According to the Foundation for Economic Education, there are three basic tenets with regard to School Choice:
1. School Choice improves academic outcomes and saves taxpayers money.
2. School Choice reduces racial segregation and actually results in direct benefits to lower income families.
3. School Choice increases the quality of public schools.
Rebecca believes that building a school system which offers stronger and more diverse opportunities in education to our children is as exciting as it is practical.
Now, more than ever, New Yorkers are seeking new possibilities that counter the old, cookie-cutter ideas.
School Choice offers something for everybody in NYC, and will result in lower taxes, more jobs, and a stronger future for all citizens of our beloved New York City.
After working for years as a successful entrepreneur, Rebecca switched gears and moved into the non-profit realm, where she enjoys building organizations for people in need. Over the last 12 years, Rebecca has founded two non-profit schools; The Imagine Academy for Autism and The Yeshiva Prep High School for children with mild learning challenges.
Additionally, Rebecca recently finished her tenure as the Founding Executive Director of the Moise Safra Community Center, where she raised over $25 million for the construction of a new, state-of-the-art building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Rebecca’s current focus has been to build support and found an organization that benefits women seeking to join the work force. Rebecca is The Propel Network’s Founding Executive Director.
Rebecca is also the mother of six wonderful children, and a grandmother. She and her husband of 32 years live in NYC.
Like you, Rebecca cannot bear to see even one more family, veteran, or unemployed person become homeless. Living on the streets of NYC is beneath anyone’s dignity.
Yet, our Mayor has decided that the best way to solve the problem – at a cost to New Yorkers of over $400,000 per night – is to put homeless people in hotels and motels throughout New York City. Or, to build more homeless shelters in neighborhoods where no one wants the inherent risks of drug dealing and crime. How does this help the homelessness plight? Mayor DeBlasio is simply bandaging the issue - putting thousands of our homeless New Yorkers at risk and making it even more difficult to escape the Cycle of Homelessness.
Homeless, adult New Yorkers need real help. Instead of more anti-quality of life laws allowing homeless people to urinate on our streets - another example of bandaging the issue and perpetuating the Cycle of Homelessness - we need to find ways to help the homeless obtain job training and drug addiction counseling. And we need to STOP DE BLASIO from unnecessarily spending our hard earned tax dollars on hotel rooms and more homeless shelters.
That’s how Propel Network (www.ThePropelNetwork.org) was born. Rebecca recognized that women whose families were suffering under great financial burden could not find jobs - mainly because they had no formal vocational training. Through tax-deductible donations, Propel Network pays the tuition for women who need to learn job skills and, upon graduating their vocational programs, these women enter the workforce with a marketable job skill. These same women are now supporting their families as accountants, paralegals, graphic designers, etc. It’s a win-win.
When Rebecca becomes City Councilwoman, she’ll work to break the Cycle of Homelessness - giving the homeless a place to stay today, and an education for tomorrow. Rebecca will push for increased access to vocational job training for the homeless, providing subsidized housing to those who enroll.
Additionally, she will work to reform how our tax dollars are spent on the homeless. Money needs to be directed toward vocational training and drug addiction counseling.
In doing so, thousands of homeless New Yorkers will be able to start anew - with the promise of a brighter future for their families, and for themselves.
Rebecca is a forward thinker when it comes to women's empowerment. As the Co-Founder of Propel Network, Rebecca forged ahead on behalf of women of all ages by educating them and providing them with vocational job training. As a result, hundreds of women have already begun to enter the job market with a renewed sense of pride, confidence, and self-worth.
Rebecca is Pro-Choice and believes women have the right to decide what happens to their bodies.
Rebecca's key priorities for the women of NYC are:
Economic Security: Increasing economic justice, financial stability and self-sufficiency for women while creating more fair and equal workplaces.
Leadership Advancement: Encouraging new and existing leaders among women and girls in ways that help them use their power and skills to effect social change, strengthen the community, gain personal empowerment, and support aspiring female leaders.
Health and Well-Being: Recognizing the sexual orientation, physical, and mental health of women and girls as a human right and identify opportunities for all women to obtain full economic, religious, social and political achievement.
There is nothing more disconcerting than being stuck with a mayor who does not care about his constituents as much as his own campaign coffers.
Mayor de Blasio is such a mayor. Time after time, he accepts campaign donations in exchange for personal favors and questionable motives, and was investigated by federal authorities.
Does this seem like the kind of mayor we want to represent us? Did we authorize our Mayor to trade government favors and operate on a quit pro quo basis with large corporate and private donors?
Putting his questionable motives aside, let’s examine his record as Mayor so far:
- Homelessness has increased sharply, with no end in sight, and the Mayor has spent millions on failed programs and ideas
- Willing to sacrifice hundreds of millions of dollars of federal funding in the name of protecting NYC’s label as a Sanctuary City
- He is out of touch with the needs of NYC Public School Students, taking funding from the United Federation of Teachers and putting the needs of special interests above the needs of our students.
- Quality of life in NYC has been downgraded, due to narrowed streets, unnecessary bike lanes, crowded bus lanes, overwhelming traffic and noise
- At war with Governor Cuomo
- Will not recognize the importance of School Choice
- A consistent record of laziness – late to meetings (if he shows up at all), arrives for work at 12 noon, etc.
- His 421 - a real estate tax credit agenda failed in Albany
- Supported Keith Ellison – a known anti-semite - for DNC Chair
Why does our NYC government still continue to arbitrarily tax our small businesses so unnecessarily?
Since the 1990’s, our small businesses paying $250,000 or more in annual rent have been trying to survive under the added burden of an additional 3.9% Commercial Rent Tax (CRT). Specifically, the burden calls for all small businesses below 96th Street in NYC to pay this ridiculous tax.
Ever wonder why your neighborhood locksmith, that has been in business for decades, suddenly closes? Or the dry cleaners? How about that adorable kids’ clothing store? Saddled with the 3.9% Commercial Rent Tax burden, they can no longer keep the lights on, which is leading to hundreds of jobs lost in NYC every year. It also leads to more homeless and drug dealing on our streets, right in front of the shuttered stores that once graced our neighborhoods.
It’s time to stop this archaic practice of taxing the businesses our city needs most – the ones who put our residents to work and support the quality of life we all want.
It’s time to stop all of the big box pharmacies and banks from taking over our neighborhoods. It’s time to Stop Mayor Deblasio from allowing this practice to continue even one more day.
When elected, Rebecca Harary will introduce legislation that will STOP Commercial Rent Tax for small businesses altogether. By investing in our small businesses, we are investing in our neighborhoods, our residents, and our future. Let’s get this right.
While overall crime is down in New York City, felony assault and burglary is still climbing according to CompStat. To the thousands of New York men, women, and children living in City Council District 4, that is not acceptable.
As a Police Officer Liaison, Rebecca Harary believes all New Yorkers have the right to live in safe neighborhoods, with a police force that is equipped to handle any crime, day or night.
In February, New Yorkers were promised by our Mayor that all NYPD officers would be wearing body cams by 2019. That was good news for New Yorkers, until the scandal erupted. To date, not a single officer in blue is wearing any body cam equipment.
Why? NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer has placed the $6.4 million contract under investigation for claims made by a competitor of the body cam equipment. This delay is unfair, and places many New Yorkers at risk. While our elected officials play cat and mouse, New Yorkers suffer the consequences. Let’s Stop De Blasio from any further delays. Body Cams are good for New Yorkers, and add a higher level of safety for our men in blue.
When elected, Rebecca Harary will continue to demonstrate her great respect for the NYPD, and will work to decrease crime in all areas by making crime prevention and officer safety a top priority.