The demands of the COVID-19 Pandemic have highlighted the dearth of parks and open space on the East Side.
As a mother who uses the district's parks and playgrounds, Julie knows firsthand that the existing outdoor spaces in the district, such as John Jay Park, St. Catherine’s Park, Samuel Seabury Playground, Ruppert Park, Stanley Isaacs Playground, Carl Schurz Park, the East River Esplanade, and the parks, playing fields, and waterfront promenade on Roosevelt Island all require additional upkeep and resources.
Julie will also fight to ensure that the district’s outdoor spaces are more readily accessible to New Yorkers with disabilities. Julie’s work as a board member of Governor’s Island and her experience securing funding for the East River Waterfront Esplanade in Lower Manhattan make her uniquely positioned to address the district’s pressing open space needs. Julie has a long history of advocacy on waterfront improvements. She helped lead the charge for $165 million in funding to improve the East River Waterfront Esplanade. She will use her experience to improve the East River Esplanade in our district and the waterfront promenade on Roosevelt Island.
Finally, Julie will fight for increased funding for local public schoolyards and playgrounds that provide our young district residents with room to run around outside.