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Our Platform

Our Platform

Homes Guarantee and Community Control

Community Health and Wellness

Just and Quality Education

Equitable Economic Development

Safety and Dignity in Our Communities

Participatory Democracy and Co-Governance

Energy & Transit Democracy

Our Bronx

Although the Bronx has been largely known to the world for its negative statistics, those of us who grew up here know it’s a borough of resilience, creativity, and innovation. In the face of abandonment and disinvestment, we have organized tenant associations, exposed racist redlining practices, and won investments in our neighborhoods. When developers have proposed projects that would take public subsidies but provide only poverty-wage jobs, we have shut them down and organized to win historic community benefits. When we have experienced under-resourced, overcrowded, and over-policed schools, we have organized and put youth voices at the center of designing school safety.  

Recently, living in the epicenter of a pandemic and facing yet another wave of police brutality, we have organized to ensure that our families and neighbors are cared for, addressing the root causes of the inequities we experience, and fighting for equitable resources to not only protect and defend our community but to sustain us and help us thrive.  

Having been raised in Kingsbridge Heights in District 14 in the Bronx, I understand that those most impacted need to be at the center of decision-making, and that the way we govern must be more transparent and inclusive. Informed by my community, my lived and organizing experiences, and a commitment to co-governance, our platform reflects issues impacting my family and neighbors. I welcome your input in developing a shared vision for our future.

Homes Guarantee and Community Control

Community Health and Wellness

Just and Quality Education

Equitable Economic Development

Safety and Dignity in Our Communities

Participatory Democracy and Co-Governance

Energy & Transit Democracy

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Juan Nuñez
President, 2770 Kingsbridge Terrace Tenant Association
"Anytime I need help with my tenant association and while up in Albany, Adolfo is right next to me, shouting with me until we’re losing our voices. I know that once he’s in office, he’s going to be accountable to us.”
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Helene Redd
Second Vice President, Bailey Houses Resident Council
“NYCHA residents need a person like Adolfo in the City Council who will fight for us. He’s going to stand for the issues that impact us most.”

Homes Guarantee and Community Control

Where we live is fundamental to our overall health and wellness. After decades of fighting for investment and rebuilding the abandoned housing stock in our communities, the Bronx now faces displacement, unhealthy housing conditions, landlord harassment, evictions, and more.  Everyone deserves safe, affordable, and quality housing that builds shared ownership and supports our communities to thrive. Development here should invest in our people and in residents co-governing where they live, and ensure long-term affordability.  

Together with my community, I will fight to

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Karen Washington
Urban farmer and Bronx health justice advocate
“In Adolfo, we now have a leader who grew up in our community that really looks at and cares about the issues that are affecting us, including health, housing, education, and the environment. He cares about the Bronx. He cares about you. He cares about your family because he’s been there. He’s part of our community. He is who we are.”
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Yolande Cadore
Resident and movement leader
"We must ensure that our seniors have what they need to live healthy and long lives. The people of this district are looking for a new kind of leadership, for a young person that knows how to lead and that change happens from the ground up. Adolfo is the leader we’ve been waiting for.”

Community Health and Wellness

Health is not just the absence of illness but also a reflection of overall community wellness. With the Bronx ranked the unhealthiest county in New York State, we understand intimately that health is determined not only through our individual choices but by social and economic factors. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the inequalities that already existed in our community. Now more than ever, we must address the root causes of the health disparities we experience, including the economic, housing, and education policies of the city as well as the need for quality and accessible care for all. 

Together with my community, I will fight to

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Mayra Francisco
Retired NYC Public School Teacher
"No necesitamos más policías en las escuelas sino mejorar los programas que van a ayudar a los niños, incluyendo aquellos con necesidades especiales y que están aprendiendo inglés. La historia de Adolfo es la historia de esta comunidad y él luchará por nosotros.”
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Elizabeth Thompson
Resident and community leader
"Adolfo grew up here, he went to school here, and we’ve been fighting side-by-side for quality education in the community for almost two decades. If he’s running for City Council, I’m going to back him up.”

Just and Quality Education

For decades, our city and state have disinvested from one of the most important pillars in our communitiesour schools. From the draconian budget cuts to the criminalization and over-policing of students of color and the removal of parents’ and students’ voices in policy and decision-making, our schools have been set up to fail. All of our studentsBlack and immigrant, students of color, LGBTQI+ and gender-nonconformingdeserve a just and quality education and pathways to college and/or careers.    

Together with my community, I will fight to

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Wanda Salaman
Resident and Community Organizer
“Now more than ever, in this new world, we have to think about ways to create new jobs that support the people of this community to be owners. It’s time to end the practice of incentivizing outsiders and handing over the companies and buildings in our community. I know that with the work we have done, Adolfo will help create shared wealth, including cooperative jobs.”

Equitable Economic Development

Too many of our leaders in the Bronx have spoken about the need to “return to normal.” The normal that existed in our district before COVID-19 was not one that we should go back to. We must instead set a new normal for the economy of our neighborhoods and the Bronx. 

For far too long, economic development in our borough has meant gentrification and low-wage jobs. Rezonings and landlord speculation displace our neighbors and small businesses while ushering others in to enjoy the improvements. At this moment, we are experiencing levels of unemployment and underemployment in our district not seen since the Great Depression. Even before COVID-19, youth unemployment was in the double digits. This violence needs to end. Equitable economic development must advance the well-being and needs of people over the interests of big business and a wealthy few. For the borough and for our district, we cannot allow for an economic recovery to be a return to normal.

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Joseph Ferdinand
Resident and movement leader
"The police should be responsible to us and protect us, not brutalize us. We are dealing with generational trauma that will remain until those in power acknowledge the harm they perpetuate against Black and Brown people. With Adolfo in the City Council, I know that our community will be part of developing the solutions we need."

Safety and Dignity in Our Communities

For too long, discriminatory and abusive policing has targeted and disproportionately violated communities of color, young people, homeless people, immigrants, LGBTQI+ residents, and Muslim communities. This is not safety. Safety means being able to live and thrive in our communities without fear of harm and violence, which are symptoms of larger systemic issues—like racism, health inequities, unemployment, and housing instability. We must tackle these underlying issues and create real safety for all residents that’s free of criminalization, incarceration, and abuse.

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Sandra Lobo
Resident and Organizer
“Adolfo believes in co-governance, which means having those most impacted by issues at the center of decision-making around those issues. I know that while in the City Council, Adolfo will continue to be out here with me and many other leaders who are also committed to having policy that’s for us, developed by us."
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Kelly King-Lewis
Resident, Fordham Hill
“When I think about what from the ground up means, I think of a seed. A seed has inherent in it everything it needs. It just has to be planted in fertile soil. This campaign that Adolfo is waging for City Council is for us to confirm that we are those seeds, that we already have the power within us.”

Participatory Democracy and Co-Governance

Our democracy is strongest when all of its residents are actively engaged and invested in as leaders. Public servants must listen to and work with community residents and stakeholders, especially those most impacted by issues, in order to craft real solutions, ensure accountability, and share governing power.  

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Ana Matias
Paraprofessional and community leader
"People with disabilities must be seen and invested in as whole persons and as full members of our society. Adolfo will develop programs to support students with disabilities and their families, and connect all members of our community as one."

Disability Rights

Nearly 22,000 people in District 14 live with a disability. Community members living with disabilities too often have to deal with infrastructure and systems that weren’t constructed with their needs in mind. In the 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed we’ve seen how thoughtful policy can help to improve the lives of disabled persons. But much work remains to be done in our own city. To begin with, we must ensure that every subway station—as well as every public office building and every sidewalk—is 100% accessible and ADA-compliant.

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Jonathan Ferrera
District 14 tenant and Lehman College student
“ConEdison has exploited the Bronx for decades. We want an energy sector that responds to the people, not a private entity that only thinks about profit. We need a leader like Adolfo who won’t compromise what we want for big moneyed interests.”

Energy & Transit Democracy

Everyday, our neighbors live and breathe the environmental impacts of systemic racism, transportation insecurity and energy systems based on profit. Since the pandemic hit the Bronx, our communities have been left more vulnerable than any other borough—with disproportionate access to public transit, exposure to pollution from vehicles and fossil fuel infrastructure that lead to asthma, heart disease, and cancer, and energy outages that become more common as the climate crisis gets worse. We must transition to cleaner sources of energy, invest in bold transportation infrastructure, and ensure that the benefits, wealth, and power of the new system we build are democratically shared by the communities that have been harmed the most.

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