There are 75 days until the general election which will decide a new Mayor for New York City. In that space of time, the What About Us Committee wants to know from candidates, what about us?
What About Us Committee is fronted by Councilman Ruben Wills and includes Pastor Larry Davidson, Community Board 12 Chairperson Adrienne Adams, Donna Clapton and Nicole Bell. They want to ensure that issues important to the community are addressed.
“You want to be Mayor? What are your solutions,” asked Nicole Bell at her turn at the podium.
The group's concern is that communities of color are coveted for their vote during elections season and then left hanging on their key issues after the votes are cast. We are “asked to the dance, then stood up,” said Councilman Wills.
Some of the issues the group cited were daycare, waste transfer stations, healthcare, flooding and education. We want “support and resources like the other boroughs,” said Donna Clapton, President of the 103rd Precinct’s Community Council.
To facilitate this effort, the group created an action calendar which will highlight when each candidate will come into the district. When candidates come into the District, they will be “taken to homes, barbershops…asked direct questions on what is relevant to us,” said Councilman Wills. He felt this approach was better than candidate forum where he said candidates have “prepared answers…and eclipse real issues.”
The group unveiled a countdown sign on the side of the building at Liberty Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard. The sign includes an election countdown which will be updated daily.
The group noted that Councilmen Leroy Comrie and Donovan Richards will be joining their efforts and displaying similar signs in their Districts.