POLICIES

Help Homeowners and Renters

For over 20 years, the purchasing power of New Yorkers in the housing market has steadily decreased. Every New Yorker knows this. Between 2005 and today, the median gross rent has increased steadily, while our wages have largely stayed stagnant for decades. The average monthly rent has gone up 40% since 2005, while our average wages have only increased by 15% during the same period. 
With all this already happening, the pandemic has struck New Yorkers even harder.  A survey by the Wall Street Journal points out that New York City renters owe over $1 billion in unpaid rent. This number is going to grow with tougher days ahead. There are too many New Yorkers who are facing evictions because of a pandemic that they aren’t responsible for. 
Koshy proposes direct rental assistance along with a minimum of $1000 as tax credits for all middle-class renters and homeowners to ease the burden of everyday New Yorkers. Koshy will also push for increased spending in the fractured public housing of NYC for rezoning plans and repairs so that all New Yorkers will be able to get affordable housing.

Protect our environment

NYC sits on the East coast and there is no time to debate the effects of climate change in coastal regions. We need to focus on the big and tiny ideas and work together to increase the pace of our fight against climate change. Koshy will push for a more progressive Green New Deal in NYC that pushes for the transition towards greener sources of energy while also creating union and higher standards jobs.  
Over 65% of the CO2 emissions from NYC are from buildings. We need a carbon tax on those large buildings that host large corporations so that they replace their HVAC machinery with less polluting ones. We have to push for the use of renewable sources of energy in these buildings and provide subsidies to those large corporations to help their transition towards renewable energy.  
Koshy will push for the use of electric vehicles in NYC’s public transportation services and increase our fleet so that people have better access to public transport which in turn will reduce emissions from vehicles owned by individuals. Koshy will also push for subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles and push for our government buildings to completely transition to using renewables for their electricity needs.  
We can also create new union jobs by removing our gas pipelines used by public buildings and transition towards biogas. To combat inequality, people from low-income communities from District-23 will be prioritized for these newly created jobs.

Fair Vaccine and Distribution

In large cities around the country, the distribution of vaccines is turning out to be a logistical mess.  Despite the good availability of vaccines, large cities like NYC are struggling with the proper and fair distribution of vaccines to communities that desperately need better access to vaccines. Improperly linked online sign-up systems have caused scheduling issues causing both confusion and loss of confidence among New Yorkers who are desperate to get their vaccine shots and get back to normalcy. 
We’re already seeing disparities in vaccine distribution along the lines of race. Despite 1 in every 4 people being Hispanic or Latino or African American in NYC, the vaccine has reached less than 5% of these communities (as of January). District-23 has a diverse population along the lines of race and it is not morally right if we don’t ramp up our efforts to improve access to those communities that are having trouble with proper and fair access to vaccines.

Improve our Transportation

For decades, we’ve slowly lowered our investments to improve transportation. When we slowly return to post-pandemic normalcy, restoring NYC’s transit capabilities is going to be crucial to restore our economy. This gives us a brilliant chance to fix the crumbling inequities along in our transit capabilities for low-income neighborhoods and the disabled.  
NYC has the 2nd worst traffic condition in the country and a decrease in the rate of use of public transport has increased air pollution and congestion. Accessibility to public transportation is relatively low for senior citizens and students in District-23 as well. To tackle all these issues, Koshy will push for better bike lanes, electrification of our public bus fleet, expand our public transportation capabilities, improve access to subways and take control of NYC’s transit network to micromanage the problems that we face. This also presents an opportunity to create new jobs.  
Computerized models have shown that increase in toll charges will lead to an increase in carpooling. So, to decrease traffic congestion and increase carpooling among New Yorkers, Koshy will push for increases in toll charges specifically in heavy traffic congestion areas.