The current administration’s failed leadership is a major reason why crime is increasing.
Keeping residents safe is the most basic function of local government. If elected, Rev. Faust will move rapidly to address the rising incidence of violence, especially gun violence, in our city.
Let’s start with what won’t work to make streets safer. Token attempts at police reform, ignoring the huge equity gap in our city, and turning a blind eye to what the communities most impacted by this surge in crime are saying they need, are all current practices that will end if Rev. Faust is elected.
Instead, Rev. Faust will quickly enact reforms that will actually improve public safety. First, we must re-engage with our neighborhoods that are most impacted by violent crime. Rev. Faust will build strong bridges between community members, religious leaders, and victims, and the mayor’s office. It will be the community that plays a critical role in directing city hall policy.
It won’t be easy. But Valerie is committed to public safety. Albany residents deserve nothing less than a constantly present, respectful, and engaged mayor. Valerie will be that mayor.
The treatment of peaceful protestors in Albany this past summer was wrong and unacceptable.
Albany residents deserve a full accounting and independent investigation of the tear gassing of peaceful protestors. One of Valerie’s first acts as mayor will be to begin an independent investigation.
As mayor, Valerie will enact a policy in the Albany Police Department to ensure teargas, rubber bullets, and other extreme riot control measures are never used on peaceful protestors.
Under the current administration’s watch, Albany gained the dubious distinction of being one of the most inequitable cities in America. Wealth is becoming more concentrated and poverty is spreading.
Instead of handing out millions of dollars in tax breaks to wealthy developers, Valerie will shift the focus of economic development where it always belonged - with our small businesses and homeowners.
A Faust administration will enact bold changes that use our economic development tools into expanding our tax base from the ground up. We have seen over and over again that trickle down economics, in all its forms, never works. An expanded tax base means a diversified local economy, which will lower the property tax burden on homeowners.