A strong economy in Brooklyn means a strong economy for New York City and the State. The underlying tenet of my economic strategy begins with ensuring that all who work here are able to afford to raise a family here. That is why I have firmly stood in support of expanding and increasing New York City’s living wage. I recognize that this measure is integral to combatting the growing inequality facing many middle-class and lower-income Brooklynites, as is making certain that the small businesses that define Brooklyn can afford to remain open as the cost of doing business rises.
I actively supported the borough’s Industrial Business Zones (IBZ), fighting against the encroachment on non-industrial uses in the IBZ like a parole center in Gowanus, and called upon the de Blasio Administration to protect manufacturing zones as it strives to achieve its affordable housing goals.
In addition, I promoted local business by hosting a procurement fair for Brooklyn’s Minority, Women and Locally Owned Business Enterprises that was attended by more than 250 participants. In addition, I hosted international businesses interested in expanding into the United States market in the hopes that they can bring quality jobs to our residents.