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2022 Elections: Christian Amato on Education, Environment and Quality of Life

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Emily Sawaked

Christian Amato
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Christian Amato, son of Italian immigrants and former theater professional, is the candidate for the 34th district of the state Senate, which covers parts of both East Bronx and Westchester counties in this year’s Democratic primary. He launched his campaign in February and said he was eager to continue serving the people of the Bronx.

Amato’s political career began with organizing in response to Trump’s election. “I started organizing and connecting immigrant Bronxites to his DACA initiative,” he said. “As the son of immigrants, it was really important to me. You know, that was when we saw the ban on Muslims and all these different kinds of[s] About violations of our immigration system by the Trump administration. “

He continued, “My family has had the opportunity to come to this country and build a life for themselves. I think it’s an experience that every immigrant should have.” Help Campaign in North Carolina After being asked to do so, he returned to the Bronx and applied what he had done in Raleigh there.

“At that time Alessandra Biaggi ran [for Senate District 34, in 2018]said Amato. “I participated in her race. I was one of her leads in her field and her lead digital strategist, developing many of the messaging and digital strategies that contributed to the winning campaign. Did.”

He then said he helped guide her efforts in the general election, adding that the senator currently running for Congress in NY-17 chose Amato as her chief of staff and district director. time. There have been rumors of discord amid Amato’s departure from Biaggi’s office, and senators recently backed Amato’s opponent, MP Natalia Fernández (AD 80), in the SD 34 race. norwood news Both Biaggi’s office and Amato’s campaign have been reached for comment.

There was no immediate reply from Biaggi’s office. “You are free to support who you support,” Amato said. What you do for doesn’t surprise me.” norwood news Lawmakers were contacted for comment on Amato’s statement, but had no comment on her campaign.

I also asked if Amato had an argument with Biaggi around the time he left the office. he replied: I am running because I have a clear vision of how I want to contribute to the community. I am focused on my race and fighting for the policies my district wants. “

Meanwhile, regarding his career so far, Amato continued, “I’ve been working in the Bronx and Westchester, building up Democrat voters in the region, with overlaps.” During the pandemic, Amato said he organized to help people who don’t have the proper PPE he needs for everyday use. “We live in the richest state in the world, but here you have people telling him he can’t even get a box of PPE,” he said. “When I learned that the city was dormant in resources, with millions of masks sitting in airplane hangars, covered in an inch of dust, I said, ‘What are you doing here? are you doing?”

He said he then drove around street corners in flatbed trucks handing out full boxes of masks and sanitizers and COVID kits.

He then said he started delivering food. “We have made his $3 million food partnership with his Driscoll food that we deliver,” he said. “We were doing the same thing, handing out hundreds of thousands of pounds of fresh produce every week. I rented a truck out of my own pocket. I was driving around different communities with

The young candidate said he’s not the only one doing this. “From all over the Bronx he had 15 to 20 community he picked up leaders,” he said. “Each loaded a truck with fresh fruit and vegetables from Driscoll Foods.” said.

As for the policies he would like to implement, if elected, he said, “Education, full funding of public schools, making SUNY and CUNY free to all New Yorkers, and extending universal pre-K to Westchester County.” said. He added, “Environmental, increasing coastal resilience, offering tax incentives, weatherproofing, investing in hard and soft green infrastructure.”

His third priority is quality of life. He cited accessible public transport, affordable healthcare and quality housing for the elderly. “I am ready to go into this with the hope of winning and working with my colleagues to build bridges with colleagues across the state so we can do good for our communities,” Amato said. Told.

“These policies don’t only affect you here. Remember, as a senator, you affect every New Yorker. If we can help expand to Westchester, that also means we are expanding it to several counties in the state outside of New York City, which is very important. At a time when people struggle to find a good job or think about childcare, such things will transform the quality of life and economic mobility of many in communities across the state. It may bring about

To implement these policies, Amato said it will use funds allocated to state budgets by Gov. Kathy Hochol and federal funds allocated by President Joe Biden. He also believes in taxing the companies that contribute the most to pollution.

“Our budget is comparable to most countries, our taxes are among the highest in the country, and we still cannot afford to be leaders,” he said. “This politics of austerity is at a time when we must not only get out of this pandemic, but also cheer up as many New Yorkers as possible, but we are in a recession that is perceived to be a recession again.”

Amato said investment is needed to stimulate growth. “Everything I am proposing will lead to job expansion and job creation. So these investments are not just about improving our quality of life and communities, providing housing and safety and security. These are also the drivers of the economy, look at climate, communities and investment laws, which tax the biggest polluters, the biggest polluters, generating $15 billion a year. ”

The candidate’s concern for the upcoming election is voter turnout, which has been “worst” in the past during the gubernatorial and New York mayoral elections. Said there was

During the BronxNet debate, which aired Monday, August 8, along with other candidates in the race, Amato said, “All cops are B*Stars.” Priorities, which can change from year to year, he said, “we marched for police accountability,” and investments in other areas, such as violence treatment programs, are another way to reduce street crime. Said there was.

Norwood News followed up with Amato to ask if it was in favor of defunding the police or if it’s now. He replied, “No, I have asked the police to be accountable. I expect accountability from all forms of government and all forms of government agencies, and I am critical of the government and believe that the government’s performance I think it’s perfectly fine to expect it to improve.”

He added: From my point of view, the budget is a fluid document. As you know, after such an increase in police brutality in 2019, it absolutely makes sense to commit to investing dollars in community resources. , with crime soaring, I think it absolutely makes sense to invest those dollars in better training police officers to respond to crises in these areas. “

He concludes: Now I need to invest in restoring the dignity of being a police officer, in restoring the respect of my community, instilling trust, better training and greater accountability. I strongly believe. “

Here is his final message to voters: I am the only candidate running with a roadmap for our community, my friends live here, my family lives here, and the attention this community deserves. I’m really interested in fighting to make sure we collect

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*Síle Moloney contributed to this article.

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