Editor's Note: Six candidates are running in today's Democratic primary in the 65th Assembly District in Lower Manhattan to fill the seat that was held by Sheldon Silver for almost 40 years before he was convicted on multiple felony corruption charges. In this first-person piece, a longtime Lower East Side resident explains why she supports Gigi Li, the former board chair of Community Board 3 which encompasses Chinatown, the Lower East Side and the East Village.
Gigi Li understands the risks to NYC residents from for profit industries that put our communities at further risk of displacement. She is against privatization of public lands. On education she has worked at local non profits that serve children and knows that schools need to be strengthened and supported. She plans to expand the Summer Youth employment program and also to support local businesses that are shutting down at alarming rates.