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Update November 25, 2014- My career as an elected official is over. I received only 14 votes. Hey, that is better than Anthony Notaro who received no votes when he ran for CB1 Chair.
October 30, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD
This election Tuesday, send a strong message to the locally elected frauds, cheats, and crooks of New York politics. For State Assembly, write in Steven Greer as your vote rather than be a puppet of the machine and blindly vote for Sheldon Silver.
My campaign slogan is “I’m not Sheldon Silver”.
December 23, 2013- By Steven E. Greer, MD
New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who represents Downtown Manhattan and the 65th District, is up for re-election in 2014. It is a wide-open field given Mr. Silver’s numerous scandals. After reporting on him for several years running BatteryPark.TV, and accomplishing more than he has via that reporting, it occurred to me that someone with good ideas and the right backing could form a legitimate campaign to become the next representative of the 65th District of the New York State Assembly, ousting Mr. Silver.
I have never run for anything in my life, which is precisely why I could be the perfect candidate for a New York State political office. Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Commission has outlined far too many abuses of power by the establishment, and an outsider is needed.
If I run, my platform will focus on:
School overcrowding: Mr. Silver claims to be fighting for more schools, but he is really in the pocket of big developers? The latest DOE decision to not build any schools Downtown says it all. With thousands of new apartment units being built, I will demand that the developers also build schools to handle the new demand that will create.
School reforms: I will fight to reform our broken public school system. The school year needs to be expanded. Teachers need to be rewarded based on merit, and pre-K classes need to be offered.
Anti-corruption: I will work with Governor Cuomo to enact the recommendations of his Moreland Commission. Mr. Silver is entangled in far too many scandals and does not deserve to represent the people of Downtown.
Quality of life: Far too often, the special interests of corporations trump the concerns of residents over quality of life issues, such as noise from tourist helicopters, noise from ferry boat horns, and so on. No one has fought more effectively for these quality of life issues than I have since 2009.
Dissolve the BPCA: The Battery Park City Authority needs to be dissolved and handed over to the city. The people of BPC deserve elected accountable representatives. Taxation without representation is unconstitutional. Moreover, once the land within BPC becomes ownable, rather than merely leased, property values will increase. I will work with Mayor Bill de Blasio to ensure that the parks maintain their high quality through existing funding provided by BPC “Facility Fees”.
Rebuild the waterfront infrastructure: The 65th District includes New York City’s most important waterfront, from Battery Park over to the devastated Seaport and Brooklyn coasts. It is foolish to simply rebuild areas such as the Seaport. The entire regions need to be elevated and “hardened” with flood walls.
Bring Wall Street back to actual Wall Street: 20 years ago, not only was the New York Stock Exchange the center of the world in stock markets, but large banks called Downtown home, such as Merrill Lynch, and many others. Then, new forms of high-speed trading corrupted the markets, and turned the NYSE into a museum. I will fight to end high-speed trading and give tax incentives for banks to move back Downtown.
Reform the Port Authority: The World Trade Center site and tunnels are poorly managed by the Port Authority. I will fight to lower the tolls for commuters and cut the bureaucracy. For example, it is outrageous that staff of the 9/11 Memorial earn more than $400,000 in salary.
Cybersecurity: I will work to pass new state laws making it illegal to gather personal information from users of the Internet, particularly that from minors. I will also work on new anti-cyberbullying laws with the help of New York County District Attorney Cy Vance and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
Improve Gateway Plaza heating: Unlike the other elected officials who give lip-service to helping the people of Gateway who are freezing, while actually being in the pocket of the large real estate companies taking campaign donations, I will fight to get the much needed repairs.
Hospitals for Downtown: As a medical doctor and healthcare industry expert, I will create innovation new ways to deliver healthcare for Downtown using smaller, more efficient, clinics. I will also fight to build a respectable hospital Downtown.
What do you think? Let me know. Post your comments.