As an Asian American woman and a mom raising five biracial, Jewish children, Lisa is personally hyper aware of the increases in violent crime, especially those motivated by hate. It is critical that we address root causes of crime by creating environments in which our fellow New Yorkers are not driven to desperation, or denied the mental health care they may need and are often asking for; additionally, the legislature must work to harden the state against the iron pipeline, and reduce the number of guns on our streets; at the same time, law enforcement needs to be used effectively and efficiently to ensure that all of our most vulnerable communities feel safe and secure going about their live.
Lisa is committed to accomplishing legislative goals to move New York towards our commitments of carbon neutrality, and using a lens of environmental justice to do so. In order to reach our goals while ensuring New York has the energy it needs, we will need to work with environmental organizations, labor unions, and constituents to implement aggressive, ambitious new solutions, while preparing a pipeline of workers for the next generation of powering our state, especially by creating more opportunities for those most historically impacted by the negative outcomes of the energy industry and climate change.
Her family is one of the most rewarding efforts of her life, but it isn’t cheap. Lisa is personally attuned to economic fluctuations that she sees every day: when grocery shopping for seven; thinking about heating or cooling bills, especially as each summer is the new hottest on record; or when faced with $5.10 per gallon gas prices after dropping her kids off at school.
Since 2007 New York had a major funding gap between the dollars promised to public schools and the dollars delivered. In her work with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand around the American Rescue Plan last year, Lisa was instrumental in helping to close that gap, fully funding public schools through 2024. Lisa knows that properly funding education and funding mental health services in schools are critical steps not only to investing in our kids, but a meaningful tool of prevention with regards to long term negative outcomes like involvement with the criminal legal system.