not possible. [And] I would say COVID relief for small businesses … Small businesses are the backbone of so many of our communities. Yes they get the resources with things like low interest loans, long term loan forgiveness and things of that nature, but I’m really a small business grant fan, I would include some. unconditional money in the hands of companies. owners so they can do what they need to thrive again in our city. Sure, rules and regulations need to be in place, but they can’t be so strict that small business owners aren’t able to thrive.
Over the year there has been an increase in gun violence and other types of violent crime, but at the same time there remains a call to reform the NYPD – how do you deal with these two security needs of the city while reforming the police?
There is no doubt that we need to reinvent the way we do policing, not only in New York, it’s really all over our country, because it’s more the cultural aspects of policing than more than anything. Even our current police say, “You are asking us to do too much; you ask us to investigate violent crime, you ask us to deal with the homeless, you ask us to deal with mental health. So when I say reinvent our policing and public safety, let’s take things off their plates that are going to keep them from truly focusing on attempts to quell some of the most violent happening in our community. And I often tell people that people go to the community and if a community is facing a high number of crime and violence, it is very likely that that community is lacking in resources as well. So what kind of resources does this community need? Do these residents need jobs and well-paying jobs that provide full-time hours in order to access health care and stable housing? So let’s take a look at the communities that experience strong criminal violence and see what they lack in terms of resources so that we can provide them with those resources.
Howard Hughes Corporation’s proposal to build a 324-foot tower in the historic South Street Seaport district has divided downtown neighbors. Is this a project that you support, why or why not?
I do not support the current plans at 250 Water Street, and I say no because I am against development. I know there are factions in the community who believe they shouldn’t build at all … But that being said, the seaport is a historic district and there are rules and regulations in place for building in a historic district for a reason. The developers should have been empowered to build based on the rules and regulations already in place, rather than having the option of going well beyond the height limit and other aspects of what they plan to do. make. When we start changing these rules and regulations for a particular developer, especially in historic neighborhoods, it sets a precedent for what other developers can get in other historic neighborhoods.
What other issues are you concerned about?
Affordable housing is at the top. Going forward, we need to make sure that any new development offers much more affordable housing so that people can settle in and live there. I think we can probably take the lead in what other cities are doing in Austin and I’m thinking of San Francisco where they are really looking at these vacant hotels that have no way of getting back into the market. [after COVID] and convert them into very affordable housing. It could help young professionals, it could help low income families, and it could help people starting over from incarceration or our homeless neighbors, whatever it is.
What is unrelated to your platform that you want voters to know about you?
I come from a family of helpers. It’s just that you know something that’s always been rooted in me. We used to share with you the resources we have for food because people were food insecure, to educate our neighbors on voting and to have them participate in the polls. And those experiences growing up really led me to be what many of my close friends call me: “the connector”. What this basically means is that if I meet someone who needs something and I can help them or I know someone who is going to help them, we’re going to make it work. We’re going to bring these two parts together and we’re going to bring these resources together to make sure people have what they need.
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