Ensuring the safety of our neighbors and communities is the most important job of any government. Right now in New York, too many members of our community are living in fear of rising crime – including hate crimes targeting some of the most marginalized and vulnerable among us. Just in the last several weeks, there have been multiple violent attacks targeting many groups including members of the Asian-American community, women, LGBTQ+ people, and members of the Jewish community. This cannot continue. When one group is threatened, we are all threatened. As a candidate and Member of Congress, I will always stand up to hate and will fight to make our Long Island and Queens communities safe places to live for all residents.
In working to make our communities safer, we need to address systemic racism and work to strengthen trust between law enforcement and the communities our police serve. Let me be clear: I do not support defunding the police. We can support our police – who put their lives on the line every day for our communities – as well as support reforms that will strengthen and improve public safety. Congress has a responsibility to pass comprehensive legislation to address these issues and ensure everyone is able to live their lives without fear of violence.
In Congress, I will:
- Strongly stand up against hate crimes in any form, against any group – because when one community is threatened, we are all threatened
- Advocate to increase federal funding for nonprofit security grants programs (NSGP) for at-risk nonprofit organizations, including houses of worship
- Work with other members of the New York congressional delegation, state and local leaders, and members of the AAPI community to advocate for and advance legislation to Stop Asian Hate, which has been provoked and exacerbated by dangerous Trumpian rhetoric during the pandemic and remains a critical problem in our district
- Work to bring community groups and law enforcement together to facilitate dialogue and improved community-police relations
- Support funding for additional training, bias-prevention programs, and other resources to strengthen and improve our police forces
- Advocate for changes to the New York State bail reform law passed in 2019 to allow judges to consider factors like the seriousness of the crime and the defendant’s history to prevent violent criminals from being let back out on the street, while ensuring that no person is held in jail as a result of being poor or because of the color of their skin